Premier Dealership raises money for TARP

Published 3:00 am Saturday, May 19, 2018

When Jason Gregory opened the Troy Premier Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership, he also opened his heart to the local community.

So, when he learned about the plight of homeless animals in Pike County and the efforts of the Troy Animal Rescue Project (TARP) to rescue and find homes for these animals, he saw an opportunity.

“I wanted to be a good community partner and I love animals,” Gregory said. “I have a heart for them.”

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Gregory said the more he heard about the large number of abandoned, abused and neglected animals in Pike County, the more he realized that he want to do something. What, he wasn’t sure until he heard about TARP and what that group is doing to rescue these animals and find foster and forever homes for them.

TARP is a non-profit, no-kill volunteer rescue organization that serves Pike County and surrounding areas. TARP has rescued more than 7,000 abused, neglected, abandoned and homeless animals since it opened March 2014. Last year alone, TARP rescued 2,000 animals.

TARP opened with one kennel and now has more than 250 animals on site and that includes more than dogs and cats. Wildlife has been accepted.

“I saw TARP as a way to be a part of something good in the community,” Gregory said. So, he contacted Tiffany Howington and TARP.

“I was excited about what Jason offered to do and so appreciative,” Howington said. “Caring for animals until we can find homes for them, costs money and he was offering to help, financially.”

What Gregory pledged to do was to make a $100 donation to TARP for every vehicle sold in the month of April.

The TARP volunteers had no thought of what that might mean in support of the rescue project. Then, the check was unveiled – $6,800 dollars!

Howington said it was more than ever imagined and there are no words to adequately express what those dollars will mean to TARP and the many animals that it will “rescue.”

“We thank Jason Gregory, Troy Premier Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership and all the employees for their support and this very generous donation,” Howington said. “We can’t say thank you enough. Thank you from all of us at TARP and all the animals this donation will help.”