This summer, Haywood Spay/Neuter (HS/N) and Boojum Brewing teamed up for fun and a fundraiser for HS/N, naming two dogs as “Dog Mayors of Boojum.”

Sully, owned by Linda and Glenn Witte, and Bozlee, owned by Laura Blevins, won the voting, based on their tie for most funds raised for Haywood Spay/Neuter during a July event at Boojum. The two winning dogs were sworn into the honorary office Aug. 10 at Boojum and received the honor of having their picture displayed at Boojum’s taproom for the next year.

Nancye Buelow, board president of Haywood Spay/Neuter, said the event was fun for all, especially the neck and neck voting.

Boojum patrons were encouraged to bring photos of their dogs in and register them for $10 to be included the election. As people came and looked at the photos of the candidates, they could vote for $1 per vote. It was fun to go in weekly and see who had the most votes. All the registration money and fees went to support the services of Haywood Spay/Neuter.

“As a rescue dog myself, my administration will work to make sure all my furry friends are treated with love and kindness no matter where they come from or what breed they are,” said Sullivan Witte (Sully), looking regal. “As a senior I have the experience to realize that spay and neuter is at the root of our shelter problem and I will work with organizations like Haywood Spay/Neuter to make this life-saving service available to all. Thank you for your vote of confidence and please serve the cookies.”

Bozlee Blevins ran his campaign on “Adopt Don’t Shop” and “Don’t Delay. Neuter and Spay.”

Bozlee said he was adopted as an infant from Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation, and given the best loving home ever. He is grateful to friends and family who voted for him as mayor and promises to continue spreading the word about spay and neuter and the services provided by Haywood Spay/Neuter.

HS/N said that both Dog Mayors encourage others in their district to get ready to compete for their positions next year.

Corrine Baker, of the family-owned Boojum Brewery and Taproom, and her family have a love for dogs — all dogs. They have served as foster parents for many rescue dogs in this community. The Bakers are also involved in several dog charities. Corrine said she is appreciative of the people whocame in and entered their dogs and those who paid to vote and did not win. It was a fun fundraiser for all those involved.

“We are humbled by the efforts of Boojum on our behalf,” Buelow said. “Our volunteers work very hard for every penny we raise and it was really nice to go order lunch or dinner, vote and raise these funds for the people in our community who need assistance with spay and neuter. We are grateful to the patrons of Boojum who supported this fundraiser.”

Boojum Brewing Company has been in Waynesville since 2014 and employs more than 70 community members. Boojum offers a wide array of craft brews. The company is named after the Boojum, a shadowy figure known as the bigfoot of North Carolina, who has roamed these mountains for years.

Haywood Spay/Neuter, also known as Haywood Animal Welfare Association, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit community service organization, which has been in existence for more than 64 years. HS/N has sponsored more than 25,000 spay and neuters since 2003. For information on spay and neuter services call 828-452-1329.

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