Sunday, August 30, 2009

Get lost for a good cause

HIGH POINT – Kersey Valley Inc. wants you to get lost – for the benefit of helping stray animals in the community, that is.

Maize Adventure, a 10-acre corn maze at Kersey Valley with more than four miles of twisting paths, will hold its grand opening 1 to 6 p.m. today. General admission is $10 per ticket, and a portion of the season’s ticket sales will go to the Guilford County Animal Shelter.

The annual fall attraction is redesigned each year with a different theme, this year’s theme being, “Noah Saves the Animals.”

Tony Wohlgemuth, president of Kersey Valley Inc., said the theme was chosen to bring awareness to stray pets in the community and to provide funding for the shelter.

“The theme ‘Noah Saves the Animals’ conveys the message pretty well,” Wohlgemuth said.

The maze takes about an hour to complete, he said, and pets on a leash are invited as well. Other attractions include a pumpkin patch, gem dig and fossil dig.

Marsha Williams, executive director of the Guilford County Animal Shelter, said the proceeds from Kersey Valley would be used to improve the shelter’s trauma center, where badly injured animals are sent to recuperate.

“We are an open door shelter, and we have more animals than any organization in Guilford County,” Williams said. “There are so many animals that come in that, if they only had a little bit of medical attention, they would make the perfect pet.”

Wohlgemuth said supporting stray animals became important to him after he visited the shelter in search of a pet that had gone missing.

“I was just in awe of how many animals were up for adoption,” he said. “The first thing I asked them was, ‘What can I do to bring more awareness to your cause?’ I was just touched by what they do.”

Wohlgemuth didn’t find his previous pet, but he adopted a puppy in its place.

The maze also will sponsor an Amazing Pet Adventure on Sept. 26 where various animal rescue groups from the Triad will display pets available for adoption.