Tractor Supply Company in Brevard hosted an animal adoption event called “Unleash the Savings” on March 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Transylvania County Animal Shelter had dogs and cats available for adoption. Assisting the shelter staff were volunteers from CHAT (Citizens Helping Animals of Transylvania). CHAT is a new group in Transylvania County that is focusing on adoption, fostering and education to support the local shelter. Friends of Transylvania Animals (FOTAS) board members issued free spay/neuter vouchers to Transylvania County residents. The FOTAS Spay and Neuter Program is gaining steam. Pet overpopulation is a serious problem. Animal shelters across the U.S. are crowded with unwanted animals with many more that are homeless. Last year FOTAS spayed and neutered more than 600 animals in Transylvania County and hopes to continue focusing on the spay/neuter initiative throughout 2016.