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Terry Wolf Steps Down at Southern Comfort Animal Rescue
Wolf resigns as CEO; Scott Bennett elected to not-for-profit’s top spot

May 6, 2011, Glenwood, Ga. – Terry Wolf, founder of Southern Comfort Animal Rescue, has announced her resignation as president and CEO of the not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

The group's Board of Directors has elected Scott Bennett, who has served as director of the rescue for nine years, as president and CEO effective May 1.

Wolf said health issues were her primary reason for stepping down. She said she believed Bennett was the best choice to see the organization through its current challenges. The shelter suffered a devastating fire on April 9 and is not currently accepting animals.

Wolf began the organization in Savannah almost 10 years ago, after troops in nearby Ft. Stewart's 3rd Infantry Division shipped out to Iraq and Afghanistan, leaving a huge number of companion animals behind.

Her efforts in securing foster and permanent homes for the "Dogs of War" garnered national attention, including ABC Newsand the Associated Press.

In 2006, the organization moved to Glenwood. The organization fills a critical need in Wheeler County, which has no other rescues or animal control.

Under Wolf's leadership, hundreds of dogs have found their "forever homes." Many of the group’s rescues have gone on to serve as therapy, service or police dogs.

As a local journalist, Wolf continuously published stories to garner community support for animal advocacy. Her articles reported on animal abuse and dog fighting investigations, as well as heralding other animal welfare organizations for their efforts.

Bennett said rebuilding the rescue is the organization’s top priority. In the meantime, the group is helping facilitate local adoptions and securing food and medicine donations for the pets of needy families in the area.

"We have a strong community of supporters who want to help not only in rebuilding our rescue, but to make it better," Bennett said.

He said he hoped to build upon Wolf's decade of service to homeless animals.

"Many animals found homes or safe haven due to the dedication that Terry put forth," Bennett said. "It is an honor to have been chosen by the board to succeed Terry. I know I can best honor her by continuing the work that she started."