Nominations Open for New Critter Mayor of Lake Oconee Village as Outgoing Mayor Reflects on Year in Office

Nominations Open for New Critter Mayor of Lake Oconee Village as Outgoing Mayor Reflects on Year in Office

Posted by Alison Lewis, Category: Events, ORHS News,

As the current Critter Mayor of Lake Oconee Village prepares to pass the baton to a new mayor, Gus Schurig has had some time to fondly reflect on his year in office. Upon his inauguration, Gus pledged to help homeless cats and dogs find loving homes. His year of service wasn’t just cutting ribbons and snuggling babies, though. Actually, come to think of it, it was mostly ribbon cuttings and nothing but fun. But this job isn’t for the faint of heart.

Mayor Gus pictured with Greensboro Mayor Glenn Wright.

Gus devoted his spare time to representing the Oconee Regional Humane Society at multiple adoption events. Being a rescue dog himself, this aspect of the job was very important to him to show other dogs and cats what they could achieve after they found their forever homes.

“Adoptions are near and dear to my heart, as I was adopted from a Bassett rescue organization,” he said. “This is a big concern of mine as I feel there are so many homeless animals in need of a forever home. I always remind people to adopt, don’t shop.”

Proudly sporting his ORHS bandana, Gus attended fundraisers such as lemonade stands, dog washes, food drives, and various holiday events. If he couldn’t attend a function, you’d be sure to see a massive cardboard cutout of his likeness presiding over the event.

Gus recalls his favorite event of the year being the opening of the new dog park in Greensboro, assisting the human Mayor of Greensboro with the ribbon cutting ceremony.

“I really enjoyed my time being the Mayor this past year,” he said. “I hope the new Mayor enjoys his role as much as I did. I met many new friends, two-legged and four-legged, that will be my friends for the rest of my life.”

ORHS would like to thank Gus for his service as we formally open nominations for our 2018 Critter Mayor of Lake Oconee Village. The race is on! This is an open election for all critters of Lake Oconee, including cats, dogs, or any critter that feels up to the task of serving all of the four-legged (or feathered) friends of the community. The winner will be the mascot of ORHS for the year, representing the organization at various functions, and will receive a special bandana and an ORHS t-shirt for their human.

If you have the perfect candidate, simply capture your critter’s best electoral photo, help them develop their campaign platform, and spread the word. The Critter Mayor will be elected based on the amount of funds raised to support their campaign, with each dollar raised equaling one vote. Campaign managers can raise funds by collecting cash donations from hosting yard sales or selling dog treats, or simply by directing friends to the donation page on the ORHS website All donations made to support each candidate’s campaign will help fund animal care, adoptions and the spay/neuter program ORHS provides to Greene and Putnam counties.

To enter your critter, email your candidate’s photo, campaign platform and your contact information to A $25.00 entry fee is required (which will count as 25 votes) and can be sent to the ORHS adoption center or can be made through the donate button on the ORHS website. Just be sure to write your critter's name in the notes section. Campaigning and voting is open until March 17th at 3:00 p.m., and the winner will be announced at the Big Event shortly after 3 p.m.