Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for April 1, 2024

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Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for April 1, 2024

Georgia is among the top states for the number of dogs and cats killed in public shelters each year, according to the Macon Telegraph.

Georgia had the fifth-most animal killings in shelters in the U.S. in 2023, according to data from Best Friends Animal Society. That year, the state euthanized more than 19,000 cats and dogs.

Tracey Weathers, the shelter manager at Bibb County Animal Services, said shelters euthanize animals for a variety of reasons, but the most common in municipal shelters are public safety concerns and a lack of space in the shelter.

“Municipal shelters have to euthanize because they have a responsibility to the public,” Weathers said. “They’re picking up sick, injured, aggressive animals, and then the ones that are good, they can only hold them for so long before they have to make room for more animals that need to come in.”

In 2023, Bibb County Animal Services took in about 2,351 animals, according to their annual report. The shelter tries to reduce the number of animals euthanized by partnering with rescues to place animals in foster homes and find permanent families. However, while it’s been effective, it doesn’t totally erase the problem. The shelter still had to euthanize 631 animals last year.

Weathers said that in her experience, shelters are more likely to have to euthanize dogs due to the safety threat they present if they become aggressive. Additionally, shelters tend to take in more dogs than cats.

Oscar Meyer is an adult male Dachshund mix who is available for adoption from Macon-Bibb County Animal Welfare in Macon, GA.

Peabody is a young male mixed breed puppy who is available for adoption from Macon-Bibb County Animal Welfare in Macon, GA.

Harlem is a young female mixed breed puppy who is available for adoption from Macon-Bibb County Animal Welfare in Macon, GA.

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