Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for May 13, 2024

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Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for May 13, 2024

Augusta City Commissioners are considering a proposal to help decrease the kill rate at their animal shelter, according to the Augusta Chronicle.

Best Friends Animal Society is offering a grant valued at almost $1 million to provide training and support to the shelter staff, Gina Burrows, Southeast regional strategist for the organization, recently told the commission.

“The reason that we are here in Augusta … is that in 2023, Augusta Animal Services had a save rate of 53.8% for the year. That meant that 46.2% of the animals entering the shelter didn’t make it out alive,” she said. “It ranks No. 1 in Georgia and No. 32 nationwide for shelters with the highest lifesaving gaps.”

The information for those rankings comes from the Georgia Department of Agriculture, which requires county-run animal facilities to report their efforts monthly, Burris said. The ranking was determined by comparing the same information from counties throughout the state.

In March, Best Friends completed a three-day assessment of the shelter. They compiled the information and produced a 32-page report with the problems they found and offered solutions.

Now they are offering a program valued at $910,898 to tackle the issues. There is no cost to the city, Burrows said.

Animal Services Director James Hill told commissioners he has concerns about the proposal.

“I do feel like the process was rushed. There wasn’t proper communication. We didn’t have time to discuss the information presented. There are several things in the recommendations that we are practicing,” he said.  “And if I must be honest, as the Animal Services director and based on my 20 years of experience in the animal control field, there are certain … red flags as far as public safety. And those things cause me great concern.”

The issue will go back to the Public Service Committee at its May 28 meeting.

Freya is a 2-year old spayed female German Shepherd Dog mix who is available for adoption from the Augusta Animal Shelter in Augusta, GA.

Skylar is a 3-year old spayed female Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from the Augusta Animal Shelter in Augusta, GA.

Emmitt is a 2-year old neutered male Chow and Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from the Augusta Animal Shelter in Augusta, GA.

Kaykay is a 4-month old neutered male Labrador Retriever mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Augusta Animal Shelter in Augusta, GA.

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