Augusta Animal Services will partner with Fix Georgia Pets to spay and neuter some local dogs.
The department launched a fundraising effort with Fix Georgia Pets, a statewide nonprofit in Atlanta, to neuter and boost spay efforts for pit bulls and other “bully” breeds in Richmond County.
According to Sharon Broady, the director of Augusta Animal Services, these sort of dogs have become “extremely popular” in the Augusta area.
“Along with this popularity comes overpopulation and rejection, and the dogs often end up on the streets or at our shelter,” she said in a news release. “In addition, if the dog is not spayed or neutered, it can produce unwanted puppies that enter our facility, as well.”
Crystal Eskola, assistant director for Augusta Animal Services, said funds will be used to help fix pets in the community and limit overpopulation at shelters.
“Not pets that are already at the shelter but pets that somebody might want to keep if it was fixed,” she said. “We’ve got so many animals coming in through our front door, so they wanted to work with us on the intake diversion method which would reduce the population so we don’t have as many coming into the shelter.”
As part of its fundraising efforts Fix Georgia Pets, whose mission is “to end overpopulation and stop senseless euthanasia in the state,” will match contributions dollar-for-dollar, up to a maximum of $10,000 and potential impact of $20,000.
Donations can be made one of four ways:
- •By donating via credit card, debit card or personal check online here.
- •By making a check payable to Fix Georgia Pets, and mailing it to 4164 Mack Lane, Augusta, GA 30904
- •By purchasing a $5 raffle ticket at Wild Birds Unlimited at 3830 Washington Road, or Art on Broad at 1028 Broad Street in Augusta.
- •By visiting www.orangecatwraps.com and donating $50 or more to receive a wrapped, pet-themed Christmas ornament in a gift-wrapped box that can be given as a holiday gift.
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