The Hall County Animal Shelter announced it will require an appointment to turn in pets, according to AccessWDUN.
The shelter announced the change in intake procedure Monday. This comes as one of the recommendations of Best Friend Animal Society, an organization which was called in to make recommendations for the shelter.
Shelter staff previously dealt with unpredictable and high rates of intake, according to a press release from the county, and the appointment intake schedule is designed to combat the lost time and resources from the old way. With the new process, shelter staff have also been trained to provide animal owners with information about rescue organizations and other avenues to find the best fit for the animal – whether or not that includes the shelter.
“We expect the new system to increase the number of live outcomes at the shelter and free up the staff and volunteers’ valuable time to assist in other areas, like pet adoptions,” said Danielle Busch, Hall County Animal Shelter Coordinator.
Boots is a happy and handsome dog! His white and brindle marketing help him stand out. He is blending with the dogs and cats at his foster home. Still has some puppy personality and wants to play with the other dogs. He has shown interest in tug toys and has had a soft mouth with us. Boots walks on a leash, sits and is learning to come to his name.
Lucie is a female 60 lb hound mix born July 2009. Chevy is a playful neutered male, 25 lbs terrier mix born October 2009. Both enjoy spending time outdoors, in the house and they love to cuddle with one another. Both listen very well, understand commands and are crate and house broken. They are good around strangers and children and are open to other dogs. As bonded siblings, they will take up for one another if any animal tries to be aggressive towards one or the other. They love treats and eat very well. Chevy loves to be bathed, but hates his nails to be cut. Lucie does not like baths and prefers to roll around outside. Lucie needs to loose a few pounds and Chevy needs to gain a few! They are looking for their loving forever home and would be fantastic inside pets who have plenty of room to run around outside.
Project Freedom Ride will transport 40 dogs formerly in the Augusta animal shelter to the northeast, according to the Augusta Chronicle.
Volunteers and staff at Animal Services were busy Monday sorting through volumes of paperwork and gathering records needed to transport the dogs all at once. It takes a lot of time “and coordination,” said Crystal Eskola, the interim director of Animal Services. Project Freedom founder Jenn McConn has spent “probably a month to get the whole thing coordinated,” she said.
In their pens in the back, Thelma and Louise, each with five puppies, awaited their big day with wagging tails. Thelma had puppies about four weeks ago and was trying to nurse all 10 herself. Louise came into the shelter with no puppies but still full of milk from a recent litter, so the staff split the puppies between them. Louise took to her puppies immediately, Eskola said.
Saving dogs like them from kill shelters is the mission of Project Freedom Ride, McConn said. It started when the family lived in Texas and they adopted their first dog from a kill shelter there, which “kind of opened our eyes to what it was like there,” she said. They started making videos to try to get the animals adopted out, and her son, Roman, became a star.
The group spends on average $15,000 a month transporting animals out of kill shelters, so donations are always appreciated. In just over two years, they have rescued more than 1,500 dogs.
Eskola said Animal Services is grateful for the help as well.
“It’s tremendous to get that many out,” she said. “It’s wonderful, absolutely wonderful.”