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July 27, 2007

Albany -- Dog fighting isn't the only pet problem, pet overpopulation also causes problems, even here in south Georgia.

Statistics show that an estimated six to eight million dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters each year.  The Humane Society of Terrell County is doing its part to save even more pets' lives and cut down on the number of animals killed.

This Saturday the humane society will host Adopt-A-Dog day on Ledo Road.  Sadly, approximately 55% of dogs and puppies entering shelters are eventually killed.

While humane society is a no-kill shelter, the more dogs they find loving homes for, the more they can take in and care for.

Buddy is a 3-year-old Lab and is one of a number of dogs waiting to be adopted this weekend.

"He was tied to a stop sign in the middle of town across the street from city hall. He apparently had been abandoned there," says Lucie Beeley with the Terrell County Humane Society.

Beeley hopes to place Buddy and many others in loving homes.

"We'll have a wide range of dogs there, anything from puppies to adults. We'll also have some pure bread dogs along with some mixed breed dogs. They all have one thing in common and that's that they need a good home," she says.

Shelters all over the country take in about six to eight million dogs and cats a year--and, unfortunately, space is limited.

 "In southwest Georgia we have a very common problem that is very common in the rural states and that is pet overpopulation. We've got to adopt out the homeless ones, so that we can take in more that need a place to stay," she says.

Beeley says there are ways to reduce pet overpopulation.

"Spaying and neutering your pet, preventing unwanted future litters, could really go a long way in making a dent in pet over population in our area," she says.

And rather than spending a several hundred dollars on a new pet, Beeley suggests a much cheaper alternative.

"Before anybody considers buying, I wish more people would consider adopting because your pet is out there somewhere," she says.

Adoption fees are only $75 and that includes all shots, spay and neutering, and any other medical needs.

Adopt-A-Dog will take place on Saturday from 10 AM to 2 PM at Amelia's Market at 3105 Ledo Road in Leesburg. For more information, you can contact the Humane Society at 995-7053.

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