Martha Ann Coe of the Terrell County Animal Shelter
DAWSON, GA (WALB) -
The Terrell County Animal Shelter is overwhelmed right now, and they hope you'll help reduce the overcrowding.
Over the last month, The Terrell County Animal Shelter picked up several dozen dogs. They're planning a special adoption day to find good homes for them.
Most of the dogs were picked up off the streets by Terrell County Animal Control. Some were abandoned by their owners.
"Either turn their dogs loose because they do not want to take care of them anymore. They move away and abandon them, leave them at their homes," said Martha Ann Coe of the Terrell County Animal Shelter.
The Terrell County Animal Shelter took in 36 dogs in last month. "And that had just absolutely overburden our kennel at this time," Coe said.
The animal shelter will hold an adopt-a-thon later this month to find foster and permanent homes before it's too late. "At least come by and say hello to the dogs and to our staff," she said.
When a dog is brought to the shelter, they will give the owner a chance to come back and claim their pet. Currently two shelters are being used to house all the dogs. "We're just overrun with animals that are just disposed of like they don't exist."
Workers say the stray dog problem is growing in rural areas. They say they have a dog to fit the needs of anyone looking for a pet. "These dogs are good dogs, we have trained dogs, we have house dogs, and we have little dogs and big dogs."
They're hoping adopters come forward so these dogs won't have to be euthanized.
The Adopt-a Thon is March 22 from 10AM to 4PM at Tractor Supply on Ledo Road.
If you want to adopt a dog before March 22, you can call the animal shelter at 229-995-4410.