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South Georgians help save over 60 animals

Chet Powell Chet Powell

Over 60 animals were transported Thursday thanks to the help of a few South Georgians.

With a large shelter in Atlanta packed to capacity and more animals being brought in every day, the Georgia Wildlife Rescue Association has turned to south Georgia for help.

"Today was a big deal, I don't think this has been done before, this many animals being transferred at one time," said Chet Powell.

AWARE, the Atlanta Wildlife Animal Rescue Effort, is the biggest rehabber in the state.  It's full right now, so they sent 64 rescued animals to Tifton Thursday afternoon where volunteers then took them to rehab centers in our area.  

"We are trying to alleviate some of the animals from AWARE so that would give them more to take in animals," Powell said.

Volunteer Amy Heidt helped retrieve the animals and took a deer to a shelter in Thomasville where it can be restored to full heath.

"I love wildlife and I wanted to do what I can to help," Heidt said. "I do the best I can and of course having this network throughout the state we can actually get the animals to people that are qualified."

Volunteers are still needed and now training is available online.

"There are certain things you have to learn in person but the first steps the basics, we are going to have an online class," Powell said.

Those classes will be begin online in two weeks. Click here for more information.


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