BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) - It's a growing problem for many animal shelters in South Georgia.
They say more and more animals come through their doors every day, but they just don't have the money, nor the space, to take care of them.
Animals at the Bainbridge-Decatur County Humane Society are packed inside this space that was not originally meant to house animals in the first place.
Staff member Ashley White said, “Right now, we do a fairly good job with what we have. But, the building is just inadequate for our needs.”
And their needs aren't anything out of the ordinary.
White said their building lacks basic necessities to take care of the hundreds of animals that come in each month.
White said, “Problems like improper ventilation, foundation problems, mold and mildew.”
And with the little money the shelter already does have, the staff say they have to get creative when it comes to repairing mold issues.
Bainbridge-Decatur County Humane Society's Board of Directors secretary Kirbo said, “It's pretty desperate. It's not a good situation. It's not healthy for the animals or the people who work there.”
The good news is, these animals won't have to stay in this facility for much longer.
The shelter just received a five-acre donation on which to build an entirely new shelter.
Now, they're hosting a fundraiser to go towards the construction of a new building.
White said, “We're going to exhibit art in many different forms. It's just going to be animal-themed.”
The Art for Animals fundraiser will take place at the Firehouse Gallery on January 31st.
Kirbo said, “Most of the art will be for sale, with 20% of it going to the Humane Society for our capital campaign.”
All ticket sales will go toward the new building.
You can call the Humane Society at 229-246-0101 to purchase tickets and donate to the shelter.
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