Blakely Animal Shelter gets help from social media

Blakely Animal Shelter gets help from social media
A litter of puppies just came in to the Blakely animal shelter.
A litter of puppies just came in to the Blakely animal shelter.
The shelter doesn't have much, but they've made improvements overtime.
The shelter doesn't have much, but they've made improvements overtime.
Debbie McDonald
Debbie McDonald
Adam Askew
Adam Askew

BLAKELY, GA (WALB) - Social media is playing a big part in helping some animals find good homes in Blakely.

A group called "Friends of the Blakely Animal Shelter" is making sure that fewer animals are euthanized and more get placed with families.

A litter of puppies just came in to the Blakely animal shelter. Which is overwhelming for volunteer Debbie McDonald who just got finished finding a home for a different group of puppies.

Adam Askew, who oversees animal control, said this is a problem in Blakely.

"People let their animals roam, and they just don't keep up with them, and that's where the animal control itself came into being," said Askew.

And until recently animal control functioned as just that, and not very many people knew there were animals to adopt here.

But then a group of people created "The Friends of the Blakely Animal Shelter" Facebook page, and it has had a huge response.

"Through all the sharing we got a lot of animals adopted," said Askew.

In fact, they adopted out 19 cats and dogs in December. That's a record, and Askew said that in the past they would have been lucky to adopt out that many in one year.

"There are so many great cats and dogs that are available. People just need to look at the shelter and see," said McDonald.

The shelter doesn't have much, but they've made improvements overtime. Their biggest need right now is food, but they could use blankets as well.

They post a lot of their needs on Facebook. And McDonald said that people have been very generous in the area.

"People might not have much, but they sure do share," said McDonald.

Animal Control has also extended the amount of time animals can stay at the shelter to three weeks.  Previously, animals were put down after just five days.

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