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Blakely animal shelter gets foster program

Friends of Blakely Animal Shelter got a fostering agreement approved this week. (Source: WALB) Friends of Blakely Animal Shelter got a fostering agreement approved this week. (Source: WALB)
These kittens were born last week right in the shelter. (Source: WALB) These kittens were born last week right in the shelter. (Source: WALB)
Laura Cockrum volunteers at the shelter. (Source: WALB) Laura Cockrum volunteers at the shelter. (Source: WALB)
Janie Thomas has been helping at the shelter for one year. (Source: WALB) Janie Thomas has been helping at the shelter for one year. (Source: WALB)
This dog was found lying around near the elementary school. (Source: WALB) This dog was found lying around near the elementary school. (Source: WALB)
BLAKELY, GA (WALB) -

The animal shelter in Blakely has come a long way in the past few years.

This week it took another step in finding more forever homes for its animals.

Friends of Blakely Animal Shelter is under the control of the city and is ran mostly by dedicated volunteers.

This week they presented a plan for a foster program to the city council.

"It gives me self satisfaction along with community satisfaction and the satisfaction that these animals are getting homes, well-loved homes," said shelter volunteer Laura Cockrum.

She said that it's been a busy few weeks for the shelter.

"We have 12 dog kennels where we actually had to double or triple up on some of our animals," said Cockrum. 

Animal Control often has to euthanize the animals that don't get adopted.

"It tears each and everyone of us apart every time euthanization is even brought up," explained Cockrum.

The volunteers are making it a goal to save all of the animals that come into the shelter.

"From all kill to virtually a no kill," said volunteer Janie Thomas.

Volunteers took their fight to city hall. The solution: creating a foster program.

"We'll now be able to find the animals in the shelter a good foster home and that way they are not being raised in a small confining cage," explained Cockrum.

Volunteers are hoping the fostering home will help find temporary homes so cats like Judith don't have to give birth in the shelter. 

"If we get fosters for our mamas-to-be they are able to stretch out and give birth to their babies in a quiet environment that's not so busy," said Cockrum.

In an animal-friendly city like Blakely, volunteers hope to get more animals out of the shelter and into loving homes.

Volunteers said that this is another step in the right direction. 

They are working now to get a neuter and spade program set-up in the county. 

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