MITCHELL CO., GA (WALB) - The future of a South Georgia animal shelter is unclear after the Mitchell County Animal Rescue Board notified county commissioners that they are going to hand the keys back over to the county on October 1.
It has been two days since the board notified the county about its intentions.
But in those 48 hours, the anxiety over the future of the shelter has weighed heavily on those who work with the animals every day.
For several months, Mitchell county has leased the facility to Mitchell County Animal Rescue to provide care for the animals.
"When we started this, we were just a group of volunteers. We dedicated our lives to this," said Shelter Director of Rescue Kathy Harrell.
But according to a letter, MCAR President Jan Belyeu and Treasurer Richard Waters stated that much needed help from volunteers was "simply not there." And with the announcement of the impending termination, Harrell said that the future of the animals is unknown.
"Terrified. The animals need us," said Harrell.
The letter went on to say that up until October 1, MCAR will "attempt to find homes for all animals in (their) care."
The county said that they have two options: option one, take back over the facility; or two, explore other options to lease out the facility.
"We've made it a success," explained Harrell. "We've not had to put the first animal down because of a number and we've fought really hard for that."
And Harrell said that she will continue to fight to make sure the animals are the priority as the county determines the future of the shelter.
"I don't care who takes it over, who does what. As long as they are at the forefront. That's what I hope," said Harrell.
The statement went on to recognize the improvements Mitchell County Animal Rescue has made, such as adding kennels. They also said that they hope the county will use the improvements to house animals longer.