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Mitchell shelter finds homes for its animals

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Kathy Harrell (WALB image) Kathy Harrell (WALB image)
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CAMILLA, GA (WALB) -

With just a few more days until Mitchell County Animal Rescue ends its contract with the county, the future of the animals is no longer a major concern.

In August, rescue shelter board members notified county commissioners that they intend to terminate the agreement they currently have with the county, on October first. The shelter was determined to find homes for the 80 animals before that date.

Going from 80 to 25 animals has been a stressful task for Rescue Coordinator Kathy Harrell.

 "Push, push, push," said Harrell.  "There's not been a moment's rest.  It's been trying to keep up with the shelter, trying to keep up with the animals, trying to get them all vetted, trying to find a place for them.  It has just been very, very hectic."

But Harrell says all that hard work is paying off. "I'm sad that we're having to go out, period. That was never intended. But since we are, were going out with an empty facility.  All of our babies have homes or rescues.  And I'd say we did one hell of a job."

Last night, the Mitchell County Commission agreed to pay the shelter $6,000, to help spay and neuter the remaining animals, so they could be transported to other rescues, before the end of the month.

"A lot of them are going up to Canada," Harrell said. "We've got some going to Florida.  We've got a few going to Pennsylvania.  So hopefully by Thursday afternoon, if we can get everybody in to get vetted, and our vet is working with us right now to get everybody in and get vetted, they'll be out of here."

Harrell says they couldn't have gotten their numbers down without help from the community.

"We've gotten to know these dogs and cats very well.  They're like ours, so we didn't want to walk away and leave anybody behind.  We know they're going to be safe and well taken care of."

On October first, the Mitchell County Correctional Institute will supervise the facility.

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