CORDELE, GA (WALB) - One South Georgia animal shelter has looked forward to the Clear the Shelters event in partnership with WALB that's happening Saturday, August 19.
The small Cordele Animal Shelter faces a lot of obstacles, but the Cordele Police Department who runs the shelter hopes this summer will be a turning point.
In June, a volunteer program, including volunteer Shirley Duckworth, popped up to help the shelter. It's called Friends of Cordele Animal Shelter.
"I adopted my own rescue pet about 8 years ago," said Duckworth. "I was one of the ones that did not know we had a local animal shelter."
Overcrowding has plagued the Cordele Animal Shelter over the past couple months.
"We've had a big problem with our shelter being at capacity or near capacity," said Cordele Police Lt. Ketorie Sales.
Right now, the shelter has around 40 animals in-house, which is the maximum.
30 of those pets are adoptable. Around 15 are cats, and around 15 are dogs.
With overcrowding comes something no animal lover wants to hear about: putting animals down.
"When you go into that shelter and you see those dogs, they just sit there," said Duckworth. "They're begging for a chance. You have to give it to them."
Friends of Cordele Animal Shelter has only two volunteers now, but Lt. Sales said Friday that more are on the way.
He said the program is helping lower that euthanization rate.
"For a while, we were doing maybe 2 or 3 a week or more," said Lt. Sales. "I think the last two weeks we haven't done any."
So, the Clear the Shelters event happening Saturday, August 19, comes at a perfect time for these sweet animals.
"We hope every dog that we have available gets a home," said Duckworth.
Although there will still be a cost to adopt from the Cordele Animal Shelter Saturday, Duckworth said its a great chance for you to connect with an animal that may complete your household.
"If you give that dog a chance, that dog will be loyal to you forever," she said.
If you choose to adopt, it'll cost between $35 and $95, depending on the pet.
That money is paid to the veterinarian to get the animal spayed or neutered, which is required by law for adoption.
For more information on Clear the Shelters, and a list of shelters participating in Southwest Georgia, click here.
You can also follow the effort on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by using the hashtag #ClearTheShelters.
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