Albany Humane Society's push for a 'no-kill' shelter

Albany Humane Society's push for a 'no-kill' shelter
Executive Director Jonathan Sizemore (Source: WALB)
Executive Director Jonathan Sizemore (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Albany humane society is one step closer to becoming a no-kill shelter, which means they would euthanize less than 10-percent of the animals brought to the shelter.

Executive Director Jonathan Sizemore says this is a collaborative effort with the entire community.

One challenge they have is the fact that they're an open intake shelter, and are contracted to intake every animal that is dropped off.

But the main challenge they've found is the overpopulation of cats.

It's mating season when they see an influx of animals, and so far they've received 108 kittens this month alone.

Right now they're still pushing the Trap, neuter, release program.

"Trap and kill doesn't work. So trap, neuter, vaccinate and then return to where they live has been found to have a much higher success rate for controlling a feral cat population," Sizemore said.

They've partnered with Best Friends Animal Society for a national goal of accomplishing "No-kill" shelters by 2025.

Sizemore is confident they will complete that goal before then, especially with all of the adoption events.

They need volunteers and community members to participate in their animal foster program, and they plan to work with city leaders and animal control to make this dream a reality.

If you'd like to volunteer or foster an animal, call the Albany Humane Society (229) 888-7387.

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