By: Noelani Mathews
July 20, 2016
LOWNDES CO., Ga. (WCTV) – The animal shelter in Lowndes County wants to get animals off the street, and into a loving home.
"The reality of it is we may have 20 to 30 animals that are euthanized here in a week at the shelter," says Lowndes County Public Information Officer Paige Dukes.
The flow of unwanted pets, she says, never stops.
"It's because people do not spay and neuter their animals we have an overpopulation in Lowndes County,” adds Dukes.
So now, staff and volunteers in the community are stepping up.
With the help of animal rescues, adoption numbers are increasing.
Those rescues save unwanted pets like Nemo, a 4-month-old chihuahua with a deformed paw.
He was surrendered by his owner, but the Pixel Fund Rescue in Valdosta is giving him a second chance to get adopted by a loving home.
"It's very overwhelming for someone involved in animal rescue with the amount of unwanted pets here,” says Michelle Williams, with the Pixel Fund.
Unlike many states, Georgia does not have a low-cost spay and neuter program.
"You look at the amount of time and effort it takes for one, and we're having to do it for 20,” adds Williams.
That’s why many unwanted pets in Lowndes County, and also being sent to rescues out-of-state.
"I do believe we're on the way to a better place, but that starts with spay and neuter,” says Dukes.
Until then, they continue educating the community.
"If you can't adopt, foster. If you can't foster, sponsor. If you can't sponsor, at least volunteer," says Williams.
The shelter and local rescues are encouraging people to take action, and save a life in the process.
On Saturday July 23, the Lowndes County Animal Shelter is waiving adoption fees for pets between the hours of 12 p.m. and 6 p.m.
The Shelter says anyone interested in the free adoption will still have to go through screening before receiving the pet.