A company policy change means pet lovers won't be seeing any more animals up for adoption outside an area PetSmart.
The Lowndes County Animal Shelter usually brings adoptable pets to the Valdosta PetSmart at the mall every weekend. The shelter said the store will no longer allow any pets that haven't been spayed or neutered to come to adoption events. Shelter organizers are now looking for another place to show off it's cats and dogs.
"We're a public shelter, we have animals that come into the shelter that are rescued and adopted out and we also have animals that have to be euthanized. So for the county to put the investment on the front end of spay and neutering every animal that goes to PetSmart prior to it being adopted or rescued is not something our tax payers can afford," said Public Information Officer Paige Dukes.
In the meantime, the shelter is holding an open house and pet adoption event Saturday, April 5, instead of going to PetSmart.