Cairo animal shelter forced to close its doors

Published: Jun. 23, 2016 at 4:38 PM EDT
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By: Erika Fernandez

June 23, 2016

CAIRO, Ga. (WCTV) --- After four years, Second Chance Animal Rescue doesn't have the money to keep its doors open.

This animal shelter, known for rescuing dogs off the street, is losing its ability to operate. Struggling with high electricity bills and a deteriorating building, SCAR is set to close July 1.

"We need help," says Mollie Johnson, owner and founder of SCAR. “I can’t, we've done this for four years. We've fought the good fight, and now we're losing."

Since opening in 2012, the staffers say helping strays has become a way of life. They say it’s now difficult to face the reality that their operations will soon end.

"I try not to think about it because I don’t have much else to do but work up here and be around these dogs," says volunteer, Caitlyn Logue. “And it’s going to be hard not being around them."

"Next week when I leave the building, I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself," Johnson says.

SCAR's owner, says they're in desperate need of space and funds to provide better living conditions for the animals.

Johnson says the rescue is still taking dogs, but only in emergency situations. They're reaching out to other rescue shelters to hopefully find spots for the dogs currently needing homes.

If you'd like to donate, you can find Second Chance Animal Rescue’s Facebook page here: