Every one of the more than 40 dogs quarantined after a Parvovirus/Giardia outbreak at Macon Animal Control’s shelter on 11th Avenue were saved before the deadline of 4:30 p.m. today. As of Thursday, September 1, only seven dogs remained unclaimed and in danger of being killed.
Employees at GEICO in Macon got together and offered to pay the $75 adoption fee for any or all of the seven dogs. Facebook members posted and shared feverishly. Donna Arledge Segelken posted a list of dogs and photos more than once, keeping other Facebook members updated on which dogs remained unclaimed and in danger, and they, in turn, shared the information on their walls.
AC Pup posted pleas on his Facebook wall for help for the dogs.
One local television station posted a story on its website about the approaching deadline. Finally, this afternoon, Segelken posted the news: all of the dogs were spoken for. All were safe.
While volunteers and rescuers spent about two weeks getting all of the dogs to safety, bear in mind that two weeks is much longer than dogs at any animal control facility generally survive.
And the shelter is not empty, not by a long shot. Animal Control, parvo outbreak or not, is still mandated to serve the Macon/Bibb County area, picking up stray animals, investigating and in some cases seizing animals when they receive cruelty complaints or are called to the scene of a criminal investigation. Those animals are at the shelter now, their lives measured in hours, not weeks. Among them is a stray pitbull who gave birth only a day or two ago to eight puppies.
Now that the shelter is operational again, they are once more receiving owner-surrendered pets, and 2011 has seen a glut of owner surrenders. In case you didn’t know already, owner surrendered pets die first. There is no mandated hold time for owner-surrendered pets. They can be killed at any time. If the shelter is already full, that pet you think will be put up for adoption at the shelter may be dead before you get back into your car. The shelter has to keep strays and cruelty/criminal case animals for a certain period of time. If the shelter fills up with dogs and cats still under those mandated holds, the only way to make room for more is to kill animals not under a hold. That generally means owner-surrenders. We can’t stress this enough. Your “beloved,” well cared-for pet that you suddenly don’t have room for will die in utter terror just to make room for some mangy, half dead mutt that’s been roaming the streets. That may not seem fair, but there it is. And that mangy mutt is perfectly happy to live as long as he can, too.
Plenty of cats and kittens are at the shelter in addition to all the dogs, and they are hoping for a reprieve from certain death, also.
It’s not over, folks. It is never over. Please take the time to look at the animals posted on Pet Harbor – and be sure to check out the Lost and Found pages on Pet Harbor, because sometimes the animals never get posted to the adoption page. If you see one on the Lost and Found pages you are interested in, contact Macon Animal Control to find out when the animal will be available for adoption. The fee is $75 and includes spay/neuter, if the animal is old enough.
Visit Macon Animal Control Monday – Friday at 1010 Eleventh Street, or call 478-751-9200.