Monday, May 12, 2008

Fur Lovers Unite!

So, I've already told you the Walton County Commission Chairman is coming to our membership meeting on June 17. Let me tell you why that's important.

There has been no humane society in Walton County for a very long time. Unfortunately, our animal services have suffered because of the lack of attention. Here's a few challenges we face:

  • The shelter is old, outdated and very undersized.
  • We are the only shelter in the 19 county metro-Atlanta area that doesn't offer evening or weekend hours.
  • The animals are available for viewing from 2-5 pm, 4 days a week. Most face euthanasia after about 2 weeks if not adopted. That means they have a mere 24 hours on public display in the shelter.
  • Nearly 80% of the animals coming into the shelter are eventually euthanized.
  • The shelter only takes money orders for adoption fees - no cash, checks or credit cards.
  • Our county parks don't permit pets.
  • Our cruelty ordinances need strengthening.

That's enough for starters.

This meeting is intended to talk about what services and changes are planned and discuss what other animal-related concerns. The attendance at this meeting will speak volumes to the politicians. So if you feel we can do better, please come out and support us. After all, us fur-lovers have gotta stick together!

Oh, we'll also be giving our "State of the Animals" report, with info on the impact of pets in Walton Co. Can the night get any more exciting? I think not.

Tuesday, June 17, 6:30 pm. Walton-Monroe Library, 2317 W. Spring St., Monroe. Be there!

'Til later, Buddy

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