Photo of a dog in a kennel at Augusta's animal shelter
Augusta, GA -
Officials are looking for new ideas to save pets at Augusta's animal shelter.
With more than 500 animals per month being put down at the shelter, Augusta Commissioners have directed Augusta Animal Services director Sharon Broady and rescue groups meet with interim City Administrator Tameka Allen to find a way to reduce that number.
Animal advocate Lorna Barrett will take part in the meeting and she says the city needs to create a new position at the shelter. "I propose that they hire an adoption coordinator position. It would be an inexpensive thing to do and that position could take care of the tracking, could coordinate volunteers, coordinate adoption events, and be a benefit to the center," she says.
Another topic will be to allow rescue groups to adopt unaltered animals to reduce the numbers being euthanized.
Barrett says Broady has been blocking contracting with rescue groups to allow them to take unaltered animals because state law says they must be fixed within 30 days. However, there is not enough staff at the department to track that.
Barrett says the Adoption Coordinator could help with that.