Friends of North Augusta Animals working to save pets in the City

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WJBF) -- The animals of North Augusta are on the minds of several organizations including the Friends of North Augusta animals.

The grassroots community group is working toward advocacy and education in the City and working within a rescue network.

"The rescues are spending so much time saving the dogs and working with the cats and dogs, there's a lot of other things we wanted to work on like public education, working with city leaders and working on some of the policies that the rescues don't necessarily have time to do," Tyler Galles, President of Friends of North Augusta Animals told NewsChannel 6's Shawn Cabbagestalk.

Its primary mission is to work with the North Augusta animal pound. Kennels are located at the city's public works facility. "Most people just familiar with the Aiken County shelter but the City has its own holding facility with animal control," Galles said. 

The group is also working with the City providing officials a list of options they say are feasible in North Augusta to curb the population including vetting, spay and neutering, tagging and microchipping, and registration of animals.

The City of Aiken and Augusta both have registration policies for animals. In Aiken, registration is free if your animal is spayed or neutered with a microchip. It's $100 if your animal is fertile with or without a chip.

Programs like low-cost spay and neuter and legislation passed by the City. Like the three animal rule in fact help with pet populations.

"No more than three dogs or three cats, four months of age or older, may be kept on any residential premises," according to the City's website. "All animals kept within the City of North Augusta are required to be inoculated against rabies and appropriately tagged," it adds.

Friends of North Augusta Animals is hoping to work with local veterinarians in the area. "They don't do any vet care at the pound right now," Galles shared.

The group is also working on microchipping and tagging initiatives. TNR is also on their radar. In trap, neuter, and return/release, feral cats are trapped, spayed or neutered, and then released into the environment in hopes of slowing down the population over time.

FONAA want more volunteers to help out at the city pound.

Galles brought a dog named Keith to the interview, he shared that Keith was scheduled for euthanasia. "I kind of stepped up and decided to become a foster just because he's a super friendly dog. That's the main goal of ours just to save every animal that we can," Galles added.

You can find them on facebook, here: https://www.facebook.com/FriendsOfNorthAugustaAnimals/

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