The Shelter Belongs to the Community at Fitzgerald, Georgia
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The Shelter Belongs to the Community at Fitzgerald, Georgia

Shelter in Focus: Fitzgerald-Ben Hill County Humane Society “This place belongs to the community; everything in here, including the animals, belongs to the community,” Nancy told us when we arrived at the Fitzgerald-Ben Hill County Humane Society. Nancy Chambliss is the Animal Care Assistant (although after spending some time with her that title simply does…

A Tale of Two Shelters
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A Tale of Two Shelters

Private animal shelters often are built near public shelters to do the job that the tax-payer funded shelter is not. They literally rescue dogs from the public shelter. Why is more not expected from a government run shelter? Why do citizens pay for two shelters – one with their taxes and the other with their donations (and hearts)? And why, pray tell, do we allow this to go on?

September Newsletter

September Newsletter

THANK YOU!!! Thank you for making our first Online Auction such a success – donors, buyers, volunteers, and most especially Lindsay Kohr, who headed up our auction, and Karen Alden and Becky Zarrella who helped her with everything! We learned a lot and are already making plans for next year. Special thanks to the following…

A Small Shelter on the Brink of Bigger Things
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A Small Shelter on the Brink of Bigger Things

On her one-hour commute (each way, each day) Melissa, the executive director of the SPCA Of Bradley County – TN has a lot of time to think about ways to improve the situation at the shelter. Her sunny personality, quick wit, and willingness to tackle even the toughest challenge make her the perfect leader for…

Somebody Has to Save The Dogs in Webster County
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Somebody Has to Save The Dogs in Webster County

“Why do you do this?” I asked Rose, the founder/director/doer-of-pretty-much-everything at Saving Webster Dogs. Rose shrugged, smiled, sighed, and said, “Somebody has to do it.” But, somebody doesn’t have to do it. In fact, nobody else in Webster County, West Virginia is willing to do what Rose does to save these dogs.

Rescue Dependent on One Individual
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Rescue Dependent on One Individual

This is not a sustainable situation, but it is one that we encounter almost everywhere we go: Incredible heroes (mostly middle-aged and older women) sacrificing everything to save the animals, and counties who count on them with no plan for what happens when they can no longer continue to rescue (or the rescue connections dry up).

I asked Leonika how we solve this, and she shook her head. She said


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