Augusta Animal Services Increases Adoptions, Educates Public

Augusta Animal Services Increases Adoptions, Educates Public (Image 1)

Augusta Animal Services held the 4th Annual Friends and Family Fun Day to get more pets adopted and to educate the community

The Kennel Operations Manager said numbers show that adoptions have increased this year compared to last year. She said the relationships with rescue groups and the community have helped. She said events like this raise awareness and let the public get a first-hand look at the shelter and services.

Right now, the advisory board is discussing new ordinances that many say could decrease the pet population.

Another pup out of the Augusta Animal Shelter and welcomed into a new family.

The Friends and Family Fun Day gives the public an opportunity to take a tour of the shelter, learn about animal services, and adopt animals.

Lisa Floyd is one vendor who came out to educate pet owners about the ways they can care for their pets at lower costs.

“I opened the business is 2003 because of the overpopulation problem because so many animals are euthanized in the CSRA,” said Floyd.

Floyd operates CSRA Life Saver as a way to give people more options. She said along with the animal shelter and rescue groups, she’s trying to lower the euthanasia rate.

“Ultimately, it’s not the shelter’s fault that the public is bringing the animals in here, they don’t want them, they found them on the side of the road, there’s just too many,” said Floyd.

Kennel Operations Manager Priscilla Crisler said there has been at least a 35 percent increase in shelter adoptions this year already. She’s said possible new city ordinances could help with the numbers brought into the shelter.

As an advisory board member, she said there is talk of making people pay a mandatory fee for their pets in Richmond County. 

“A fee of $10 for an altered animal for a lifetime registration has been discussed along with a potential $100 fee for unaltered animals for a yearly registration,” said Crisler.

In addition to this, the board is working on other regulations such as tethering animals and mandatory spay and neutering.

“It will force people to become more responsible for their pets and knowing that reproductive status is important to the community because when animals have litter after litter, those pets a lot of times go unwanted and they end up here, and unfortunately a lot of times they end up being euthanized,” said Crisler.

While events like this help increase adoptions and decrease kill rates, shelter staff says it’s still a work in progress to get the public to understand the importance of getting their pets fixed.

“I hope that commissioners do approve it and that it does go through because it’s needed, it’s a matter of life and death,” said Floyd.

The advisory board is still discussing these ordinances, but a vote should come next week. Crisler said if the ordinances are approved, they will go through the law department and then be sent to commissioners to be approved.

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