Macon Animal Control Shelter Shutting Down June 6 - Lives in Danger | Community Spirit
Macon Animal Control shelter has been fighting a losing battle against rats and roaches for years. On June 7, pest control experts will descend on the shelter and eradicate these pests.
There's just one problem: no one can be in the shelter when this happens. Not the staff and not the animals.
The shelter must be emptied by the end of the day June 6. Unfortunately, this means that any dog, puppy, cat or kitten not rescued or adopted by that time will be killed.
AC Pup, the shelter mascot, has issued a plea on his Facebook page: "Please help us! All of my Pound Pals must be out by June 6."
Acting director Van VanDeWalker and the shelter staff are working closely with area rescuers and donors to get the animals out, but more animals come in daily, so it's an ongoing battle. The animals need the public's help now more than ever.
"The shelter will be shut down for 3-5 days for complete infestation bombing," said Van VanDeWalker, director of Macon Animal Control. "We currently are at 78 dogs, 11 cats and we need to get everybody out of here by June 6. Hopefully that means adoptions, transfers and some fosters."
"Anyone with access to Facebook can go to On Borrowed Time and see pictures of the dogs and cats and get information on how to get help with adopting or fostering." -- Shelter Director Van VanDeWalker
To view a photo album of the dogs and cats, puppies and kittens currently available at Macon Animal Control, click here.
Adoptions are $75 per animal, regardless of age, and includes spay/neuter surgery and a rabies shot. Some sponsorship/donation money may be available, but that depends on availability of funds and may be limited to certain animals under certain conditions. Your best bet, if you want to help by fostering or adopting, is to ask on the On Borrowed Time Facebook page or contact one of the area rescues.
Often, when a local rescue group adopts out some of its animals, the group can pull more from the shelters and take them into their rescue program. Thus, adopting from a local rescue can help save a life at animal control.
You can also contact a rescue and offer to become a foster for animals they pull from the shelter. Here are links and contact information for some local rescues:
- All About Animals, 101 Riverside Drive, Macon. (478) 621-5116.
- Animal Rescue Coalition Humane Society (ARC HS), PO Box 14155, Macon, GA 31203. (478) 207-4079.
- FURever Friends Humane Society, PO Box 2275, Gray, GA 31032. Contact via e-mail or visit their website for adoption/foster/donation information and applications.
- Greyhounds Galore, 889 Luke Smith Road, Macon. (478) 742-0474
- Heart of Georgia Humane Society, PO Box 7554, Macon, GA 31209. (478) 477-9713
- Homeless Animal Rescue & Placement Services, Inc. HARPS provides support to owners and rescues, but does have some courtesy listings of available pets on their Petfinder page. PO Box 7367, Warner Robins, GA 31095. Contact via e-mail or their website.
- Humane Society of Houston County, 810 Carl Vinson Parkway, Centerville, GA31028. (478) 599-0211. Click here to go to their website.
- Macon Purrs N Paws, Macon. No physical shelter. Contact via e-mail or call (478) 238-3435.
- Save A Pet, Inc., PO Box 933, Forsyth, GA 31029. (478) 994-3882.