The Madison – Oglethorpe Animal Shelter plans to begin implementing “scheduled surrenders” of animals, according to a press release.
The shelter has already taken in over 1,800 dogs and cats, puppies and kittens this year, and only accepts animals from Madison and Oglethorpe counties, shelter officials stated.
Beginning Oct. 1, in order to surrender an unwanted puppy, kitten, cat, dog or litter, you will need to contact the shelter and make an appointment.
“We will still accept walk-ins; however, in order to better serve you and your companion animal, an appointment will be necessary,” officials said. “Walk-in surrenders may have a wait as scheduled ones will take precedence.”
MOAS offers many resources and educational opportunities to help pet owners maintain the treasured bonds their animal companions. “If you’ve exhausted these resources and feel that you have no other alternative, let’s work together to ensure the best possible solution for you and your pet,” shelter officials said. “We understand that there are sometimes circumstances that may prevent you from being able to keep your animal and we are here to help.”
Those bringing in pets for surrender will need to provide a current drivers license with a Madison or Oglethorpe County address, as well as the pet’s medical records. “Please consider a reasonable monetary donation to help us provide for your pet,” officials said.
The shelter also offers feral cat trap rentals. For more information on how MOAS can help, or to schedule an appointment, call 706-795-2868.
09/30/12 at 07:52 PM
What makes them think that if you can't take care of your pet you are going to be willing to make a donation to take care of your pet? That whole statement sound dumb to me. If you can afford to make a donation you can afford to keep the pet? All this is going to do is cause more people to set pets out on the side of the road?
10/04/12 at 05:27 PM
The animal shelter is severely under-funded so they have to always be asking for donations any way they can. There are circumstances other than affordability that come with surrendered animals, like disability of the owner, moving to a place that doesn't allow animals or someone who finds an animal but can't locate an owner or a taker so they surrender it to the shelter and make a donation to care for it in hopes it will get adopted, but they don't want a pet.
I suspect you could be right about the appointments, but they will still take walk-ins so it's not a deterrent. It's a matter of convenience for them and the people coming in so as not to waste people's time so much. You can go and expect not to have to wait if you have an appointment. It's a good idea. If the animal shelter wasn't so overwhelmed with unwanted animals, this would not be necessary. If people would just simply get their pets fixed so babies don't happen, the shelter would not be so overwhelmed.