We arrived at Clayton County Animal Control (CCAC) around 9 am and hit the ground sprinting. Other than some navigating errors and some spilled coffee, we stuffed our breakfast down the hatch and got started. We arrived with a large package of supplies for the dogs thanks to GP as well as many private donations. Our collar drive was very successful and we were able to supply a stock of those, as well as props for doggie photography (boas, glasses, scarves), bones, treats, and toys to help develop the first shelter enrichment program.
Our first task was to greet the volunteers (Partners for Pets) and the employees of CCAC. Then we went inside the shelter to say hello to our canine friends. Some were scared and some were shy, but there were also dogs that were playful and excited to have visitors! And the shy or scared ones became less so when taken outside to play. Because Friday is the day where dogs get euthanized we quickly reviewed the list of dogs that had been there the longest and who were in danger of being put to sleep. We wanted to prioritize evaluating and spending time with these dogs to give them their best chance of survival. And at the very least, help provide a good experience on what could be their last day. Our team performed temperament testing and after the testing spent time running and playing with each dog. We worked with Partners for Pets to get video of each dog to show how special they are to potential rescuers. In addition, we used our new photo props to take pictures of dogs in highest need. Some dogs really hammed it up and showed their star potential!
Time was running out and we did not have enough people to interact with all of the dogs we wanted to evaluate. Things seemed fairly quiet on the rescue front and all of us were nervous as the day drew to a close. The shelter closes at 4 pm so we had to leave by that time. This is this saddest part about every Thursday because Friday morning some dogs will not make it in spite of everyone’s best efforts. Because of that there is a tradition of “last bones.” That is where dogs scheduled to be euthanized are given a bone for what could be their last night. GP had purchased kongs and while we visited dogs, volunteers filled them with peanut butter. We then distributed to all of the dogs that may not be here after Friday morning, as well as a bone for each. This was the hardest part of the day and I’m not going to lie- some tears were shed and we felt emotionally drained. We truly appreciate the volunteers of this shelter (Partners for Pets) that face this heartache every day and keep on working for the animals.
The rest of the day was spent working hard to negotiate funds, fosters, and resources available to save dogs ranging from puppies to adult dogs. Now, it is after midnight and we return to the shelter at 8 am, so I am going to surprise you with who the new Peaches are tomorrow. Hell, I have a feeling we will be surprised because you never know what happens on euthanasia days. And since GP only takes dogs in true need – ones that are not spoken for locally – there can be last minute shuffles.
This article was written by peachpuppies