On Friday, May 17 the GP crew headed out early in the morning. Friday is one of the two euthanasia days at Clayton County Animal Control (CCAC) and we wanted to arrive in time to help with any last minute rescue options, which are typical of this day in general. When we left the shelter for the day yesterday, we were not sure if enough dogs would get rescued to make it a “no kill day.” Because of this we stopped to get sausage and egg sandwiches for the dogs that could possibly be euthanized and all three of us split the cost so we would all feel like we contributed to their delicious last meals. We had heavy hearts when we entered the shelter and this quickly changed to a huge celebration when the Partners for Pets and the Captain with shelter staff announced that it would be a no kill day. They said this was thanks to our help with the dogs and the fact that we rescued some of the larger dogs. Of course it was a major group effort between Partners and GP, not to mention that the CCAC captain works with rescues in hopes of increasing their live release rate. Regardless, we were ecstatic to think that our efforts and our presence at the shelter made this a reality. It was totally worth the trip and roller coaster of emotions!
You are probably wondering why we are rescuing some of these older and larger dogs when GP is a puppy rescue. When we made the decision to visit Georgia again, we knew that we would return with some adult dogs which are not our usual demographic. But with that said, we knew we could make a huge impact by taking some older dogs, and potentially contribute to our goal of a no-kill week at CCAC. Additionally, we have focused some of our attention at the shelter on the pit bull terrier/pit bull type dogs that have slim chances of rescue due to perceptions of their demeanor. Like many shelters, CCAC only allows rescues to pull pit bulls, and because of this, they must rely heavily on out of state groups to help. While this is intended to protect pit bull/types, it also makes their chances of survival even slimmer. Our efforts centered on obtaining and assessing behavior, as well as using video/pictures to show each of their star potential more effectively.
In the early afternoon we headed to Polk County to visit our urgent 8 who we rescued at the very last hour this past week. Polk County is a very rural area and the shelter was small and isolated. We met a local rescuer who helps the dogs of this shelter and it was fantastic to connect with her. Since Cedartown in Polk County is 10 minutes from the Alabama border, it was a long drive. While we were excited to see our puppies, we were very tired upon our return.
The night came to a close with us spending quality time with our fantastic hosts by having some margaritas in a warm summer storm. Yes, it is true about southern hospitality.
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