State orders no-kill animal rescue group to close shelter

All About Animals seeks donations for new building, homes for 120 pets

jhubbard@macon.comAugust 10, 2010 

  • You can help

    All About Animals Rescue in Macon is seeking volunteers, monetary donations and good homes for its animals.
    Call (478) 621-5116, e-mail or write to P.O. Box 4331, Macon, GA 31208.
    PetSmart, 4551 Billy Williamson Drive, Macon, will also take public donations to purchase new cages.

About 77 dogs and 40 cats rescued from the streets of Macon may soon end up homeless yet again.

The Georgia Department of Agriculture ordered All About Animals Rescue, a no-kill shelter off Hardeman Avenue, to close its building in October.

The state received a complaint and inspected the four-room shelter in July, citing them with animal overcrowding, as well as the building and animal cages not being up to state standards, officials said.

There is an ongoing investigation into the shelter, and it stands to lose its license to operate if the building isn’t closed and the animals vacated, said Yao Seidu, spokesman for the Georgia Department of Agriculture.

“We have needed a new building for a long, long time,” said Lisa Stinson, a volunteer at the shelter. “We had too many animals and had outgrown it.” But with little donations to buy a new shelter and few pet adoptions, volunteers fear if the about 120 animals living at the shelter are not adopted soon, they will be turned over to the state and could be euthanized.

“We have to have all the animals out or the government will take possession of them, and we don’t want that to happen,” Stinson said.

The shelter has launched a Facebook campaign and is showcasing some of the pets in front of Macon’s PetSmart on Sundays hoping to find the animals good homes.

“It’s just tragic,” said Kelly Ennis, who has seven dogs, four of which were rescued.

She stopped by the pet retail chain and talked with shelter volunteers who were selling snow cones and T-shirts to raise funds.

“Dogs love unconditionally,” she said. “I don’t want to know their fate.”

To adopt an animal is $125, which includes a fee to have the pet spayed or neutered and cost for initial shots.

Like many hit in a tough economy, Travis New and his fiance, Jessica Donald, wanted to adopt an 8-week-old bulldog mix named Max on Sunday but decided they just couldn’t afford it.

“We want another dog, but we just bought a new house,” New said. “If it weren’t for the money, we would.”

All About Animals director Mary Crawford said she may be able to offer some adoption fee discounts, but said the shelter spent $870 last week alone on vet bills and adoption fees are needed so they can take care of the animals.

She’s hoping with the public’s help, the shelter can get a reprieve.

To contact writer Julie Hubbard, call 744-4331.

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