More than a month after Macon-Bibb County officials granted a “pardon” to the animals in the Macon-Bibb County animal shelter, there is a push to get the final dogs adopted.
An “Empty the Old Shelter Adoption Day” is scheduled for Saturday, March 7, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the shelter at 1010 11th St.
Volunteers say more than 100 dogs and cats have been adopted since the pardon began Feb. 4. As of Friday evening, there were 26 dogs remaining, including a chow, Labrador retriever mixes, pit bull mixes, a fox terrier mix and a German shepherd mix.
These animals are still at the old shelter and will not be moving to the new shelter on Fulton Mill Road, which has not yet opened.
The fee to adopt one of the remaining dogs is $80 for Macon-Bibb residents and includes a pet license fee and a rabies shot. The fee is $70 for residents of other counties.
Volunteers also say $50 of the fee is refundable by providing proof the animal has been spayed or neutered.
At least two of the dogs have already been altered, and those adoption fees would be either $30 or $20, depending on the adopters’ county of residence.
Saturday’s event is open to the public, and volunteers -- even those not adopting an animal -- are encouraged to stop by the shelter.