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Local Shelter Dogs Find Homes in NJ
Wednesday, 08 September 2010

September 8--  Fresh off a successful weekend of shipping dogs to new homes in New Jersey, members of the Sweet Onion Animal Protection Society (SOAPS) briefed the Lyons city council Tuesday night on initiatives the group is taking to save animals in Lyons.

Representatives from the "Home for Good Dog Rescue" group in Summit, New Jersey came to South Georgia over the weekend and visited animal shelters in Vidalia, Lyons, Hazlehurst, Montgomery County and Soperton.

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When they left, they took 27 dogs from the shelters and most of them were adopted and taken to what SOAPS calls "forever homes" in New Jersey Monday.

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Georgia Dogs With Their New Families in New Jersey

SOAPS volunteer Holly Reynolds says they hope to transfer eight dogs from the Lyons shelter to New Jersey soon.  She also reports 36 dogs from the Lyons shelter were transported to pet rescue groups in Illinois, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Florida and South Carolina in August.

Reynolds also told the council SOAPS has spent more than $30,000 on supplies and facilities at the Lyons shelter in the last 18 months.  Another $25,000 was spent on veterinary care for the animals, she said.

Volunteers from SOAPS go to the Lyons shelter on weekends to clean the animals and their pens, and Reynolds says they want to continue the cooperative arrangement with the city of Lyons.

Mayor John Moore thanked SOAPS for their efforts and said the city would continue to cooperate.

In actions at its September meeting, the Lyons councial approved $42,000 to buy two new police cars.  

It also set Thursday, October 28th as the city's official Halloween trick-or-treat night.


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