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Good News/Bad News at Animal Shelter
Monday, 05 January 2009

January 5--  There is good news and bad news to report at the Vidalia Animal Shelter in December.  "We went into the month with a lot of apprehension because we had so many animals at the shelter which needed homes, but we adopted out more animals than we ever anticipated," according to Therisa Ingley of the Sweet Onion Animal Protection Society (SOAPS).

The good news is that a lot of animals were adopted during the month after the city reduced adoption fees from $45 to $20 dollars in an effort to find homes for dogs and cats, puppies and kittens.  "We adopted out 39 dogs and 23 cats for a total of 62 animals for the month, which is good," says Shelter Manager Sonya Hall.  

The bad news is "the thing we keep running into is that for every one adopted we bring in two or three," she reports.  "We encourage everybody who has pets who can't come out and adopt to spay or neuter the ones they do have," Hall suggests.

There's also financial help available, up to $100, to help you pay to spay or neuter an adopted pet.  The money comes from SOAPS and is money well-spent according to Ingley.  "We can only house so many homeless animals, and the only way to prevent overcrowding at the shelter is to have animals spayed or neutered so we'll have fewer puppies and kittens which need homes," she says.

In the meanwhile, SOAPS has provided five new temporary dog pens at the shelter and is working with the city on plans to build ten new permanent pens, according to Ingley.


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