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No-kill Gilmer County animal shelter closing its doors

There are 42 comments on the CBS Atlanta story from Jan 27, 2012, titled No-kill Gilmer County animal shelter closing its doors. In it, CBS Atlanta reports that:

The shelter has been forced to close - not because it doesn't have enough money - but because it doesn't have enough volunteers, and now there's a rush to find the animals a place to live.

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Care Giver

Ellijay, GA

#1 Jan 30, 2012
Can Homeward Bound use ppl that have to do community service for Gilmer co or surrounding counties? If so someone should talk to the probation office & parol office. What about the men at the Isaiah House? I also think that ppl that have been in trouble for animal abuse or neglect should have to volunteer at places like Homeward Bound!!
Mike Davis

Ellijay, GA

#2 Jan 30, 2012
Care Giver wrote:
Can Homeward Bound use ppl that have to do community service for Gilmer co or surrounding counties? If so someone should talk to the probation office & parol office. What about the men at the Isaiah House? I also think that ppl that have been in trouble for animal abuse or neglect should have to volunteer at places like Homeward Bound!!
I agree. Why can't community service be applied here? It would be a shame to lose our animal shelter.

“Airhead”

Since: Jan 11

I'm finished with commas!

#3 Jan 31, 2012
Oh no, this is terrible news.
I adopted my first dog from a shelter that used light sentence inmates, from the jail next to it.
They were excellent workers and during the 2 week waiting period, I knew my little dog was in good hands.
It's a great idea, I think the animals help these people pass the time constructively.

Since: Jan 12

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#4 Feb 4, 2012
Im so sad to see them close down. I know they have done all they can but just had a hard time finding and keeping volenteers. I like the idea of the community service people but would want them screened or babysat around the dogs to be sure.
distant dreamer

Kennesaw, GA

#5 Feb 4, 2012
Not fair.......id come feed and walk the critters and saturdays i dont work could help with adoptions??????
merrilyn kelly

United States

#6 Feb 17, 2012
Please please don't let the precious ones suffer. We are their voice. i dont live but i help in warner robins,ga. where i live.
just wondering

Palm Bay, FL

#7 Feb 18, 2012
What happened to Mary and Ann they ran the place.
Hopeful

Ellijay, GA

#8 Feb 18, 2012
I asked one of the workers from I believe Promise Land about working there. He said someone from HW Bound would have to contact their administrator and gave me 2 names and also said that one of the men there actually has experience training dogs. He also said there are 3 of those homes that they can ask, Promise Land, Issaha House and Shiloh Place. I've spoken to a few of the guys from Promise Land who work in the thrift stores and they are very nice. This would seem to me to be a steady source of volunteerism...but apparently HW Bound is also looking for people to keep books (secretary, treasurer, etc.) One thing for sure, word needs to get out that there IS an ordinance about letting your dogs run freely and it does apply to all of Gilmer Co., whether you live in the city or in a rural area! Now we just need enforcement.

“Airhead”

Since: Jan 11

I'm finished with commas!

#9 Feb 18, 2012
This just makes my heart hurt.
I saw a picture recently, of the remains of a euthanize day at a regular dog pound.
All those wasted piles (and I mean piles) of love and loyalty.
Hopeful

Ellijay, GA

#10 Feb 19, 2012
EgoBrain wrote:
This just makes my heart hurt.
I saw a picture recently, of the remains of a euthanize day at a regular dog pound.
All those wasted piles (and I mean piles) of love and loyalty.
OK...so that photo was just ONE day at ONE shelter...now multiply that X160 Ga. counties X 52 weeks per year, and that's IF they only euthanize once a week, some do more. So why then, did Second Chance, Homeward Bound, etc., have an option of transporting OUR animals up north to New Jersey &/or other states where there were people waiting with open arms to adopt them? It's simply because those states require a license to breed, they have laws requiring mandatory spays & neuters, and they enforce ordinances against allowing animals to roam. I hate it too, I've seen dogs that had been dumped out of cars and they wait and wait for the owner to come back and get them...you're right, they are loyal to the end.
Old dog

Ellijay, GA

#11 Feb 21, 2012
I have 5 rescue dogs and a wife who would consider leaving if I had any more (and she is a wonderful wife): After 37 years of marriage it would be a tough choice ;~)

Seriously, could they use old dog loving volunteers who could no longer push a broom or lift up a bag of dogfood?
Care Giver

United States

#12 Feb 22, 2012
Old dog wrote:
I have 5 rescue dogs and a wife who would consider leaving if I had any more (and she is a wonderful wife): After 37 years of marriage it would be a tough choice ;~)
Seriously, could they use old dog loving volunteers who could no longer push a broom or lift up a bag of dogfood?
It never hurts to call & ask. I think they need dog walkers too, if you could do that.

“Airhead”

Since: Jan 11

I'm finished with commas!

#13 Feb 22, 2012
They would probably love you, Old Dog. The people and the animals.
Old Yeller

Ellijay, GA

#14 Feb 23, 2012
No kill shelters routinely use folks that are on probation and need community service, but most of them don't come back after their hours are completed. It's frustrating to train someone to work with the animals and then see them leave in a matter of days or weeks. They need REGULAR volunteer help and that's hard to find. There is no money for salaries so unfortunately doors must be closed.

It's the economics. Animals require care and feeding. Adoption fees don't cover the expenses. Local vets usually help with reduced fees and sometimes a retailer will donate pet food but a continual income stream is just not there. There are modest grants from PetsMart, Purina, and other companies but those are limited and none are continual. It's a sad thing.....but the blame is on the sorry scumbags that don't take care of their pets, allow them to breed like rabbits, and them just dump them whenever the mood strikes.
Hopeful

Ellijay, GA

#15 Feb 23, 2012
You're right, is is "our" fault...but folks, we can continue to vent and this forum is going to grow 50 pages long, but let's remember the purpose from the beginning, we have dogs and cats on death row! And oh, did I mention it's ELECTION YEAR??? I'd encourage everyone to look for/vote for candidates who are going to support enforcing that darn ordinance that no one seems to know exists! Tell them we want representatives who will take this all the way up and get something done like was done in the states who do not have this problem. We can't continue to gripe without offering a solution...you all obviously have a computer, get stats, get names, write your representatives and visit your local commissioners. There are TWO employees and one deputy trying to run animal control here in Gilmer Co. and they will explain very clearly that they are animal CONTROL,not a "shelter". They are in the business of picking up stray and nuisance animals at large...they are not an ADOPTION FACILITY (though they do have animals available for adoption). Incidentally, they take MANY of theirs to Homeward Bound who is about to close, so you know what that means...
People who let their pets run who don't find them dead on the road can pretty much assume their family pet that they "took responsibility for" will soon be in the incinerator.
Care Giver

Ellijay, GA

#16 Feb 24, 2012
Hopeful wrote:
You're right, is is "our" fault...but folks, we can continue to vent and this forum is going to grow 50 pages long, but let's remember the purpose from the beginning, we have dogs and cats on death row! And oh, did I mention it's ELECTION YEAR??? I'd encourage everyone to look for/vote for candidates who are going to support enforcing that darn ordinance that no one seems to know exists! Tell them we want representatives who will take this all the way up and get something done like was done in the states who do not have this problem. We can't continue to gripe without offering a solution...you all obviously have a computer, get stats, get names, write your representatives and visit your local commissioners. There are TWO employees and one deputy trying to run animal control here in Gilmer Co. and they will explain very clearly that they are animal CONTROL,not a "shelter". They are in the business of picking up stray and nuisance animals at large...they are not an ADOPTION FACILITY (though they do have animals available for adoption). Incidentally, they take MANY of theirs to Homeward Bound who is about to close, so you know what that means...
People who let their pets run who don't find them dead on the road can pretty much assume their family pet that they "took responsibility for" will soon be in the incinerator.
Very well put, I have called & emailed every major news station in Atlanta!!!
Hopeful

Ellijay, GA

#17 Feb 28, 2012
Good for you! I know there are success stories out there, I've talked to other animal "control" directors who've now done an about face because they took advantage of all there is to offer. There are free educational programs for employees of animal control (but we only have the 2), there are free devices like bark collars (and the training video & literature to go along with them) for animal control to issue to dog owners who get complaints b/c their dog barks, discounts on microchips and free scanners, food, but mainly the EDUCATION AND THE BACKING OF ELECTED OFFICIALS is what is the driving force. I was so emotionally involved I had to remove myself, it was affecting my personal & professional life and I did nothing but live and breathe this issue. Yes, I absolutely do care about children, but there are laws in place and more laws being enforced each day to continue to address human, domestic situations, but all our ordinance seems to be is a "document" that hardly anyone even knows exists (and if anyone cares to read it, it's on the Gilmer County Government website). Didn't get a lot of interest from our state rep. David Ralston by the way.
Care Giver

Ellijay, GA

#18 Feb 28, 2012
Hopeful wrote:
Good for you! I know there are success stories out there, I've talked to other animal "control" directors who've now done an about face because they took advantage of all there is to offer. There are free educational programs for employees of animal control (but we only have the 2), there are free devices like bark collars (and the training video & literature to go along with them) for animal control to issue to dog owners who get complaints b/c their dog barks, discounts on microchips and free scanners, food, but mainly the EDUCATION AND THE BACKING OF ELECTED OFFICIALS is what is the driving force. I was so emotionally involved I had to remove myself, it was affecting my personal & professional life and I did nothing but live and breathe this issue. Yes, I absolutely do care about children, but there are laws in place and more laws being enforced each day to continue to address human, domestic situations, but all our ordinance seems to be is a "document" that hardly anyone even knows exists (and if anyone cares to read it, it's on the Gilmer County Government website). Didn't get a lot of interest from our state rep. David Ralston by the way.
Plus if they could enforce some of the laws on animals neglect, & hold pet owner financially accountable (tickets & fines) it would almost make them self sefficient. Then maybe more ppl would take animal control more serious!!!
Hopeful

Ellijay, GA

#19 Feb 29, 2012
But I guess if Animal Control has a person's dog they didn't care too much for it anyway unless it was a fluke that it got out and picked up, plus if they knew they were going to have to pay a fine (vs. just a re-claim "fee") they'd probably never go pick it up anyway. I don't know how the license thing works, but again, other states do it so I'm sure we could look it up and find out and propose it to Ga. God knows, I just don't see it being supported in rural communities though.
Sad Truth

Ellijay, GA

#20 Mar 1, 2012
It's so sad to know all the animals will die !!!! But lets face the times people the economy in the the dump taxes are down we are broke!!!! Well broke is where we need to be we are way passed that now!!! So the truth is theres no money to save dogs and cats. If we are going to save someone let's let that person be me and you!!! The money saved needs to be spent on our safety not or animals!!!! Law enforcement, Fire Dept. and EMT's!!!!!! So we cut out safety to save a animal I think not!!!! O but we cant forget the roads we all bitch if there is a pothole on my road or my road is muddy needs rock!!!! You never see a dog saved but the road you drive on you see everyday!!! Or the law enforcement keeping u safe fire helping when your hurt u just want it all!!! That is the real problem US we are to all blame!!!! You want you want but bitch if taxes go up!!! Like what was said earlier it's election year if someone is saved and your roads are good someone gets to stay in office!!!! If you want to save a dog then save it I want my tax money to save me if I need it!!!! Sad Truth but we can't have it all!!!!!!!!!!

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