(I have personally called to discuss the situation with the shelter managers, animal control officers for Ware County, as well as staff at the OHS.. They are all very responsive, want to do whatever they can to avoid PTS any of the adoptable ones, but they do not have a lot of choices unless Rescue Groups respond, and respond NOW. - Beau Grant, Director SEPRR)
Highly Urgent. Everyone update to the list if you have progress updates. Shelter Contact Info is below.
As of this morning's visit from the City of Waycross, and without any other prior notice, this shelter will be forced to reduce their canine population from 124 to 80, NOW. Immediately. Over 40 dogs including 13 puppies in immediate danger of PTS/Euthanasia.
The shelter managers are scrambling to find ways to rescue, foster, or somehow reallocate as many as possible. The cats need help, but they are safe from immediate PTS, thanks to a local vet who is housing them, all 15, in their office.
Of the canines- 95% are adoptable, non-aggressive, healthy pets. 3 are being put down for aggression or illness. All the rest are of sound quality.
All of this is tragically ironic. The Okefenokee Humane Society is under construction for 140 runs, entirely rebuilding the shelter, and construction is under way.
The City of Waycross has simply put down the hammer, and given no time for any form of appropriate response. During the construction period, the Humane Society has stopped accepting pets from law enforcement. Local citizens have protested, and forced the City to force the Humane Society to make room for the ones on the street, and also decrease numbers. All of this came to a head this AM, and it has been a very abrupt event for the shelter.
Ask for Ben or Jamie Hood
1501 Blackwell Street, Waycross, Georgia 31503