website is the result of a visit that Kathy Selbrede (pronounced
sel-BRED-ee) made to Macon, Georgia in early February 2009. Her
story is on the backside of
a color flyer
which was circulated at Macon's 2009 Cherry Blossom Festival.
Kathy visited Macon in early February of 2009, she had no intention
of prying the cover off of what was really going on the Macon Animal
Shelter, or learning so much about the politics behind the tragic
abuses of animals that were being allowed to continue there daily.
is a resident of Texas and has family in Macon. Her involvement
with and concern about the Macon Animal Shelter began when she was
driving to Macon to visit family and enjoy some vacation time. As
is true for many animal lovers, when Kathy saw a dog lying in the
freeway median on her way into Macon, her conscience would not allow
her to just drive on by.
that Providence had caused the dog's path to cross her own, she
and her husband stopped to see what they could do to assist the
dog. In taking steps to properly care for this animal, Kathy became
embroiled in a cause about which some Macon citizens were aware
and had tried desperately to fix, and about which many others were
aware but were either too overwhelmed, too intimidated by law enforcement
authorities, or too busy to fix. The horrors she uncovered robbed
her of her ability to sleep; she continues to suffer bouts of insomnia.
She cannot fathom how Macon's civic leaders and citizens who knew
what was happening to animals at the Macon Animal Shelter –
animals that human kind has failed – could sleep at night.
She shared what she learned, as well as suggestions for change,
with Mayor Reichert, the Macon City Council, and beyond.
from top left:
The intelligent and beautiful Maggie (short for Magnolia), who was
found laying in the median on Highway 96 just east of Reynolds,
GA. A week later, a tornado touched down in Taylor County in the
exact area where Maggie was rescued. Fortunately for Maggie, she
was safe and warm that night at All About Animals in Macon, giving
birth to her new puppies -- Bella
and Tory. Bella was quickly adopted into a loving home. Tory
(named for her being born during the tornado that may have killed
her had her mother not been rescued) was adopted after becoming
a “dog with a job,” bringing all the joy and life of
a warm, soft, playful puppy to patients in a nursing home in Macon.
Bella and Tory had some litter mates who were born weak and sick,
probably as a result of their mother's malnourishment while surviving
along the freeway, and we look forward to seeing them in the future
at the Rainbow Bridge. On March
22, 2009 Maggie was adopted into a family near Macon who loves
Ana (short for Anastasia), the gentle brown puppy in Kathy's story
who was “euthanized” early on February 11. (Surmising
from the Macon Animal Shelter’s policies and practices at
the time, Ana was put into the gas chamber with the other animals
whose time was up that particular morning, because Dr. McCommon,
the Shelter's veterinarian, never came to treat her after shelter
employees acknowledged that she had been sick for days.)
Firebrand (taken from the phrase in the Bible verse Zechariah 3:2,
"a brand plucked from the fire"), the spunky English Setter
puppy that everyone else calls Brandon for short. Martin and Kathy
paid the $75 adoption fee to extract Brandon from the Macon Animal
Shelter and transfer him to All About Animals. Brandon's surgical
scars from his neutering surgery at the Shelter were badly infected.
The rescue group treated his infections and once they were cleared
up, they very quickly found Brandon a great home where he now lives
like a king with his new family on a 100-acre ranch in south Georgia.
three dogs should have been given the chance to find
loving homes. Shelter Reform is happy to report that the community
of Macon is working to make things right for all dogs, present and
future, who pass through their animal control and shelter system.
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two surviving puppies - the rest of her story
knows a good thing when she sees it:
(short for Tornado) isn't quite ready for her close-up:
Maggie was adopted through All About Animals at PetSmart on
March 22, 2009. She hit the jackpot with a wonderful, loving family!
Here she is with her new Mom:
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OR WRITTEN OFF
Far left liberal political and social philosophies are often
automatically assumed to go hand-in-hand with a concern for
animals. These stereotypes are somewhat understandable when
one considers that in our current society animals have more
rights than unborn humans do. But neither stereotypes nor
current politics dictate what is true and right. Man’s
duty to care for animals is a moral issue that spans the entire
spectrum of political and social philosophies.
Selbrede loved animals and respected life long before she
became a Christian at age 27. As she studied the Old and New
Testaments, she became perplexed about how many ways the modern
church at large deviates from following “every word
that proceedeth from the mouth of God” (Deuteronomy
8:3, Matthew 4:4). Kathy finally realized that Christianity
in America has simply been deteriorating in content and focus
since the colonial era.
Kathy now follows the uncompromising approach to the Bible
pioneered by the Puritans. A strict Constitutionalist (and
recovering Republican as a consequence of becoming Biblically
consistent), she is driven solely by the scriptural requirements
found only in the Law of Moses regarding justice for man and
beast in society. Kathy’s visit to Macon in February
was sandwiched between Christian conferences in nearby cities,
where she and her husband Martin manned booths promoting an
exceptionally strong and traditional conservatism in regard
to the Bible and its authority over all areas of life and
thought. She is the strongest possible advocate for personal
responsibility and stands firmly against liberal notions of
the nanny state.
makes common cause with the animal rescuers because they are
quite right. As she quotes in her flyer, "The righteous
man hath regard unto his beast, but the tender mercies of
the wicked are cruel" (Proverbs 12:10). To care for God’s
creation does NOT mean leaving off caring for our fellow man.
God calls and expects us to do BOTH. God’s purpose reaches
beyond man; all of His creation is for His purpose (Job 38:26-27).
See Biblical Ethics
for Kathy’s detailed position.
Maggie (above) during her stay at the Macon Animal Shelter.
Animal Control Officer Nathan Millwood went out of his way
to make sure she was treated well in the facility.
website wouldn't exist if Maggie had not been on Georgia Highway
96 on Sunday, February 8, 2009 as the Selbredes were driving
through Reynolds, Georgia on their way to Macon. They did
not come to Macon expecting to do anything more than enjoy
time with family. Thanks to Maggie, the light of scrutiny
has been shining on the Macon Animal Shelter more than before
and things are improving by leaps and bounds not only for
animals who end up there, but also for the people who care