Animal Rescue Center, Inc. This group is mentioned prominently
on our Support Page
and focuses its efforts on the region south and west of Macon,
including Fort Benning. More information coming soon!
County Humane Society works with the Henry
County Animal Care and Control and local rescue groups in
a model cooperative partnership.
County Animal Services is managed by Barking
Hound Village Foundation, Inc. Barking Hound is a Georgia
nonprofit corporation with 501(c)(3) status. They are under
contract with Fulton County to provide animal care and control
services through Fulton County Animal Services. Their mission
is to save the lives of lost, abandoned and unwanted pets in
Fulton County. They encourage on and off-site adoptions, work
closely with rescue groups, and assist owners in locating lost
want Macon Animal Control to make this list
soon, and continue rising to the top as a great shelter! As
of this writing (March 2010), indications are it's heading in
that direction. Increased PR, facility mods, and a growing number
of volunteers (with the associated increase in public scrutiny)
have created an atmosphere in which improvements are real enough
that some local rescuers traditionally at odds with the Shelter
have acknowledged them. There still are yet-to-be-resolved issues
in Macon (e.g., the Internal Affairs Investigation into specific
abuses occurring as recently as Spring 2009, etc.), but credit
where credit is due: Macon destroyed its gas chamber ahead of
schedule last April and is improving at a significant pace.
previously posted about Baldwin County was
determined to be dated and no longer accurate.
County Animal Shelter was removed from this list after
reliable sources reported Spalding
still operates its gas chamber. (Click here
to read the press release announcing the closing of the Spalding
County gas chamber in 2009.) No animal shelter that uses a gas
chamber can be considered a good or even improving shelter.
Although Spalding fell to the lowest ranking possible because
of their use of a gas chamber, we remain encouraged by staff
who work hard to decrease kill rate by moving as many animals
as possible out of the shelter through adoptions, fosters and
transfers. Spalding's attractive website provides links to coordinating
sites created by rescue groups (Spalding
Spalding Pets) that show animals currently on death row
and their kill dates. It also offers links to local rescue groups
who foster animals for adoption, and provides information to
dissuade people from thoughtlessly surrendering their pets.
It's also significant that photos of Spalding's animals show
their pens and animals are clean and dry, and there is always
only one animal per pen (unless the animals are companions).
We look forward to adding Spalding back to the good shelters
list after they have DESTROYED their gas chamber so it can never
be used again by anyone.