Animal control needs food for homeless pets

By Michelle Paynter - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Chatham County's Animal Control Unit is taking care of more dogs and cats than for which they have food. They say they are in desperate need of the community's help.

Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Lt. Brenda Boulware runs the unit and she is an animal lover to the core. She and her staff just moved into their brand-new facility three weeks ago and already all 112 kennels are full. Some have multiple puppies.

"If I had been in the old shelter, which held 38, unfortunately about 80 percent of these animals would not be here. They would have been euthanized," Boulware said.

By law, Boulware only has to keep the dogs and cats for five days and she's only budgeted to feed them for five days. But some of the pooches at animal control's shelter have been there much longer.

One puppy she picked out has been at the shelter since he was a few days old. "This little guy, he's been here for two months, look at him, he is so sweet, we are going to do everything we can to find him a home."

For that to happen Boulware says she needs the community's help feeding them. And she's getting that help. Chance Jenkins, 13, heard about the need and asked his parents to help him drop off a bag of dog food.

"I kind of felt pretty bad because I love animals so I was really wanting to help," Chance said.

So far, animal control has received several bags of food.

"It just touched my heart," Boulware said. "I was just so proud of this community because there are a lot of animal lovers here."

Boulware is confident with this kind of support she can keep the canines and felines until someone comes to give them a new home.

Animal control said it could also use more cat food.

Those who would like to help can drop off donations at animal control on Sally Mood Drive. They are located behind the Humane Society.

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