Liberty County Animal Shelter Faces Closure

When Fort Stewart soldiers deployed to Iraq, families weren't the only ones left behind. Many soldiers had to leave their pets at the Liberty County Humane Shelter, an agency now struggling to survive. The shelter exists solely on donations from the public, and since so many soldiers were deployed overseas and so many extra animals were dropped off, it's having a hard time staying in business.

If you would like to help:
Liberty Humane Shelter
279 Briarwood Circle
Hinesville, GA 31313

"Since the soldiers deployed, we've had an influx of animals," volunteer Kim Johnson told us. "Not only with the ones that deployed, but families that found it hard to cope with having animals."
If new donations don't come in, Hinesville may soon lose its only animal shelter.

"If money doesn't come in, we have to shut the shelter down," Johnson said. "It will not only impact the dogs we have but also the ones we can save."
The shelter only has enough funds to survive another month or two, and if things don't change quickly, many of the animals may have to be put to sleep.
"We're all attached to these animals," said Johnson. "We want the best for them. It would break all our hearts."
If you're thinking of adopting a pet, now is the time to visit the Liberty County Humane Shelter, or if you want to make a donation, you can contact the shelter at 912.876.3647. They are also having a dog wash on Saturday to help raise money, July 19, from 10am to 2pm. The cost is $5 per dog to wash, and $3 per dog for a nail trim. The event will take place at Farmer's Natural Foods, 754 E. G Miles Parkway (Hwy 196) in Hinesville. They ask you bring proof of a rabies shot as well a leash and towel.

Reported by: Hena Daniels,