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Animal Control loses adoption partner

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

The Savannah-Chatham Metro Animal Shelter is losing their adoption partners.

One Love Animal Rescue announced they will be quitting as of May 16, a decision that has been brewing for quite some time.  

This all started in February when the rescue, which had taken over as the primary group handeling adoptions for Animal Control, was told they could no longer be inside the facility dealing with animals.

The police department was restructuring its volunteer program, and while One Love waited and waited, they said adoptions became more and more difficult.

"we no longer can get in there and interact with the animals, learning their personalities and temperaments, and therefore our organization can no longer shoulder the responsibility of placing these dogs into homes, that are proper fits to the homes," said Karrie Bulski of One Love Animal Rescue.

Bulski and members of One Love Animal Rescue started out as volunteers with area rescued animals, eventually ending up at Animal Control, where they said they were asked to handle the public facilities adoptions.

After the volunteer program was ended, they continued adoptions in their limited capacity, with the expectation a new volunteer program would be introduced last month.

Disappointed with how long the process of establishing a new volunteer program, guidelines and policies was taking, One Love decided to move on.

Bulski said she felt it was working before, and still questions why Animal Control staff felt the need to change it.

"This is very evident in the adoption rates," said Bulski. "In December, we were right around 90, and in March we adopted out 20 animals.

The Board of Directors wrote a full letter outlining their concerns to the shelter manager, ending their partnership with Animal Control.

The Savannah-Chatham Metro Police, who run the shelter, said they have no information on the situation, and hope to have more after meeting with interim chief Julie Tolbert.

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