Homeless cats and dogs now have a place to go in McIntosh County. After 11 years, the county finally opened its animal shelter.
It was a matter of cost versus need. McIntosh County is a diverse community, but with only so many resources. Now, thanks to a special purpose local option sales tax, donations and saving money through inmate labor, they were able to open the shelter today, and hopefully ease a very big pet overpopulation problem.
You don't have to go far to find stray animals in McIntosh County. They literally roam the streets.
County chairman George Deverger told us, "It has been a burden for us to try to handle the dog and cat population with no facility to put them."
The McIntosh County Commission hopes instead of the streets, animals will now end up at the county's new shelter. The 2,000-square-foot shelter can house 22 cats and more than 20 dogs.
Already, even before the shelter was open, foster pets, in need of homes, came out for the grand opening.
"They all have sweet temperaments," said Arlene Young, with McIntosh County Animal Control. "They're all looking for good homes."
Some of the cats were found locked in a trailer. McIntosh County officials hope now that they have their own shelter, people will bring animals here, instead of abandoning them to die.
"I hope to be able to provide a safe haven for all the stray dogs and cats," said Young. "We hope to get them taken care of and eventually find good homes for them."
McIntosh County says having a place to bring the animals also means they'll have an easier time enforcing the leash laws, which should cut down on the number of strays.
The McIntosh County Animal Shelter is located at 716 GA Highway 251 (Cox Road) off I-95 exit 49 in Darien, GA 31305.
The phone number is: (912) 437-4242. The shelter is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am-4pm and Saturdays (for adoptions only) from 11am to 3pm. The shelter is closed on Thursdays and Saturdays.
Cat and dog adoptions are $50. Adoption fees do not include spay/neuter costs.