Hurricane dogs overcrowd Meriwether County shelter
MERIWETHER COUNTY, Ga. - The willingness to accept dozens of dogs evacuated from South Georgia as a result of Hurricane Michael has overcrowded one Georgia animal shelter which is now trying to find homes for the animals.
The Meriwether County Animal Shelter has a full capacity of 56 dogs.
But after Hurricane Michael struck South Georgia, the facility took in 10 dogs from Bainbridge and another 42 dogs from Bainbridge on Monday.
That puts the count at 76, so shelter officials are trying to quickly find homes for these animals.
Meriwether County Animal Services Director Shawn Downs told FOX 5 his facility will drop adoption fees to between $10 and $40, depending on the type of dog. The adoption cost will include spaying, neutering, and chips.
Downs adds the shelter has a number of cats up for adoption that were brought from Hilton Head, South Carolina as a result of Hurricane Florence last month.
The timing comes as Meriwether County Animals Services will hold a fall festival at noon on Saturday, Oct. 20 to benefit the Animal Shelter.
The cats are from hurricane Florence. The shelter will be waiving adoption fees for cats and kittens.
They are also in need of food, collars, leashes, bedding, cleaning supplies and cash donations.