Animal Shelter Signs Pardon To Stop Euthanasia For 13 Days
Dogs at the Macon-Bibb Animal shelter live to see another day after the shelter director signs a pardon on Tuesday to stop euthanasia for more than a week.
Shelter director, Sarah Tenon, put her signature on a pardon presented to her by Paws for Hope and Faith to halt euthanasia for 13 days.
"This means new partnership, this means more resources and it means the animals have another day," Tenon said
Tenon granted the non-profit organization a pardon for the current dogs housed at the facility. The pardon also applies to incoming canines. Dogs will not be euthanized during that interim but Tenon said she doesn't want people to take a casual approach for the dogs long-term situation.
"I don't want them to get relaxed with the pardon because the animals will then continue to sit here,” she said. “They've been here, the ones that are remaining on the list, have been here over 30 days."
There are 36 dogs that need home homes now, a number that will likely grow by week's end. Five of those faced being euthanized at the end of Tuesday, but with the pardon, Vice-President of Paws for Hope and Faith Janet Smith said, all dogs get more time to be adopted.
"I'm nervous but I'm very excited and I think it's going to go really well," Smith said.
Smith and her husband Shane Smith, president of the organization, went to each cage taking notes and pictures of the dogs as well as interacting with them. They then upload the information onto their Facebook page and do a social media blitz with their more than 15 thousand followers around the country. From there, other rescue groups post the photos and spread the word about the dogs that need a home.
"We get the dogs out,” Shane Smith said. “We try to rally support to get the front door to equal the back door."
After putting the information on the internet, they will visit the shelter every day until the pardon ends. They will continue to update their followers about the dogs.
Tenon said with the pardon, it establishes a new friendship and resources in the shelter's effort to save the animals lives.
"We're all about the animals and we want to help find homes for them," Tenon said.
This is the third pardon for the shelter but the first one signed by the county since they took over it in July.
To look at a dog in need of adoption click on the link to the organizations public Facebook page.