small stray terrier dog tied up

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Hard deadline of 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18

In an urgent appeal late Tuesday, Clayton County Animal Control is asking the public to adopt 14 dogs from the county shelter by 1 p.m. Thursday, August 18 so that the animals will not be euthanized:

“Our facilities are overcrowded and we are in desperate need of rescue organizations or adopters to come forward to assist in giving all of these animals a better quality of life and a forever home. Clayton County Animal Control puts out an Urgent List of 20 dogs weekly to assist rescue organizations highlight the dogs that have been in our facilities the longest. We have partners working diligently raising funds for the rescue groups. These funds aid in the vetting of the animals and boarding required to aid the rescue groups pulling our animals. Without assistance from these amazing individuals, we would have to euthanize more dogs than we do. At this time, our euthanasia rate is right at 3%. This number is going to increase without the help from citizens and rescue groups.

“Unfortunately, at this time, our facilities are over capacity and we will have to begin to euthanize for space. This is not an action that any of us take lightly or want to do. We wish that all of our animals would make it into loving forever homes where they are pampered for the remainder of their lives.

“Any assistance from the community and rescue groups would be greatly appreciated. This week’s Urgent List will be a hard deadline of 1pm on Thursday August 18, solely for space purposes.

“At this time, this week’s Urgent list has six (6) dogs that either have been adopted or have rescue commitment. The remaining fourteen (14) dogs on the list will be euthanized on Friday, if there are no adoptions or rescue commitments on them.”

Clayton County Animal Control, which is part of the Clayton County Police Department’s Support Services Division, has two facilities: an intake shelter behind Clayton County Police Headquarters and an adoption center at 3199 Anvil Block Road in Ellenwood. The adoption center is between the Clayton County Police Department’s Sector One station and the Sonna Singleton Gregory Senior Center, just down the road from the Ellenwood Walmart. Call (770) 477-3509 for details.

Editor’s note: The dog in the photo is a stray that was on its way to Clayton County Animal Control but instead found a home where she is being spoiled rotten, getting medical care, learning how to behave, and trying to figure out the correct place to make a deposit.

Robin Kemp

Robin Kemp is executive editor and CEO of The Clayton Crescent, which she founded in 2020. She has worked for Gambit, CNN, The Weather Channel, Clayton News, Henry Herald, and numerous freelance outlets....

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