Don’t wait around for it to happen on it’s own. Support the Georgia Animal Rescue Act!
e>There is a bill being considered in Georgia that would significantly impact our efforts in saving shelter pets – it is Georgia’s Animal Rescue Act. From Georgia Considers Animal Rescue Act to Save Shelter Animals, the bill “would require shelters to maintain lists of local rescuers and contact them before adoptable animals are put down.”
“HB 782, the Animal Rescue Act, in its first reader summary, reads: A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Article 1 of Chapter 11 of Title 4 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to animal protection generally, so as to require animal shelters that euthanize animals to maintain a registry of animal rescue groups willing to accept animals subject to euthanasia; to provide a short title; to provide a definition; to provide eligibility criteria for rescue groups; to provide for information to be included in the registry; to prohibit animal shelters from euthanizing an animal without affording rescue groups the opportunity to take possession of the animal; to provide for exceptions; to authorize animal shelters to impose a fee for surrendering animals; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.”
DID YOU KNOW, animals entering Columbus Animal Control with visible injuries, often never make it to general population. That’s good, right? They are probably kept in isolation, so there’s less stress, or to have their injuries addressed, right? Wrong. Columbus Animal Control provides no treatment for injured animals. The city can’t spend money on stuff like that… Sometime even when supplies are donated they go unused (read about it here).
But what if your dog was taken to AC after they became injured? What if you went to Animal Control looking for him… but he was locked away in isolation where you aren’t allowed to go… at least somebody would tell you if there was a dog matching your dogs description, right? I wouldn’t count on it. Not when the staff often documents the wrong breed and have, on multiple occasions, documented the wrong sex!
What if you couldn’t get to Animal Control, at least you could check their website where they post photos of all animals… oh, but no. Columbus Animal Control does not post photos of the injured animals. Some of these dogs and cats are diagnosed, not always by a vet, and killed immediately (bloody stool = parvo for example, which is means for “euthanasia” and no, they do not test them for parvo diagnosis). Those animals are, in essense, NEVER seen by the public, and what’s worse, is that these animals aren’t seen by rescues either.
I’m not talking only about critically injured, where euthanasia is euthanasia, and we are relieving them from irremediable suffering. I mean sick or injured, but stable. They are condemned to die there, despite whether or not somebody might want to save them. Despite the ADOPTERS and RESCUES that would be willing to treat something like ringworm (a simple fungal infection like athlete’s foot), or provide a dewormer for hookworms (which can cause bloody stool similar to parvo), or even to salvage “a broken hip” (which was recently misdiagnosed w/out an x-ray). Any of these things can mean, even before their 5-day hold is up, that they can be killed. They are being killed. They simply don’t stand a chance.
From the same LifeWithCats.com article, “The Georgia act would allow shelters to quickly put down sick animals without offering them to rescues, which would save animals from suffering but might provide a loophole of sorts if the exemption were misapplied.”
Misapplied… misapplied. That would DEFINITELY need to be ironed out. As it is now, Ringworm, Upper Respiratory Infection, bloody stool, broken bones, all of these things will classify an pet as “sick”, and that will get an animal killed. It’s not unusual for “shelters” to use these definitions as reasons to kill, and the animals are never made available.
|Save Georgia’s Sheltered Pets! Tell House Committee to Vote Yes! on HB 782, the Georgia Animal Rescue Act
This action is for Georgia residents only.
SAVE THOUSANDS OF GEORGIA’S SHELTERED PETS!
Tragically, Georgia State non-profit organizations are ready, willing, and able to save thousands of Georgia’s sheltered animals, but are prevented from doing so.As a result, not only are these animals being killed even
though they have a place to go, they are being killed at public expense. It makes no sense to kill animals at taxpayer expense when private organizations are willing to spend their own money saving them.The Georgia Animal Rescue Act will make it illegal for a shelter to kill an animal that a qualified rescue group is willing to save. When another state passed similar legislation, the number of animals killed in shelters dropped from 576,000 to 328,000, a decline of almost 250,000 in one year. We want the same for the animals of Georgia.Send a message below to the House Agriculture Committee asking them to Vote Yes! on HB 782.
Also worth mentioning, this bill would “authorize animal shelters to impose a fee for surrendering animals” which can be controversial when talking about what an “open admission” shelter (like Columbus Animal Control) is. No Kill News also had a great blog, Defining Open Admission about it. Also, from the editable text in the Action Alert which you send to your representatives, the Georgia Animal Rescue Act “allows shelters to charge these groups an adoption fee, not only covering any costs, but also bringing in revenue without further taxpayer obligations.”. I hope, but don’t know if, those “adoption fees” would include the pet’s spay/neuter, which could help the rescues with their cost of vetting/services, etc.
TAKE ACTION! This could have a huge effect on the efforts we’re making to save these animals. It’s such common sense, let a rescue take them if they can, then you won’t HAVE to kill them! And it’s so incredibly easy to show your support now… just open the Action Alert, and with a few clicks you can send a message to the House Agriculture Committee, or you can easily edit to say what you really think! It’s just worth it. Tell your friends, anybody who likes animals, tell them all, this bill makes sense. Show your support!
To our representatives, “HB 782 is smart, thoughtful, cost-effective legislation that will create public-private partnerships to save taxpayer money and save lives. And we are looking to you to move this bill forward in the House and make Georgia a beacon for the rest of the nation. We love Georgia. We love Georgia’s sheltered pets. And we would very much love for you to carry the torch for all of us.”