Augusta Animal Services has partnered with an Atlanta organization to help reduce the number of unwanted pit bulls, and pit bull breeds, in the area.
The department launched a fundraising effort with Fix Georgia Pets, a statewide nonprofit in Atlanta, to neuter and boost spay efforts for pit bulls and other “bully” breeds in Richmond County.
According to Sharon Broady, the director of Augusta Animal Services, these sort of dogs have become “extremely popular” in the Augusta area.
“Along with this popularity comes overpopulation and rejection, and the dogs often end up on the streets or at our shelter,” she said in a news release. “In addition, if the dog is not spayed or neutered, it can produce unwanted puppies that enter our facility, as well.”
Crystal Eskola, assistant director for Augusta Animal Services, said funds will be used to help fix pets in the community and limit overpopulation at shelters.
“Not pets that are already at the shelter but pets that somebody might want to keep if it was fixed,” she said. “We’ve got so many animals coming in through our front door, so they wanted to work with us on the intake diversion method which would reduce the population so we don’t have as many coming into the shelter.”
As part of its fundraising efforts Fix Georgia Pets, whose mission is “to end overpopulation and stop senseless euthanasia in the state,” will match contributions dollar-for-dollar, up to a maximum of $10,000 and potential impact of $20,000.
As of Monday, Animal Services has raised nearly $2,600 for the cause. Eskola said the goal is to meet the $10,000 maximum by its Dec. 10 deadline, which was extended for the department to help it reach its goal.
“They really want to help us but the community has got to help,” she said. “It’s only as good as what we raise. Even if you can give $10 it would be $20 when all is said and done, so every donation counts.”
Donations can be made one of four ways: