Poodle and Pooch Rescue moves more than 20 dogs out of Richmond County Animal Services

Saturday, Aug 2, 2014 9:33 PM
Last updated Sunday, Aug 3, 2014 2:24 AM
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 One by one, 28 dogs were tagged with a number Saturday and loaded into cages in two vans taking them to Florida.

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Angela Glass (left) prepares one of two sibling rescues for their journey to Florida. Poodle and Pooch Rescue of Florida picked up 28 dogs from the Dogwood Spay and Neuter Clinic, the majority of which came from Augusta Animal Services.  TODD BENNETT/STAFF
Angela Glass (left) prepares one of two sibling rescues for their journey to Florida. Poodle and Pooch Rescue of Florida picked up 28 dogs from the Dogwood Spay and Neuter Clinic, the majority of which came from Augusta Animal Services.

Volunteers, many wearing Poodle and Pooch Rescue T-shirts, played with the dogs waiting their turns, some wide-eyed and shivering apprehensively.

Twenty-one of the dogs had come to the Dogwood Spay and Neuter Clinic from Richmond County Animal Services to be spayed or neutered, then be taken to new homes in Florida. Seven dogs came from other sources.

“This is the first time they’ve come here because there are so many,” said Monika Mobley, a volunteer with the Orlando-based rescue group who recently moved to Girard, Ga., from Waynesboro.

About once a month for the past year, Mobley has driven dogs to members of the group in Florida to be put up for adoption. She learned about the group after rescuing several poodles from a hoarder.

Last week, she took six more dogs from the shelter, two of which were very sick.

“Rebecca (Lynch) called and said these dogs we got out of the shelter are in horrible condition,” Mobley said.

Lynch, the president of Poodle and Pooch’s board of directors, said two dogs are still with the veterinarian and she isn’t sure they will survive. One had just received a blood transfusion, and the other tested positive for heartworms.

“With some of the overcrowding and conditions at the shelter, we just made the decision to come down and help as many as we can,” she said.

It is the largest rescue the group has made, and they hope to rescue more in the future.

Dog Networking Agents of Georgia, a volunteer organization, helped coordinate Saturday’s rescue. Founder Ali Williams said she spends a lot of time coordinating spay and neuter appointments and networking to get animals picked up by rescue organizations in other states.

“If we weren’t doing this right now, we would be able to maybe get a few out a week, but by working with rescues in different places we could get 20 or 30 out at a time,” she said.

Williams and Mobley worked together to choose the dogs that would be taken in by Poodle and Pooch.

After the roughly seven-hour drive to Orlando, the dogs were taken to the vet to be cleaned and given full examinations. They’ll stay there until the vet says they’re healthy enough to be adopted, Lynch said.

“Right now we’re working on (getting) foster homes because this is a lot of dogs,” she said.

Poodle and Pooch is an all-volunteer organization with no shelter, and members foster pets in their homes.

Eighteen of the dogs are already listed on the rescue’s Web site, poodleandpoochrescue.org. Donors are invited to sponsor and name a dog for a $150 donation, which covers vet bills, grooming fees and animal control.

“(Sponsors) follow them along their journey,” Lynch said. “We keep them updated all the way to their adoption, and then we send them their adoption photos.”

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TrulyWorried 08/02/14 - 10:54 pm
Rescued dogs

Why not show the headline as TWENTY EIGHT not 20??? Everyone of them counts. And I hope and pray that there will be more loving organizations that can help those poor animals at that animal facility - don't call it a shelter as it is not - to get moved, rescued is a better word. God bless each and every one of them. Seems almost like a miracle!
My last rescue took place in November of last year, on the side of the road - was spayed with the first appointment available.

jimmymac 08/03/14 - 06:45 am

Hopefully these rescued pets will give their new owners the love that only a dog can provide.

JRC2024 08/03/14 - 03:46 pm
God bless them. We rescued 3

God bless them.
We rescued 3 and they are wonderful pets.

corgimom 08/03/14 - 05:25 pm
Augusta- where people are

Augusta- where people are more concerned about stray dogs than forty seven thousand residents that live in poverty.

sassylassie 08/03/14 - 10:42 pm
God bless the rescue groups

God bless the rescue groups who are trying so hard to make a difference in these animals' lives! You are awesome!

Corgimom, normally I agree with you and am your biggest cheerleader--but these animals do not have a choice about where they are in life, and many of our individuals living in poverty have made poor choices in life leading them to where they are. I know that is not the case with all of them, but after working in some local public schools within our area and meeting sorry parents, and having family members who refuse to get up off their sorry tails and work, I am convinced that many people are choosing to live a life of receiving handouts--it's disgusting. However, the animals we are referring to above don't have a choice--furthermore, I do believe that until we get rid of our sorry county commission , nothing, and I do mean nothing, will change for those people living in poverty OR the animals!
But for now, I will choose to contribute to the organizations who are helping those who cannot help or speak for themselves---those who rescue the animals.

lgr 08/04/14 - 10:11 am
people in poverty

people care more about the dogs because they can not help themselves. people can

JRC2024 08/05/14 - 11:15 pm
Corgi, that is a heartless

Corgi, that is a heartless statement. I have worked people for 44 years and I can attest that most who live in poverty do so because of their choices.

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