As a member of the Augusta-Richmond County Animal Control Advisory Board, I know our community is familiar with problems there. However, I don't think they're aware of the great ways individual pet lovers help.
First, thanks to John Haynie and Bubba Smith with Sig Cox, Inc. and their staff's hard work, as many as 150 dogs will have air conditioning at no additional cost to our taxpayers. Second, David Simons, the city's air conditioning expert, salvaged an old a/c unit and is helping to get it installed. Thanks to Mr. Simons, another 75-plus dogs will be cooler this summer.
And the county electricians can't be forgotten. They have gotten power to our new air conditioners, and evaluated the serviceability of donated air conditioners.
Finally, we thank the private donors, who wish to remain anonymous, whose donations helped to cool down as many as 16-20 puppies and 25-30 cats, as well as the individuals who donated fans and window air conditioners. Thanks to their efforts, all animals at Animal Control will be maintained in temperatures less than 85 degrees F.
I would personally like to thank Dr. Bonnie Bragdon for her tireless efforts under enormous pressure to help the animals of Richmond County.
If any citizen has concerns about the care Animal Control provides our homeless animals, I encourage them to contact Dr. Bragdon or a member of the Advisory Board. The shelter is open for tours, and concerned individuals may observe any part of operations. Advisory Board meetings, on the second Tuesday of each month, are open to the public at 4164 Mack Lane, 7 p.m.
If you wish to donate time, the department has a thriving volunteer program. Just call Heather Birdseye at 790-6836...
Cash and pet care donations are also always welcome. They can be mailed to Augusta Animal Rescue, Box 6824, Augusta, 30916, or call 364-4747 to arrange for pick ups...
Mitch Courson, Augusta (Editor's note: The writer is vice chairman of the Augusta-Richmond County Animal Control Advisory Board.)