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Pet Pardon at the Pound Ends Tuesday; Adopters and Fosters Needed
Pet Pardon at the Pound Ends Tuesday; Adopters and Fosters Needed

On January 9, the Macon-Bibb animal control facility entered its third Pet Pardon, pledging not to put down any animals through January 22.

Engineered once again by Shane Smith of Paws for Hope and Faith, the pardon was signed by director Sarah Tenon, and this pardon includes a unique event within the event: an off-site adoption period Saturday.

While the facility is open on Saturdays, except for holidays, for on-site adoptions, this is the first time animals have been allowed to leave the confines of the shelter for broader exposure to the public.

Some of the dogs included in the pardon will be transported to Tractor Supply Company, 5301 Eisenhower Parkway in Macon to participate in the store's Community/Adoption event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There, they can interact with visitors and, hopefully, find permanent homes.

Rescues such as Macon Purrs N Paws plan to be at the event, also, with pets to adopt. Anyone wishing to foster one of the pardoned animals instead of adopt can coordinate with a local rescue. Since most rescues are full, they are unable to rescue animals from animal control unless they have foster homes lined up in advance. Fosters provide shelter, love and stability for the pet until it can be sent up north for adoption, adopted here or until the foster falls so deeply in love with the pet they can't bear to let it go. The rescues provide food, vet care and medications, and smile knowingly when a foster "fails" -- keeps the pet forever.

Smith hopes to take several animals to the event at Tractor Supply Company, and asks for volunteers to help transport and care for the animals during the four-hour event.

The adoption fee for animals held at animal control is $130. That fee is $80 for the adoption itself, which includes spay/neuter and rabies vaccination, and a $50 deposit, which is returned to the adopter once proof of spay/neuter is provided to animal control.

Donors have provided some funds to defray the cost of adoption. Although some of these sponsorships have been used already, help may still be available. Contact On Borrowed Time, a Facebook group that supports the shelter and can normally answer most questions about sponsorship funds.

Animal control is open from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Call 751-9200 for information on specific animals. To view adoptable animals, visit the facility at 1010 Eleventh Street. The adoption room only holds about five dogs, so ask to see the others that have completed their "stray hold" time or are owner surrenders, as these can also be adopted. There were about 30 dogs at the shelter at the time the pardon was signed, so all should be past their hold times and available now.

To see all of the urgent animals -- those in danger of being killed once the pardon ends -- visit Bibb County's PetHarbor pages. NOTE: The site has not been updated since the Pardon was signed. A better idea of available pets can be found in the "Urgent" photo album on the On Borrowed Time page. To inquire about a specific dog or cat, have the ID number ready, as this is how records are kept.

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