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Donors Pre-Pay Over 20 Adoption Fees at Macon Animal Control
Donors Pre-Pay Over 20 Adoption Fees at Macon Animal Control

Local businessman Mallory Jones may have started a trend when he donated $750 earlier this month to prepay the $75 adoption fee for 10 lucky animals at Macon Animal Control. (See that story here)

All 10 prepaid fees were used quickly, which not only helped the animals go to new homes, but helped Animal Control avoid killing to relieve overcrowding.

As all municipal shelters do, Macon Animal Control's shelter quickly filled back up. Sadly, a few dogs were euthanized this week. More were slated to die, but got a last-minute reprieve in the form of Tom Wagoner, who dropped by the shelter this week with a $750 donation of his own.

That donation prepays the adoption fee for 10 more dogs and cats to go to good homes.

But just because the adoption is "free," cautions Halie White of FURever Friends Humane Society in Gray, doesn't mean the pet is "free."

"Please be sure you can afford a pet even if there is no 'up front' cost," she said. "There will be vaccines due, flea/heartworm preventatives, food, accidents, illness and other expenses."

Following Tom Wagoner's $750 donation earlier in the week, Macon resident Carol Wheeler donated $750 for another 10 adoptions. In addition, someone prepaid four more adoption fees.

According to shelter mascot AC Pup's Facebook page, adopters will be visited later to be sure the pets are settling into their new homes well. 

No one issued a challenge to the community to save 10 animals at a time, but it appears the community is challenging itself to help pets find homes and reduce the number of animals killed at the shelter. Businesses, corporations and individuals are more than welcome to participate.

And if this is a trend, staff at Macon Animal Control, along with local rescue groups, fosters and volunteers, all hope the trend continues. 

To take advantage of the prepaid adoption fee, go to the shelter at 1010 Eleventh Stree in Macon (off Lower Poplar, behind the landfill) any weekday. The shelter is open until 5:30 p.m. Call 751-9200 for more information.

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