Reduce the number of adoptable animals euthanized in county shelter and promote the humane treatment of animals through responsible pet ownership.
Strategic Focus Areas:
Reduce the animal overpopulation through our low cost spay/neuter program. For residents of Catoosa County who are in financial need, we pay the majority of the cost of the spay/neuter at Wally’s Friends - a low cost spay/neuter clinic or at Dixie Day Spay - a low cost spay/neuter clinic that offers a program for stray and feral cats. We also work with local vets to pay a portion toward the surgery costs for pets whose owners might not be able to afford it.
Educate the community about humane treatment of animals. We maintain a 24-Hour Help Line (706) 937-2287 and our website providing information, resources, and referrals to callers who have a wide variety of questions and needs regarding animals.
Reduce the number of adoptable animals by county shelter by reducing the number of dogs and cats surrendered to the shelter through spay/neuter, early intervention with owners, and pulling as many adoptable dogs and cats from the shelter and putting them in our foster/adoption program.
Help connect animals in need of homes with loving families. In 2011 we implemented a foster/adoption program. After the April 2011 tornado devastated our county, the program grew quickly. Program has continued to grow substantially to date.
Whenever possible, assist families keep their pets in their homes through financial assistance with low cost spay/neuter, veterinary care for sick or injured animals (pre-set limit), food assistance for the animal, and resources regarding behavioral training tips if needed.
Reconnect lost dogs and cats with their owners by networking them on our facebook and website. Also will scan the animal for a microchip if person is unable to get the animal to a vet’s office to scan.