Monday, September 15, 2008

Georgia Heartland Humane Society's Pet Overpopulation Initiative Update

AAG Note: Earlier this year, the Georgia Heartland Humane Society entered a pet into the Humane Society of the United States Photo Contest for Spay Day 2008. Below is a tidbit from Georgia Heartland Humane Society as they acknowledge the wonderful readers and benefits of the Fayette Front Page.

The Georgia Heartland Humane Society rescues abandoned and abused animals to be placed in forever homes. Since its inception, the GHHS adoption contract has specified that the adopter must have the animal spayed or neutered within a specified time period. That condition was not negotiable. But now, GHHS no longer puts the onus on the adopter. In February 2008, GHHS launched their Pet Overpopulation Initiative.

The decision to launch a Pet Overpopulation Initiative coincided with Spay Day USA 2008, sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States. Being a small organization, GHHS started small. The first seed money came from HSUS. Buster, the Kitten, their entry in the HSUS photo contest, came in 8th in the nation. His winning pot of nearly $700 was the seed money. Fayette Front Page was instrumental in Buster’s victory. They displayed his photo prominently, encouraging readers to vote for him. Candy sales, donations, and a successful bake sale at the Adoptathon have added to the funds reserved strictly for spay/neuter.

To read the entire story, click here.

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