THOMASVILLE – The Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society is dedicated to providing a safe home and loving environment for area animals, giving them the best chance of adoption. However, with their new Wellness Waggin’, they are able to support more than the animals of Thomas County, traveling the area to neuter cats and dogs, ensuring they have an equal chance of to be adopted.
According to the executive director, Chandler Giddes the Wellness Waggin’ belongs to the Best Friends Animal Society, which is a national association for animal welfare. The Best Friends Animal Society then donated the Waggin’ to the Humane Society through the Shelter Collaborative Program in January 2022. The program targets animal welfare leaders in local municipalities and challenges them to establish links with other smaller rural communities.
“Instead of writing grants for large spaying/neutering initiatives, Best Friends got a single donor to fund a program, where they donate money to local shelters that connect with other local shelters and supervise them, with the aim of helping to save lives. “, explained Giddes.
Some of the many ways the Humane Society helps other local shelters include creating a phased programming plan, which helps mitigate and reduce shelter numbers, increase adoption, and assist with relief transportation. , and in particular to increase the volume of sterilization and sterilization.
“There is a national shortage of veterinarians and therefore most rural shelters are slowed down, because in the state of Georgia, by law, in order for an animal to be adopted, it must be spayed,” Giddes said. “If you can’t have surgery, whether or not you have an adopter, the animal can’t be brought home.”
Knowing this, the Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society has partnered with local veterinarians and shelters, which are part of the Shelter Collaborative Program, to provide onsite spaying services to expedite adoptions.
The Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society does not currently have a veterinarian on staff, but has enlisted veterinarians from across southwest Georgia to meet needs on rest days or whenever they are available.
Most recently, Dr. Amanda Hall-Phillips, DVM, traveled with the Wellness Waggin’ to the Douglas-Coffee County Animal Shelter, where she performed 12 spayings and spayings on seven cats and five dogs.
Hall-Phillips is renowned for her work with animals. She currently owns the Southern Hound Club in Valdosta and is a companion animal behavior consultant, which makes her perfect for working with anxious cats and dogs undergoing procedures at the Humane Society.
The Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society realizes the sacrifice Hall-Phillips and other local vets make on their days off and pays them a higher hourly rate for their services.
“We don’t charge other shelters for the services themselves,” Giddes said. “However, the program will only be sustainable until December this year.”
However, the program can be extended if Giddes and his colleagues can raise funds from local donors to continue the services.
To date, the Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society has provided its services to the Tift County Humane Society, the Douglas-Coffee County Animal Shelter and, of course, Thomasville. They also plan to travel to Lowndes County and Bainbridge to help with spaying procedures, courtesy of Wellness Waggin’.
“Meanwhile, we will continue to serve Thomasville as well,” Giddes assured.
The program has already had great success with some of the neutered animals already adopted, especially in the Thomasville area.
Due to the success of the program, Giddes would like to continue the Wellness Waggin’ program and strongly encourages anyone interested in helping to donate to the Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society. He reminded everyone that the Humane Society is a 501c3 organization, so all contributions are tax deductible.
If the Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society can raise all the funds for the procedures and be self-sufficient, Giddes thinks the Best Friends Animal Society will allow them to keep the Wellness Waggin’ in full operation, so they can continue to provide resources. southwest Georgia. .