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Unwanted Pickens dogs migrate north

County hits 90 percent adoption rate at shelter


    Calling New England home now, this black lab sat for months in the county shelter unwanted in this area before being sent to a new owner in Nantucket, Massachusetts where he happily roams the beaches.

    With a national euthanization rate of 56 percent for dogs and 71 percent for cats, data complied by the National Council on Pet Population, an animal shelter with an adoption rate of over 90 percent is nothing to paw at.

    In a report recently submitted to the county commissioner’s office - which is considering taking over operations of the local shelter - Pickens County Animal Shelter Director Cindy Wilson reported that of the 292 animals taken in by the shelter since January, just 12 have been euthanized.
    “And those animals were either very aggressive and unadoptable, or they had heartworms,” Wilson said. “And now I have a rescue that will take animals with heartworms so that’s not even an issue anymore.”       

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Maureen Allen
+6 #1 Maureen Allen 2014-04-10 13:06
Cindy Wilson deserves public recognition for outstanding performance as Director of our county animal shelter. I have never met her, but her accomplishment -- placing every re-home-able dog -- speak to a deeply dedicated and hardworking individual. Her performance is particularly meaningful in contrast to that of Bartow County's notorious shelter director, finally fired for posting photos of dead dogs and cats, as well as jokes and songs. Thank you, Ms Wilson, for finding Pickens death-row dogs loving homes!
0 #2 Snoopy 2014-04-10 20:40
Ah - All us dogs need more like Cindy; I'll share my doghouse with her anytime.
-1 #3 sherry 2014-05-12 17:30
This is a wonderful story. Ever need any help I am available.
Progress editor
0 #4 Progress editor 2014-05-27 06:38
Here is the mirror image of this article: Northern columnist writing about adopting southern dogs.®ion=Marginalia&src=me&pgtype=article

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