Columbia County Animal Services receives honor for high adoption rates.

Columbia County Animal Services receives honor for high adoption rates., part 1

Columbia County Animal Services is being recognized for getting pets adopted. The honor comes from the Association County Commissioners of Georgia and includes being spotlighted in Georgia Trend Magazine.Columbia County Animal Services say they did not earn this award alone. All thanks goes to their dedicated staff of only twelve individuals and the overwhelming response from the community. 

One hundred and fifty-nine counties are in Georgia and Columbia County Animal Services was honored as one out of six for the award. The award highlights their high adoption rates and their commitment to reuniting lost pets with owners. Leaders at the animal services say social media plays a huge role. On their Facebook alone they have over seven thousand followers and use all post to encourage community engagement. This type of social media presence helps them reach their monthly adoption average of finding ninety to one hundred pets a home.  

COLUMBIA COUNTY, GA (WFXG) - "We get invited to church functions to bring animals to. We go to manufacturing companies — Starbucks just recently moved into our area and they wanted us there with some animals so they could help us adopt animals out. So we do have a great reputation with the businesses and plus the citizens.", says Linda Glasscock who is the Manager of Columbia County Animal Service.

Community involvement is key to their success. Columbia County Animal Services knows the importance of being active in the community and that is why during the summer they invite kids to be apart of their reading program. They bring in children who may need help with reading. The summer reading program is a win-win for both the children and the pets. Children are willing and are interested in reading to the adorable animals. The animals, especially shy ones, become more exposed to interaction with people. One well known reading buddy is a dog named Rufus. Over the past he has helped with the reading program.

"So they come in and they will pick one of our books from our library and they will come in our conference room and they will sit with Rufus or one of our other animals. They will read to them and that way they are by themselves. . . no one is judging them if they have issues with reading or speech problems.", explains Glasscock.

Columbia County Animal Services has held the summer program for several years. The program for this summer gears up in a few weeks.

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