News 12 First at Five / Thursday, March 8, 2012
EVANS, Ga. -- On Thursday some of you were taking the time to care about man's best friends. Lots of people brought their dogs to the Evans Towne Center Dog Park to support local animal shelters.
Both Richmond County and Columbia County animal services were collecting donations for the shelters. A lot of the dogs out at the dog park Thursday had loving owners who took the time to bring them to the dog park, but many animals around the area aren't quite that lucky.
There's been an increase in the amount of animals being sent to shelters and animal services say they are just having a hard time keeping up.
"There's a need right now due to some budget restraints and a lot of animals coming in due to people just can't take care of them anymore; so we're getting a lot of animals surrendered to us and a lot of strays out there," said Linda Glasscock, manager of Columbia County Animal Services.
Augusta Animal Services is feeling the same strain.
"With an ever-increasing inventory and population, we have more that we need to take care of and less funds with which to do that so every little bit helps," said Priscilla Crisler, Kennel Operations manager for Augusta Animal Services.
And lots of people showed up to help out. Animal Services collected over 401 lbs of dog food, 75 lbs of cat food, 15 boxes of treats, four bowls, two pet beds, 10 leashes, one muzzle, five toys and a total of $320.
They say food is the most important donation right now.
"Food is the biggest need right now. It takes a lot of food. Big dogs, small dogs, we have a lot of them," Glasscock said.
Even if you don't have the money to donate, they say your time is just as important.
"If they're not able to afford to send out food, litter and those things that we do need if they can come out and help walk animals, socialize animals that sort of thing," Crisler said. "Every little bit helps."