Augusta rescue groups working hard to get dogs out of animal shelter

News 12 @ 11 o'clock / Sunday, July 20, 2014

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A lot of tails are wagging today. It's only been a few days since Augusta commissioners made the decision to allow removing unaltered dogs from the shelter. Rescue groups are hard at work to get these dogs out of the shelter, and into your home.

Team Stinkykiss may have a funny name, but they take this situation very seriously. Hundreds of dogs are still in need of help at the Richmond County animal shelter, and it's a slow and difficult process to get them out.

Twenty-two cages are emptied this week at the Richmond County shelter. "It's a small step in the right direction but it's a slow process," Angie Benfield with Team Stinkykiss rescue group said.

Benfield's rescue group was able to pull five dogs from the shelter this week, and they're pulling five more out next week, but it's been a challenge. "You know, going by the guidelines, we probably could have pulled all ten of them out last week if it wasn't so labor intensive," she said.

Labor Ali Williams with Dog Networking Agents, or DNA, is all too familiar with. DNA rescued twenty-two dogs out of Richmond County shelters this week. Their job is to place them with other rescue groups that have room. "When we go in there are save twenty-five in a week. In one day twenty-five could be surrendered to the shelter," Williams said.

They plan to pull another twenty-three next week, saving close to seventy-five dogs by the end of the month, but it's an uphill battle. She says they could save more, if more action was taken by Richmond County. "We know that we could make even more of a difference if things changed such as having a full time veterinarian," she said.

For now they have to rely on foster families to take these dogs into their homes and out of the shelters. "Really all a foster needs to do is love a dog like it was their own," Benfield said.

Turning puppy love into a puppy's home. "It is the most rewarding feeling I think I've ever had," Benfield said.

Each time the rescue groups are able to add a foster home to the list, it gives another dog a chance at life. One of the biggest problems they have with getting more dogs out of the shelter, is finding them a new home, even a temporary one. If you are interested in fostering a dog, you can go to the Team StinkyKiss Facebook page at, or write them an email to

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