Pet owners line up for vaccines and vouchers at free weekend clinic
By Joy Purcell — In a scene reminiscent of Habersham’s mass vaccination site, cars snaked up the hill to the county fairgrounds pavilion on Saturday. Some waited in line for hours, but it wasn’t COVID vaccines they were waiting on; instead, it was pet vaccinations and vouchers.
Our Go Fix Georgia program has spayed and neutered thousands of animals across the state of Georgia. The program transports up to 60 shelter animals every week for spay and neuter surgeries, urgent medical care and facilitates transfers to rescue organizations. Within two years, we have already helped 2,000 animals.
Many shelters outside of the metro Atlanta area have no medical options and limited funding when it comes to the animals they care for. Prior to our innovative program, animals would be adopted without being altered, leading to an increase in the overpopulation of shelter animals. Once we started offering this program to these shelters, we were then able to offer more options. This included urgent surgeries such as limb removals. Our most recent expansion is to work with rural counties to help with pet retention through vaccine and microchip clinics. At least three counties rely on our transport each and every week to have healthy, altered animals adopted from their shelters.
A few months ago we began fundraising for our dream van, and our amazing supporters helped raise close to $14,000 for the effort! Fix Georgia Pets was so inspired by the generosity of our supporters that they wanted to donate the entire cost of the van – $38,000!!! The $14,000 that was initially donated will be used to help further the growth of the program. We are extremely grateful to all of our donors and Fix Georgia Pets for their life-saving contributions!
Fix Georgia Pets’s mission is to end overpopulation and senseless euthanasia in the state of Georgia. Georgia has a pet over-population crisis. Fix Georgia Pets works in the highest need communities across the state to end pet overpopulation and stop senseless euthanasia. Learn more about Fix Georgia Pets at fixgeorgiapets.org
By working together, we can save more lives. We can not wait to put our new van to work. It should be arriving mid-October.