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No-kill Gilmer County animal shelter closing its doors

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GILMER COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

Time is running out for dogs and cats who call a Gilmer County shelter their home. 

The shelter has been forced to close - not because it doesn't have enough money - but because it doesn't have enough volunteers, and now there's a rush to find the animals a place to live.

The rescue group Homeward Bound has been in Ellijay for 12 years, but the economy has been so rough they can't seem to find volunteers who can afford the fuel just to get up here.         

"We are over capacity for our volunteers,"said Sheree McRath, kennel manager at Homeward Bound. "If we had more volunteers, we could take in more animals."

"It's just too much, they either don't have the gas or they don't have a vehicle anymore," added McRath.

At the nearby Gilmer County animal shelter, director Natalie Wagner says the number of animals coming into their facility has skyrocketed since Homeward Bound stopped accepting new dogs and cats.

"They're a huge asset to us and to the county and not having them is going to be hurtful to us," said Wagner. "We're going to be taking in twice as many, maybe three times as more."

McRath says if volunteers can't pick up more hours, the shelter can't operate.

"Our goal until we get more volunteers is to find homes for all the ones we have," added McRath.

Homeward Bound hopes to continue their low-cost spay and neutering program, but come April 30 they plan to lock their doors for good.

"Without volunteers it's over, honestly," said McRath. "If no one steps up, we don't have any more volunteers come, we're done."

Homeward Bound has an adoption this weekend at the Petsmart store in Kennesaw on Barrett Parkway if you want to adopt a pet.

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a Gilmer County shelter their home. 

 

The shelter has been forced to close -- not because it doesn't have enough money -- but because it doesn't have enough volunteers, and now there's a rush to find the animals a place to live.

 

The rescue group Homeward Bound has been in Ellijay for 12 years -- but the economy has been so rough, they can't seem to find volunteers who can afford the fuel just to get up here.         

 

"We are over capacity for our volunteers,"said Sheree McRath, kennel manager at Homeward Bound. "If we had more volunteers we could take in more animals."

 

"It's just too much, they either don't have the gas or they don't have a vehicle anymore," added McRath.

 

At the nearby GilmerCounty animal shelter, director Natalie Wagner says the number of animals coming into their facility has skyrocketed since Homeward Bound stopped accepting new dogs and cats.

 

"They're a huge asset to us and to the county and not having them is going to be hurtful to us," said Wagner. "We're going to be taking in twice as many, maybe three times as more."

 

McRath says if volunteers can't pick up more hours, the shelter can't operate.

 

"Our goal until we get more volunteers is to find homes for all the ones we have," added McRath.

 

Homeward Bound hopes to continue their low-cost spay and neutering program -- but come April 30th,they plan to lock their doors for good.

 

"Without volunteers it's over, honestly,"said McRath. "If no one steps up, we don't have any more volunteers come, we' re done."

 

Homeward bound has an adoption this weekend at the Petsmart store in Kennesaw on Barrett Parkway if you want to adopt a pet.

 

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