Clayton County desperate to adopt out animals - CBS46 News

Clayton County desperate to adopt out animals

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JONESBORO, GA (CBS46) -

The Clayton County animal shelter is looking for people to adopt animals, especially cats and kittens, so the animals will not have to be euthanized.

The facility has been criticized for having "kill days" on Tuesdays and Fridays because there is not enough space for the staff to care for all the animals it takes in.

"It's a kill shelter and it almost implies we're OK with that," said Capt. Mark Thompson, the director of the shelter. "We're not OK with that and in Clayton County, our ultimate goal is to establish a no-kill facility."

Thompson said the facility has significantly reduced its kill rate since 2008. Numbers provided to CBS Atlanta indicate approximately 5,800 cats and dogs were put down that year. In 2012, the number killed dropped to under 2,800.

"It's heartbreaking to come in here," said Mary Ellen Neborski who is with Winging Cat Rescue, a rescue organization. "I want to take them all home every time I walk in the door."

Neborski is one of the few volunteers who help out at the shelter. The facility would like to attract additional volunteers and needs a veterinarian that can help provide care to sick animals.

"Simply what that means is there's going to be more animals put to sleep than any of us want to see," said Thompson.

Neborski's group works with Friends of Clayton County Cats, another organization that is working to find the animals good homes so they will not be euthanized.

"You don't think about it when you walk in the door," said Neborski. "At least you try not to because if you do, you don't get anything accomplished. You stand in here and cry." 

The county has plans to build a new $5 million shelter near the current facility, but work on the project has not yet started.

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