The Troup County Humane Society is exploring different avenues to better address overcrowding and possibly reduce the pet population problem in the county.
Troup County Humane Society Executive Director Mandi Bono said Wednesday that the organization is exploring grant opportunities that could help in its efforts.
“We are currently working to secure funding for spaying/neutering grants, and we are working with the shelter and Paws for Change to host a microchipping event at LaGrange,” Bono said. “We would be able to microchip people’s pets at no cost to them.”
The microchip program, Bono said, will use a biometric program that will allow owners to scan their dogs’ noses, which, like a person’s fingerprints, are unique to each dog.
Troup County does not currently have its own sterilization program. The closest spay clinic to Troup County is HELP Spay Neuter Clinic in Newnan. The LaGrange Animal Shelter also uses its Puppy Pipeline program, which sends adoptable pets up north to less crowded shelters.
The shelter is regularly at capacity, Bono noted, and unwanted litters usually end up at the shelter.
“As soon as [the Humane Society] adopt one, we take another one out of the shelter,” she said.
Recently, the Troup County Humane Society received a $5,700 grant to help LaGrange Animal Shelter with its operations.
The grant money, given in part by the Laura J. Niles Foundation, was used to purchase two new washing machines and three new clothes dryers. Both, Bono pointed out, are very resilient.
“We go through a lot of laundry here, and the volume we go through is more than a standard machine can handle,” Bono said.
Donations including wet food, towels, bedding and laundry detergent and Blue Dawn dish soap can be donated to the LaGrange Animal Shelter at 1390 Orchard Hill Road.