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EMA, Animal Welfare want to help keep your pets safe

June is National Pet Preparedness Month, and Macon-Bibb County’s Emergency Management Agency and Animal Welfare Department want you to take steps now to make sure your pets are safe during an emergency or severe weather. To learn how to prepare your pets for emergencies, check out the the guides from FEMA or GEMA.

“Pets are part of our families, and it’s just as important for people to have a plan for them as it is for their husbands, wives, and children” says EMA Director Spencer Hawkins. “June is especially important for us in Middle Georgia as we face extremely hot temperatures and the threat of severe weather and even tornadoes. We want to make sure people know what to do with their pets in all conditions.”

Dozens of animals rescued during Happy Tails event

On Saturday, June 4, Macon-Bibb County Animal Welfare and partners held its first Happy Tails Adoption Event the shelter. More than 200 people visited that day to see what animals could be adopted and how they could volunteer and support one of the many rescue groups in the region. By the end of the event 14 animals had been adopted and 25 rescued by area groups from Animal Welfare, and 8 more had been adopted from Peach County Animal Rescue. “Happy Tails was a great success, especially considering it was the first one we’ve hosted,” says Animal Welfare Director Sonja Adams. “We were able to save almost 50 animals and educate hundreds of people about animal safety and care, and how they can support their community rescue groups.” To read more about the event and how to adopt, copy and paste this link into your browser: http://www.maconbibb.us/happytailsasuccess/.

Animal rescue groups hosting Happy Tails Adoption Event

On Saturday, June 4, Macon-Bibb County Animal Welfare and partners will hold the first Happy Tails Adoption Event from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the shelter (4214 Fulton Mill Road). People can come to the shelter to see what animals are available for adoption there and with several local rescue groups, including Peach County Animal Rescue, Pawsome Southern Rescue, Gentle Gians, All About Animals, Pixel, and Furever After.

“We wanted to open our doors to the general public and show them what great animals there are at Animal Welfare and with our local and regional rescue groups,” says Director Sonja Adams. “I want to thank our partners in the rescue community for their continued support and for being part of this event. Our entire staff is looking forward to helping host more of these throughout the year as we work together to find permanent homes for these animals.”

Holiday safety tips from the Fire Department

During the Holiday Season, the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department would like to offer some turkey fryer operation safety tips to ensure that you and your family have a fun and safe time. To read the full list of tips, visit our website by clicking here. 

“We want everyone to have a happy and safe holiday season,” says Lieutenant Brenda Thomas. “Fire safety starts at home, and with these tips, people can more safely celebrate with friends and family.”

Greenwood Farm PAW Festival to hold free veterinary clinic

The Greenwood Farm PAW Festival is hosting a free veterinary clinic October 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 5996 Forsyth Road in Macon.

According to Elizabeth Barker with the clinic, there will be an instrument petting zoo, spay and neutered truck, shot clinic, microchip clinic ($10/each pet),  teddy bear surgery clinic and so much more.

Barker said the clinic is a way to bring awareness to local rescues and for more fosters, rescue groups and adoptions to happen.

For more information, please call the clinic at 478-474-9048 or visit the clinic's Facebook page.

MaconBibbTV highlights opening of SPLOST-funded Animal Welfare Center

Macon-Bibb’s new Animal Welfare Center (4214 Fulton Mill Road) officially opened to the public after a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in March. Construction of the new Center was made possible with funds from the voter-approved Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST).

 

Click here to watch a feature video from MaconBibbTV about this momentous and long-awaited day.

Holiday Safety Tips from the Fire Department

Holiday Safety Tips from the Fire Department
During the Holiday Season, the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department would like to identify some turkey fryer hazards and offer some fire safety tips to ensure that you and your family have a fun and safe holiday.