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Macon-Bibb's Stray Pet Population

Around 5,000 cats and dogs end up in the Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare Shelter each year.

Seven out of ten of them don't make it out.

"That's a lot of animals," says shelter director Sarah Tenon.

Patti Jones with the animal rescue group Central Georgia CARES says when the economy goes down, the number of stray animals goes up, but she's also seen more people giving up their pets and taking them to the shelter.

"One of the reasons that we hear is because of cost," adds Jones. "It surprises people a lot of times to know the cost of caring for an animal. It's not just getting an animal that's cute, you have to provide medical care, you have to provide quality food."

According to the ASPCA, a pet owner will spend between $600 and $900 a year on needs including pet food and vet bills.

Valentine's Specials at Macon-Bibb Animal Control

Valentine's Specials at Macon-Bibb Animal Control

If you're looking for a pet and a bargain, or if you're looking for a great Valentine's Day present for yourself (and a bargain!), look no further than Macon-Bibb County animal control at 1010 Eleventh Street in Macon,

As of this writing, 40 dogs are housed in the small facility, and waiting for new homes and a second chance at life.

In honor of Valentine's Day, adoption fees have been slashed in half this week. Instead of paying the regular $80 fee plus $50 deposit to adopt a pet, you only have to pay $40 plus the refundable deposit. Once you provide proof that the dog has been spayed or neutered, you get that $50 deposit back, making the entire cost of buying love that will last for life only $40. That's a bargain by anyone's yardstick.

Available dogs range from very small (chihuahua) to very large (rottweiler mix) and everything in between, and they range from very young to around 8 years old.

Brothers of the Heart

Brothers of the Heart

Best friends forever. Bonded. Soulmates.

Those are some of the ways Blackie and Sammy are described by those who have met them down at the Bibb-Macon animal control facility at 1010 Eleventh Street in Macon.

Turned in by their owners, who could no longer keep them, these young dogs huddle together in their kennel, confused and unsure about why they are there and what will happen to them.

Sammy is a full-blooded Labrador retriever with the typical happy-go-lucky, "let's play" demeanor when he's taken out of the kennel. Blackie is a lab mix and a little more reserved -- a little shy, maybe, or a little more afraid of what the future may hold. He stays as close to Sammy as he can, for reassurance, to be near a familiar loved one.

Found: Are You Missing a Pig?

Found: Are You Missing a Pig?

This black potbelly pig is missing its family.

The family currently housing the pig would like to return the pig to their rightful owner.

If you own this pig, or know anything that could lead to reuniting the pig with its family, call 478-474-6600.

'I LOVE Macon" Campaign Nets 10,000 Signatures

'I LOVE Macon" Campaign Nets 10,000 Signatures

The movers and shakers behind the "i love macon" campaign announce that they've reached 10,000 signatures Tuesday.

In other words, 10,000 people have signed the "i love macon" pledge, "to stand up for the city we love, stop the negative conversation and to be the change we want to see in our city," according to  a release.

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Read the full release:

The i love macon campaign hit Macon streets

Pet Pardon Ends Today

Pet Pardon Ends Today

The Pet Pardon signed by director of animal control Sarah Tenon on January 9 comes to an end today, and dozens of dogs are now in danger of being euthanized tomorrow.

When the third pardon was signed, about 35 dogs and a few cats were at the facility. As of this morning, all of the cats have been adopted or rescued, but there are 52 dogs on "death row."

An off-site adoption event last Saturday got four dogs out of harm's way, but that wasn't nearly enough to raise hopes that no animals will be killed on Wednesday. Adoptions are slow and owner turn-ins are high. Animals turned in by their owners have almost no chance at survival.

The success of two prior pardons that was widely publicized and enthusiastically supported by both the community and staff contrasts with this life-saving attempt, where no mention of the pardon was made on the animal control website or Facebook pages.