Recent Adoptions from the Effingham Co Shelter Have Created Havoc


Cute-puppy-and-Kitten-together-pictures-cutedogsnpets_400At a recent pet adoption event the Effingham Co Animal Shelter adopted out several kittens. Of the ones adopted two tested positive for Feline Leukemia and another tested negative. The positive tested kittens were humanely put to sleep due to the nature of the disease. This was not the fault of the shelter as the shelter employees did not know they had Feline Leukemia. They would not have adopted them out if they did.

The shelter is county ran with county funds and the county does not provide the funding necessary to test each animal for everything that could be wrong with them. Upon adopting an animal, it is discussed at the adoption and within the paperwork to take the animal to the vet for a full check-up within 3 days to include the proper testing for each type of animal.

The proper testing to be done by the adopter for dogs or cats are as follows (this is just routine testing but the adopter has the right to refuse any of these procedures but it is recommended to do them) :
• fecal flotation for detecting intestinal parasites
• blood tests for detecting heartworm and tick borne disease exposure
• general blood screenings to identify potential breed-related medical problems and conditions

At the adoption event as well, several puppies went to rescue. Of these puppies they did have several types of worms and also were at the beginning stages of getting sick. They were wormed almost a week prior to the event and given a physical evaluation by the attending veterinarian on record. But the wormer they were provided did not handle all worms they currently had. They appeared healthy enough for the adoption event so they went. During the event one was appearing sick and the rescue decided to take them all. They did receive the medical care needed for them all to get on a healthy track.

The shelter is providing worming to each and every dog that comes into the facility and it is logged on the dogs chart within the shelters paperwork. This is to aid in strays that come in with worms and also to aid puppies that are more susceptible to getting worms. The wormer the county provides is for basic worm types dogs can get but it does not kill all kinds. This is one of the new improvements the shelter is doing this year as in the past they did not provide wormer except at the time of the veterinarian of records visiting day.

Due to the recent activity, the shelter is going to be bringing more adult dogs and older puppies as well as adult cats and older kittens to adoption events. This way the young puppies and kittens can get a little more care with them to try and prevent people from adopting a potentially sick animal. The shelter does the best they can within the requirements set forth from the shelter procedures booklet that was created by the veterinarian on record and the county commissioners’ approval.

The shelter just happens to have had a setback with this and all on the same day at the same event. But they are confident that in the future they will be working towards more healthy adoptions and trying to look the animals over a little more closely to try and prevent this. They are very saddened by what has happened and are trying to do what they can to prevent or at least lessen the chance of it happening again.

The shelter will be providing a rabies shot and vaccinations to each animal once adopted before leaving the facility. This is a new step in the right direction but will be implemented within the next week or so. This was another new improvement the shelter is doing this year. The adoption fee will include the rabies and vaccination shot. The only other thing the adopter will need to do it set up an appointment to get the animal spayed or neutered within the required 30 days. If you have additional questions about this, please feel free to contact the shelter with your questions or concerns at 912-754-2109.

HOPE is working with the shelter to try and create a puppy shot plan to where shots can be administered to every dog under the age of 1 year to aid in Parvo, sickness, and diseases as soon as they come into the building or within one day or so. They will receive the age appropriate shot regimen needed to boost their immune system. This will aid in healthier puppy adoptions. It is still a work in progress and we will let you know when it is finalized.

HOPE is also looking into the possibility of helping with an additional wormer that could aid in conjunction to their regular wormer to aid in all worms being handled. This is only in the beginning stages due to the recent events; therefore we will let everyone know if we are able to do this. We are HOPE-ful we can! All of this is only possible by your donations as HOPE is donation based for all the help we provide to the shelter.


BY: The HOPE team

Jangles, Bunker and Chopper… Just who are they?

Meet just a few of the wonderful dogs the Effingham County Animal Shelter in Springfield, GA has to offer. I know it’s a shelter, what really could they have to offer that is good? Right? That’s what most people think when they start looking for a dog or cat. But the shelter gets to know each dog and cat and this can aid in helping you get the right one for you, not a biased opinion from the owner that is trying to get rid of it or just sell it.

JanglesMeet Jangles. Jangles is a Terrier mix. Poor Jangles was found one morning after being dropped of in the outside drop pens. But after being at the shelter for a little while it is apparent he is very good with other dogs, loves to play with them and adores being around people. He has some leash manners and adjusts very well to new surroundings. He really is a great little dog and would work great for a smaller apartment or smaller home environment. Just look at that face, how could you not want to come by the shelter and meet him? Jangles also has a HALF-HOPE heart on him for the month of April. His adoption is $45 which includes his rabies shot and his neuter through HOPE would cost $35.


bunkerMeet Bunker. Wow can’t say enough good things about Bunker. He was also an owner turn-in. They had financial reasons to do what they did but they also “Paid it Forward” by paying for his adoption fee. They truly want their Bunker to get into a great home. Bunker is a black Boykin Spaniel. All his vet records are with him as all vet visits were done at the Effingham Animal Hospital. He loves to ride in cars, has great leash manners, knows commands, and very well behaved. He just needs a new home to love him and be able to take good care of him. Bunker is really a ready-made dog just waiting to go home! His adoption is FREE.


Chopper (2)Meet Chopper. He is a beautiful white with brown spots Am. Bulldog mix. Chopper was an owner turn-in as they just could not keep him anymore. Not that they didn’t want him but just thought it would be best for their situation that he be placed into a better home. He is neutered and was vaccinated. His vaccinations were done in Jacksonville, FL so the shelter could not confirm. Chopper is housebroken as well. He does not get along with other dogs so Chopper would need a home without other dogs. They are not sure about cats, but a safe bet to just keep him as the only pet. His adoption is $45 which includes rabies shot since his vaccinations could not be verified.

If interested or have any additional questions in any of these three dogs please contact Bill, the Adoption Coordinator, at the Effingham Co Animal Shelter at 912-754-2109. Please go by the shelter as it is off Hwy 119 and Hwy 21 behind the Effingham Co Prison and check out these three dogs or any of the other animals they have up there. They are all on limited time as the shelter fills up quickly with all the strays and drop offs they get daily.

Please spay and neuter your pets. It helps with the over-population in the county!

Thank you from all of us at HOPE

The story behind Fawn……Help her move forward

Fawn now at the shelter waiting on a new home.

Fawn now at the shelter waiting on a new home.

When Fawn came to the shelter back in Dec.

When Fawn came to the shelter back in Dec.

UPDATE 4/23/14: Fawn has been adopted!

Fawn came to the Effingham County Animal Shelter in Springfield, GA back in Dec 2013. She was a sweet loving girl that stole everyone’s heart on how sweet she really was. Even though she is a bully breed she is an American Staffordshire Terrier. Now that being said she does not fit any bill of the myth bully breed being bad as she is sweet natured and just wants to be loved on. She loves men a lot as the workers at the shelter are always playing with her and taking her out. But she loves women too but seems to fancy the men. She has become a quick favorite.

She had a HOPE Heart placed on her for a free spay when adopted but after about 2 weeks we all noticed her belly getting larger. It was confirmed…she was pregnant. Her HOPE Heart sadly was removed and her adoption status was put on hold. She stayed at the shelter and gave birth to a HUGE litter of puppies. All got adopted but poor Fawn stayed behind. Always left behind! No one wanted her. But why? She was beautiful, she knew commands, she walked well on a leash, she was sweet, she cuddled….so why was she always left behind?

After months of sitting in the shelter, it became harder and harder to see her as she always looked so depressed she was in the kennel. She thrived on attention and was so gracious when she actually got it. But again people would just pass her by. So then HOPE decided to place a special secret HOPE Heart on her for when she got adopted the adopter would then be told of the free spay. As luck had it she was finally adopted the beginning of March 2014 by a woman and her family. Now Fawn did not take to her nor her family just right but she did take to another male family member. So she went to live there. All was good.

HOPE made good on our promise and had her spayed. She also received her rabies shot to bring her current. She was ready for her new life in her new home. But sadness fell upon the shelter staff one recent morning when poor Fawn was left in the outside drop off pens. There was her sad face not understanding why she was back. She was happy to see all her familiar faces, but she still had no home. Poor Fawn was put back into rotation at the shelter. Once again looking for her furever home.

So now Fawn sits once again at the shelter waiting. Won’t you come up to see her. Her adoption fee is only $30. She is already spayed, she already has her rabies shot. She knows some commands and has some leash manners. She went to a home originally with other dogs and she got along with them so she is good with other dogs. Not sure on cats though. She also loves children. She is the ready-made doggie everyone always looks for. Please come by to see her as she just wants a home to lay her head at and to be loved and cared for. That is all they ever want!!!


Dog Enrichment Program at the Effingham Co Animal Shelter


kongHOPE already has an enrichment program for the cats with the cat scratchers, but the dogs were left out. Not really but HOPE had to get the approval for the dog enrichment program as it creates a new step in the cleaning process in the mornings and will require them to watch the dogs more closely. Now that they have a new Kennel Supervisor, Brandon, the dog enrichment program can be set off.

Due to all the donations HOPE has received, we were able to get with Kong and their Kong Cares program and put an order in for 50 Kongs. Our order is for various sizes as well as for regular and power chewers. We also ordered a kit to where the shelter staff will be able to create flavored ice to be placed within the Kongs for extended play especially during the summer months. This will be huge as it will provide the dogs something to do and not be so bored in their kennels during the day when not able to go outside to play.

Now our order is placed but it can take 6-8 weeks to fulfill the order. These Kongs are what they call the imperfect ones, therefore it takes awhile for them to get your order ready to ship. We just wanted everyone to know we are still working on getting the dogs something to do during the day and provide them with enrichment. Enrichment is very important to the shelter animals as it help make it more like home and not a jail cell.

HOPE would like to thank each and every one of our HOPE donors that helped to make this happen. We cannot do all the things we do for the shelter and shelter pets without the donations you provide. If you would like to donate for the next project we do at the shelter or towards our Incentive Spay/Neuter Program please hit the donate button on the right side of our page and let us know what you would like the donation to go towards. If you do not specify then we will use it for whatever need comes up first.

Thank you,

The HOPE Team

April HOPE Hearts are helping so many more this month

Hope has decided to try and help more animals with our Incentive Spay/Neuter Program at the Effingham County Animal Shelter. Each month we have been fully sponsoring a FREE spay or neuter to three animals, usually two dogs and one cat. It has been fairly successful but we feel we could do more. Therefore for the month of April we are going to be offering HALF-HOPE Hearts.

What does that mean you ask???? It means the rate we get for spay and neuter, the adopter will be responsible for paying for half of it. With doing this, HOPE will be able to not just help 3 this month but we will be helping EIGHT animals. Yes that is right EIGHT!!!! We have HALF-HOPE Hearts on three cats and five dogs.

On each kennel at the shelter where the dog or cat has a HALF-HOPE Heart it tells the potential adopter what price their portion is for the spay or neuter. Please pay attention as the spay pricing is different for cats and dogs just as the neuter pricing is also different. Since hope works based upon donations, we cannot afford to give away eight FREE spay or neuters in a month but we are able to offer them at half the rate.

The rates are as follows for only the HOPE Heart receipents:

  • Male Cat – $20 neuter
  • Female Cat – $30 Spay
  • Male Dog – $35 neuter
  • Female Dog – $40 spay

As you can see the adopter is still getting a deal but we can offer more at this rate. Will we do this each month, NO! We will decide each month as to what we want to offer. Maybe one month the HALF-HOPE Hearts and the next are FREE HOPE Hearts. It will just depend upon the success rate and donations we receive in towards the Incentive Spay/Neuter Program.

Please keep in mind once adopted the adopter will receive a letter explaining the HOPE Hearts and what the process is to get your FREE or HALF-HOPE Heart redeemed. You cannot just go to a veterinarian of your choice and get it done as HOPE will NOT pay for it. It has to go through HOPE at one of our Preferred Veterinarians.

Don’t forget the shelter will be open Saturday April 5th from 9am until noon for their 1st Saturday of the Month Adoption Day. So all these babies will be able to be seen on a Saturday. The shelter will also be at two adoption events this month at TailsSpins in Pooler April 12th and also TailsSpins  annual pet event at Habersham on the 26th. So more opportunities to see the fur babies from the Effingham County Animal Shelter. For times to the TailsSpins events please contact the shelter at 912-754-2109 and ask for Bill the Adoption Coordinator.

Also before you think we cannot count we did have five dogs but the HOPE Hearts were applied on April 3rd and that day one of the HOPE Hearts was adopted. Little Starlight was on the list and adopted so we did not show her picture as she was already gone.

Click any photo below to see fully enlarged.

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Outdoor runs at the Effingham Co. Animal Shelter


The shelter is trying to get each dog outside to get some exercise but without outdoor kennels for them they can only allow a few out at a time to get exercise. This means not every dog can get outside each day. They are in the process to construct chain link dog runs.  They received some fencing materials as a donation and are putting together all the things they need to start construction. They are slowly getting everything needed and hopeful to start building them soon.

Why is this so important you may ask? They have kennels they are in, isn’t that sufficient? Do they really need outside time? The answer is yes to both. The kennels they are in during the day is sufficient but they still need outside time to stretch their legs and enjoy the fresh air. It has been proven that some dogs when kept in a kennel for long periods of time without getting outside for exercise have shown signs of what is called Barrier Related Aggression.

Here is a little read from The Maddie’s Fund about it:

It would be difficult to design a more frustrating environment for a dog than a kennel. In most kennels, dogs are kept alone in extremely barren environments virtually around the clock, with some tantalizing visual access to the outside world. This low-stimulation situation is then punctuated by people and other dogs going by – they’re always visible but they can’t be investigated. The dog’s urge to meet and investigate is repeatedly frustrated. With repetition, the sight of dogs and/or people becomes associated, through classical conditioning, to the feelings of frustration and agitation. When the dog finally has the opportunity to meet, his behavior is over the top in intensity and may be aggressive.

The dog’s poor social behavior may then cause the staff to prohibit the dog from further social contact. In addition, defensive responses from the other dogs he encounters or punishment by walkers for unruly or seemingly aggressive behavior may make the dog’s behavior even worse. The sight of dogs and/or people may then be associated with a high likelihood of punishment and aggressive responses from other dogs, along with the original frustration. This results in further deterioration of behavior and a cycle develops.

Barrier frustration usually manifests in a shelter environment as dramatic barking and lunging displays at passers-by to the dog’s kennel. This can bleed over to on-leash lunging and aggression and, with sufficient time for classical conditioning to take place, aggression directed at people or dogs, including out of the original context of the kennel or other thwarting situation.

These outdoor kennels will help with getting the dogs the socialization, exercise, and mental stimulation they need for their stay at the shelter. It not only helps with Barrier Related Aggression but it helps with getting them the stimulation they need in order to be calmer when approached for adoption. Thus giving them more of a chance at being adopted faster. When dogs do not get the stimulation and exercise they often appear very hyper and a turn-off to most adopters. When in fact they are not really like that but they have had no or very little exercise.

All this helps the well being of the dogs. Any questions on this please feel free to ask us or call the shelter at 912-754-2109 and ask for Cory Whitfield, the Shelter Director.