Update on Clayton County, Georgia — Good News!

Way to go Georgia Dogsters! It may be only one day of victory for our furry friends but it IS a victory and I'm betting...

Joy  |  May 13th 2006


Adopted Clayton County puppy

Endangered Dogs Rescued

Way to go Georgia Dogsters! It may be only one day of victory for our furry friends but it IS a victory and I’m betting some of you made it happen!

This just in from the Clayton County Animal Shelter where dogs were to be put to death to make room for floor sealing. Channel 11 in Atlanta reported that the endangered dogs were rescued by people responding to the call for help.

Dozens of abandoned dogs from Clayton County are enjoying new homes after animal advocates put out the call for help. They asked people to adopt the dogs before Saturday night’s deadline to keep an unusually high number from being put to sleep.

Jennifer and Michael Jairdullo of Smyrna were ready for a large-scale rescue when they arrived at the Clayton County animal shelter Saturday morning.

“We set the alarm and cleaned out the car and got down here first thing this morning prepared to take as many as we could,” Jennifer Jairdullo told 11Alive’s Jennifer Leslie. “It’s a pleasant surprise there are so few left.”

In fact, they found only a handful of dogs left after so many people responded to news reports that animal control officers were planning to euthanize more dogs than usual before next week.

The shelter has had a problem with the deadly parvo virus, so officers have to clear out the normally overcrowded kennels and seal the floors to keep the disease from spreading in the future.

“We have a cat at home, but we decided we wanted to get a dog,” said Glenn Mikesell. “When we saw her we knew we had to get her.”

Mikesell arrived at the shelter determined to give one of the dogs a new leash on life and fell in love with a Beagle mix.

The Jairdullos picked a Catahoula after discovering most of other dogs had already found new homes.

“There’s a lot of good people out there that cared enough to get up and save these dogs,” said Jennifer Jairdullo.

Animal control officers are thrilled by today’s response, but they want people to remember them a few weeks from now.

They say after the floors are fix, the shelter will be overcrowded, again.

That may be true but for one day, just one day, its NOT overcrowded. And if we can do it on one day, we can do it for another and another.

Hug those new Georgia adoptees for all of us!