GBHS comes to the rescue of Sylacauga shelter

By Sherea Harris

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Dogs were loaded up in vans and trucks and hauled from the facility in Sylacauga to the Greater Birmingham Humane Society on Wednesday. Different breeds and different ages were sent, some still nursing. Many had various ailments such as fleas and mange.

Jaqque Meyer, the Executive director of GBHS says she was contacted by board members of the Animal Rescue Foundation of Sylacauga, saying they were overwhelmed and needed help. The officials ended up surrendering nearly the entire population of the shelter.

"We are going to try to save all that we can," says Meyer. "There are a lot that are very sick and have behavior issues because I have no idea how long they have been there… I think they just got overwhelmed and had a lot of goodhearted people who were trying to do the right thing but just (were not
) educated in what the right thing was."

The only problem is the Greater Birmingham Humane Society is also overwhelmed with animals, but the staff improvised and set up kennels in every nook and cranny of the building to house the helpless dogs.
    
"It's one of those things that when the GBHS sees animals in need, we definitely feel like we have an obligation to help out," says GBHS spokesperson Christy Little.

Meyer says what is frustrating is this is not the first time her facility has had to assist the Sylacauga Shelter. The shelter will remain open, but Meyer is going to see to it that this does not happen again.

"They plan to clean it thoroughly and we are going to try to work on program with them where we send a couple of employees. Everybody is trained," says Meyer.

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