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Making change happen today for pets in Hart County, Georgia

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Hart County, Georgia is a rural county in the northeast portion of the state that, like many other areas of the south, struggles with pet overpopulation issues, yet has few resources available to help solve these problems. They have no animal control or animal shelter, and as a result, the county faced a growing problem with packs of feral dogs and colonies of feral cats.

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A group of animal advocates decided it was time for change, and banded together to create a non-profit organization dedicated to changing the lives of companion animals in the county. That's how the Hart County Humane Society came into existence in 2006.

The organization, which is classified as a501c3 charity by the IRS, was formed with the following missions:

  • Spay'neuter
  • Adoptions
  • Support local animal shelters

Donna Madkiff, president of the Hart County Humane Society, explained that the organization works hard to support the Northeast Georgia Animal Shelter, which serves Hart and Franklin counties, and rescues as many pets as possible.

The Hart County Humane Society holds regular adoption events at Petsmart in Anderson, South Carolina, where dogs and puppies, as well as cats and kittens are available for adoption. They also operate the "Cat Room" at Petsmart in Anderson.

"Every single pet that we place for adoption is spayed or neutered," Madkiff stressed. "They are all tested and are current on their vaccines, including rabies. We stand behind every animal we place."

Madkiff is especially excited about their participation in the upcoming PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend scheduled for May 2-4. The Hart County Humane Society will join with other local rescue groups in a major adoption event. "There will be dogs and puppies, as well as cats and kittens. All sizes and ages of pets will be there," explained Madkiff.

Petsmart Charities will also be providing special incentives for those who adopt a pet during the National Adoption Weekend, including a free wellness check for the pet at Banfield, along with a book of coupons for discounts on pet essentials such as food, litter, flea prevention, and toys.

Hart County Humane Society is not a shelter nor is it an animal control organization; they have no law enforcement powers. They don't receive any funding from any local, county, state, or federal governmental agencies.

As a non-profit organization, they rely completely on donations from the public to fund their work. The organization has no paid staff; everything is run by volunteers who are motivated by their love and commitment to these pets.

For more information, or to volunteer or donate to the organization, please visit their website at