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Animal control dogs in Southeast Missouri seek qualified rescues and adopters

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Just a few short years ago city animal control units and municipal pounds were not at all about rescuing stray and abandoned animals. If an animal was picked up as a stray, it had but a few short days for the owners to claim it, or it would be euthanized. Owner surrendered animals were almost certainly put to sleep immediately.

But all that is changing as more and more animal control units and city pounds work side by side with animal rescues and shelters to get these stray and surrendered pets into new homes.

One such animal control unit resides in the Bootheel of Missouri. Animal Control Officer Sarah Fomby works diligently to find the right placement for the animals in her charge.

Sarah hasn't always been an animal control officer, but she has been rescuing and re-homing animals for a number of years working through her local animal rescue network.

Many of the animals that Sarah encounters are dogs that are not easily adoptable due to breed bans and breed specific laws in her area of Southeast Missouri. She finds local, qualified homes for the ones she can, but for Bully breeds or animals with medical or socialization issues she tries to place them with qualified rescues that can take them out of the area for their specific needs, and eventually adoption.

Although Sarah, and other animal control officers like her, do what they can to insure as many animals as possible are saved, she wants to stress to the public that just because you dog has made it to the city pound does not mean it is safe. Like many animal control units and shelters across the nation, space is an issue. And when homes or rescues cannot be found for the animals, and conditions become overcrowded, animals do get euthanized.

Fomby reports that since January she has taken in 115 dogs, all of which have gone to rescues except those currently being held in the kennels of her city’s animal control unit. She struggles daily to place them.

“I’ve had great success with placing dogs, but I couldn’t and don’t do it all myself. It takes a team of people to do it, and I have a group of great team players that I work with,” says Fomby.

Fomby is referring to a team of locals including a local animal rescue, Semo Animal Rescue Alliance, run by Laura Holloway; Tammy Wyman, another local animal control officer who also transports and fosters animals; and Leslie Hall, a nurse who volunteers her time to take pictures of the adoptable pets, transports animals, and fosters some of the harder case dogs with issues of various kinds.

According to Fomby, Semo Animal Rescue Alliance provides transports for the dogs Fomby can get into rescues, as well as paying for veterinary care for her animals. “Although Semo Animal Rescue Alliance provides most of the verterinary care for our animal control dogs I also get assistance for my Bully breeds from breed related rescues and private donations,” said Fomby.

Fomby’s network is not limited to those already mentioned. She says she has a great group of area animal control officers she works with as well. “We all work together to help each other out when the need arises,” says Fomby,” this is a tough business and we all need help from time to time. It’s such a pull on a person both physically and mentally, most animal control officers don’t last much long than five years in this business. Helping each other relieves some of the strain.”

While most of her animal control managed dogs go to qualified rescues, some are occasionally available for private adoption. In order to adopt an animal from Fomby’s unit one must pass the following requirements.

  • A home visit to see if the dog will have adequate accommodations; no dogs will be adopted out to live their lives on chains or left out in the elements.
  • Home owners must provide vet references that check out.
  • All other pets in the home must be fully vetted, altered, and up to date on vaccinations.
  • Everyone in the household must be agreeable on the adoption including the other animals in the home.

It’s because of these guidelines that even the non Bully breeds cannot be re-homed in Fomby’s area. She says that relatively few people wishing to adopt a dog can pass the requirements, as simple as they may be. For applicants who do qualify, the dogs are transferred to and adopted through Semo Animal Rescue Alliance.

If you would like to donate to the veterinary care of the Southeast Missouri dogs in Fomby’s animal control facility, send directly to the Animal Health Center, 508 N Main Street, Sikeston. MO, 63801. Donations made directly to the veterinary clinic should be marked “Sarah Fomby Animal Control.”

Anyone wanting to make a donations of toys, blankets, comfort items, and food for the animal control dogs can do so at: City of New Madrid, 560 Mott Street, New Madrid, MO, 63869- Attn: Sarah Fomby Animal Control.

Greg
Greg Sarah Fomby

Greg

Update 08-05-14 Safe! Pulled by rescue.
Greg is a male brindle Terrier mix. He is approx. 20 lbs. and about two years old. He was surrendered by his owners four months ago and his partner has been rescued while he was left behind. Greg's a gentle soul who loves dogs, kids, and people alike. (Available to private adopter or qualified rescue. Email Sarah at freemanfarms09@yahoo.com Located in Southeast Missouri)

Cinnamon
Cinnamon Leslie Hall

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a playful girl. approx. eight to nine months old and weighs 40lbs. She is smaller than pics make her look. She's a Lab/Shar Pei mix and has been fully vetted and is heartworm negative. She was owner surrendered because they had no time for her. They got her as a puppy but never socialized her. She was terrified in the animal control facility so she was moved into foster care. She loves all the other dogs in foster and has been a perfect house guest. Cinnamon will take time and patience, but will make a wonderful addition to any family. (Available to qualified adopter or rescue. For more details email Sarah at freemanfarms09@yahoo.com Located in Southeast Missouri)

Heath
Heath Sarah Fomby

Heath

Gerald is a male Chocolate Labrador mix approx. one yr old and weighs 65 lbs. He's very good with other dogs and is currently living at animal control with two small dogs. He loves people He was picked up as a stray and is now available to qualified rescues only. (Available to private adopter or qualified rescue.  For more details email Sarah at freemanfarms09@yahoo.com Located in Southeast Missouri)

Rocket
Rocket Sarah Fomby

Rocket

Rocket grew up in animal control and has been accepted into a foster home. He has been fully vetted and treatment for heartworms. Rocket is currently living with three other dogs, two young children, and is thriving. He is very high energy and will need someone who can offer him the appropriate guidance training. Rocket is approx. three years old and weighs 50 lbs. (Available to qualified rescues only. For more details email Sarah at freemanfarms09@yahoo.com Located in Southeast Missouri)

Watcher
Watcher Sarah Fomby

Watcher

Watcher is a beautiful Lab/Chow mix that's approx. two years old and weighs 50 lbs. She was a owner surrender as a puppy and has grown up in animal control. She is very alpha with other dogs, both male and female. She needs to be in a home as an only dog. She does loves people and kids. (Available to qualified rescues only. For more details email Sarah at freemanfarms09@yahoo.com Located in Southeast Missouri)

Avenger
Avenger Sarah Fomby

Avenger

Avenger is a junkyard dog that ended up without a home due to his dog aggression. He is approx. five yrs. old and weighs about 60 lbs. He is such a lover to people but he must live without other dogs or cats. (Available to qualified rescues only. For more details email Sarah at freemanfarms09@yahoo.com Located in Southeast Missouri)

Kitoke
Kitoke Sarah Fomby

Kitoke

Kitoke is a male mix approx. two years old and weighs 25 lbs. He is heartworm positive but patiently awaiting rescue. He was living at the Hunter Dawson site in New Madrid, Mo. for sometime and had a caretaker at one point, but couldn't stay. He can be a little alpha but loves people and kids. (Available to qualified adopter or rescue. For more details email Sarah at freemanfarms09@yahoo.com Located in Southeast Missouri)

Pandora
Pandora Sarah Fomby

Pandora

Pandora was picked up as a stray dumped out on the levee. Although there were no puppies with her she was so full of milk she was bursting. She weighs approx. 40 pounds. Pandora loves kids and people but must be the only dog in the household. Pandora has lived in the pound for almost two years. (Available to qualified rescues only. For more details email Sarah at freemanfarms09@yahoo.com Located in Southeast Missouri)
Southeast MO to qualified rescues only

Gemma
Gemma Leslie Hall

Gemma

Gemma was picked up as a stray. She is approx. two years old and we believe she is pregnant. She is good with kids, other dogs, and loves people. She weighs approx. 45 lbs. She is missing teeth on the right side. (Available to qualified rescues only. For more details email Sarah at freemanfarms09@yahoo.com Located in Southeast Missouri)

Eulana
Eulana Leslie Hall

Eulana

Eulana is a big, beautiful, Pit Bull mix. She weighs approx. 85 pounds and around two years old. She has been bounced between three different animal control facilities until she landed with us. She was scheduled be euthanized on two occasions. She's good with other dogs but kennel aggressive. She loves people and kids and enjoys playtime in water! (Available to qualified rescues only. For more details email Sarah at freemanfarms09@yahoo.com Located in Southeast Missouri)

Fawn colored Pit Bull Mix
Fawn colored Pit Bull Mix Sarah Fomby

Fawn colored Pit Bull Mix

Update 08-05-14 Safe! Pulled by rescue.
This beautiful boy was surrendered when his owner went to a nursing home. His companion was a Chihuahua who was taken by a rescue leaving this boy behind. He is approx. ten months old and weighs 40 lbs. He is very good natured and loves other dogs. He is possessive of his food bowl around other dogs. We feel this is because he was not fed regularly before being surrendered. (Available to qualified rescues only. For more details email Sarah at freemanfarms09@yahoo.com Located in Southeast Missouri)

Toto
Toto Sarah Fomby

Toto

Update 08-05-14 Safe! Pulled by rescue.
Toto was owner surrendered because his family got a new puppy. He is two years old and approx. 20 lbs. Toto is good with kids, people, and loves the companionship of other dogs. (Available to qualified adopter or rescue. For more details email Sarah at freemanfarms09@yahoo.com Located in Southeast Missouri)

Toby
Toby Sarah Fomby

Toby

Toby is a beautiful 17 month old German Shepperd mix and weighs approx. 65 lbs. He is still healing from his embedded chain. Toby is heartworm positive and will require treatment. He is great with kids, cats, and other dogs but he is food possessive with other animals. Toby is housebroken and kennel trained. (Available to qualified adopter or rescue. For more details email Sarah at freemanfarms09@yahoo.com Located in Southeast Missouri)

 

Henn and Essey
Henn and Essey Sarah Fomby

Henn and Essey

Update 08-05-14 Safe! Pulled by rescue.
Henn and Essey are approx. four months old and weigh 20 lbs. They are Hound/Heeler mixes and both are female and are very gentle and sweet. They were found living in an abandoned cotton gin. The pair must go together. (Available to qualified rescues only. For more details email Sarah at freemanfarms09@yahoo.com Located in Southeast Missouri)

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