Now that Happy Tails Rescue has been shut down, what next?
Here’s what needs to happen next: A full-scale push to make sure organizations such as Happy Tails are no longer needed.
That doesn’t mean turning such things over to government control, though Columbia County Animal Services does a fine job.
What it means is persuading people to stop allowing unchecked breeding of animals.
Hundreds of animals are euthanized in the county shelter each year because there are just too many of them. With Happy Tails out of business, that’s one fewer volunteer group able to hold onto those animals until they find a home. The county has done an outstanding job of extending the shelf-life of adoptable animals, but they’re simply outnumbered.
Georgia seems destined to go in the wrong direction, with a state lawmaker proposing prohibitions on local community requirements for spaying and neutering. We’re queasy about such government intrusion, but it still should be up to local communities to decide – not the state.
Our community should make such a requirement unnecessary by voluntarily leading the way in animal sterilization. Fewer puppies and kittens produced means fewer volunteers needed to rescue them from death.