Animal shelter

Habersham Animal Shelter raises funds for life-saving transport van

Habersham County Animal Shelter is raising money for a van that’s more than a means of transportation – it’s a means of saving animal lives.

Habersham County Animal Care and Control (HCACC) staff are committed to ensuring abandoned, abandoned and stray animals end up in forever homes, and one of the ways they do this week to week is transportation.

“Since 2019, HCACC has been able to save hundreds of lives by transporting dogs and cats at risk of euthanasia to animal welfare organizations in the Northeast and Midwest of the United States where they have been adopted,” said said HCACC director Madi Nix. “However, we have had to rely on the generosity of other relief groups to provide unused space on their transports when available, as we do not have our own transport vehicle.”

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Nix says the shelter has helped agencies transport 1,176 pets, around half of which are from the Habersham shelter, who have struggled to find homes in the area in the past year alone. But because the shelter has to rely on other organizations to make these transports, Habersham transports fewer animals than it could.

Nix and the rest of the HCACC staff hope this will end soon with the help of the community. Currently, the HCACC is fundraising for a dedicated transport van that will allow them to transport these animals on their own.

The animal shelter hopes to be able to purchase a 2020 Ford Transit, which would allow them to transport up to 40 animals in one trip. The animal shelter does not currently have its own transport van.

“The new van will have the capacity to transport a minimum of 20 animals up to a maximum of 40 animals, in a combination of up to 20 dogs and/or 40 cats per trip,” explains Nix. “Having our own van will allow HCACC to rescue over 1,000 homeless animals per year, more than double our current number of transports, while reducing the number of animals euthanized simply because our shelter is overcrowded.”

The Road to Rescue campaign will run through April, with a fundraising goal of $66,000. As of Wednesday, the fundraising campaign has generated $3,694 with the help of 25 donors. Individuals can donate to the campaign online through Fundly.

All donations made during the Road to Rescue campaign will help purchase a new Ford Transit van, as well as fund modifications, fuel and driver fees for the first year. Area businesses that donate $5,000 or more to the campaign will have their logo added to the van and promoted on HCACC’s social media.

To learn more about the campaign or if you have any questions about HCACC, click here.

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