UPDATE: Augusta Animal Services has been granted an extension of its deadline. Donations can be submitted through Dec. 10 and still receive the dollar-for-dollar match by Fix Georgia Pets.
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Augusta Animal Services is seeking the community's help to reduce the growing number of unwanted Pit Bull and Pit Bull-mix dogs through a fundraising effort to boost spay/neuter efforts. As part of the fundraising, Fix Georgia Pets will match contributions dollar-for-dollar, up to a maximum of $10,000, with a potential total impact of $20,000.
"Pit Bulls and other bully breeds have become extremely popular," said Sharon Broady, director of Augusta Animal Services. "Along with this popularity comes overpopulation and rejection, and the dogs often end up on the streets or at our shelter. In addition, if the dog is not spayed or neutered, it can produce unwanted puppies that enter our facility, as well.
“This fundraising effort gives us the opportunity to spay and neuter dogs in the community,” Broady added, “resulting in healthier dogs, better quality of life and a safer community."
As part of the Georgia Gives fundraising efforts, Fix Georgia Pets is seeking donations in several ways:
"We are so grateful that we have community partners who share our concern and want to help fund the solution," Broady said. "We need our entire community to get behind this effort to proactively reduce the number of unwanted dogs and puppies in Augusta."
Funds will be limited and used until exhausted to spay/neuter Pit Bulls, Pit Bull-mixes and other bully breed dogs that reside in Richmond County.
Fix Georgia Pets will match each contribution made through Nov. 30, 2017.
Tax-deductible donations can be made securely online at https://www.gagives.org/c/ggd/a/fixgeorgiapets/p/augusta.