Longtime animal shelter resident relocates to foster home

Submitted photoBullwinkle enters foster care with high hopes he has found his forever home. 

THOMASVILLE — Things are looking up for Bullwinkle, a dog housed at the Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society Animal Shelter since July 2019.

The shepherd-mix, about four years old, is a former stray picked up by Animal Control on Cassidy Road.

“He gets passed over,” said shelter interim executive director Chandler Giddens.

Giddens said the dog was adopted previously but it did not work out. Bullwinkle and other dogs in the household did not get along.

On Monday, a family learning about Bullwinkle's plight took him into foster care. The family’s children and dogs met Bullwinkle at the shelter to ensure everyone got along.

Bullwinkle has not had home training. He only knows the animal shelter environment and routine.

“He's doing really well in a foster home," Giddens said, adding that the 80-pound canine likes to snuggle with his new family members.

The shepherd-mix is about four years old.

When he is adopted, Bullwinkle will receive two free weeks of obedience training at Dog Pond Kennels at Beachton.

With more and more animal owners having their pets spayed or neutered by local veterinarians or at the South Georgia Low-Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic, the shelter receives fewer animals.

An effort is underway to find homes for 90 percent of animals that go to the shelter. Homes were found for 87.5% of shelter animals in 2019.

Shelter animals are euthanized only because of medical or behavior situations or upon the issuance of a court order, but not to make space for other animals.

A shelter environment is abnormal to an animal. Some become desensitized and do not get adopted.

Giddens compared the shelter environment to an animal being like jail to a human.

If we do not keep them relevant, they become irrelevant. It’s our job to move them out,” Giddens said.

 It is hoped Bullwinkle will be a successful chapter in the shelter’s quest to become a no-kill animal shelter.

After being infected with heartworms when he arrived at the shelter 16 months ago, Bullwinkle survived the lengthy, costly treatment and today appears to be on his way to spending the remainder of his life in a loving environment.

"He deserves a good home,” Giddens said.

Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820.

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