Twenty-five dogs and 11 cats and kittens were transferred today from the Savannah-Chatham Animal Control Shelter to the Atlanta Humane Society to facilitate adoptions.
The Atlanta organization also picked up four cats and nine dogs from the Hilton Head Humane Society.
The Atlanta organization "had learned that the census at the Savannah facility was nearing capacity and launched the humanitarian effort to help avoid euthanizing the animals and find homes for them in the Atlanta area," a spokesperson says.
The transfers eliminated about half of the dogs in the shelter, making room for more animals.
The Atlanta Society "will absorb the cost of transferring the animals where new owners are expected to be found. Metro will be reimbursed for the cost of testing and vaccination."
The Atlanta Society has partnered with Metro in the past and officials there heard that the Savannah shelter had a large number of animals.
“This truly was a humane effort by the Atlanta Society and we certainly appreciate their thoughts and efforts,” said Lt. Cary Hill who oversees the Animal Control Unit. “Our partners have helped us save untold numbers of animals.”