Hart Humane Society Offering New Programs to Stem Pet Overpopulation

The Hart County Humane Society is reminding the public of two programs available for those with cats and kittens.

During the summer, the Humane Society and other animal shelters are typically overrun with litters of unwanted kittens and the Humane Society Donna Madkiff says her group has been working for years to help pet owners get their animals spayed or neutered to avoid the problem of dealing with litter after litter of kittens or puppies.

The first program is called “No More Litters,” which Madkiff says is a guide for pet owners on what to do with their litter of kittens and how the Humane Society can help them avoid having future litters.

“We are asking people to hold on to their kittens until they are at least 8 weeks old. Keep them healthy so they’re adoptable. Take the whole litter to the Northeast Georgia Animal Shelter and we will spay the momma cat for free,” she said.

Madkiff advises calling the Northeast Georgia Animal Shelter and scheduling a time to bring in the kittens because in the summer, they get a lot of calls to turn in litters of kittens as well as other animals. That number is 706-356-5363.

The other program sponsored by the Hart County Humane Society is one they’ve had for a number of years but has now been expanded and that’s their low-cost spay/neuter certificates.

Previously, it was only for Hart County residents, but it’s now open for pet owners in Franklin County as well.

“Our revised spay/neuter program is now available to both Hart and Franklin County residents without income guidelines. Cats are $20 and Dogs are $50,” Madkiff said.

For more information on either the No More Litters or Spay/Neuter programs, you can contact the Hart County Humane Society at 706-376-1769 or go online to harthumane.org.