2017-02-01 / Front Page

Jenkins K-911 opens rescue shelter

By Deborah Bennett
Millen News editor

The Jenkins County K-911 Rescue organization has opened an animal shelter in this building located on property at the Millen/Jenkins County Airport, Hwy. 25 North. The Jenkins County Commissioners have leased the property to the nonprofit group for three years.(Staff photos by Deborah Bennett) The Jenkins County K-911 Rescue organization has opened an animal shelter in this building located on property at the Millen/Jenkins County Airport, Hwy. 25 North. The Jenkins County Commissioners have leased the property to the nonprofit group for three years.
(Staff photos by Deborah Bennett)
The Jenkins County K-911 Rescue organization now has a home base for its operations. The Jenkins County Commissioners have agreed to lease to the group for three years a building located at the Millen/Jenkins County Airport on Hwy. 25 North for use as an animal rescue shelter.

The state-licensed, non-profit, 501©(3) organization, led by Celess Deal and Sandra Sherrod, had previously sought use of the old county jail on Masonic Street as a rescue shelter, but the Commissioners denied that request when it was discovered that a City ordinance prohibits the location of an animal shelter or kennel within 100 feet of a property line. The airport property was offered as an alternative location.


These are just some of the animals currently being housed in outside kennels at the animal shelter recently opened by Jenkins County K-911 Rescue. The group’s greatest need at this time is an outside shelter under which to place the kennels. These are just some of the animals currently being housed in outside kennels at the animal shelter recently opened by Jenkins County K-911 Rescue. The group’s greatest need at this time is an outside shelter under which to place the kennels. “We are grateful to the commissioners for use of the property,” said Sandra.

She noted that some remodeling and “adjustments” are needed to make the property suitable for their needs.

“At the top of the list of our needs is an outside shelter. The storm that came through here recently did a job on the tarps we had over the cages,” Sandra said.

Since August of 2015, K-911 volunteers have picked up and taken in over 350 abandoned, abused, and stray dogs. In the past, the animals were fostered in the homes of volunteers where they were fed, watered, bathed, provided medications for worming, required shots, neutered and spayed. All of this was done through donations from the community and at the expense of the volunteers. Now, the animals are being housed at the airport property.

Some animals rescued by K-911 are re-homed locally. Others are surrendered to Home for Good Dog Rescue, a New Jerseybased rescue group. The dogs are first taken to the group’s temporary facility in Aiken, S.C. and then transported to New Jersey to their permanent homes.

“Homes have been found for 80% of the dogs that are transported by Home for Good Dog Rescue,” said Sandra. “And, if they don’t already have homes for them, foster volunteers care for the animals until permanent homes are found.”

And they, like K-911, have a very strict adoption policy. Those wanting to adopt animals have to fill out an application. Then, someone from the rescue group makes a home inspection to make sure they have a fenced area for the dogs. They don’t just let anyone adopt a dog,” Celess added.

The group has also started working with the Savannah Humane organization.

“If they don’t adopt all of the dogs out, they send them back to us. They don’t euthanize,” Sandra said.

To help cover expenses, K-911 is planning its second annual “Strawberry” fundraiser. Gift boxes of chocolate covered strawberries may be purchased for delivery on Feb. 14th.

For more information on the organization, the fundraiser, to make a donation or to volunteer, call 478-982-3224 or 912-541- 1733. You may also visit the Jenkins County K-911 Facebook page for more information. The group also has a webpage at www.jenkinscountyk911rescue.com. All donations to K-911 are tax deductible.

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