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Getting Educated on the Issues Makes a Difference
When you educate yourself on the challenges that an uncontrolled and unmanaged pet population presents to your community, you become aware of the issues:

• Unspayed/Un-nuetered dogs and cats reproduce rapidly, causing a cost to our community. These costs can include:

• Costs incurred due to disease carried by uncontrolled animals
• Costs incurred due to destruction caused by uncontrolled animals
• Rising costs to manage an expanding stray animal population

Who pays for these costs? We all do! In the form of taxes and intangible costs. 
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Humane Association of Georgia

Serves as a networking and information resource for animal owners, veterinarians, animal control officers, humane workers, prosecuting attorneys, legislators, law enforcement officers, and all citizens working to improve the treatment of animals across Georgia and throughout the United States.

Georgia Dept. of Agriculture

Our mission is to provide excellence in services and regulatory functions, to protect and promote agriculture and consumer interests, and to ensure an abundance of safe food and fiber for Georgia, America and the world by using state-of-the-art technology and a professional workforce.

American Humane Society

As a resource to shelters and animal lovers, American Humane distributes hundreds of publications including fliers, posters, and pamphlets that address a variety of humane subjects, such as the importance of spaying and neutering companion animals.

Provides informative articles on all things dogs and cats including breed information, spay/neuter information, pet care, and other pertinent topics.

Animal Legal Defense Fund

For nearly a quarter-century, the Animal Legal Defense Fund has been pushing the U.S. legal system to end the suffering of abused animals.

Georgia Veterinary Medical Association

In support of benevolent activities in the areas of community service, the human-animal bond, animal health and welfare, veterinary student education, public health, and the preservation of wildlife.

Paws Columbus

PAWS Columbus is a nonprofit organization in partnership with the City of Columbus to enhance and supplement the services offered by Animal Care and Control, reduce the need for euthanasia of unwanted animals because of severe pet overpopulation, and bring people and animals together through adoption and fostering programs. PAWS Columbus is committed to providing the money needed to assure that our community has:

Lonesome Dove

Lonesome Dove Rescue's primary mission is to save animals that are to be euthanized due to lack of space at shelters that serve the Columbus, Georgia and Phenix City, Alabama area.

PetSmart Adoptions

PETSMART and PETSMART Charities are committed to partnering with animal welfare agencies that are passionate about finding loving families for pets in need. In 2002, more than 250,000 pets found homes through the PETSMART Charities Adoption Centers. The PETSMART Charities Adoption Centers offer pet adoptions to customers year-round during