Shelter Emptied And Social Media Fears Of Looming Danger Have Been Put To Rest

An animal shelter in Clayton County, Georgia, has been cleared out, with every kennel run emptied, just in time for upcoming renovations. The sounds of quiet in the Clayton County Animal Control are welcome relief to animal welfare advocates who were up-in-arms over fears of looming danger for the homeless pets who were being held at the shelter facility. Thanks to rampant rumors on social media, many people feared that animals were at risk of being put down if they did not find somewhere to go before the shelter’s temporary closure.

Clayton County Animal Control Captain Anthony Thuman dismissed the dire warnings on Facebook, telling CBS 46 News, “The department as a whole is very committed to these animals.” He added “We will find alternate placement for the dogs, whether they be at a secondary facility, or reaching out again to some of the rescue groups.”

Thuman’s promises held true. On Friday, the Facebook page for the Clayton County Animal Control uploaded a video showing the emptied kennel runs, along with words of gratitude for those who stepped up to help, “Shelter empty thanks to rescues and adopters!!!”

In the days leading up to the wonderful announcement about emptied kennel runs, photos were posted of dogs with their new owners…the simple one word caption accompanying the photos read “ADOPTED!”

The shelter helped promote adoptions by offering a “Clear The Shelter” waiving of adoption fees through February 2. With the help of the local community and area rescue agencies, the goal of clearing the shelter was accomplished. The renovations at the facility are expected to last approximately two weeks.

Find the Clayton County Animal Control on Facebook at this link.

(Photos via Clayton County Animal Control Facebook page)



Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.