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LaGrange Animal Services receives $10k grant from Atlanta Humane Society

The City of LaGrange announced Wednesday that it had received a $10,000 grant from the Atlanta Humane Society to help save more animals.

According to a news release from the city, the Atlanta Humane Society recently chose LaGrange Animal Services to become part of their statewide outreach program and is distributing the grant through the program.

The program includes providing veterinary consultation and assistance, determining potential funding opportunities, distributing and overseeing disbursement of approved funds and assisting with identification and implementation of progressive programs, training and other services.

“By receiving the $10,000 grant from the Atlanta Humane Society we will be able to update our assessment room. The assessment room is used by local veterinarian Dr. Amanda Greathouse who helps to examine animals and administers shots,” said LaGrange Animal Services Supervisor Chris Bussey, in the news release.

“We will be adding more cabinet and counter space along with several other tools to help us check the animals. This will be a huge benefit in helping our animals.”

The city applied for the grant several months ago, and Atlanta Humane Society representatives visited the LaGrange Animal Shelter in December.

“LaGrange Animal Services have been great partners with us, and we’re thankful to be able to provide them with these funds on behalf of a grant funder who is passionate about canine welfare,” said Dr. Jennifer Morris, Director of Veterinary Outreach at the Atlanta Humane Society, in the release.

“Being able to help support our partner shelters in multiple ways, including through this type of funding, allows us to continue to all work together to saving more animal lives in our state.”

The city’s Animal Services division recently celebrated the achievement of “no kill” status, commonly measured as a shelter that has reached 90 percent save rate.

The LaGrange shelter achieved a 91 percent save rate last year.

“The staff of LaGrange Animal Services continues to do a great job operating a “no-kill” shelter, working with local and statewide partners, and caring for animals in their care,” LaGrange Mayor Jim Thornton said in the release.

“I’m glad that the Atlanta Humane Society and others have recognized the wonderful work they are doing.”