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Congratulations, animal services

On Wednesday, it was announced that LaGrange Animal Services received a $10,000 grant from the Atlanta Humane Society.

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

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.

Congratulations to the shelter for receiving this grant. We know it will be put to good use helping furry friends find their forever home.

We’re also proud of the shelter for achieving no kill status. Unfortunately, some animals are terminally ill or irredeemably violent. But saving 91 percent of the many animals that are brought in is quite the achievement.

We also encourage everyone to support rescues and shelters, if they’re able. Donations always help, as does choosing to adopt your next pet instead of purchasing one from a breeder.

Hats off to the animal shelters for their recent accomplishments.