Animals Shelters Closed

June 1, 2011

All of Escambia County, Alabama, is now without the services of an animal shelter — the Humane Society of Escambia County’s agreement to operate shelters in Atmore and Brewton ended as of Tuesday.

The humane society lost over 60 percent of their funding when the Neal Trust of Brewton came to an end. Without the commitment of adequate funding from the governments they serve — Atmore, Brewton, East Brewton, Flomaton and Escambia County (Ala.) — Director Renee Jones announced in early May that the shelters would close by May 31.

Most of the animals in the two shelters were transferred to no-kills shelters in Virginia and Florida, as well a shelter in Baldwin County. Pilot Jack Rowell of Cantonment even helped to fly some of the animal to a humane society in Virginia from the Brewton Airport through the “Pilots n Paws” program.

Human society Director Renee Jones said that talks are continuing between the various municipalities in Escambia County, Alabama, about the possibility of operating just one shelter to cut costs.

Pictured above and below: Some of the animals housed recently at the Atmore Animal Shelter. photos, click to enlarge.


10 Responses to “Animals Shelters Closed”

  1. Molino citizen on June 4th, 2011 11:38 am

    This should not be a government run program.
    Let free enterprise work.
    When the government runs programs, it puts other small businesses out or work, they cannot compete with the government.
    Now watch some individual see an opportunity to start a business.
    Happens every time.
    People care more about animals than human beings.

  2. JoAnn on June 3rd, 2011 10:37 am

    I think the animal shelters were go. Where I live people come out here and drop off their pets. That has been pretty recent. People who get pets and haul them off and if they are found they should be fined.

  3. AC on June 2nd, 2011 1:20 pm

    “Rat them out” to who?? Is it against the law to feed stray animals? I’ve never read that law. I’ve never heard of anyone getting arrested for feeding a stray animal. So who would you “rat them out” to? Our working citizens are being taxed to death as it is to feed the other citizens (and some who are not) who are too sorry to work for their own living. Asking them to feed everyone’s unwanted animals is a lot, even though many (most) of them would rather see their tax dollars feed a stray dog than a stray crackhead. Maybe we should take all the tax money being paid to welfare recipients and build animal shelters. There’s just so much blood you can squeeze from a turnip, there Jane; and our turnips are just about squeezed dry. I work hard and barely make enough to feed my family and my dog. Asking me to feed yours is asking too much. Our government FORCING me to feed yours is almost tyrannical.

  4. Safebear on June 1st, 2011 10:32 pm

    Dearest Jane,

    Please travel to a 3rd world country. If you make it home, don’t say that about the great USA again.

  5. Wondering on June 1st, 2011 8:16 pm

    Not sure why Jane would even make the comment about not ratting out kind hearted people feeding strays. I. for one, feed four to five cats where I work because I can’t watch an animal starve; not to mention the rat problem being conrtrolled by them. Someone wants to rat me out– so be it! There is no welfare progrom for our four legged freinds. If I can afford the food, I’ll feed them.

  6. Thoughtful on June 1st, 2011 5:58 pm

    And whom might one call now to report abused, unfenced. or stray animals withing the city limits? It is a problem.

  7. Jack on June 1st, 2011 5:41 pm

    When did it become my (the government) job to take care of stray animals?
    Old people won’t lose medicare if they are currently under 55 y/o.
    SSi is not an old people safety net, it’s for people who don’t qualify for SS.
    Last point, since it (medicare) may not be there when you (readers in general) are elderly, what are you doing now to prepare?

  8. Jane on June 1st, 2011 4:22 pm

    So this is why we are finding more “lost’ animals out here. I have seen stores feeding some strays…and NO I will NOT rat them out! They are doing what our government won’t do! And guess what, pretty soon the old people who have lost medicare and SSi will be homeless too (except for the ones of us who have been killed off because we can’t afford health insurance). Welcome to America, third world country!

  9. 411 on June 1st, 2011 11:38 am

    They should thank Neal Trust for all the money and years it DONATED there money. and All the cities should take care of there own animal problems there self

  10. 429SCJ on June 1st, 2011 7:55 am

    The decline of civilization, what went wrong with Atmore?, In the 50s and 60s it was a great place to live, something crept in, poor animals.

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