#racingtorescue: Haralson County Animal Control


Most of you have heard about the work I do with adoptable animals, and you’ve probably seen my #racingtorescue hashtag on social media. One of the places I spend a lot of time volunteering is at Haralson County Animal Control.

As their name implies, their job is to control the animals in the county. They take a lot of calls from people who want to surrender dogs for various reasons, from just not wanting one anymore to no longer being able to afford one. Their job isn’t adopting out animals, so many people don’t know that the dogs and cats they have at Animal Control actually are adoptable pets


Animal Control offices rarely get adequate funding, leaving them run down. The staff is always dealing with full capacity, which can be exhausting. Plus, the animals there are at a high risk of being euthanized. At Haralson County Animal Control, at least five dogs every week are euthanized, and sometimes that number is as high as ten.

My friend Michelle and I have been volunteering at Haralson County Animal Control for a little over a year now. Michelle used to be my boss at a dog daycare, and we both wanted to get involved in helping animals. Once a week, we go in to walk the dogs, give them affection, clean their runs, and bathe them. We also do tick and flea removal. Michelle is a professional groomer, so we even take on tasks like clipping nails.

We also help find homes for the animals. We do a lot of Facebook Live while we’re there and post pictures of adoptable animals on local social media. We also let everyone know when an animal’s “to be destroyed” day is. In those cases, we really are racing to rescue!

If you’re looking for a new pet, please consider choosing one from your local Animal Control. Those dogs and cats don’t get the same chances at life as animals at rescue shelters. If you’re interested in adopting or donating to help with medication or other needs, please contact me about getting involved! I’m also interested in putting together a volunteer group to serve Haralson County Animal Control, so contact me if you’re in the area and want to be a part of it!