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Adoptable fur babies available at county animal shelter
Faith Williamson
Faith Williamson holds one of the fur babies available for adoption. (Submitted photo.)

Adoptable fur babies available at county animal shelter

Special to the Herald

 

SPRINGFIELD – Twenty-one-year-old Faith Williamson has gone to the dogs – and cats, too.

Williamson has worked at the Effingham County Animal Shelter for two-plus years and can’t imagine being employed anywhere else.

“I’ve had a heart for animals as long as I can remember,” Williamson said during a recent special adoption event at the shelter. “I think I’m doing what I was meant to do.”

Williamson has about many animals at her home as the shelter currently houses.

“I have two animals but I live with my parents,” Williamson said. “Between all of us, we have ten dogs.”

The Williamson family’s canines were acquired through various pet rescues and the Effingham County Animal Shelter.

A stint as a Friends of Screven County Animals (FOSCA) volunteer was the first step on Williamson's career path. She joined that organization with her mother when she was 16.

“When this opportunity (at the Effingham County Animal Shelter) opened up, it was part-time and I took it,” Williamson said. “I’ve been here ever since.”

Williamson was eventually elevated to full-time status.

“I hope I’m here forever,” she said.

Nothing makes Williamson happier than seeing a pet leave the shelter with a happy family.

“And I love to get emails about the animals doing well at their new home,” she said. “That’s one of the favorite parts I like to see. Sometimes people stop by the shelter to show us how they are doing.”

Williamson said most shelter animals make successful transitions to their new homes. A primary reason is that shelter employees work with them almost daily.

Pawsitive Changes, a program led by Rincon’s Kirk Brennaman, has been especially helpful. It provides five weeks of dog training instruction for Effingham County Prison inmates, who work with shelter dogs to make them adoptable.

“It is helpful for the inmates and it’s helpful for the dogs,” Williamson said. “Some of the dogs on the floor can be very hyper when you take them out into the yard. They bounce around and everything else.

“After the training, they don’t jump on people and mind their manners.”

To view photos of the shelter’s adoptable animals, visit ecas.petfinder.com.

The shelter, led by Director Lorna Shelton, is located at 307 Ga. Hwy 119 South, Springfield. For more information, call 912-754-2109 or email: AnimalShelter@effinghamcounty.org.