think gas chambers for pets were banned long
ago, think again. Gassing in animal control
shelters is alive and well in several
states. Thankfully, many of these animals
are rescued by groups and eventually transferred to
loving homes. This page was created to help Nick
of Time rescuethe
dogs at one particular gassing shelter located in
rural GA. This shelter is among the worst of the
worst, and has the least amount of rescues
HOW YOU CAN
DEAD DOGS WALKING
PHOTO BELOW TO VIEW THE CURRENT ANIMALS IN THE CLAYTON
COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL GAS SHELTER.
DONATE TO HELP SAVE A LIFE.
YOU MAY SPECIFY
THE DOGS YOU WOULD LIKE
PULLED IN THE NOTES SECTION. NICK OF TIME RESCUE WILL
DO HER BEST TO
HONOR YOUR REQUEST BUT WHEN SITUATIONS ARE BEYOND HER
CONTROL ANOTHER DOG MAY
following amounts are
needed to save each dog.
Amount needed to pull- $65
Amount needed to vet- $70
$7 per day
needed to feed and house until transferred to safety-
suggested contribution - $70
transport help- $50
NOTE: All animals must be
vaccinated and spayed/neutered
before going to forever homes.
(Adoption contract coming)
“If there’s no suffering, why do you
need a soundproof room?"
Lee is a retired fire fighter
who moved to GA from the northeast several years ago. In
addition to saving the lives of dogs through Nick of Time
Rescue, Lee is also legal guardian to two
children from a previous friend. Lee is raising the children
on her own, without support.
You don't have to adopt or foster a dog to
save a life, all you have to do is sponsor a
dog or a cat through a donation. Nick of
Time Rescue (NTR) was set up
specifically to pull dogs from Clayton
County Animal Control. The director of
NTR does not get paid, she does this out of the goodness of
driving hours at a time the save
animals from this barbaric death. The
animals are then boarded at her state
licensed facility until they can be transported to a no-kill shelter or a
in the northeast, where homeless
pets are in welcomed due to strict local
spay and neuter policies. The animals that pulled from
Clayton Animal Control
must be "vetted"
(i.e. vaccinated, spayed-neutered) before
they will be accepted into most no-kill
Nick of Time Rescue works to save lives in
the trenches, but is limited in what
can be done without donations. We have the
easy part, all it takes is a donation. We
don't have to look into the sad eyes of the
animal that is left behind because there is
not enough money to pull him or her out.
Please note: Nick of Time Rescue is not yet
a non-profit so you cannot
deduct your donation. Becoming a
non-profit is expensive and time consuming,
and animals will die in the meantime. If
you are interested in helping Nick of Time
Rescue with obtaining non-profit status
please e-mail Lee Caswell at
firstname.lastname@example.org. My personal reward
for helping (and
one so much better than a tax deduction) was
seeing the words "adopted" in green on the
photo of the dogs that were saved.
Amanda (parent of 5 mutts and GCD creator)
WHAT YOU DON'T
KNOW CAN'T HURT YOU
(but it kills them)
Contrary to what some people believe, Animal
Control (AC) shelters are not the same as
humane societies or rescue organizations. AC
is a necessary evil primarily designed to
control stray pet populations in cities and
towns. These shelters hold animals for a
certain number of days before they are
killed. People who surrender their pets are
often under the mistaken belief that their
pets will be held until they find a loving
home with someone else. However, these pets
are often the first to be euthanized, many
times the very same day. In the US, 800 dogs
and cats are destroyed by AC facilities
BEST TO KILL
Euthanasia is defined as the act of inducing
humane death. According to the American
Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
painless death to an animal should result in
rapid unconsciousness followed by a loss of
brain function. Many private and city animal
shelters euthanize unwanted pets with sodium
pentobarbital, a controlled substance. When
the substance is injected into a dog or
cat's vein, animals die in seconds, without
pain or suffering.
Gas chambers are often used by shelters that
do not have the funding or a
veterinarian/trained personnel on staff to
administer sodium pentobarbital. Gas
chambers are also less expensive for the
city so there is less motivation to change. Gas chambers are
not humane. Click here to read
"I put dogs in the gas chamber."
Max, along with Lovey (below) are
the inspiration behind this web page.
By Jan.2008, Max had been in
Clayton several weeks, avoiding the
gas chamber three times because he
was mistaken for another dog.
Max is now safe with a family who
Lovey lived a life of neglect and was
so matted that you couldn't find her
skin. She could not even defecate
properly because it stuck to her
rectum. Lovey also lost an eye and
gas a crooked jaw to what may be
an untreated injury. After she was
rescued she was groomed and
vetted. It took several hours over
the course of two days to completely
clean her up; she was so thin and
weak that she couldn't stand the
strain. Lovey turned out to be a
terrier of some sort. She is old
and frail, and now in a loving foster
home. Instead of being gassed to
death, she now has the chance at a
life she so deserves - as a cherished
member of someone's family.
Caden is a little Chihuahua mix that
was absolutely terrified in animal
control. He was spared from gassing
and now has a family who loves him.
Hammer was a favorite of the
prisoners who are in charge of caring
for the dogs at Clayton Animal
Control. He was getting his last taste
of the outdoors before being
placed into to the gas chamber when
Nick of Time arrived. When the
prisoners saw Lee they begged her
to take Hammer as well as the other
rescues she was saving that day.
Hammer is now a treasured member
of his very own family.
being introduced in the GA House to BAN
the use of carbon monoxide gas chambers.
On January 11th, GA House Representative Stan Watson,
with the help of State Representative Stephanie
Benfield, cut a new Bill that his office has just announced
is completed and ready to be introduced.
It is a Georgia Animal Shelter "reform" Bill. This bill
contains three IMPORTANT action items:
1. BAN THE GAS CHAMBER COMPLETELY;
2. Require training and certification for any
non-veterinarians performing euthanasia by injection; and
3. Require public shelters (shelters operated by cities or
counties and shelters contracting with cities or
counties) to report impound, adoption and euthanasia
statistics on a monthly basis, and all shelters
(including rescue) to report these statistics annually.
The process will now begin for procuring supporters to sign
the bill. A rally is also being planned by
Stephanie Benfield at the Capital. It is the largest effort
thus far to eradicate the use of the gas chambers
in the state of GA and reposting this important news will
bring the support they need to ensure it's passage.
This is something that will greatly impact all of us who
have been advocates for saving the lives of
Georgia's animals who are forced to be killed in a
completely and inhumane method.
Georgia is moving forward to end the suffering and needless
death of innocent animals trapped in "shelters".
EVERY state and community needs to follow suit!