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Douglasville, GA- On March 30, 2019, the Douglas County Animal Services were one of several participating adoption organizations invited to the Governor’s Mansion for Pet Adoption Day hosted by First Lady Marty Kemp. Douglas County Animal Services joined with 17 other humane societies, animal shelters and rescues from across the State of Georgia to help find homes for rescued animals, express the need for great fosters, and the importance of spaying and neutering your pets.

The Douglas County Animal Services Team was represented by Vanessa Francikowski, Anna Abernathy and numerous volunteers at the event. The team took a total of 6 dogs that were available for adoption and 3 out of six were adopted. One of those dogs, “Nugget” was adopted by Commissioner Tim Ward and Superintendent Diane Hassett of Colwell Probation Detention Center.

Participating organizations recalled that the First Lady was very hospitable and mingled amongst all by asking questions to see how she could help promote their shelters. During the course of her making her rounds, Mrs. Kemp stopped by the Douglas County Animal Services tent to meet the team and help facilitate an adoption.

“We were able to meet with Mrs. Kemp and talk briefly, thanking her for supporting our shelters and discuss the great strides that we have made in decreasing the unwanted pet population through our Spay and Neuter Program,” Kennel Manager Vanessa Francikowski stated. “The experience we had at the Governor’s Mansion was fantastic! We were able to meet other rescues and shelters, and Animals Services, share ideas, talk about community efforts to promote spay and neutering and also form relationships for future partnering at adoption events.”

Overall, the Pet Adoption Day at the Governor’s Mansion was a great success for the Douglas County Animal Services and other rescues and shelters across the State of Georgia.

For more information, contact Communications and Media Specialist, Lena Hardy at 678- 626-5642 or

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