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Twelve years ago, Andrea Hoffman was new to Fort Benning. Her husband was busy with his job as a small group instructor at the Henry Caro NCO Academy and her daughter Nadine Butler had just moved back to Germany. Hoffman was bored, so she went to the Red Cross to ask about volunteer positions and was placed at the Vet Clinic, where she volunteered for two years.
I never had any intention to do anything with animals, said the woman behind the Tri County Animal Rescue Center in Taylor County, Ga., about an hour from Fort Benning. Four years ago, Fort Benning contracted with the rescue to pick up strays on post and provide for their care when the Vet Clinic no longer had the staffing to do so. Now, Hoffman and her Family are housing strays or lost pets in the kennel behind the Vet Clinic on 10th Mountain Division Road.
What does this mean for the community?
If Fido escapes the backyard through a microscopic hole in the fence, and is picked up as stray, Fido will stay on post for 72 hours before being sent to the rescue for vetting and re-adoption. So residents will no longer have a two-hour round-trip drive to rural Taylor County hoping the GPS doesnt fail. No, Im not talking from personal experience.
For now, pet adoptions are a couple days a week (Fridays and Saturdays) at the kennel on post. The animals available for adoption go through a vetting process examination, neuter or spay, vaccinations, heartworm testing and microchipping. Hoffman said her goal is to have adoptions Tuesdays through Fridays on post and continue with Saturday and Sunday adoptions at the Steak and Shake restaurant near Target on Bradley Park Drive in Columbus.
Bayonet and Saber will feature a Pet of the Week in the community section beginning in October. This is where well keep the community informed of animals available for adoption, volunteer and donation possibilities. This week Teddy, a miniature schnauzer is the Pet of the Week. Hes about 2 years old, and one of three schnauzers available as of Friday. There are 22 animals presently available for adoption.
To get to the kennel, turn in the driveway before the Vet Building and follow it to the back. Construction is occurring on the building, so take care.
The sign on the gate pretty much spells out the details: This Facility Is Maintained by Tri County Rescue Center. Please contact our rescue: You are searching for your missing pet. You have found a lost/stray pet. You are in need of surrendering a pet. In cases of animal abuse or neglect please contact the military police as well as our rescue. Our main office can be reached at 478-862-2226 Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Outside of office hours or in an emergency, contact Andrea Hoffman, 706-326-7196, or Patrick Hoffman, 706-326-7195. If you are searching for a missing pet, please check our facebook page album: Ft. Benning impounds at: www.facebook.com/TriCountyAnimalRescue. This album is updated as soon as the animal reaches our rescue.
Tri County Animal Rescue is also on Petfinder, my coworker Elsie Jackson told me. For more than two years, she has collected newspapers to take to the rescue for kennel use. Her question for you are you moving? They can use that half bottle of bleach, old towels, blankets and cleaning supplies that might be tossed.