The Cobb County Animal Services Shelter announced in an email to the Courier that the shelter has reopened, and a special adoption deal is underway from now through August 25.
The email stated:
The Shelter has reopened to the public and is taking appointments for forever families to meet their forever friends. From now until August 25th, any dog over 25lbs. & cats and kittens are only $25 during our Christmas in August adoption special. To see the pets available for adoption and to set an appointment to visit, readers and followers can go to www.CobbCounty.org/pets.
The shelter had been closed because of a confirmed case of Streptococcus zooepidemicus, or “strep zoo,” at the shelter. Strep zoo is a bacterial infection that can develop into severe illness. Only one case was found at the shelter, and after testing and treating all the animals, the shelter was reopened.
About Cobb County Animal Services
Cobb County Animal Services is part of the county’s Department of Public Safety.
The unit was created in 1971, and is currently under the leadership of Division Director Shana Luke.
According to the Cobb County Animal Services website:
The mission of the Cobb County Animal Services Unit is to enforce state laws and county ordinances pertaining to animal control and management; educate the community on responsible pet ownership and wildlife care and provide housing and care for homeless animals, while coordinating their adoptions when possible and humane euthanization when adoptions are not possible.
The shelter is directed by Jake Arnold, the Kennel Operations Manager, and two kennel supervisors.
The veterinary operation is directed by Dr. Amy Belew, and has two main functions: to spay and neuter a majority of the animals that are adopted from Cobb County Animal Services, and to treat sick or injured animals that are brought to the shelter.