Macon non-profit animal shelter could close its doors later this year

Macon non-profit animal shelter could close its doors later this year

Volunteers at Macon Purrs N Paws say new management isn't renewing their lease later this year.
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Volunteers at a non-profit animal shelter say new management at a Macon animal shelter could be the reason they close their doors later this year. 

"I honestly do not see us having a future," Anne Brennaman, the founder of Macon Purrs N Paws, said. 

She says the clock is ticking on how long the doors to the facility stay open after a letter informed her the building's lease is ending in October. 

"To be quite honest, I don't know what's going to happen to us," Brennaman said. 

She came to that conclusion after a conversation she had with representatives from First Guaranty Management, a group out of Atlanta. 

Several spaces in the shopping center off of Rocky Creek Road are vacant. Brennaman says the Macon Purrs N Paws don't fit in with future plans.

"They want to bring in upper scale shops to the shopping center," Brennaman said. 

Now volunteers are scrambling, trying to find as many cats a home as possible.

"Our main concern right now is the cats. That's what we're here for," adoption coordinator Deborah Reddish said. 

The shelter has 105 felines and is at full capacity.

If everything stands as is, the cats will belong to the state when the shelter's lease is up. 

"There will be no choice other than euthanize the ones that are left."

Over a year's time, the non-profit has struggled financially.

Volunteers say it isn't likely they can find a location that fits all of their needs with the little money they have. 

"If that's not an option, then yes, we would like to find a place that would accept cats," Reddish said.

Even then, Brennaman says she's going to do everything possible to make sure the cats find a home.

41NBC reached out to First Guaranty Management to see exactly what the future plans hold for the shopping center. 

Officials say they're looking to revamp the area, and Macon Purrs N Paws don't fit with the future. 



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