Polk County is a poverty area
Polk County encompasses 310 square miles of western Georgia and is considered a rural county. The 41,424 population is sparely settled with large expanses of woodlands surrounding many properties. Deer, rabbits, raccoons, opossums, squirrels, coyotes and feral cats and dogs come from wooded areas onto settled areas, raising the risk of rabies.
The average income in Polk County is $14,479 and nearly one in three Cedartown residents fall below the poverty line. Six in ten adults have a high school diploma. The poverty increases the probability that pets are not getting the food and medical attention they need. Providing services like low-cost vaccination and spay/neuter programs, pet food for poor families, and community cat roundups all reduce the risk of disease to both animals and people.
Humane Society Comes to the “Cat Rescue”
Poor Marley had been stuck up a tree for 8 days and her owners, the Moon family, were getting increasingly desperate.
They had tried the Fire Department and Animal Control who, although very sympathetic, didn’t have the resources or ability to help with the rescue.
As a final effort the Moon family posted a request for help on Facebook.
Fortunately our very own Charlotte Harrison saw the plea and sprang into action. Contacting tree climbing expert and animal lover, Jeff Franks, they both set off to rescue Marley accompanied by Jeff’s grand-daughter, Cadence.
As the photos show, the rescue was a complete success, Sharon Moon gratefully holding Marley and Jeff Franks sharing the moment with his grand-daughter, Cadence.
Thank you Jeff, we definitely could not have done it without you!!!
Hope Given to Many Animals Through Photos
Rebecca Rood is a very special person with a special talent. She loves dogs and she loves photography. As a professional photographer, she normally photographs children, families, and special events like weddings.
When she relocated to Rome in 2015, she had to rebuild her customer base in her new community. So, she had some down time. Rather than idling in front of the TV, this young mother loaded up her daughters and set out on a mission.
“In January I decided to offer my photography services to local animal shelters,” said Rebecca, who now has five dogs of her own. “The Cedartown Polk County Human Society called me and said they’d be glad to have me photograph the dogs at the Polk County Animal Shelter.”
“I personally appreciate her work and believe that it makes a real difference,” said Charlotte Harrison, president of the Cedartown Humane Society. “Her love for the animals shines in the pictures she takes,” Harrison continued.
Now, Rebecca travels across the state photographing animals for animal control facilities, private shelters, and rescue groups. She estimates that she has photographed 50,000 different animals for various groups.
The idea of taking photos of the animals and putting them on web sites is not new. Most facilities do this if resources are available. What is special about Rebecca’s work is the impact of her photos. She uses the camera to capture the animal’s personality. Rather than a picture of a frightened animal in a cage, Rebecca calms the animal and displays the potential of a loving family pet.
“People compliment her work when they contact us about an adoption” said Harrison. “The emotion that she captures reaches people in a way that many photos can’t.”
For many animals facing a deadline for euthanasia, the short moments they spend with Rebecca may truly be the turning point in their lives. Rebecca’s photograph is their one shot at a future.