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!!!