Success Story: Columbus GA celebrates euthanasia-free year under program Teresa Tomlinson started


By Jonathan Grant
@Brambleman

One of the Georgia Democrats running to unseat Sen. David Perdue in 2020 is not like the others. That’s because Teresa Tomlinson has a long track record of public service as the two-term mayor of Columbus. One of her efforts yielded success during her term, but the full effect came to pass in the year after she left office, reports WRBL.com:

Columbus Animal Care and Control center is celebrating an entire year without having to euthanize any animals to make space.

The center says they saw a decrease in euthanasia rates after former Mayor Teresa Tomlinson’s Save A Pet Program. It took effect almost 10 years ago.

The innovative program was recognized at the time. Tomlinson’s website notes that she won a Harvard University Kennedy School of Business Bright Ideas Award, for the Save-A-Pet Plan, “and reduced the animal euthanasia rate from 80% in 2010 to 17% in 2017 and increased adoption by triple digits.”

I guess this is an example of the Georgia Gumption she talks about in her new video.

In responding to the good news about the program, Tomlinson tweeted, I”t was a delight of my mayoral experience to see the community come together to make this happen. When we started in January of 2011, the animal euthanasia rate was 80%. Unbelievable! Now look at it! Congratulations Columbus Annimal Care and Control!”

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