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

By Jonathan Grant

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

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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