The cat sat in the animal shelter suffering from heart worms until the Athens-Area Humane Society came and got him. They took him to the vet and gave the proper treatment needed to fix him up. This cat is now fully healthy residing in the Humane Society home where he is treated with love and care. This cat was one out of many who are lucky enough to be saved by the individuals at this organization.
Having worked in the Athens-Area Humane Society for two months now, Jed Kaylor is somebody who goes above and beyond to help the society. Building rooms for animals, doing upkeep for the society, and planning fundraisers, Kaylor takes his job to the next level.
Kaylor is the shelter manager. The job comes with a long list of responsibilities, and he has helped the lives of many animals. After rescuing cats from the animal shelter, he aids them with their medical needs. Cats are brought to the society where they are tested for things such as Feline FIV and heartworms. If they test positive, Kaylor transports them to get medicine.
Kaylor studied at the University of Georgia’s Veterinary School for three years before he got his associate’s degree in poultry science. For six years he worked at the South Athens Animal Clinic, but this wasn’t enough. He wanted to do more. Kaylor grew up watching his parents, who are both school teachers, making a difference in the lives of children every day. This inspired him to make a similar impact. The Athens-Area Humane Society, Kaylor decided, was his place to make that difference.
Angela, a recent pet owner who adopted from the Humane Society, spoke highly of Mr. Kaylor. She said, “Jed is a great asset here. The work he does is amazing.”
“I agree that Jed is a great asset here,” said Leah Trotter, an employee of Athens-Area Humane Society. “We work together very well. He’s the first person to really come and start doing a lot of stuff here.”
230 cats and dogs were adopted from the Athens-Area Humane Society this year. The society plans to expand and take in more animals, but when asked what animals they see most of, the answer was: cats.
“I do love cats, but I am a dog person also,” said Jed Kaylor. “I would love to have dogs here too as well as cats. I plan on looking into expanding and doing that in the coming year, but as of right now we only have cats here.”
Many families call the Humane Society when they are looking for a place to send unwanted animals, however; the Humane Society primarily rescues animals from nearby shelters. The Humane Society does not take stray animals off the side of the road, but they encourage people to bring animals to the shelters. These animals are often brought to the Humane Society afterwards.
Individuals who are looking for other ways to help can fill out a volunteer form on the Athens-Area Humane Society website. Volunteers play with the animals, feed them, brush them; act as a third-hand man for the workers there. The Humane Society works with many people, including those who require community service hours for non-violent crimes. The society wants as many volunteers as possible to help raise awareness and spread the word. Local non-profits, like that Humane Society, rely on the support of their communities to be successful.
The Humane Society holds a number of events to promote their cause and raise money. On November 20th, the Humane Society and Terrapin Beer Company are doing a calendar release party. They will be giving out calendars to help fundraise and gain awareness. Anybody is welcome to come to hear about their love for animals and how they can help the organization help reach its goals.
“The goal we are working with right now is to lower euthanasia in the area,” said Kaylor. “Hopefully with the upcoming expansion plans in place for the Humane Society and with more animals being brought in to the shelters, this goal can be easily reached.”