Homeless Terrier dog in need of community outreach

 Community Outreach Program

We work with underserved communities in Georgia and other southern states as one of the leading rescues in the south. We also provide supplies, lifesaving medications, and food to our shelter partner, POLK County Animal Control (Shelter), in GA.

In 2023, including $7,000 in monetary donations to Polk County Animal Control Shelter, we also donated $18,537.00 worth of supplies to them  (including heartworm preventative, flea and tick preventative, leashes, collars, food, treats, beds, crates, heartworm tests, etc.).

We have built relationships with veterinarians who call us when a family brings in a dog requiring lifesaving care or diagnostics, but the family cannot afford the care or ongoing medical expenses. In some cases, they even requested to have the dog euthanized.

If the veterinarian believes the dog has an excellent chance to live, we agree to pay for the care and find the dog a new loving home that can afford to provide for its needs. 

Another aspect of our Community Outreach Program is forming alliances with smaller rescues that are called into extensive breeding or hoarding cases but need the assistance of a more significant rescue, like us, with larger resource pools such as foster homes, adopters, and veterinary partnerships. 

Homeless white Terrier dog in hospital covered in wounds

Community Outreach

Your gift makes helping possible

Polk County Animal Control Volunteer, Shannon's Testimony

“Despite the absolute heartbreak we experience when a dog or cat ends up on death row, Hounds in Pounds has changed the course of our shelter by purchasing much-needed equipment to create more space and helping us buy essential cleaning products and essential medications we couldn’t afford.”


“With our growing intake rate, dogs will only get, on average, two weeks maximum to find a home or rescue before they are euthanized. If rescues or adopters step up, that creates more space and gives us more time to help get the animals out. It’s always a balancing act.

We only have 36 dog kennels, including our quarantine area, to house the estimated 1100 dogs that enter our shelter annually.

A staggering 85% of our cat and dog intakes have never received vetting before coming to animal control. That includes standard care like vaccinations and checkups.  Many animals come in heavily loaded with parasites and fleas—basic medicine, like dewormer, can save a dog’s life. Many come in underweight, with poor nutrition and thinning coats.

 Our county’s budget isn’t big enough to cover everything required for the year, so many animals can’t receive the lifesaving medical care they need.

However, with help from Hounds in Pounds, the rescue has helped to provide much-needed medication, food, toys, treats, supplements, collars, leashes, bowls, and beds for the animals.

90% of the dogs HiP takes into their rescue are from Polk County Animal Control.

While it is unrealistic to think HiP could save all the animals from Polk’s shelter, they have decided to help instead of ignoring the crisis.

Your donations and help do so much more than you may even realize. We see your impact on the everyday operations of our shelter and the animals’ well-being and happiness.”