From Mobile, Alabama, to Macon, Georgia, Sarah Tenon is the new Macon-Bibb Animal Shelter director.
She has more than 23 years of animal shelter and animal control experience, and she's ready to shake things up at the embattled center.
There's a fresh coat of paint in the foyer and bigger emphasis on cleanliness.
These small details are part of a change at Macon Animal Welfare that includes welcoming Sarah Tenon, the new director.
"I started out in the United States Army as a vetenary specialist back in 1981, straight out of high school. I've worked at 5 different shelters, 3 different states," says Tenon.
The Hawkinsville native comes with 23 years of animal shelter and animal control experience.
"When you bring someone in that has no roots, I guess in the community, it's different. And she has roots in the community and I think it's going to be a good thing," says Director of Macon Purrs n' Paws Anne Brennaman.
A frequent volunteer for various animal rescue groups, Larry Bunge says, "I feel bad for her. She's coming in under such a cloud, but hopefully she can get things turned around. She's got lots of experience."
"It's a daunting task on a good day and a good shelter, but it appears that she's capable," says Director of Central Georgia CARES Patti Jones.
The shelter, next to Macon's landfill, closed in July due to a roach and rat infestation. Now it's closed again for 14 days because of a Parvo outbreak. But these problems aren't enough to chase Tenon away.
"We're just going to get in there and do the very best we can in this temporary situation," says Tenon.
Tenon says she hopes to keep euthanasia low, implement a pet retention program that offers help to owners, and start a fostering program.
Bibb County Commissioner, Lonzy Edwards, says the ultimate solution to the current problem is to build a new shelter. He says they expect to pick a site within the next two weeks.
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