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How getting locked up with pets can help save them
Humane Society of Northeast Georgia raises funds with Adoption Angel Lock-in
Julie Edwards, executive director of the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia, is locked in a kennel with Diezel at the 2016 Adoption Angel Lock-in. - photo by Kristen Oliver

Sheltered animals usually stay in their kennel 23 hours a day, seven days a week.

Volunteers at the Adoption Angel Lock-in on Aug. 25-26 will get to experience a bit of what those animals at the shelter go through in their everyday lives.

Adoption Angel Lock-in

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 25-26

Where: Humane Society of Northeast Georgia, 845 W. Ridge Road, Gainesville

More info: 770-532-6617

Volunteers will be locked in a kennel with a pet at the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia until they raise their “bail” of at least $250.

The volunteers can have one pet in the kennel with them, and the bail goes toward that pet’s adoption fees. The fees are typically $100, according to the humane society’s website.

If the volunteers raise their bail before 5 p.m., they can either decide to raise their bail or get out of the kennel. The money raised will go toward the organization's rescue and adoption programs.

“When (the pets) have someone in there with them to give them company suddenly they become very quiet, and you realize that you're giving them peace by just giving them someone to be with,” said Samantha Threadgill, development and communication director of the humane society, about the animals’ reactions to the event last year.

Last year’s fundraiser resulted in a “big boom” of donations from the volunteers’ family and friends, Threadgill said.

This year, organizers are hoping to raise $40,000, since last year they went over their goal of $10,000 and got $25,000 in one day. They are hoping that in two days they are able to raise almost twice as much.

A portion of the money will go toward the animals’ adoption fees, which should help the animals get adopted quicker.

Last year they raised enough money so the adoption fee was fully covered for all the pets involved in the event.

The organizers don't expect all the animals to get adopted in one day, but last year all the animals that were up for adoption during the event were adopted shortly after the fundraiser.