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Residents can share a cage with sheltered pets at Humane Society fundraiser
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Humane Society of Northeast Georgia Adoption Angel Lock-In

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

Where: 845 West Ridge Road, Gainesville

Contact: 770-532-6617,

Have you ever wanted to see your friends, family or community leaders locked in a cage for hours on end? Thanks to the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia, you can get that chance.

On Aug. 26, the Humane Society will hold its first ever Adoption Angel Lock-In event, where local residents and community leaders step into a cage to raise money for animals in need.

Starting at 10 a.m., each of the 26 kennels at the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia will be filled by a person from the community and one of the HSNEGA’s adoptable dogs. Together they will spend the day behind bars playing, sleeping, reading or working while donations are raised to “bail” them out.

Each participant will set a personal “bail” amount prior to the event, a total to be raised before they are set free and allowed to go about their day.

HSNEGA Community Relations Director Samantha Threadgill said the bail can range from $100 to a few thousand.

“Registration and fundraising is open early, and we have already had some people meet their goals and push them forward,” Threadgill said.

She says that though many people are likely to reach fundraising goals before the event, many will continue the lock-in to increase contributions.

The majority of the proceeds from the event will go to the HSNEGA Animal Care Fund that provides adoptable animals with essentials like food, vaccines and toys during their stay at the shelter. But a small portion of proceeds will go toward cutting animal adoptions fees that might turn families away.

“We are hoping that all dogs will be sponsored in some way,” Threadgill said. “And we want people to experience for a day what the dogs go through every day.”

Threadgill reports that the shelter has 52 adoptable dogs in need of a “forever home” as of Friday.

She also reports that there are nine spots still available for the Adoption Angel Lock-In event. More information about the shelter and participating in the event, visit

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