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Volunteers do doggy detention for adoption fundraiser
Participants share pens with dogs to aid Humane Society
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Assistant Professor at Brenau University Perry Daughtry sits inside a cage with Rocky Friday afternoon at the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia during their annual Adoption Angel Lock-In event. Volunteers are locked in a kennel with a pet at the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia until they raise their “bail” of at least $250 which his what Daughtry is busy attempting to do on his smart phone. - photo by Scott Rogers

While locked up with the German Shepherd-mix Ellie, Alana Watkins started posting a personal ad on social media for her cellmate.

“This is the Netflix and chill dog. If you’re looking for a dog that’s not super hyper, Ellie is the one for you,” she said.

Watkins stayed until her bail was paid, as part of the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia’s Adoption Angel Lock-in Friday.

Volunteers are penned with the animals at the Humane Society to raise money for the adoption costs and for general animal adoption care.

“Everybody who reaches their goal … their dog will become $0,” said Sam Threadgill, the humane society’s development and communications director.

The minimum bail was $250, though participants such as executive director Julie Edwards continued to up the ante throughout the day.

While she has handled animal cruelty cases before with the Humane Society and Hall County law enforcement, Hall County Solicitor-General Stephanie Woodard spent her day on the other side of the cage with cellmates, Jax and Opie.

“Very aggressive brothers, so it was tough having two penmates. I said they took my bunk because one of them kept getting in my chair,” Woodard said in jest. “They chewed my phone. They wanted my food.”

Woodard exited around 4 p.m. after her $2,500 goal had been reached.

For older dogs such as Ellie, the event is also vital for dogs who have had trouble finding a home. Watkins said Ellie had been brought back twice, having been adopted separately from her mother.

“Not only are they raising money, but they are also giving time with the animals,” Threadgill said.

The lock-in reached $31,000 as of 8 p.m. Friday, and the event will continue today with another batch of volunteers. Threadgill said the goal is $40,000.

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