Chattahoochee Humane Society to remain open

CHAMBERS COUNTY, AL (WTVM) - Chambers County and the cities of Valley and Lanett have all agreed to a contract with the Chattahoochee Humane Society that allows the shelter to stay open for 6 more months.

The center is no longer closing on September 30th. Thus, eliminating the need to euthanize all animals.

"This just buys us some time to hopefully resolve this issue during the 6 month period so that we aren't forced to use the pound that the county has suggested setting up," said Sharon Hawkins, President of the Board of Directors for the Humane Society.

Sharon Hawkins says, that pound, suggested by the county,  will hold stray animals for 7 days , never offer adoption, and euthanize all unclaimed animals on the 8th day.

Hawkins says she's overwhelmed by the community's support, "We've had numerous rescue groups contact us, our citizens have come out and tried  their best to foster or adopt our animals so we're very pleased of the outpour of love and support."

But it's not over, if the Humane Society does not find sufficient funds in 6 months they will be in the same situation they were in 24 hours ago, forced to close and euthanize all animals. Criston Walden is saying not on her watch. She is planning a fundraiser for the Humane Society with donations, raffles for prizes and more, "I hope to raise enough money so we can keep the shelter open and provide for the animals."

The fundraiser will be on October 23rd at the humane society in Valley, Alabama, located at 3265 Fairfax Bypass.

If you would like to donate money to the Chattahoochee Humane Society you can do that on their website at and can reach them by email at

If you would like to donate items, have questions or would like to help with the fundraiser you can contact Criston Walden at (706) 590-1596 or email at