Adopt us — Effingham animal shelter

Spike is an 80-pound shepherd mix that has already been neutered and is available for adoption at the Effingham County animal shelter.

“He’s a big ol’ love bug,” said Amy Hamilton, kennel coordinator. “He’s big and goofy. He wants attention.” She said he has a strong bark that would be good for home security.

Also up for adoption this week is Déjà vu, an 8-week-old white kitten with a short tail and beautiful black markings.

“She’s a ‘meow-er.’ She’s very pretty,” Hamilton said. “She wants to be held all the time.”

Starting in December, the shelter will be open the first Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for adoptions only. The shelter will not accept drop-offs of animals on

The adoption fee is $75 for dogs and $60 for cats.

For that fee, dogs are tested for heartworms, dewormed, given the DHPP vaccine, rabies and bordetella (kennel cough) vaccines, and are spayed or neutered.

Cats are given an FIV/FeLV combo test, dewormer, the FVRCP and rabies vaccines, and are spayed or neutered.

Unaltered animals may not be taken home on the day of adoption. They are scheduled for spay or neuter and may be picked up at the clinic that performs the operation.

The shelter’s phone number is 912-754-2109. It is open for adoptions 1-4:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, and 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. It accepts drop-offs from 1-5 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and

The shelter’s Facebook page is and its list of pets for adoption is:

HOPE, whose website is, has an Amazon wish list for supplies for the Effingham shelter: