Guardians of Effingham Animal Rescue provide Thanksgiving meals to animals in shelters

EFFINGHAM COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) – A special delivery for dogs and cats at the Effingham County Animal Shelter today.

A new group of county animal advocates wanted to make sure our four-legged friends aren’t forgotten this holiday.

A feast for fido and…Fanta!

Guardians of Effingham Animal Rescue prepared a traditional Thanksgiving meal for the forgotten at this time of year.

Nikita Dave started this rescue group a few months ago to fill the gap.

“We would like to think that with one more rescue group in this area we can minimize the day-to-day problems in the rescue world,” said Dave.

All of these volunteers have many rescues of their own.

“I have four dogs, a rescue from Renegade (Paws) and then three pits of our own that we rescued and adopted. You have to do it for them, especially if no one else is doing it. You have to make time,” said Tabitha Moyak, a Guardians of Effingham volunteer.

In addition to advocating for these shelter animals, one of Guardians’ main goals is to keep pets with their current parents. They recently helped a woman who couldn’t afford medicine for her sick 12-year-old dog.

“It was an elderly lady who had one of those sweet little Chihuahuas who love to sit on their mother’s lap. The dog had a serious infection and we helped raise money for treatment; the dog had to be hospitalized and given expensive drugs to heal from what was going on,” says Bonnie McIver, a Guardians of Effingham volunteer.

The group knows that some of the shelter pups are on borrowed time, like Meegan who has been here for 212 days.

“I wanted to do something that I would do for my animals because these animals don’t get to see that every day. These people are doing a great job taking care of them, but I wanted to do something special, make a difference in their lives, for a day,” said Dave.

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