In 2002 John & Shelley Allison from Homerville, Georgia decided that they would build a shelter for their local community and save all of its homeless animals. They did just that and they named it after their latest arrival that they named Suzie, a little yellow dog that had a broken front leg and according to the vet had been dragging the leg for a couple of years.
So Suzie’s Friends No-Kill Animal Sanctuary was built and by all standard it was one of Georgia’s finest. Many have compared it to Disney World for animals. But few came to adopt! In fact it has been over 3 years since anyone has even set foot in our beautiful facility to adopt or even to find out what we do. How can this be?
“It took me 12 years to realize that as nice as our facility is and as much as we care about these animals that there are just not enough caring homes or caring people to go around in south Georgia” said John Allison. Suzie’s Friends had become a warehouse for animals that no-one wanted and as a no-kill facility we had to hang out the ‘no-vacancy’ sign because there were just not enough beds to go around.
In March of 2015 John made a ‘last ditch’ effort to see if there were Humane Societies and SPCA’s out of state who would be willing to help. He was very pessimistic. He kept asking himself ‘who in their right mind would want us to drop off our problems on their doorsteps?’ He was quite surprised when he found out that there were people who he did not know that were willing to help them find homes for Suzie’s little friends.
As of June1, 2018 a the very small staff at Suzie’s Friends in Homerville, GA have spayed/neutered and saved over 9,000 local animals. While most have been transported into loving homes in areas of the country who actually have a shortage of adoptable dogs many will live out the rest of their lives in Suzie’s sanctuary.
So – Just Who Are Suzie’s Friends?
Suzie’s Friends are people who believe that all life has value and who object to the killing of helpless animals in shelters just to make room for more or allowing them to starve to death in a ditch.
Suzie’s Friends are the families who open up their hearts and homes to these poor dogs and provide for them – a long and happy life.
Suzie’s Friends are the dogs themselves who walk the highways and by-ways, ditches and back roads looking for something to eat, a warm place to sleep or a gentle touch to calm their fears.
Suzie’s Friends are people just like you who will reach into their pockets and help us find ways to save even more unwanted and homeless dogs. Without you – the wheels stop turning and we all know what that means.