Atlanta Humane Society Blog

April 26, 2010

Help AHS Win $2,500!

Filed under: About Animals, Events — ahsspecialevents @ 4:21 pm

Jessica Dauler, of fame, is participating in “The Cadillac of Test Drives” contest now through May 7th.  Classic Cadillac of Atlanta loaned Jessica a Cadillac to test drive, and now she’s blogging about her experience.

How does this help us win $2500?  Well, Jessica is competing with several other Atlanta “influencers” to win money for her charity of choice–the Atlanta Humane Society!  All YOU need to do is vote for her blog!  Whoever receives the most votes by May 7th, wins the money for their charity.

There is no sign-up required to vote for Jessica.  You don’t have to give an ounce of personal information.  Simply follow this link and click “vote!”  Check back in a few weeks to see if we won!!!


Dine Out with AHS and East Atlanta Thai and Sushi

Filed under: Events — ahsspecialevents @ 10:33 am

Please join us at East Atlanta Thai & Sushi for a fabulous meal, benefiting the Atlanta Humane Society! Stop by for dinner on Thursday, April 29th and East Atlanta Thai & Sushi will donate 20% of all proceeds to the Society Pets at AHS. They have an excellent selection of food (sushi, curry dishes, vegetarian options, etc.) and an equally impressive drink menu! Stop by after work or bring the whole family by, and dine out to raise money for our pets in need!

Thursday, April 29
5pm – 11pm

East Atlanta Thai & Sushi
467 Flat Shoals Avenue SE
Atlanta, GA 30316

April 24, 2010

Puppies and Spring

Filed under: About Animals, Dog Training, Education — trainingworks @ 10:44 am

“A little madness in the Spring
Is wholesome even for the king.”

~Emily Dickinson

Ah, spring. Who can resist the warm sun-drenched days, the smell of new growth, and the prospect of a new puppy? Maybe the puppy part is the madness of which Dickinson speaks. Sure, housetraining a new puppy is easier in the warmer months than in the dead of winter, but are you sure you and your family are ready?

Spring is puppy and kitten “season,” so finding just the right canine pal shouldn’t be difficult. Of course, you’ve done your homework and decided what breed(s) would fit best into your life based on their inherent characteristics and needs. You’ve waited until your youngest child was of school age, since the experience of school can teach them patience and helpfulness (and it’s easier to raise a canine baby when you aren’t also raising a toddler or a newborn). Summer will be along in a few months, so the pup will be prepared to attend training classes about the time school is getting out and the days are lengthening. Looks like everything is in order.

We are dedicated to finding lifelong homes for our adoptable animals, and we know that training keeps dogs in their homes more often. So mind the following:

1. Training begins as soon as puppy arrives home. Puppies are sponges and soak up everything, good and bad. Don’t allow him to do things now that you don’t want him to do to you—or anyone else—when he is older and larger. This includes mouthing your hands or clothing, jumping up and put his paws on you, or playing with contraband items. Prevent “naughty” behaviors (be proactive) instead of punishing the pup later (being reactive).

2. Since the majority of aggression is fear-based, and results from undersocialization when the pup was 3 weeks to 12 weeks old, get puppy out in safe areas and let him meet the world in a positive way. Until he’s had his vaccinations, steer clear of highly-used doggy gathering spots such as pet stores and dog parks, but he can go in the car with you (as long as it is cool outside and he’s not left in the car by himself) and you can carry him lots of places and have nice people pet him. Confer with your vet about immunization safety first.

3. Give that pup some structure, and he’ll thank you for it. Crate-trained dogs are easier to housebreak and obedience train, are better adjusted, and are less likely to have separation-related issues than dogs who are allowed to run about the house or are left in a yard too much. The crate, properly used, is a wonderful tool (see my previous posts on this blog about crate training).

Remember this: the more energy and effort you put into making the timely and proper selection of a dog, the less time, effort and patience you will need raising and training him. Do your homework first. He’s going to spend many wonderful years at your side if you plan accordingly.

Our Behavior department can help you with crate training, obedience training or any questions you may have. Our behavior hotline (we can also answer your questions before you select your new pet) is free. Call (404) 974-2899, or email

April 23, 2010

Happy Ending for Purdy!

Filed under: About Animals, Adoptions — ahsadmission @ 3:49 pm

A lot has happened since we last blogged about Miss Purdy, the gorgeous Boxer rescued from a puppy mill. She underwent a successful surgery, and got a big surprise during her stay at Lake Dow Animal Hospital. A wonderful couple from Tampa, Florida (who just so happen to be the parents of one of our new volunteers) had lost their beloved Boxer, Lady a while back and were ready to look for a new best friend. Accompanied by a staff member, they all made the trip to McDonough to meet Purdy in person. You can guess what happened next… they absolutely fell in love with her! After her release from Lake Dow, Purdy was fostered until she fully recovered from her surgery and was adopted by the Harman family on April 22nd. She now has a loving family, as well as an acre to play in beautiful Tampa, Florida.

Purdy, we will miss your sweet face, but couldn’t be happier for you!!

April 22, 2010

Rainy Day Dog Walks

Filed under: Volunteer — volunteermgr @ 10:28 am

Thanks to a new volunteer, Garrett, Morehouse enjoyed some play time on a rainy, spring day.

Right now, we have over 100 dogs up for adoption and although our main goal is to get them adopted, they still need to be walked at least once a day.  Although it’s raining, they still enjoy their walks, and many of our adult dogs have had some prior housetraining and wait to go outside. Luckily, we have an amazing group of dedicated volunteers that make sure the dogs get walked even on rainy days!

For more information on volunteering at the Atlanta Humane Society visit

April 17, 2010

Save Your Sanity: Using Your New Dog Crate (Part 2 of 2)

Filed under: About Animals, Dog Training — trainingworks @ 10:35 am

You’ve decided to crate-train Fido, and you’ve acquired the correct crate. There is no one correct method for every dog, but there are guidelines, depending upon whether you have a young pup (8-16 weeks) or an adolescent/adult dog. Young pups are the most impressionable between 8-10 weeks of age, so positive experiences (crate and otherwise!) introduced during this time will be of great benefit to you both. An adult dog may or may not have had previous experience with a crate (depending on its past), so it may take a bit longer to acclimate him. With any age of dog, crate introduction must involve patience on your part, a positive attitude and manner about the crate, and lots of rewards for good behaviors. The Atlanta Humane Society has a detailed instruction booklet that can assist you with puppies or adults; email me at to request one by mail.

Young pups are physically unable to control their elimination functions until they are four months old, so you must be diligent to make sure that they get outside in plenty of time to “go” and be amply rewarded. As a rule, a pup can “hold it” for as many hours as he is months old, plus one (a three-month-old pup can hold it approx. four hours). Having a reliable person come in during the day to let him eliminate is an important part of using a crate for housebreaking.

Proper housetraining is all about building good habits. Confine the dog when you are not supervising him (no chance for accidents to happen), and make sure he has lots of chances to succeed, i.e., to eliminate outside and be amply rewarded. Praise him happily just as he is finishing his business. Do not punish him for his mistakes! Simply clean the area thoroughly with an odor neutralizer such as Nature’s Miracle and make a mental note that he needs to be diligently watched. If the dog has an accident, it is the human’s fault—not the dog’s.

Some general rules to keep in mind:

Mailey’s dog Whirling Dervish runs to get in her crate in anticipation of something wonderful.

Introduce your dog gently to the crate; do not force. Use positive reinforcement techniques to make Fido WANT to be in or around the crate. Be patient. Begin crate training at the start of a long weekend for best results. If you do it right, soon your dog will love his crate!

A crate is not a replacement for responsible parenting. Quality time with your dog is an integral part of a good relationship. The crate should only be a tool to keep the dog and the house safe when you are away or busy, NOT a baby-sitter for an unruly dog. Time spent in the crate should be carefully balanced with proper exercise, training, and socialization.

Never release the dog if he is whining or barking! This only serves to reward those actions. You will have to put up with some noise for a while when you start using the crate, because your pooch wants to be with you. Be firm. Stand at the door until he is calm, then release. You want your dog to associate “door opening” (REWARD) with “quiet” (HIS BEHAVIOR).

Plan on using the crate even after housebreaking is finished. It’s a great help with obedience training, and has many other uses. Properly-crate-trained dogs are generally more balanced, easier to train, and less stressed. They also do better at boarding kennels (you never know when you might need one), traveling (a crate in the car is the safest way for your dog to ride), and during times of stress in the home. The idea is that you wean the dog out of needing the crate so much as he gets trained, but you still use it a little every day to keep his training balanced.

For more explicit instructions (from housebreaking to adult dog safety) regarding the crate, contact the Behavior Department at (404) 974-2899, or

April 16, 2010

Live Long and Prosper!

Filed under: Adoptions — ahsadmission @ 10:34 am

Meet Spock the cat! We’re sure you can tell by her picture how she got her name. She’s a unique individual who was born with an unusual foot. Don’t feel sorry for her, though, because it doesn’t slow her down in the slightest! She loves to get your attention by grabbing you with that paw. With Spock’s extremely sweet and talkative personality, she’s looking for her forever home!

To learn more about Spock, please visit her adoption page at

April 12, 2010

Wonderful Mr. Magorium

Filed under: About Animals, Animal Admissions — ahsadmission @ 5:05 pm

Mr. Magorium is a stray Persian cat, who found his way to us. When he came in, he was so badly matted that it took employees almost 2 hours to shave him down! He had about 4 inches of matted fur around his entire body. Poor guy could barely move because his fur on his stomach was matted to the fur on his legs.

Needless to say, as you can tell by his picture that Mr. Magorium looks a lot more handsome than he did when we found him. So handsome, in fact, that he found himself a forever home!

April 9, 2010

Get Peace of Mind for Your Pet

Filed under: About Animals, Animal Admissions, Wellness Hospital — atlantahumanesociety @ 10:47 am

One look at this precious face, and you wonder, “How can anyone this adorable ever become lost?” Well, this puppy, who we’ve named “Pudgy Fudgy”, just came to the Atlanta Humane Society as a stray pup. A good samaritan had found her in their front yard, just wandering around aimlessly and crying for someone to find her.  She wasn’t wearing any collar, had no identification tags, nor a microchip. Surely, someone would come looking for her… right?

Sad to say, nobody came to reclaim Pudgy as their own. Pudgy was prepped for her adoption (which includes a microchip!). After appearing on FOX News, several people called the shelter to find out how to adopt her. On the day of her TV debut, Pudgy had found her forever family.

Unfortunately, Pudgy Fudgy’s story is not an unusual one. Many animals of all shapes and sizes are turned in to animal shelters because they are lost and have no means of identifying an owner. Microchipping is a fairly easy and inexpensive way to permanently have an id for your pet. It is also important to keep your contact information updated as it changes, so that way you can always be located if your pet were ever to get lost.

The Atlanta Humane Society Clinic offers microchipping services available to the public. For a $25 fee, you can have your pet chipped and have the peace of mind that your pet will always have a way to be identified. Please contact our clinic at 404.875.6420 to make an appointment today!

April 8, 2010

Doggie Day Out!

Filed under: About Animals, Animal Admissions, Rescues & Transfers — ahsadmission @ 10:12 am

Holidays aren’t just for people… some of our “Society” dogs enjoyed their Easter as well! Since the shelter was closed to the public on Easter Sunday, several staff and volunteers took a few dogs out to Red Top Mountain. They took a few older puppies (Mater, Pasqua, and Gage), who had been at the shelter since they were small pups. They all went on a two mile hike, which the dogs thought was amazing! They sniffed behind every tree, loved barking at the squirrels, and even enjoyed a nice dip in the lake! By the end of their outing, the dogs were tired, muddy, but incredibly happy. When they arrived back at the shelter, they all crawled on to their Kuranda beds and fell asleep immediately. We’re sure they were dreaming of going for hikes and swims with their new families, which hopefully, will come and adopt them soon!

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