Atlanta Humane Society Blog

August 26, 2010

“Every dog has its day”…….NATIONAL DOG DAY!

National Dog Day is celebrated annually and serves to honor all dogs and to help the public recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year from homelessness and abuse. It was founded in 2004 by animal behaviorist and author Colleen Paige. Here are some ways you can celebrate National Dog Day…

  • Plan an outing. Host a barbecue or picnic that includes other “dog friends.” Your dog will enjoy your undivided attention. Feeling ambitious? Try a getaway to a dog-friendly hotel or resort.
  • Shop for toys. Dogs can be rough on their toys, and tattered toys pose a risk to your dog’s health, says Paige. Make a habit of tossing the old toys and replacing with a new batch of intriguing toys each National Dog Day.
  • Prepare for emergencies. Show your love by taking a pet first-aid course, advises Melanie Monteiro, author of The Safe Dog Handbook: A Complete Guide to Protecting Your Pooch, Indoors and Out. Also, spend five minutes updating your cell phone contact list to include the numbers for your veterinarian, an after-hours veterinarian and poison control center. Plug your dog’s microchip number into your cell.
  • Volunteer. Rescue groups and shelters need your help, even if you can’t make a long-term commitment of time or money. “Think locally,” says Sherry Woodard, resident animal behavior consultant for Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah. “Find a way to help your local shelter or rescue group. There are struggling individual rescue groups across the country.”
  • Donate. Honor National Dog Day by giving $5 to your local shelter. Many shelters and rescue groups also list needed items, such as blankets and toys, on their websites.

What You Shouldn’t Do….

  • Don’t support puppy mills. “We want to shut down puppy mills because they overbreed and neglect the animals,” says Paige. Instead of purchasing a dog from a pet store, which is supplied by a puppy mill, consider adopting on National Dog Day.
  • Don’t put off spaying or neutering your dog. “A lot of people think, ‘If my dog had one litter, it will be OK,’” says Woodard. Don’t contribute to the overpopulation problem, which leaves so many dogs in need of a home.
  • Don’t leave your dog in your car. Many dog owners underestimate just how quickly a car can heat up in the summer. “I passed out at the grocery store and was taken to the emergency room,” says Suzi Carragher, blogger at RedDogInn.com. “Had my dogs been in my car, they would have been in trouble.”
  • Don’t drive with your dog unsecured. Too many dog owners still travel with dogs roaming free in the back of pickup trucks. It’s also not a good idea to travel with a dog loose inside your car. If you stop suddenly, your dog may get hurt or interfere with your driving.

For more info on National Dog Day visit: www.nationaldogday.com

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August 25, 2010

Spin the Wheel!

The Atlanta Humane Society wants you to spin the “Wheel of Love”. Until the end of August all approved adopters will get a free spin. Just turn the “Wheel of Love” and your adoption fee could be full price, half price, $75, $50, $25, name your price, or even free. Donations are always appreciated. The smaller the adoption fee, the more you can spend on spoiling your new best friend with food, treats, and toys. No matter what the “Wheel of Love” lands on, you will be a winner by adopting one of our wonderful dogs or cats!

August 23, 2010

Interview with an Intern

Hi my name is Cara Carver and I would like to tell you about my experiences as an intern. I am the second official Social Media/PR intern for the Atlanta Humane Society.  I am a communication arts major at Reinhardt University and am set to graduate in Spring 2011. There are a lot of things going on in my life right now, although being selected for this internship is one of the most exciting things.

Today was only my second day, but I assure you that I have learned a lot already. Even though the Atlanta Humane Society is a big place, I feel like I already know my way around. My internship position mainly deals with websites, networking, and blogs, but I do not sit still at the computer all day. My first couple of days have been filled with meeting new people and meeting new animals.

The staff at the Atlanta Humane Society is  incredible. I have met everyone from volunteers to operations supervisors. It is clear that this is not “work” for them- it is exactly what they love to do.  And that is exactly the kind of organization that I am proud to be a part of.

The animals that I have met in my first couple of days also made a tremendous impact on me. All of the dogs, cats, kittens, and puppies have distinct personalities. Being able to spend time with the pets has already made my internship that much easier. They are the real inspiration for me to promote adoptions and events. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for me and all of the fur-babies here at AHS!

Stay tuned for more updates on Interview with an Intern…

August 19, 2010

Beat the heat with Labor Day sweets!

Filed under: Events — Tags: — ahspr @ 5:01 pm

This has been one hot summer and Labor Day weekend will be no exception. Celebrate the first weekend in September and stay cool at the same time.  Now you can get relief from this heat wave while helping Atlanta’s animals.

Atlanta Humane Society has teamed up with Bruster’s Ice Cream to raise money for the Society pets in need at AHS. How can you help? By purchasing a delicious Bruster’s Ice Cream Pie, Half Gallon, or Coupon Book! How does it work? Keep reading!

  1. Click here to place your order online: www.flavoroverflavor.com/AHS.aspx.
  2. You can select which item(s) you’d like to purchase (there are 4 flavors of ice cream pies, 10 flavors of half gallon ice cream, and 12 coupons in the coupon book!).
  3. You can then select the store you’d like to pick your item(s) up from. The pick-up date is Thursday, September 2, 2010. Orders can only be fulfilled on this day—not before, not after.
  4. Don’t see a nearby store on the list? Search for one near your zip code. Stores across the nation are all participating in this promotion!
  5. Once you submit your order, you’ll have the option to pay for your items online, via Paypal. If you’d rather pay by check or in person, please contact Karla Dempsey at 404.974.2875 to make arrangements. You must complete payment by Saturday, August 28.
  6. Don’t forget to share with your friends, via email and/or Facebook! And remember—stores across the nation are participating, so Aunt Gertie in Mississippi can help AHS pets too!

Bring an ice cream pie to your Labor Day celebration this year and help save a dog or cat in need! Don’t need a pie for the holiday? Snag the coupon book, and enjoy Bruster’s sweet treats year round!

A fun fact…bring your dog to Bruster’s any day of the week and they’ll reward him with a FREE Doggy Sundae!

August 16, 2010

Join Us for Social Club at the Warren!

Social Club is back! A few times a year, we plan a big get-together for all of our friends, supporters, staff, and volunteers. It’s a chance for us to really get to know the people who make Atlanta Humane Society possible, and a chance for everyone to just enjoy a fun night out, away from the stress of a workday. This August, we are partnering with a very special, exclusive venue for our Social Club celebration: The Warren!

The Warren is a private city club located in the popular Virginia-Highland neighborhood. It offers an ideal setting for dining, relaxing, and celebrating. The dining area flows out onto the third level garden terrace where you can take in a sweeping view of the Atlanta city skyline. On normal nights, you must be a member to visit the Warren. But on Thursday, August 19th, friends of Atlanta Humane Society can check out the club for only a $10 donation. This donation earns you admission, complimentary snacks, and a raffle ticket. Additional raffle tickets may be purchased for $5. We will be raffling off a membership to The Warren (a $600 value), as well as many other fabulous prizes.

Along with all the donations from the door, the Warren is generously donating 10% of all sales that evening, so come thirsty and bring your appetite! Pets are not allowed. The event is open to everyone 21+, so please feel free to invite your friends and coworkers! Please visit their website for directions and parking information: www.thewarrencityclub.com

When: Thursday, August 19
What time: 7pm – Midnight
Where: The Warren

August 11, 2010

Join Us for “Pets in the Park”

This fall, three of Atlanta’s most recognized names: SweetWater Brewery, Park Tavern, and Atlanta Humane Society are joining forces to match homeless pets with new, loving families. Every Saturday from August 14 – September 11, Atlanta Humane Society will set up their mobile adoption bus at Park Tavern, on the corner of Piedmont Park. The bus will house plenty of dogs and cats, puppies and kittens for visitors to meet, play with, and adopt! Every person that visits the mobile bus and spends time with an animal of their choice will receive two free tour passes to SweetWater Brewery. The passes may be used on any Saturday tour. Those who do adopt will receive a special gift, in addition to their new family member! Park Tavern will open early to accommodate guests. While you’re visiting the mobile adoption bus, be sure to also check out Piedmont Park’s newly renovated Dog Park as well as the Park’s Green Market!

When: Saturdays
August 14
August 21
August 28
September 4
September 11

What time: 10am – 1pm

Where: Park Tavern, 500 10th Street NE, on the corner of 10th and Monroe

August 6, 2010

Introducing the Surgical Utility Vehicle!

The Atlanta Humane Society, as part of our ongoing effort to reduce the number of unwanted animals born in the state of Georgia each year, will provide low-cost spay and neuter services for dogs and cats on its state-of-the-art mobile Surgical Utility Vehicle (SUV)! The SUV program is an extension of our outreach initiative, designed to provide spay/neuter services for individuals who are unable to access our wellness hospital located here at the shelter.

The SUV will be making rounds to various locations throughout Georgia over the course of the year. An updated schedule of dates and locations is listed below. Scheduling is currently being conducted using the SUV voicemail system. To access this system, please leave a detailed message at 404.974.2885. Messages left on the system will be returned M-F between the hours of 8-10am and 2-4pm.

SUV Spay/Neuter Schedule

August 12 – 13: Gordon, GA

August 19 – 20: Rome, GA

August 26 – 27: Atlanta, GA

September 2 – 3: Blairsville, GA*

*To schedule your appointment please contact Lisa McConnell at 706.781.3843 Tuesday through Saturday.
Additional dates will be added to the schedule as they become available.

We’re hoping this effort cuts down on unwanted litters in our area. During the month of July we were challenged to raise $50,000 for the SUV and if sucessful, a donor would match that amount dollar for dollar. We accomplished our goal and the generous donor came through, which means $100,000 has been raised for our SUV! Having these donations makes low-cost spay and neuter services possible and we’re very thankful for the help we’ve had! To find out more about our new SUV and to see a detailed list of pricing, follow this link: http://www.atlantahumane.org/suv/

To see a video clip of the SUV please visit our Youtube channel.

August 3, 2010

Clip of the Week!

So we are 3 days into the ASPCA $100K Challenge and are so excited about this competition, win or lose. This challenge is motivating us, and many other shelters, to think outside the box to come up with ways to get animals adopted into loving, forever homes. While we are thinking about the prize, we don’t want to lose our focus. This competition, and our purpose as a shelter, is all about helping animals. So this week’s clip is a video that reminds us how animals can bring a smile to just about anyone’s face. Follow the link below to see an adorable video of a dog having a blast on a trampoline.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hly0vuXPG-M

August 2, 2010

Ready, Set, Adopt: ASPCA $100K Challenge Begins!

Atlanta Humane Society is thrilled to be competing in the ASPCA $100K Challenge. We have been named as one of 50 shelters competing for the grand prize, a $100,000 grant. The challenge is to adopt out more pets this year in the months of August, September and October than during those same months in 2009. The grant would go a long way toward providing support for pets in need and that is why we are planning events and promotions to raise adoption numbers. Here is a bit of what you can expect during the next three months:

Two-Purr-One – You know one cat just isn’t enough! Thanks to our Two-Purr-One deal two cats or kittens can be adopted for the price of one.

Sponsored Pets ProgramThis program allows local businesses and individuals to cover the adoption fee of a pet that’s struggling to find his/her forever family. Businesses love to show off photos of their sponsored pet in-store and online, while people who aren’t looking to adopt can still play a role in finding an animal a new home. Just recently, our Facebook friends banded together to sponsor Twist, a senior Chihuahua with heart and skin conditions!

Mobile Adoptions at the Mall – Some of our pets will be cruising on the mobile adoption bus to North Point Mall on Wednesdays during the next three months. You won’t find these pets shopping, though, they’ll be parked outside of Sears from 2 – 7pm.

Pets in the Park – Every Saturday, from August 14 to September 11, you’ll find our mobile adoption bus at Park Tavern, located at the beautiful Piedmont Park. We’ve joined forces with SweetWater Brewery to place our “Society” pets into loving, new homes. Those who stop by to meet our adoptable animals will receive a free Tour Ticket, good for a tour of SweetWater Brewery!

SweetWater Drinking Buddy – SweetWater Brewery has partnered with AHS to promote adoptable pets on their “Tackle Box” variety pack of brews. The Tackle Box will carry the tagline “Adopt your next drinking buddy” with a web address that displays the adoptable dog that has been crowned the SweetWater Drinking Buddy. Sheriff is the current SweetWater Drinking Buddy.

Reduced Adoption Rates – Pets that have been in our shelter for 60 days or longer will have their adoption fees reduced by half as a measure to help them get noticed and find their new homes.

Treats for Adopters – All adopters will receive a goody bag from AHS full of special treats, even though their real prize is their new pet.

Fur Fest – Our first annual Fur Fest will be a chance for adults and kids (both the furry and non-furry kind) to have a fun, free afternoon with our staff, volunteers and “Society” pets. There will be food, music, games, crafts and of course, over 100 adoptable animals, all right here at our shelter.

Join the Club – In Mid-August, we will kick off a new club at AHS, aimed at celebrating mutts of all mixes!

July 30, 2010

CATS Photo Contest Winner

Filed under: About Animals, Events — Tags: , , , , — ahspr @ 3:49 pm

Redd Cat

Blue Cat

In honor of CATS coming to the Fox Theatre next week we held a photo contest just for the cats. We collected the submissions and chose a winner at random. The winner is Teri F. for her adorable photo of Clemson (aka Redd Cat)! Congratulations, Teri and Redd! Teri will receive two tickets to see CATS at the Fox! We also must give an honorable mention to Peggi Cordero’s picture of Blue, who is one beautiful cat. Thanks for playing, everyone! Stay tuned for more chances to win.

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