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 “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.

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August 13, 2010

Adventures in Fostering

Hi, all! I’m a new foster mom and I want you guys to know all about what it’s like. This new series will give you a look into what it’s like to care for newborn puppies up until their adoption time.

Lucy, the pups’ mom, has a new home…and it’s with me! I’m warning you now that fostering may lead to more pets in your household. It’s so easy to become attached to an animal, no matter how long they are in your house. I had been looking for a home for Lucy, but realized that I didn’t like the idea of letting her go. So after giving it some thought and weighing the different outcomes, I adopted Lucy today. I’m very happy and she slept through it after being given the complimentary cozy corral pet bed that now comes with adoption. Check out the picture of her adoption and stay tuned for one last post on the last two puppies with their adopter!

August 9, 2010

Adventures in Fostering

Hi, all! I’m a new foster mom and I want you guys to know all about what it’s like. This new series will give you a look into what it’s like to care for newborn puppies up until their adoption time.

Last week the pups’ new foster mom, Starr, took the two bigger boys in to see if they were ready to be neutered and put up for adoption. The pups were ready! I was so surprised, but the pups had quite a growth spurt in the past week. They were neutered on Thursday and put up for adoption on Friday morning. As soon as the shelter opened the two boys were spotted by potential adopters and out of their pens. Both potential adopters ended up choosing these two for their forever companions! I’m thrilled that I was able to meet their new owners and hope that the pups go on to live happy lives with their new families.

It was bittersweet to see them leave, realizing that I would probably never see them again, but I find comfort knowing that they are in good hands. I’m going to miss those puppies so much, but this experience has definitely been worth the ups and downs. I recommend that everyone who has the time, space and ability to foster take on the challenge. There are two puppies left in foster care. These two each have a promising home lined up once they are ready for adoption. I’ll keep you posted on the remaining two and leave you with this picture of the two pups and their adopters.

August 5, 2010

Adventures in Fostering

Hi, all! I’m a new foster mom and I want you guys to know all about what it’s like. This new series will give you a look into what it’s like to care for newborn puppies up until their adoption time.

Last week I learned that my pups wouldn’t be ready for adoption for at least two more weeks. I was not expecting this news and while I was thrilled to be able to spend more times with the pups I began to realize that my “system” of keeping them just wasn’t working out anymore. I do not have a fenced yard and while the pups were little this was not a problem, but lately they have had such an explosion of energy and they love being outside. They always wanted more time outside than I could give them. I think this need for exercise led them to be a little yappy at times, which used up all of my family’s patience with them.

When another foster parent, who knew of my struggles with the pups, offered to foster them for their remaining time I knew it was the right thing for them, but I knew it would be difficult to give up the four little pups that have grown up in front of me. I accepted her offer and we made the switch, even though I was sad to hand the pups over. She has been updating me on the pups progress in the last couple of days and they are doing great! She recently told me that the pups have been playing outside so much and are really enjoying her yard. Tomorrow she is planning on bringing in the two bigger pups, both boys, to see if they are ready to be adopted. AHS really has a wonderful group of foster parents and I am so thankful that an expert foster parent stepped in to help me. As for this series, I plan on keeping you guys updated through the pups’ new foster mom. So stay tuned to see when these little guys will be ready for adoption!

May 5, 2010

A Pet Cricket??

Filed under: Adoptions, Rescues & Transfers, Volunteer — ahsspecialevents @ 10:17 am

Haven’t you always wanted a pet Cricket?  No?  Well what about an adorable Cairn Terrier named Cricket?  That’s more like it!

Cricket is a sweet 1-year-old Cairn Terrier we rescued from a puppy mill in February.  She was only kept to make her previous owner a profit.  Cricket is very shy and is currently spending some time in a foster home where she is slowing learning the joys of just being a dog!  She’s really flourishing in her foster home–she gets to play with other dogs and snuggle up in her mom’s lap.  She is also crate and house trained!

Cricket is ready to be adopted, but since she’s still a little skittish, she won’t be placed in a kennel at AHS.  She’ll stay with her foster mom until we can find her a new home!  Although it will take time and lots of patience, Cricket would love the chance to find someone who will treat her like part of a real family.  She should know real love in her lifetime!  She’d probably adjust better in a home with another dog to play with and without young children.

If you’re interested in meeting Cricket or at least finding out a little more about her, please contact Karla Dempsey at

You can view Cricket’s home video clip here.

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!

March 29, 2010

Purdy – A Puppy Mill Rescue

Filed under: Animal Admissions, Rescues & Transfers — atlantahumanesociety @ 2:42 am

Purdy is a gorgeous, white Boxer who was originally rescued from a puppy mill, where she was only kept to make her previous owner a profit. She came to us and was immediately a staff and volunteer favorite. Shortly after she was placed up for adoption, we noticed her limping. After a few x-rays, we found that she had a cruciate ligament in her back left knee. It required a very expensive, orthopedic surgery, which is a service our vets at AHS cannot provide.

We reached out to local vets and rescues to see if anyone would be able to help us. We were extremely lucky to find Dr. Craig at Lake Dow Animal Hospital. She offered to help us with Purdy’s surgery! Purdy has gone through her surgery, and is recovering wonderfully in a foster home. Despite the Dr. Craig’s orders of restricted activity and bed rest, Purdy wants to walk around and follow her foster parents everywhere. Once she has fully recovered, she will be placed up for adoption, and find the forever home she deserves!

March 10, 2010

Washington-Wilkes Animal Shelter Transfer/Rescue

Filed under: Rescues & Transfers — atlantahumanesociety @ 8:05 pm

Thank you Dagmar for your help with the Washington-Wilkes transfer-rescue. Your help with the animals is always appreciated! Washington-Wilkes Animal Shelter

March 4, 2010

Washington-Wilkes Animal Shelter Transfer/Rescue

Filed under: Rescues & Transfers — atlantahumanesociety @ 10:02 pm

We had set sail for what seemed like another shelter transfer/rescue. The Washington-Wilkes Animal Shelter was in need of help from their local media outlets and surrounding animal loving friends. With two vehicles in route we were on our way. Sounded pretty routine, we’d done this numerous times. That’s when things went wrong. The engine failed in our mobile adoption bus just 30 miles from our destination during a fill up at a BP gas station. Luckily if it hadn’t been for a nice trucker we still might be there. With an interruption to his hotdog lunch, he graciously gave the adoption bus the jump it needed to get back on the road.

On the road again, we were anxious to arrive. Just ten miles from the shelter, the bus broke down again! This time we were rescued by the Georgia State Patrol. They helped us push the bus to the shoulder of the road. We thought we were doing the rescuing and here we were needing to be rescued. Without hesitation we were met with our own rescue group and our PetAid van left AHS for the long journey to come help load the animals.

One rescue team had headed to pick up 10 cats from a Washington-Wilkes County supporter earlier and met the other team to help at the shelter. With combined efforts we were able to transfer/rescue 10 cats and 19 dogs and puppies.

We work and believe it’s all for the animals. They help us in ways we can not imagine. We are grateful for the help we received from our animal loving friends. Thank You!

July 24, 2009

Humane Emergency Animal Rescue Team

Filed under: Rescues & Transfers — atlantahumanesociety @ 8:27 pm

A four person team departed AHS at 7:00 am on Saturday, July 18th for Fort Worth, TX.  Our team consisted of Richard Rice, Belinda Bell, Andrea Peacock and Katie Black.

They assisted the Humane Society of North Texas by transferring 74 dogs to AHS for adoption.

The maiden voyage of our new H.E.A.R.T. Transport along with our Pet Aid Van.

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