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 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 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.

May 7, 2010

Golf for a Good Cause

Filed under: Events, Volunteer — volunteermgr @ 10:17 am

One of our new volunteers, Shawn Bausman, has nominated the Atlanta Humane Society to be one of the sponsored charities for the Pioneers 6th Annual Charity Golf Classic! Last year, the golf tournament had over 110 players participate and they raised $15,000! Come out for a game of golf to help raise money for the Atlanta Humane Society!


There are many ways to participate in this worthwhile event:

  • Foursome in tournament – $500
  • Individual in tournament – $135
  • Sponsorships:

–        Title Sponsor – $5,000
–        Gold Sponsor – $3,000
–        Silver Sponsor – $2,000
–        Bronze Sponsor – $1,000

  • Additional Sponsorships:

–        Putting Contest – $500
–        Closest to Pin – $500
–        Long Drive Sponsor – $500
–        Hole Sponsor – $150


For just $20:

  • 2 Mulligan’s
  • $20 gift card to PGA Tour Superstore
  • 45 minute practice bay session for (card and session value at $40 – mulligan’s – priceless!)

Chances to win:

  • Foursome at a Canongate Golf Course ($420 value)
  • PGA Tour Superstore Preferred players club card ($320 value)
  • Driver or Putter fitting ($40 value)
  • Hole is one – Trip for two to Myrtle Beach, 4 rounds of golf – 4 nights lodging – free rental car and air

To secure your foursome, spot, sponsorship, please contact Kathy Kirby, our tournament chairperson:


Mail: Kathy Kirby
Lenox Council Pioneers
491 Hardage Farm Drive
Marietta, GA 30064


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Volunteer Appreciation Week

Filed under: Events, Volunteer — volunteermgr @ 2:07 am

Last week was Volunteer Appreciation Week and we showed our volunteers our appreciation with a Braves game! Although the Braves lost, the AHS volunteers and staff had a great time tailgating and enjoyed the baseball game and the cool spring air.

We have an amazing group of volunteers that are a vital part of our success, whether it’s helping at a special event or walking a dog at the shelter. We REALLY appreciate our wonderful volunteers!

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” -Aesop

To learn more about becoming a part of the AHS volunteer family please visit

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.

May 4, 2010

Foster Parent to the Rescue!

Filed under: Animal Admissions, Volunteer — ahsadmission @ 10:32 am

In our Admission department, we get a lot of requests for help with animals. One request in particular made our hearts cry, and we just knew we had to find a way to help.

We had learned about a Chocolate Hound mix who was brought to a metro Atlanta Animal Control facility with her 4 newborn puppies. Like many county shelters, they were small and overcrowded, and needed to find a place for her where she can nurse her pups. When we saw their pictures, we immediately sent out a request for help to our foster parents to see if anyone was willing to open their heart and home and care for this new family temporarily. We were successful!

A veteran foster mom quickly stepped up to the plate. We went and picked up mom and pups, and brought them back to AHS where they went to their temporary foster home only a short time later. The mom has been named Cinnamon, and their foster mom says she will easily name the pups as they get older and their personalities start to shine through. Their foster mom will be sending us pictures, so make sure to check our blog for updates on the lucky family!

With springtime here, our Admission Department receives several calls daily about young puppies and kittens who aren’t quite old enough for adoption. If you are interested in helping these little guys, please email our foster coordinator at to inquire about becoming a foster parent!

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!

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