Atlanta Humane Society Blog

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

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August 10, 2010

Meet Our Longest Residents!

Filed under: About Animals, Adoptions — Tags: , , , , , — ahspr @ 10:17 am

Meet Pique! This guy (his name is pronounced PEEK) is an energetic, friendly and loving Labrador Retriever mix. Pique is 8-months-old and came to us as puppy in February. He has spent most of his life in our shelter, growing up in front of staff and volunteers while waiting for his new home. Pique loves walks and to is happiest outside in our play yard. While walking through our shelter, some people may be overwhelmed by dogs like Pique, who jump up and down with so much energy. In fact, most of these dogs, when taken outside, aren’t nearly as energetic as they seem in their pens. Pique has never learned how to behave in a house, so he will need an owner who has the patience to teach him manners and obedience. This guy is a smart dog, though, and he’ll catch on quick. Pique loves people and enjoys cuddling and leaning on anyone around. There is no doubt that Pique will be an amazing dog for someone. Pique is a sponsored pet, his adoption fee was covered by a local ordained minister, Clark Ashton, so that his new family can spend a little more on treats, toys and food. If you think Pique sounds like the dog for you, find out more about him here: http://www.atlantahumane.org/adoption/adopt-pet-dog.asp

This is Jamie! This girl is our longest cat resident, clocking in currently at a 7 month stay. Jamie is a beauitful cat with a great personality to match, so her extended stay with us has left many staff and volutneers puzzled. Jamie stands out a little from other cats because of her distinctive “bangs” or “hat” of grey fur on her head. She also has striking green-yellow eyes. Jamie’s a young girl, only 3.5-years-old and will still play if given the chance. She is very friendly and loves to be petted. At times she can want to do her own thing and has an independent streak. Jamie would make a great pet for just about anyone. Since she has been at our shelter for longer than 60 days, her adoption fee has been reduced by half to $42.50. To find out more about Jamie, click here: http://www.atlantahumane.org/adoption/atlanta-cat-adoption.asp

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 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 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!

August 4, 2010

Tips, Tricks and Tools by Mailey!

The AHS blog is kicking off a new series called Tips, Tricks and Tools by Mailey! This new series is dedicated to answering reader questions.  We want you guys to write in with all your inquiries on animal behavior and training. Here’s how it will work: e-mail your questions to pr@atlantahumane.org, Mailey McLaughlin, our Animal Behavior and Training expert, will answer them and then they will be posted in one week. Here are our first batch of questions.

We have two dogs that rush the door when someone knocks or rings the bell. They try to push past us while we attempt to open the door and they tend to jump up on our guests when they first arrive. How can we prevent this?

You don’t say how old the little beasts are, but do they have basic obedience training? They simply believe that this is the way to behave at the door, and will continue to do this until they are given another option. Teaching them to go to a “place” you designate when the doorbell rings will give them a good alternative. You will have to teach this to them separately, when there is no one arriving, so that when you need them to do it, they will remember.

Doors are exciting locations for dogs, and this is not uncommon behavior. If they already know basic commands like “sit,” “lie down,” and “stay,” this will go a lot faster. In the meantime, do not let them “practice” the bad behavior when guests arrive; crate them or leash them so that you can control their excitement and then teach the new behaviors when things are calm. Treat them for going to the spots you designate, and make it fun and rewarding for them. Just remember that the excitement of visitors arriving will outweigh everything at first, but with repetition, they will get it.

Try this link for explicit instructions. http://www.askspikeonline.com/2009/03/21/teaching-go-to-your-place-and-park-it-command/

These answers were provided by Mailey E. McLaughlin, M.Ed., our Training & Behavior Manager and Certified Dog Trainer. For more information, email her directly at training@atlantahumane.org.

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.

May 24, 2010

Smile! Pet Photo Contest

Filed under: Events — ahspr @ 2:55 pm

Photo credit goes to Carol Rosegg

Thanks to Theater of the Stars, the Atlanta Humane Society is giving away 4 tickets to the June 16 show of Little House on the Prairie! Grab your bonnets and head to the wagon because this is going to be an amazing show for the whole family. To win, submit 1 photo of a pet to pr@atlantahumane.org by Friday, May 28. The winner will be chosen at random and announced Monday, May 31. Good luck, y’all!

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