Atlanta Humane Society Blog

August 27, 2010

There’s an app for that….Petango!

All of our AHS animals are now hosted on Petango! Adopters can browse with an easy-to-use navigation menu and view available pets within their neighborhood or nationally from over 260,000 dogs and cats in shelters. Other search criteria available include breed, age, size, species and gender. Users looking to adopt a pet can view pet photos, a description of the pet, and the name and details of the shelter where the pet is currently located. Unlike other pet related applications, the Petango ‘Find a Pet’ smartphone app itunes.apple.com not only allows potential adopters to perform real-time local and national adoptable pet  searches in the United States and Canada, but  also helps current pet owners who have lost their dog or cat search listings of missing pets using the “Find Lost Pets itunes.apple.com/ca/app/petangos-find-a-pet ” feature. The Petango app also includes additional unique capabilities, such as:

  • a sliding distance bar, to narrow or widen the search range of available pets for adoption
  • the option to browse adoptable pets by choosing a specific zip code of their choice
  • the ability to search for animal welfare organizations locally and nationally
  • with one-touch, place a call directly to the shelter of the adopter’s choice as well as receive driving directions
  • real-time local and national searches in the United States and Canada
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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

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 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!

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