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

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 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 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 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 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!

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