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 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 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.

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