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 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 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 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

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