Atlanta Humane Society Blog

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

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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 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!

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 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 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

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