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

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 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.

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