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Record Breaking Open House Weekend – 42 Cats Adopted!

Face PaintingRECORDS ARE MADE TO BE BROKEN, AND WE SHATTERED OURS, AT THE CAT SHELTER OPEN HOUSE! We also had One Heck of a GOOD TIME!What a GREAT weekend for the Furkids Cat Shelter! Our Annual Open House, March 21st and 22nd, was a joyous occasion; as we showed off our new, expanded space to throngs of Furkids supporters! Saturday was a beautiful day, and families took advantage of the gorgeous weather to take a tour, bop to some retro tunes, jump in a bouncy house, eat fantastic BBQ, browse our beautiful new gift shop, and buy baked goods (both home-made and from the coolest bakeries in town) at our famous Bark & Bite Bake Sale. The highlight, of course, was visiting with the cutest cats in town!

Not a CatThanks to our amazing new space, we now have our FIV+ cats on-site and easily accessible to potential adopters. Our special-needs Purrkids, cats who need to polish up their “social skills”, have their own area; so specially-trained volunteers can work with them more easily. We finally have the room we need for more cats, offices, meetings, conferences and classes; and a quadrupled, state-of-the-art surgical suite.

Exciting times!

First adopttion of the dayBut the BIG NEWS is this: FORTY-TWO ADOPTIONS at the shelter during the open house! Our record from last year was 32…nearly a 33% increase! Our ZERO ADOPTION FEE Promotion was so popular, in fact, that we are continuing it until March 29th. Everyone is invited to come on out again this Saturday, March 28th to our CATURDAY event, noon to 5 PM. Adoption counselors will be available, and SHELTER DWELLERS of every age, color, size, and temperament will be up for adoption with absolutely no fees! (Our shelter address is 2650 Plesantdale Rd. Suite 8 Atlanta, GA 30340)

Delights Thanks to so many folks for making our Open House a smashing success – our bakeries: Gigi’s Cupcakes, Corner Bakery of Norcross, Highland Bakery, Loving Hut, Flour Girlz, Publix of Norcross, Taj Mahound and our 30 volunteer bakers. And thanks to these wonderful groups for helping with the on-site prep and activities: St. Mark United Methodist Church, Honda Finance, Montclair Elementary, Roswell High School, and GA Tech! And lastly, kudos to all our wonderful Furkids volunteers (nearly 200 of them helped during the weekend!); and our dedicated staff, who successfully kept the wheels on the tracks and the balls in the air!

Kids PlayingWe can’t WAIT for our next Open House…YOU can be a part of the fun…email volunteer@furkids.org!Written by: Nancy Pihera

Lemond – Missing Ear Kitty becomes a Furkid

lemond3Four-year-old Lemond came to the attention of Furkids this past week. He was in animal control, covered with fleas and filth. He was breathing through his mouth, likely because of a severe respiratory infection. Lemond is also missing an ear; and has just one functional eye. Not a pretty kitty by most standards, and not a likely candidate for rescue.

But, Furkids said, “Yes! We will take him!” The call for donations went out on Facebook, and brand-new Lemond fans stepped up to insure he would receive initial vetting, and an ER evaluation! He went straight to the hospital, and had his exam yesterday.

Here is what we know so far about this sweet soul. Lemond LOVES people. He purred all the way from AC to emergency, and is the King of the Head Butt. He wants to be friends with everybody! In a double surgery, Lemond was neutered, and his non-functioning eye was removed. He is undergoing additional evaluation for what appears to be an old jaw injury. We are not certain yet how that will be treated, but Lemond will probably need additional surgery in the very near future.

This boy has quickly captured the hearts of everyone who meets him. Our goal for Lemond is simple: get him healthy, spoil him silly in foster care, and then find him the best Forever Home we can. Lemond has clearly suffered in his four years on earth…Furkids vows to make the rest of his years fantastic! You can help by donating now.

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Follow Lemond‘s progress on our Facebook page.

Thank you so much for caring about this one-eared, one-eyed, scruffy, flea-infested feline…we will bring you HAPPY updates!

Written by: Nancy Pihera

Abandoned on the side of the road – left for dead

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Chloe’s rescue story is unimaginable. It is something you read about in a newspaper and drop your jaw in amazement. Chloe was found abandoned in a cat carrier on the side of a busy road in Chamblee. She was left for dead. Actually, she was left for worse than dead. Had someone not found her she would have continued to suffer cruely from dehydration, starvation and eventually die an agonizing death.

LUCKILY someone with a keen attention to detail noticed the carrier and pulled over to find this precious baby! Chloe was rescued weighing a mere 3.5 lbs. The vets think she needs to at least double her body weight to be at her proper size. Aside from being emaciated, Chloe has injuries to her legs. X-rays so far have been inconclusive, but it is a challenge for her to walk right now. She can not have surgery until she is stronger and healthy so right now we are just nursing her back to health. She may eventually need a leg amputated.

When she first came to us she slept for days. Her poor little body went through so much trauma she needed the rest. Now she has gained an entire pound is starting to trust us more each day. She loves to curl up in a blanket and often underneath it. Chloe doesn’t have to worry anymore because she is a Furkid now. She is safe and will be safe until we find her forever family.

Please help us provide all she needs by giving a donation to “Chloe’s Care.” Her bills, surgeries and expenses will reach more than

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WE’VE GOT WALLS! BUT WE NEED FURNITURE!

stevehallThe past week has been a CRAZY ROLLER COASTER RIDE for the staff and volunteers at the Furkids Cat Shelter. We DOUBLED the size of the shelter, literally overnight, thanks to a very special donor. Cats were moved from our FIV+ house into their new FIV+ suite; and our Purrkids cats, who work with our socializing team, transitioned from their original shelter rooms to their new digs.

And what’s a major move without an Open House in the middle of it? Our Annual Open House precipitated all of the excitement, and the middle-of-the-night activity. Friends, family and fans were so excited to see our new space this past Saturday and Sunday! It was a great weekend!

Now that we have the new space finished, we are working hard to get it furnished. Here is how you can help us fulfill our wish list for our new cat rooms:

12 GIFTS OF $25 provide one pair of shelving units (24 pairs needed)linuswheel

5 GIFTS of $50 purchase a Furwood Forrest cat tree (18 trees needed)

10 GIFTS of $100 buy one fantastic CAT wheel for fitness and to alleviate boredom. We need a total of 14 wheels to outfit the new space, and replace the old units in our original rooms.

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA- 5 Crijo units ($5,000 each) These are fabulous cat perches and units built specifically for shelters (pictured left).  www.crijopets.com.

We were hoping to purchase a couple of these items, but they aren’t in the budget.

We also need cat “comfort items” for the new space; things like scratchers, litter boxes, bowls, bedding, and toys.

If you would like to help us outfit our exciting expansion, you can do so NOW!

Price: $0.00

And stop by any Saturday, from 12-5 p.m., to see our beautiful new addition! The cats will be happy to show you around.

Thank you so much for your support. We can’t save lives without it.

Nancy Pihera

 

New Life can be Deadly for Unwanted Pets

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Springs means new life and growth. While beautiful flowers bloom and baby rabbits frolic, “new life” can also create a serious community issue—hundreds of unwanted, homeless puppies and kittens. And, the cycle of life continues.

Being cute, young and sweet does not guarantee survival on the street or adoption from a county shelter. Imagine cardboard boxes of puppies and kittens showing up at community shelters with limited space. The adoption line is short, and soon animals are out of time. Room must be made for the next truck load. It is a sad reality most shelters face.

As a no-kill shelter, this puts Furkids rescue team into overdrive. Despite the many loving Furkids foster homes and convenient adoption centers, there are too many animals born and not enough homes. We need your help now!

Five simple ways you can help

1. Spay and neuter, even if the animal isn’t yours. Stop the cycle of puppies and kittens born without a safe home! It’s healthy for the animals, your neighborhood and your community shelters. There are dozens of low-cost vet clinics now. It can cost less than $60 to spay or neuter that stray cat in your neighborhood. Visit our Resources page for a listing of low-cost options.

2. Make a donation. Your donations help us keep the lights on, the water running, the food coming and the animals healthy. Without your donations we could not have saved more than 2,500 cats and dogs this year. This is what your donation can buy.

$10 – vaccinates a puppy or kitten
$25 – provides a canister of milk replacer
$50 – enables spay/neuter surgery
$100 – covers an emergency room visit for a sick animal

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3. ADOPT don’t buy from a store or breeder, and share this message with everyone you know. Be a voice for the perfectly wonderful pets who are homeless. Purebred dogs and cats become shelter dogs and cats too. Increase the demand for homeless puppies and kittens and lessen the demand for breeding more.

For every homeless animal in America to find a loving home, each person would need to own seven cats and dogs.

4. Visit our Amazon Wish List and donate an item that one of our shelters has requested. Puppy and kitten season means orphaned babies will need milk replacer, heating pads and bottles among other items. Providing supplies helps keep costs down and saves more lives. 

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5. Celebrate National Puppy Day on March 23. Go to our adoptable dogs page and share a puppy’s picture and bio with friends and family through Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, etc. You could become a puppy matchmaker without knowing someone was thinking about adopting a new companion. 

 

$0 Cat Adoptions during Open House Weekend March 21-22

Six weeks ago Furkids saved 34 cats from a local shelter that was forced to close. So we are excited about our open house on Saturday, March 21, and Sunday, March 22, because we will showcase additional cage-free space, second surgical suite, and home for FIV+ cats made possible by a local donor. But the goal is as many free adoptions as possible! It’s the only way Furkids can continue to rescue, heal and provide forever companions to more people. Click here to learn more about the Furkids Open House and browse adoptable cats NOW! 

“Adding 34 cats to our already full house, meant our super foster team had to mobilize,” said Samantha Shelton, executive director and founder of Furkids. “With a call for more foster parents, we solved most of our housing issues. We can always use more fosters homes.”

Over four weeks, the Furkids staff assessed the needs of each individual cat. Most needed vaccinations and had not been spayed/neutered—serious concerns with warm weather just around the corner. There also were medical issues such as food allergies and vestibular disease and other special needs the compassionate Furkids team identified and addressed.

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“Many local shelters do not have the capacity to handle homeless animals with special needs,” Shelton said. “But, I believe the Furkids team excels at healing the obvious and not-so-obvious wounds some abandoned pets have when they come to us.

Mike (left) and Jim (right) are young brothers rescued by Furkids when a local shelter closed.“I’m proud of how the Furkids community responded to this need.”

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Crystal Ali-Latimer (left), vet tech, and Dana Starr (right), foster home coordinator, were part of a Furkids team that worked over three weeks to save 34 cats from homelessness. Not pictured are: Terri Brunson, director of operations; Carol Purdy, surgical manager; Megan McNerny, med team volunteer; and Jeani McGovern, vet tech.

169 Animals Find Forever Homes in February 2015

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Furkids placed 169 cats and dogs in loving homes during February 2015. Below is a list of everyone that was adopted. Congratulations to the new families! While we celebrate these adoptions, remember we still have hundreds waiting in the wings to be adopted. Please remember that both our Doraville Cat Shelter and Alpharetta Dog Shelter are open three days a week for visitors. BOTH ARE OPEN WEDNESDAYS AND SATURDAYS! Check out our hours and locations.

See more February adoption pictures in this album.

Cats and kittens: (123)  Garnet 13035, Bradford 141281, Josie 14621, Lucy 14172, Thomas 14173, Philomena 141329, Snowflake 141358, Stormy 141359, Adidas 141175, Grizabella 14561, Izzy 141723, Cloudy 141564, Lefty 5098, Pavarotti 141635, Freedom 141019, Spangle 141021, Debbie Harry 14594, Joan Jett 14595, Billie Holiday 141239, Pepe 14792, Petunia 14796, Bryce 14690, Purrsnickety 141634, Delaney 150026, Alberto 141642, Liberty 141020, Gable 150090, Kilmer 150092, Beyonce 141614, Jay-Z 141616, Caroline 14915, Charlie 150113, Leo 150114, O.C. 8623, Cotton 131011, Nicholas 141623, Garth 11573, Dosie 11574, Baxter 141418, July 14303, Zeke Panjabi 141714, MJJ 14934, Double Stuff 14936 (pictured left), Carson 150025, Donovan 150029, Potter 141674, Yoo Hoo (was Pheobe) 141556, Cider (was Ross) 141557, Linden 141626, Allen 141627, Sassy 401, Butterfinger 141117, Kit Kat 141120, Sheryl Crow 14607, Gizmo 141710, Matthew 141353, Zeus 14563, Dallas 150028, Maddox 141456, Prim 131117, Nepal 141233, Sandy 150066, Kendi 13902, Harper 14163, Hailey 14969, Kiawah 14439, Aden 14819, Charger 141341, Posey 141388, Prospero 141537, Dalai 141231, Argus 141501, Annie 141671, Mimi 141074, Quinn 141447, Pablano 141676, 141393, Corinne 141395, Miner 14950, Succotash 141664, Corky 150039, Madeline 5350, Felix 14751, Bailey 141193, George Bailey 141678, Bran 14708, Catelyn/Ricki 14709, Shamrock 141566, Reed 14497, Ruthie 141389, Ramona 141390, Falcon 14733, Westbrook 141461, Tigger Taylor 141518, Blaze 141519, Fiona 14366, Beau 141535, Acorn 141609, Pie 141610, Beckham 150044, Barrymore 150044, Somerset 141530, Charlie Chan 141712, Meg 14990, Addison 13688, Mac 141122, Wojo 14376, Amber 14377, Oliver 141477, Jeffrey 141150, Frannie 14033, Baxter #2 13998, Abner 14624, Milkshake 141643, Charming Charlie 150081, Carwyn 141574, Garner 150091, Kattan 150093, Bullock 150042, Blanchett 150045, Sabrina 141532, Kane 150094  

VidalaiDogs and puppies: (46) Pimento Cheese, Pecan Pie, Snoball Sambar, Nail, Waylon Jennings, Shrimp Creole, Butter Bean, Frito Pie. Divinity, Grits, Toby Topaz, Opal, Polar Bear, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Moonpie, Cheerwine, Vidalia (pictured left), Baked Beans, Tony DiNozzo, Mittens, Sassy, Special K, Charleston Chew, Lemur, Hot Cocoa, Meerkat, Gumbo, Parker, Sandy Quartz, Kale, Max Spratt, Coleslaw, Llama, Tiger, Rosie Ramps, Crawfish, Texas Pete, Just Right, Wolfie, Chex; Gravy, Nehi, Peanut Brittle, Biscuit, RC Cola

 

High School Student Collects 1,000 Items

We love being the recipient of collection drives. They are like mini birthday parties where we get to open the gifts for the animals and their caretakers, but this collection drive was unlike any we have seen before! 

Jordan, a junior at Parkview High School, collected items for four weeks. She produced flyers and distributed them to teachers, students, her church choir and her mother’s colleagues. At only 16 years old she was able to collect 1,000 items including shoes, clothes, household goods and accessories which can now be re-sold at our thrift stores. The items have a thrift store retail value of $3,000. This money could pay to spay and neuter 60 animals, purchase medicine to heal 50 animals for a month or purchase six iPads to help track our animals in a database. Jordan and her collection drive will continue to impact the lives of our animals and organization during 2015. We are grateful for her efforts and so very proud of this young lady! Thank you, Jordan! 

Jordan shows us all that no matter your age, you can make a difference. If you are inspired and would like to hold a collection drive of your own please e-mail info@furkids.org today.  

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There is something about Noel

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A Good Samaritan came across Noel roaming in a desolate area with only an abandoned camper shell for shelter. Noel was taken to Animal Control with the hope that an owner would reclaim her. That never happened, but fortunately her Good Samaritan had not forgotten her. He pulled her from Animal Control on Christmas Eve and asked Furkids to help find Noel a forever home. Noel is a nice medium size dog at about 45 lbs. She is housebroken and is at home on the sofa or the bed.

Noel is a social girl and loves to go! She is a great walking buddy and she loves car rides. Get her outside, and she’ll play fetch and chase squirrels. Back indoors, Noel settles into couch potato mode (as you can see).

Noel3 Noel gets along with other dogs, especially those about her size. She may be a bit too much for small dogs. She’s very mellow, quiet, friendly and confident. Noel has so much to offer as the trusty sidekick you always wanted! Her foster family thinks she is SO special that they made her a Facebook page. Check it out! 

Below is a video of Noel doing her wonderful tricks at Camp Canine USA, where her foster mom works. If you are interested in applying for Noel please visit our adoptable dog page and fill out an application or e-mail adopt@furkids.org

 

 

 

 

 

Visit the Georgia Renaissance Festival to Support Furkids

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 The Georgia Renaissance Festival is tons of fun for the entire family, even the pets. April 25-26 is a pet friendly weekend. You can bring your pup or kitty to enjoy the festivities like 150 artisans, 1.5 lb Turkey legs and jousting! 

What makes it EVEN BETTER is that $2 from each ticket will be donated to Furkids, and you will get discounted tickets if you use our promotional code.

ENTER: FURKIDS15 when checking out to receive your discount and for Furkids to receive a donation. Make sure to SHARE this simple way to help animals in need and enjoy a family outing. 

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