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Georgia Gives Day is Coming…

GACNP_CMYK_Logo_2014Ga Gives Day is Coming….

Georgia Gives Day is a 24-hour statewide giving marathon to benefit the non-profits located in Georgia. It is a day for friends like you to donate to the charities that mean the most to you. 

Last year, Furkids achieved a milestone in our history – we raised over $30,000 on GA Gives Day 2013, making us the top performer out of 2,200 participating local charities! Our supporters helped us win multiple challenges during the day, including the most individual donors of ANY Georgia non-profit and winning Furkids’ animals a $5,000 prize!

We are ready to do it again this year!  

Here is why we need your help now, more than ever.

Already in 2014, we have rescued over 2,000 cats and dogs and adopted more than 1,600 animals into loving homes. Many of these animals were sick or injured when they arrived and in need of critical care and the vet bills never are recovered from their adoption fees. 

On average, it costs a pet owner about $900 a year to care for one healthy pet. That includes food, water, litter, toys and yearly medical care.

beforeandaftercat$900 x 2,000 animals = 1.8 MILLION DOLLARS. Yes, you read that right. Caring for 2,000 animals a year would cost the average person 1.8 MILLION DOLLARS. 

Last year’s gifts provided lifesaving emergency surgeries and treatments, medication, and more for the hundreds of animals we saved. And this year we have  saved over 30% more animals than we saved last year! Thanks to your support.

Today, we are gearing up for Georgia Gives Day on November 13. We need your commitment to achieve our goal of raising $30,000 on 11/13/14! Together we can do this!

Please give a donation now or mark your calendar for Thursday, November 13, and please make a donation to help our animals on this day. Share our goal with others you know and maybe they will give something, too! Visit our Ga Gives fundraising page and make a tax-deductible gift now or on 11/13/14.

Whether you give $10 or $1,000, your gifts empower us to fulfill our important mission in the community. We can only accomplish our goal with your help! 

unselfieHelp us even more by clicking to be a personal fundraiser and “share” your donation through Facebook or email to your friends and maybe they will donate, too! See how easy it is to get started – only 5 simple steps! 

Sick kittens need serious help

beforeandaftercatbeforeandaftercatFurkids got the call late in the afternoon – three desperately ill kittens were in a high-kill, rural shelter, and they needed medical intervention immediately. The photos we received were heart-wrenching.

Volunteers and staff sprang into action. The story splashed across the Furkids Facebook page, and within an hour, Furkids was able to have these tiny, sick babies transferred into emergency care. It was a long night, and we held our collective breath…

Happily, the next morning, the kittens began to rally. They were far from out-of-the-woods, but they were stabilizing. A couple of days later, they were ready for their transport to a Furkids partner vet in the metro area. But, they came with a SURPRISE – two additional siblings, and a MOM!sick2

Furkids made room for the extended family, how could we not? And the three who were oh-so-sick, are now looking great. They will all soon be ready for foster homes!

Many rescues refuse to take in even mildly ill animals, and would not ever consider caring for seriously ill kittens like these. That is what sets Furkids apart, and why our organization has such dedicated staff and volunteers. Every life is important, and every creature deserves a chance.

We can continue our lifesaving work because you, our FANTASTIC Furkids supporters, are so generous with your gifts of time, and money. You know that we will do our very best for homeless pets in dire situations. And we will update you on stories like these, so you can see your generosity at work. If you would like to further the Furkids cause, and save more animals in need, please donate now. 

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Written By: Nancy Pihera 

Halloween Safety Tips for your Pets

catlanternHalloween can be a festive and fun time for children and families. But for pets? Let’s face it, it can be a downright nightmare. Forgo the stress and dangers this year by following these 7 easy tips.

1. Candies are no treat for pets

All forms of chocolate — especially baking or dark chocolate — can be dangerous, even lethal, for dogs and cats. Symptoms of chocolate poisoning may include vomiting, diarrhea, rapid breathing, increased heart rate, and seizures. Halloween candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also be poisonous to dogs. Even small amounts of xylitol can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar and subsequent loss of coordination and seizures. And while xylitol toxicity in cats has yet to be established, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Know where your closest animal emergency center is located just in case!

2. Don’t leave pets outside a few days before and after Halloween night

Surprisingly, vicious pranksters have been known to tease, injure, steal, and even kill pets on Halloween night. Even more common is the harm and torture of black cats due to superstitions. Each year after Halloween, we gets calls of injured and abused black cats, likely victims of Halloween torture. PLEASE keep your pets inside and safe and if you see ANYTHING suspicious call the police. Animal abuse often leads to the abuse of children and domestic violence later in life. 

3. Keep pets confined and away from the door

Not only will your door be constantly opening and closing on Halloween, but strangers will be dressed in unusual costumes and yelling loudly for their candy. This, of course, is scary for our furry friends. Dogs are especially territorial and may become anxious and growl at innocent trick-or-treaters. Putting your dog or cat in a secure room away from the front door will also prevent them from darting outside into the night … a night when no one wants to be searching for a lost loved one. Even better sit outside your front door if it is a nice night and prevent the doorbells all together. 

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4. Don’t keep lit pumpkins around pets

Should they get too close, they run the risk of burning themselves or knocking it over and causing a fire.

 5. Keep wires and electric light cords out of reach

If chewed, your pet could cut himself or herself on shards of glass or plastic, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.

6. Don’t dress your pet in a costume unless you know they’ll love it

If you do decide that Fido or Kitty needs a costume, make sure it isn’t annoying or unsafe. It should not constrict movement, hearing, or the ability to breathe or bark and meow. Many animals become stressed and anxious if they are not used to wearing costumes.  If they seem distressed, allergic, or show abnormal behavior, consider letting them go in their “birthday suit”. Festive bandanas or hats are usually just as cute! (Pictured left is Pabst Blue Ribbon. He is currently up for adoption.)

7. IDs, please!

If your dog or cat should escape and become lost, having the proper identification will increase the chances that they will be returned. 1 in 3 pets is lost at some point in their lifetime. Make sure they have the tools they need to get back home. An up-to-date tag and a microchip with current contact information is VITAL! 

We hope you have a fun and safe Halloween with your pets!

Tips courtesy of PetMD.com

Meet Savannah in Atlanta

savannah (1)Like the city she’s named for, sweet Savannah exudes classic beauty, warmth, and charm. Furkids staff and volunteers agree, she is EVERYTHING (and more) anyone could ever want in a cat.

So, why has she spent all of her seven years in Room 11 of the Furkids shelter? Well, sadly, Savannah is a victim of BCS. Yes, Black Cat Syndrome. You’ve always heard it, and it is for real; black cats are mostly overlooked by adopters, who are usually looking for a “fancier” cat. But, ask anyone who is owned by the proverbial black cat – you will hear OVER AND OVER again, that the inky felines are pure love!

Fancy this: a kitty who comforts other cats in Room 11 when they are stressed. Who ALWAYS greets visitors to “her” room with a welcome as sweet as Mrs. Wilkes banana pudding. Who knows how to go with the flow, whether it’s on River Street or Tybee Time.savannah1
Savannah, GA, is known as the “Hostess City of the South”. No surprise, our Savannah is known as the “Hostess KITTY of the South”! Won’t you please take her home, forever?

You can thank Furkids later. We just want this very special girl to experience “home”, as soon as possible! Apply to adopt Savannah NOW or come visit her any Saturday at our Doraville Cat Shelter (2650 Pleasantdale Rd. Suite 8 Atlanta, GA 30340). Email adopt@furkids.org or call 770-613-0009 with questions. 

 

Written By: Nancy Pihera 

Volunteer Positions Available, You Can Help from Home

friday_volunteer8Running two shelters, an FIV house for our kitties, a full-time thrift store, hundreds of foster homes and 13 adoption centers takes A LOT of hard work! We continue to grow and save more animals with the help of over 500 active volunteers around Georgia. Volunteering for Furkids does not mean you need to commit every weekend to helping. In fact, we don’t have ANY requirements on your time. We just want you to give back as much as your schedule and abilities allow. Below are just a few of the volunteer positions we are looking to fill right now: 
 
1.  Biography writers (can be done at home): Show off your creative talents by writing a captivating biography for an animal. These bios are critical to helping them find their forever homes on various websites. More than 75% of our applications come from websites. You can write 5 a week or 50 a week. The choice is yours! Apply now!
 
2. Video editing (can be done from home): At both our cat and dog shelters we have volunteers willing to take cute videos of our animals. We need creative people to put those clips together into videos for our website and YouTube Channel. You can come take the video yourself or have other volunteers send you the content.  Have a look at our YouTube page for samples. Apply now!
 
3.  Ambassadors at both our Doraville Cat Shelter and Alpharetta Dog Shelter: This position is great for people who may not be able to do a lot of physical work. Both shelters are wheel chair capable. It requires communication skills and the ability to work with the public to take phone calls, answer our door and/or greet guests. Depending on what you want to do we have clerical work as well. These positions are available everyday of the week, as many hours as you can give, and you can even bring a book or laptop with you if you like. Apply now!photo (21)
 
4.  Medical Team at our Doraville Cat Shelter (am and pm): If you have a background in a medical field or have experience giving cats fluids and medications we want you! Our shelter houses more than 300 cats, many of which have daily medications. Our medical team comes in twice a day to medicate all of the cats at the shelter. This is a great way to give back and make the cats feel better! You really get to know them very well. Even if you can give one day a week that would be very helpful! We have to fill 14 shifts weekly. Apply now!
5.  Laundry Helpers: Are you one of those people that loves laundry? If so, we have a room made just for you! Our Doraville Cat Shelter is in need of laundry helpers Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. You can come in your sweats, bring your iPod and knock out laundry for a few hours in our two washers and two dryers. This is extremely helpful to the shelter staff and volunteers! Apply now!
 
6.  Shelter Greeters for Saturdays: Do you LOVE talking to people? Do you LOVE the idea of finding animals homes? Then we need you! Both of our shelters are looking for volunteers to help give tours to the public during our open business hours Saturdays. We will provide you with the training and knowledge to be able to answer questions. We just need your enthusiasm and help! One Saturday a month would be a wonderful way to give back! Imagine your delight when the person you give a tour to brings an animal home! Apply now!
 
7. Silent Auction Helpers (can be done at home): Furkids holds multiple auctions every year to raise much needed funds for our programs. If you are a sales person at heart and are interested in calling or visiting businesses to ask for in-kind donations please e-mail lisa@furkids.org now. Our next big event, Paws for Cocktails, is coming up Nov. 6 and we are looking for auction items now! 
 
If you are interested in any of these positions or would like to explore other opportunities please e-mail volunteer@furkids.org or apply to become a volunteer now! 
 

Erin needs YOUR help. Become her Superhero TODAY!

erin2Erin Nance has been searching for a forever home or foster home for nearly 18 months. She has been patiently and calmly waiting for her time to shine in the spotlight. We feel that time is now. Erin needs our help. She needs YOUR help. She wants a cozy place to rest her head for the upcoming holiday season. Will you help her?

Life at our shelter is filled with tasty meals, time outside in the fresh air, long walks, playtime with tennis balls and lots of love, but it doesn’t include a family to snuggle up with at night. Erin has lived in shelters 90% of her 18 months with us. Each night we tuck her into her kennel and say good night. We tell her, “Maybe tomorrow, Erin. Your family WILL find you someday.” So far that day has not come…erin

We knew when rescuing Erin she would be a challenge to place. To many people, she looks “scary,” and they often mistakenly label her a pit bull. While we love the pit bull breed and have many of them in our program, Erin in fact is not a pit bull. She is an American Bulldog and Boxer mix – we had her DNA tested!

Erin is loving, affectionate, sweet and mild-mannered. She loves to play fetch with toys – especially tennis balls. She knows the “sit” command and is working on “drop” when playing. This is not all the wonderful news we have about Erin, though. She has terrific house manners, LOVES kids and is potty trained, too! Erin’s ideal home would have a fenced yard for her to romp around with a few kids when they come home from school or with her new parents when they come home from work. She will likely rest and relax all day on the couch while her people are away.

So why, you might ask, has Erin had such trouble finding a home? Unfortunately, Erin does not get along well with other animals. We have had Erin work with trainers, and they feel she would do best as an only dog. To those who love dogs, it is unimaginable to have only one. There lies our problem. Everyone who loves her and wants to take her home has dogs or cats at home already. She needs to be the only dog in the home, but we guarantee she will be the dog of a lifetime. The one you just can’t imagine life without!

ErinDo you know anyone that might fit the bill? This is where we need YOUR help! We have multiple offers to sponsor her adoption fee from volunteers and donors and offers to include training classes in her adoption package too. We just need to find the home where she belongs. Visit our website to apply now!

We need you to help spread the word about Erin. There is a person out there for every animal. We just have to find it. So PLEASE help us find her people.

- Print this post out and plaster it everywhere
- Forward this post to friends, family and colleagues
- Post her story on social media
- Contact local and national animal loving celebrities and ask them to share her story
 

GET CREATIVE! Erin’s happiness is counting on it. Hopefully when we tuck her in tonight we will tell her there are hundreds, maybe even thousands of people out there trying desperately to find her family. 

To meet Erin or ask additional questions e-mail adopt@furkids.org or call 678-624-1003. Erin is located in Alpharetta, GA, but she will travel across state lines for the right family.

131 Homeless Animals are Members of the Family

Furkids placed 131 cats and dogs in loving homes during September 2014. Below is a list of everyone that was adopted. Congratulations to the new families! During September, our cat program offered $0 adoption fees for kitties over 6 months old for one week. Many kitties found forever homes, but there are still so many more waiting. Please remember that both our Doraville Cat Shelter and Alpharetta Dog Shelter are open EVERY SATURDAY for visitors!

During September we also saved the lives of 173 cats and dogs totaling 1,866 animals rescued in 2014 by Sept. 30. To put that in perspective, during the entire year of 2013 we rescued 1,597 animals. As we save more lives, our expenses continue to grow. Please donate what you can, when you can. How about $10 right now to pay for life-saving vaccines for one animal? You can help RIGHT NOW by donating $10

See more adoption pictures on our September Adoptions Facebook Album

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Cats (85): 6015 Felicia, 11148 Dottie, 12221 Lila Bubba, 13345 Mika #1, 14139 Inga, 14229 WallE, 14246 Davis, 14266 Pug, 14276 Ansley, 14287 Mera, 14293 Kroger, 14296 Patrick, 14320 Hollywood, 14329 Piper, 14371 Rosie Blue, 14379 Jay, 14382 Lark, 14400 Osiris, 14401 Inara, 14419 Pepper, 14526 Joe, 14588 Puddle, 14590 Ophelia, 14597 Gabbana, 14603 Trucks, 14680 Melina, 14698 Squeeky, 14699 Santana, 14702 Billie Jo, 14703 Frankie, 14731 Haiku, 14732 Storm, 14802 Chutney, 14803 Mango, 14806 Leah, 14810 Maci, 14814 Zeke, 14834 Mats, 14835 Monroe, 14841 Kiska, 14842 Kashmir, 14846 DaringDo, 14852 Jorge, 14857 Kara, 14911 Lissa, 14912 Terra 14913 Cheri, 14923 Yoyo, 14930 Stinker, 14947 Karista, 14948 Artisa, 14949 Fizz, 14951 Mel (was Melody), 14953 Canter, 14958 McKenzie, 14960 Gillian, 14961 Bob Hope (pictured left), 14966 Glinda, 14974 Marley, 14987 Amy, 131061 BlackJack, 131075 ChunkyMonkey, 141016 Vichy, 141017 Lyon, 141032 Koko, 141033 Scrapper, 141035 Henree, 141051 Nana, 141067 Francesca, 141068 Eve, 141071 Lanie, 141088 AltonBrown, 141090 Banx, 141091 Chex, 141154 Amelia, 141155 Colleen, 141186 Curry, 141242 LLBean, 141263 Clemons, 141285 Heidi, 141355 Leslie, 13541 Maxtor, 13751 Anya, 14057 Colt, 141370 Aria

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Dogs (46): Mersey, Walton, Dovie, Bash (pictured right), Ellie, Clara, Yes, Billy Boston, Woody, Sierra Nevada, Abita, Tecate, Coco Dogfish Head, Funky Buddah, Ginger McKenna, Boo Bones, Amanda Rollins, Calleigh, Casey Novak, Cupcake, Johnny Bonds, Olivia Benson, Hetty Lang, Kensi Blye, Marty Deeks, Molly, Flower, Hildy Mulligan, Rick Castle, Mercedes, Kallie, Jojo, Gales Ale, LaRossa; Natalie Teeter, Sharona Fleming, Mr. Monk, Leland Stottlemeyer, Terrapin, Odafin Tutuola, Kegger, Elliot Stabler, Carta Blanca, Andy Flynn, Brewsky, Harp

 

Hoarded Herd Arrives at Furkids

photo-23We had a serious 911 call on Sept. 11, 2014. While other rescues STEPPED ASIDE, Furkids STEPPED UP (yet again!), to save animals in IMMINENT DANGER…

A dozen cats and kittens came to us from a DANGEROUS HOARDING SITUATION. The tenant, and all the animals, had just been EVICTED. 

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When the call came in, the Furkids folks mobilized a makeshift EMERGENCY ROOM to triage and stabilize all the new intakes. This was the scene, as our staff and volunteers performed their evaluations. The cats were DEHYDRATED, INJURED, INFESTED with FLEAS, and DANGEROUSLY OVERHEATED because they were TRANSPORTED IN THE BACK OF A PICK-UP TRUCK! One is extremely PREGNANT. Several are KITTENS as young as five weeks old; two are MISSING EYES, or have serious eye infections. 

Now that the cats have been evaluated more closely. This will be a huge undertaking. We *DESPERATELY* NEED DONATIONS for VETERINARY CARE, MEDICATION, and FOOD for the CATS THAT NO ONE ELSE WOULD HELP. Please, support these poor babies however you can by DONATING. Mention “Hoarded Herd” so your generosity benefits this sick, scared, and hungry crowd.

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We also NEED MORE FOSTER HOMES! If you have a little space, a little time, and a lot of love, YOU CAN HELP. We provide EVERYTHING ELSE, and our supportive foster team will be with you every step of the way. Apply now! Just email us at furkidsfosters@gmail.com for more information.

Mersey’s Adoption: 8 Years in the Making

MerseyMeet Mersey, our beloved blue heeler mix rescued in 2006 from a high-kill shelter. As an adorable little baby, she had no trouble finding an adopter to love her, but less than a year later she was back to square one and homeless. The blue heeler bred can require a special owner, and it was apparent she needed that special someone. For the next seven years Mersey was in and out of homes, never resulting in a forever home with a bed to rest her head. Her quest for a home was promoted nationally in publications and she even had her own Facebook page. 

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In 2013, Mersey found herself in a new and exciting foster home with Cathy Lockard. She bonded with a new kitty friend and had all the activity she needed. These two became fast friends, and in September of this year, Cathy officially made Mersey a member of the Lockard family! Finally, Mersey has found the person who will love her for the rest of her life. Congratulations, Mersey and Cathy! We wish you two a wonderful new start in Maryland. Furkids believes EVERY animal has a home, they just need help finding it!

Exciting Announcement for our Cat Shelter

sheltercatsFurkids is very excited to announce that we are doubling the size of our cat shelter!  

Good news, furkids! Furkids’ dogs have had their day and now it is time for the cats to play. We expanded our dog shelter and now thanks to an anonymous $50,000 grant, we are about to double the size of the cat shelter! Ten years of exponential growth has caused us to outgrow our current facilities. This wonderful new addition will feature a specialty suite for our Purrkids cats, suites for our FIV+ cats, a surgical suite that will be quadrupled in size, medical and admin offices, and much needed storage.

options 3We are excited to bring our FIV+ cats back over to our main shelter where they can experience exposure to adoption applicants. We have achieved amazing adoptions this year and we can’t wait to celebrate more! Furkids is the only shelter in the Southeast that specializes in the care and promotion of FIV+ cats and we work hard to educate the public about their adoptability. With zero adoption fee and free vetting for a year, what do you have to lose? Just your heart to some of the greatest felines in our program! Browse FIV+ cats now.

The new space will also accommodate our Purrkids cats in a layout designed to better socialize them for adoption. We created this program a year ago for specially trained volunteers to help shy, traumatized and under-socialized cats become trusting of people. Our Purrkids volunteers change these animals’ lives in profound and lasting ways. We have already realized great progress and we look forward to growing the program for increased adoptions and intakes. Learn more about Purrkids and consider volunteering with this program.

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Of course the long-term plan is to build a stand alone shelter carved out of nature, that will allow for outdoor enclosed spaces where our cats can experience fresh air and sunlight, walking trails for guests, a memorial garden, a haven for feral cats, increased space for our visiting pet therapy, youth and civic groups that come to serve, and a retail veterinary clinic open to the community. While that is our long-term 5-10 year goal, we are so excited to have the opportunity to expand our operations right now. We look forward to welcoming you to the grand opening of our new space before year-end. Stay tuned for more details!

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