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You can help a kitten reach her first birthday

Mel Gordon

After Pee Wee’s matching gift, another amazing donor stepped up to the challenge to help us save a special kitten – Mel. 

Donations made for little Mel will be matched up to $3,000!

This week, our friends at animal control rescued a tiny, three-month old kitten who was lying on the shoulder of a busy highway. The tabby, so small and dirty, was barely visible against the grey asphalt, but it was her struggling movements that caught the sight of an alert Animal Control officer. The little cat was trying to walk, but she could only manage to crawl by pulling with her front paws and dragging her rear legs.  She may have been hit by a car or thrown from the window of a moving car, but in any case, she was injured, in trouble, and in pain.  Someone had left her to die, and she wouldn’t survive long in the cruel environment of the highway.  Still, the tiny creature showed a lot of spirit with her desperate attempts to crawl, and she caught the heart of her rescuer.

Animal control picked her up, named her Mel, and called Furkids to help save her life. Furkids rushed the kitten to the an animal hospital, where they have been keeping her stable and helping her recover while they develop a plan of action for her injuries.

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Today, the little kitten is eating and able to stand up, but she can not walk due to her injuries. Right now she is too weak to receive the surgery needed to help her walk on all fours.  Our focus right now is getting her comfortable and strong enough to endure surgery. 

The great news is we have a donor who will match your donations, up to $3,000, if you donate before year end.  It doesn’t matter what amount you donate. It matters only that you donate something.  When you do, your donation will be doubled.  But that’s only if you donate during the next several days.

Know that your action this holiday season will start Mel on her journey to grow up to be a happy, healthy adult cat. Thank you for helping Furkids.

P.S. Pee Wee, our emergency dog last week, is doing well thanks to generous donors and support. He is on the mend and actually heading to foster care today for recovery.

 

You Can Help Pee Wee Live to See 2015 with a Matching Gift

Meet little Pee Wee, named because he weighs just five pounds. 

Pee Wee is a brave soul who was abandoned by his owner and left alone in Dekalb.  The small dog struggled to find his way home — lost, hungry, cold and confused – when a car hit him and broke his back.  He was thrown to the side of the road, unable to move, until a concerned passerby called Animal Control to pick him up and end his suffering by putting him to death.  But the team at the county wasn’t ready to give up on this little dog who couldn’t walk but showed a huge heart and loving spirit.  They called Furkids last week, hoping we would save his life, and we took him in immediately. We couldn’t resist Pee Wee’s beautiful face and determined eyes, and we had to give him a chance at life. 

Furkids will help Pee Wee live to see 2015.  However, it will take us more than $2,000 in veterinary care to help this brave little poodle mix to walk again. 

The good news is that we have a wonderful donor who will match every dollar you donate to help Pee Wee, if we raise $2,000. Please join us in helping this little dog live to see the New Year and beyond.  He will never find his original home, but Furkids will make sure he is healthy, safe and happy until he finds a forever Furkids home. 

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Please help us earn the matching grant so we can go on to save another helpless cat or dog from death. And hurry — we only have a until Monday Dec. 15 to earn the matching grant!

Thank you for your heart and compassion for helpless, homeless animals. Together we have saved over 2,000 animals this year!

154 Cats and Dogs Received a Treat this October

Furkids placed 154 cats and dogs in loving homes during October 2014. 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 EVERY SATURDAY for visitors!

As of Oct. 31 we have rescued 2,059 animals in 2014. 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 October Adoptions Facebook Album
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  Cat and Kitten Adoptions (103): 14074 Trini, 14092 Homeward Bound, 14117 Bentley, 14118 Beemer, 14180 Dewey, 14181 Zoinks, 14211 Adrian, 14251 Aiden, 14318 Cricket, 14322 Sprinkles, 14336 Mary Kay, 14423 Peppy, 14487 Sheldon, 14491 Tony, 14524 Mazie, 14527 Kitty Kisses, 14534 Betty Davis, 14610 Jed, 14611 Ellie Mae, 14620 Megan, 14651 Marti, 14674 Winnie, 14705 Baby Hope Treasure, 14734 Ivanna, 14754 Breen, 14763 Munro, 14764 Arturo, 14767 REEMIS, 14793 Tweety, 14801 Venus, 14809 Diana, 14822 Amelia, 14825 Keira, 14826 Orin, 14844 Keeper, 14892 Lila, 14893 Korbin, 14932 Robinson, 14933 Crusoe, 14944 Orlando, 14945 Kissimmee, 14980 Quinn, 14981 Rizo, 14994 Jaye, 141001 Adam Chandler, 141002 Nick Davis, 141012 Feisty, 141013 Effie, 141023 Sandra Dee, 141024 Danny Zuko, 141026 Flapjack, 141027 Waffle 141028 Strudel, 141029 Poptart, 141030 French Toast, 141049 Capitol, 141050 Monument, 141069 Lawson, 141070 Tenley, 141079 Ethan Hawk, 141116 Baby Ruth, 141118 Milky Way, 141131 Clara, 141141 Karry (Mom), 141145 Tangerine, 141158 Bo, 141165 Dusty, 141191 Babe, 141223 Aja, 141230 Chynna, 141246 Blue Moon, 141300 Nike, 141304 Florencio, 141315 Sundance aka Shane, 141319 Happy Feet, 141328 Clover, 141331 Avery, 141352 Sullivan, 141402 Harrison, 141414 Lancaster, 141419 Tortilla, 141427 Diver, 141521 Honey Bear, 141563 Alston
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Dog Adoptions (51): Corey, Estee Lauder, Handsome Dan, Lexi, Stabler, Cute Bug’s Ear, Hope, John Denver, Linda Ronstadt, Blue Moon,  Joan Baez, Lenox Park, Willie Nelson, Anderson Valley, Chloe LienenKugel, Deebo Schlitz, Lime-A-Rita, Abby Scinto, Tammy Wynette, Isles (pictured left), Tish Van Der Wahl, Rizzoli, Sam Hanna, Peggy Sue, Penelope Garcia, Rocko, Maura Muffin, Christine Cagney, Jennifer Jareau, Wally, Comet, Ginger Guilia, Mary Beth Lacey, Maverick, Thunderbird, Foxy Fiero, Edsel, Rocko (#2), Escalade, Kia, Nash, Tater Tacoma, Lamborghini, Tesla, Matthew Crawley, Becket; Brenda Lee Johnson, Tommy Saturn, Sonata, Porsche, Impala

 

Hartsfield the Airport Kitty Lands at Furkids

hartsfield1Hartsfield was dumped by his previous owners, left to fend for himself by the airport with scary planes and noises all day every day. His condition was the worst we have seen in a very long time. Once we were able to calm him down and rescue the poor fellow, he had to be sedated to shave his fur and mats just to run bloodwork. Hartsfieldis at least 10 years old, has a mouth tumor and no teeth. Upon rescue he weighed only six pounds! He had been living out on his own for a long time surviving the elements. Hartsfield really wanted to speak to you and tell you his story and struggle: 

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Hello to my friends and legions of fans. I can hardly believe my good fortune – before I met you, the onlylegions I had were fleas. My mouth hurt. Even when I found food, I couldn’t eat it. People chased me, and I thought all humans were mean. I was able to survive, barely, for years at the airport. The dumpsters has amazing cuisine when it was available. Recently, I found myself in a TRAP, and I knew it was all over. The humans shaved me. They stuck needles in me. Poked me all over. I resigned myself to more torture…

But something weird happened. People talked softly to me. They stroked my sore body. They gave me magic pills that made me feel better, and one day I woke up FREE! Free of all those painful teeth! I could eat again!

photo 1-3Hartsfield is now recovering and resting in a wonderful foster home. She had this to say about him, “Hartsfield is skinny and scared times three.  He acts like an animal who is expecting the worst from any encounter with people.  He is eating like a starving kitten (which makes me very happy).  He drools constantly (because of the mouth surgery) and sleeps most of the day.  However, when I am with him, petting him and scratching his chin, he has the biggest purr ever.  This guy has a long way to go and I will be with him on his journey.  This is an amazing cat!”

Your support allows us to save Hartsfield and 2,000 other cats and dogs like him each year. We run solely on in-kind donations. Any and every dollar helps. Make a donation today.

- Nancy Pihera and Lauren Frost  

 

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Senior Pets Seek Retirement Homes for the Holidays…

chloe November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month. At Furkids, we don’t shy away from senior cats and dogs, we embrace them. We often take in animals that have been abandoned or surrendered by their owners after more than a decade in there care. While we don’t comprehend how someone could let go of their beloved family member, we are happy and willing to give them the care they deserve in their golden years. Or sometimes an animal waits years to be adopted and becomes a senior while in our care. Pictured left is Chloe, she is 15 years old and has been waiting with us since 2006 to find a family. Will this be the Thanksgiving she goes home?

tinkerbellCurrently Furkids cares for more than 200 senior pets (over the age of 8). Some of these animals are in foster care. They will get to enjoy Thanksgiving with their foster families and know the comforts and spoils of being loved as they wait for their forever family to come along. However, more than 100 pets, mainly kitties, are waiting in our shelters RIGHT NOW. They will be fed and housed on Thanksgiving day, but they won’t be part of a family. One of those dogs is Tinkerbell, pictured right. She is an 8 year old Bassett hound with a heart of gold.

They need us to pull together and help find them families to love and cherish them. Here are three ways you can help and it will not cost you a single dollar.

1. Become a Champion: Visit our website www.furkids.org and pick a senior cat or dog to champion. Be their voice. Share them on Facebook and Twitter. Make special flyers for them. Come meet them in person! By becoming “their person” you give them hundreds more opportunities to be seen by their forever family.

2. Foster a Senior Pet: Fostering for Furkids is simple. Fill out an application and a volunteer will come do a home check. Once that is complete you can come pick out a foster pet that works for your home. We provide the medical care, food and additional needed supplies. All you provide is the love and home. What a lovely gift to give a senior pet this holiday season. Learn more and apply to become a foster parent here.

3. Adopt a Senior Pet: If you have the space and love in your heart to adopt a senior cat or dog they will be forever grateful. During the entire month of November senior pets adoption fees are waived. That means you can bring home a fully vetted and healthy cat or dog for $0.

An 8 year old pet could have 8 more wonderful years left. We often here people say, “I can’t adopt a senior pet. It will be too hard when they pass.” Imagine how the seniors feel when people continue to pass by them and overlook them. Senior pets are past chewing and destructive phases, typically enjoy lounging around and being spoiled and don’t require as much activity as a younger pet. Browse and apply to adopt a senior today. You will not regret it.

Denny Dos Equis – The Most Interesting Dog in the World

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November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month at Furkids! Denny’s adoption fee is waived during November, so act fast and apply today! 

Animal control had taken Denny Dos Equis in for questioning just because they found him so interesting. From there Furkids jumped at the chance to take Denny into its program. We think Denny Dos Equis may be “The Most Interesting Dog in the World”! In fact, Denny Dos Equis is a whopping 8 lbs. of interesting!

His foster mom reports that when taking him for walks uphill and in the snow she carries him and then thanks him for the opportunity. When he has “accidents” indoors she apologizes to him.

He is outgoing and playful yet can turn suddenly fearful. His Achilles heel must be located near his neck because he becomes concerned if you reach for his collar.

We find Denny Dos Equis absolutely fascinating and are looking for an outstanding home with calm, interesting (!) individuals who can calm his fears and patiently finish up with his housebreaking.

Are you ready to say: I don’t always adopt Chihuahuas, but when I do I definitely prefer a Denny Dos Equis! 

Denny’s foster home has a unique job. She works for HLN, so Denny Dos Equis went behind the scenes at BarkWorld Expo a few weeks ago to see what all the fuss was about. Check it out! 

Georgia Gives Day is Coming…

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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 

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