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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 

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!

 

UPDATE 11/19/14: ***EXCITING NEWS*** Erin FullSizeRenderwas officially adopted into a loving forever home. It took 20 months, but she is now a princess with her very own palace. There is a home for every dog, we just have to find it. Thank you all for taking this journey with us and with Erin. What a happy ending!

Here is her original story:

Erin 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.

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