We're trying to save 61 lives, and we need you!
You might have seen, read, or heard by now that Bartow County Animal Control has had an outbreak of potentially deadly feline panleukopenia - also known as feline distemper or feline parvo. All of the cats in the facility would have to be euthanized unless someone intervened.
A licensed Georgia rescue could quarantine and monitor them, under very specific Department of Agriculture guidelines, for 14 days. This would be a huge undertaking, but Furkids had done this before on a smaller scale, several years ago. Even though it's kitten season and we are absolutely slammed, we decided we absolutely had to step up.
The DOA did a biosecurity inspection of our facility, and approved the plan; so our team went to Bartow County today to bring back what we thought would be 30 cats. Then, we were told 37 cats. When we arrived, the number had grown - to 61!
(Quick note of clarification - they will not all be Furkids. Most were pending to go to...READ MORE >
Strap on that helmet, and pull your seat belt tight, y'all...we're about to take you on a wild ride!
A couple of weeks ago, we were alerted to an organization called atlanticbreeders.com by a reader. Their street address is identical to ours, except it doesn't have a suite number. The poster wondered if this was a scam; and we wondered if our landlord had rented space to a dog breeder. We did a little investigating.
More questions came in over the next few days - we were puzzled, and distressed that anyone would think Furkids had an an affiliation with a breeder. After all, one of our missions is to convince people to "Adopt, Don't Shop"!
Then, last Saturday, we got a plea from someone who was supposed to pay a "deposit" on a pup by close of the day. He was frantic for information on this organization that, he thought, shared our physical space.
We dug deep. Turns out, the Atlantic Breeders phone number - which appears to be local to Atlanta - is actually a spoofed number in...
You already know that when you donate to Furkids, you're supporting a great cause. But now, it's official! On May 1, Furkids was awarded a coveted FOUR STAR rating with Charity Navigator for sound fiscal management and a proven commitment to accountability and transparency.
Four Stars are only awarded to organizations recognized as "Exceptional". This designation indicates that Furkids "Exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in its Cause." Samantha Shelton, President & CEO of Furkids stated, “We are honored to be given this important distinction. This is a recognition of our hard work in the pursuit to make our organization both efficient and transparent as donors become increasingly concerned with how well their dollars are allocated.”
The highest possible rating by Charity Navigator illustrates our commitment to good governance and highlights how we pursue our mission in a fiscally responsible way. Only one-quarter of evaluated charities receive this...
On April 22nd, we hosted our very first "Accentuate the PAWSitive" PAWty to spotlight our fabulous felines who happen to test positive for FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus). Long misunderstood, these beautiful, friendly, and highly-adoptable cats are sometimes viewed as a threat to non-FIV kitties, although the virus is transmitted only through deep bite wounds (the type delivered by un-altered territorial toms), and from mom to baby. They have even been euthanized, because they were deemed "sick". FIV cats do have an elevated risk for very treatable conditions like upper respiratory infections, but these are easily detected and resolved. The fact is, with normal veterinary care, the life expectancy of an FIV+ cat is no different than the lifespan of an FIV- cat.
Furkids knows the facts, and we wanted to spread the good word. So we threw a PAWty! And we had SO. MUCH. FUN. The FIV Suite was abuzz all day, and the kitties had Special Guests - adorable Abby Tabby, and the...READ MORE >
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*Out of respect for our friends, family, and followers, we are going to tell Samurai's story with words rather than pictures. The photos are difficult for even rescue professionals to stomach, so we are not sharing them here.*
Samurai came to the attention of Furkids a while ago, when one of our previous kennel techs heard his tale. He was cowering in a drainage ditch at an apartment complex in Flowery Branch, and he was badly injured.
It took about a week for a group of volunteers to finally capture him, and he went straight into emergency care. He had huge, angry burns all over his belly - we don't know how long he had been in this condition, but we know it had to be terribly painful.
Clearly, this little guy was a fighter, so 'Samurai' seemed a fitting name. He endured his initial medical treatment - more pain - and a week later, found himself in foster with a loving and experienced medical foster family; where he is slowly learning to trust humans again.