Blogs from January 2016
Last month, we shared the names of the wonderful groups that visited Furkids in 2015. To start 2016, we celebrated Martin Luther King Day and Weekend with four amazing groups of students: The Atlanta Girls School, The Paideia School, Georgia Tech and Emory University. The students honored Dr. King’s memory by building multi-level cat towers, cat cubbies, cleaning rooms and socializing with cats. There was a lot of hammering, drilling, cutting, sweeping and wiping going on! To find out more, and to help fund more kurunda beds for the cats and dogs, click here…http://smile.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/ref=nav_wishlist_btn
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“It matters to this one, she deserves a chance to grow.
It matters to this one, I can’t save them all I know.
It matters to this one, to be what she can be.
It matters to this one, and so it matters to me.”
Furkids provides food, medical care, and ensures the animals are marketed for adoption though our website, adoption team, Petsmart and Petco stores.
Who needs a foster home?
- Moms with babies, to allow the babies to grow and develop. Many times a spare bathroom for a mother and her babies is all that is needed.
- The animal is a senior citizen and in his or her golden years. Senior animals are very hard to place in adoptive homes, but it is a joy to share in their lives.
- Special needs animals may need medication, rest from a surgery or procedure, or may have physical disabilities.
- Puppies and kittens, which may be orphans, and need a safe place to grow.
To apply to foster, click furkids/org/volunteer, or to donate toward kitten and puppy milk and...READ MORE >
His story generates interest to this day.
It was a stormy afternoon last summer, and we were in the midst of a terrible downpour. Our Open House was in full-swing. Lightning flashed, thunder crashed, and the front door flew open. A man struggled through with an upside-down laundry basket, duct-taped to a plastic lid. Through the slats of the basket, we could see an old tabby cat.
The man explained that his neighbor had suddenly passed away, and he wanted to get the cat to safety.
Furkids knew this old guy would not fare well at animal control, and his chances of being accepted into another rescue were slim to none. We were all in tears - for the cat, and for the kind man who wanted to do the right thing in his neighbor’s memory.
As we examined Thunder, we could tell he was very confused about what was happening to him. When we inspected his mouth, a terrible odor and swollen gums told us that he would need extensive dental surgery, which was scheduled quickly.
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If your New Years’ Resolution is to exercise (or even if it’s not), don’t forget to include your dog. Pet obesity is a huge problem in the U.S., and walking your dog is a great way to bond with your dog, socialize him to other pets and for both of you to get some exercise.
Walking is natural for dogs – they are pack animals, and like to have things to do and see! Taking a walk gives dogs stimulation – mental, physical and visual (and don’t forget the wonderful smells)! And, under the proper guidance, they can learn what is good (trees, grass) and bad (chasing cars, excessive barking).
The Furkids Dog Shelter, Sadie’s Place, LOVES to have volunteers help with dog walking. The dogs enjoy the variety, and it is a great help to the staff as well. To become a dog walker/volunteer, click here: https://furkids.org/volunteer/volunteer-application, and we will schedule a brief training session for you. After that, you are welcome to visit any day of the week, from 7 am to...READ MORE >
I am an Animal Rescuer.
My work is never done.
My wallet is always empty,
but my heart is always full.
Craig, an animal rescuer from Los Angeles, was making plans to return home from Atlanta, when he came upon a small, pitiful cat in a Wal-Mart parking lot.
As Craig approached the little cat, she meowed pitifully. When he picked her up, he could feel how ragged her breathing was, and how little she weighed. Without a thought to his plans for the day, his pending flight home, and what he would do with the little cat, he gently placed her in his car.
His next thought was, “What do I do now?” Being in animal rescue, he knew a sick little cat would not fare well in animal control. So, he called Furkids for help.
When our staff examined the little cat, now named Tori, it was thought that she had asthma or an infection, and she was taken to the emergency room for care.
The initial report from the ER was that Tori might have a lung infection, lung worms, or a congenital...