This week is incredibly special to all of us at Furkids. It was on October 11, 15 years ago that Samantha Shelton found a mother cat and her three kittens in her back yard. Samantha looked for a no-kill animal shelter to take them in but none had room. She soon found Friends of Animals and started volunteering with them to find homes for the kittens and mom. Just a few months later, Samantha began a foster-based animal rescue organization out of her own home. What started out as a mission to help four homeless animals, quickly became the largest cage-free, no-kill animal shelter in Georgia. Today, Furkids is blessed to have the help of 1,000 active volunteers, 33 employees, and celebrates over 20,000 animals saved. See the Furkids timeline here.
We are incredibly grateful to our founder and leader, Samantha Shelton, for her tireless commitment and her vision that continues to grow Furkids. Our important milestone is about you as much as it is about our humble beginnings. We have...READ MORE >
42 cats and nine dogs are being transported to Furkids Animal Rescue & Shelters after being left in the wake Hurricane Matthew’s destruction. Many shelters in coastal areas in the Southeast have been flooded, both literally and figuratively.
Jamie Stillwachs from Brother Wolf Animal Rescue in Asheville, NC, said that a shelter in Marion County, SC was swept away by the rising river waters. “[It] doesn't look like they even have a shelter to go back to,” said Stillwachs. “All animals, staff and volunteers are holed up in an emergency center at this time.”
Samantha Shelton, Furkids founder and executive director, wants Furkids to be a safety net for the frightened families separated from their animals, the damaged shelters and their animals.
“It’s terrifying for people to be forced to flee from the dangers of a hurricane, and it’s heartbreaking for families to be separated from their animal family members,” Shelton said. “Furkids is opening our arms to...
Furkids has employment opportunities in the Alpharetta area. We have openings for a Dog Shelter Manager and for full-time and part-time kennel technicians at our no-kill dog shelter. Please view the job descriptions below.
Dog Shelter Manager
Our Shelter Managers are key members of our team, responsible for guaranteeing the humane treatment of animals, overseeing facility and equipment maintenance, inventory, budgets and supervising shelter staff. Shelter Managers are also responsible for customer service duties, including all Shelter staff interactions with volunteers, foster and adoption families, and the public at large. Though our Shelter Manager duties are largely administrative, Shelter Managers may be required to directly interact with the animals in the Shelter’s care while assisting other staff or volunteers. The ideal candidate will be passionate about animals, and have prior managerial and/or customer service experience, with animal shelter volunteer or professional...
This past weekend, Furkids participated in Petco’s National Adoption Weekend. We are happy to announce that our final adoption numbers were 96 cats and 19 dogs. We were able to place 115 animals in forever homes. We would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to the Petco Foundation for sponsoring this event. Because of this event, we have room at our shelters to save even MORE lives! Take a look at some of our newest Furkids kitties from Clayton, Cobb, Gordon, Gwinnett and Jasper County Animal Controls:
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My name is Mackenzie. I recently arrived to Furkids and I’m absolutely terrified. I’ve experienced more abuse and trauma than most cats in my two short years on this Earth, but I’ve been strong. Right now, I’m in a lot of pain because a mean human hit me in my eye (the doctors say it is called “blunt force trauma”). I was pregnant, but the attack hurt and stressed me out so badly that it caused me to go into labor early. My kittens weren’t ready! I am very confused and sad because they didn’t survive.
Furkids is doing the best they can to help me. They have been giving me medicine for pain, but they said I will definitely need surgery to remove my eye and antibiotics. I promise I am very sweet, but I’ve been through a lot. I am in desperate need of a foster home and would really love a calm, quiet environment where my body and my heart can heal.
All of my medical care is going to cost at least $400. Please consider making a donation toward my expenses by visiting...