As we look into the sweet, sometimes-bedraggled faces of 120 rescued cats and dogs from coastal Georgia, we can't stop crying tears of gratitude and saying thank you to our Irma heroes! What amazing acts of kindness and determination you showed.
The miracles happened by the truckload and planeload, here in Atlanta. Today, we have 120 animal souls saved from almost certain death. On the coast, their caregivers loved them enough to get them to rescue - even setting aside their own evacuation plans to help. In the air and on the ground, our volunteers and staff kept the evacuations coming. In Atlanta, our heroic staff and volunteers worked to exhaustion to take in and care for helpless animals. You are all heroes!
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Two volunteer drivers in a rented van and three volunteer pilots in their own planes transported 120 dogs and cats to Furkids Animal Rescue and Shelters from animal control shelters in six Irma danger zones in Georgia. Animals who had no...READ MORE >
Friends, we need your help! Animal control operations in the danger zone have been flooded with cats and dogs whose owners had to escape ahead of Hurricane Irma. Furkids already has taken in more than 20 dogs abandoned in south Georgia. Tomorrow, we open our doors to about 50 cats and dogs from shelters in Effingham and Long Counties. People can run, but there's little chance for helpless animals to escape. They're terrified and in terrible danger! Last Fall, Furkids rescued 100+ animals from Hurricane Matthew, and we want to help again.
HERE'S WHAT YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW
Adopt a Furkid this weekend, September 9 and 10, during PetCo's National Adoption Weekend. When you adopt, you make room for Irma's furry refugees and Furkids gets credit from PETCO to help more animals. Find us this weekend at PETCO locations in Alpharetta, Crabapple, Holcomb Bridge Road, Sandy Springs, Smyrna. We've dropped our adoption fees for this weekend as an incentive. Our shelters are also open for...
Yes, you read that right: sixty-one, including Cosette. This is a story about chance, empathy, compassion, survival, and ultimately, this is a story about you.
Summer is always a busy time at Furkids, as the shelter population swells with spring and summer litters and are compounded by owner surrenders during vacation travel season, but this summer made headlines.
In June, the entire feline population at Bartow County Animal Control was accidentally exposed to feline distemper. Potentially deadly and incredibly virulent, this diagnosis meant that every cat in the facility would require weeks of careful quarantine and medical care that was beyond the county facility’s budget. Sixty-five cats were scheduled for euthanasia.
When Bartow County officials contacted Furkids for help, a rescue operation was launched and the cats were transferred and safely quarantined at Furkids’ cat shelter in Doraville. For weeks, they’ve received all the love, care, nutrition, medicines, vetting...READ MORE >
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...