Press Releases

12/4/2023 FURKIDS ANIMAL RESCUE AND SHELTERS HOLDS GRAND OPENING OF NEW CAT SHELTER THIS SATURDAY Fort and Michele Felker Cat Shelter Designed Specifically for Cats and People Like No Other Cat Shelter in Georgia

3/8/2023 Event Center for Social Good Raises Funds for Animal Lifesaving Programs Facility Completes Phase I Fundraising of Furkids Capital Campaign

7/14/2021 Baby Doge Coin Sponsors Furkids Animal Rescue and Shelters

7/8/2021 Off to the Races: Charity-Based Baby Doge Coin Cryptocurrency to Make its Nascar Debut this Saturday, July 10 with Nascars' Brandon Brown | Baby Doge Coin to Present Atlanta-Based Furkids Animal Rescue and Shelters with a New Transport Van to Help Save More Homeless Animals in Need

6/17/2021 Furkids Animal Rescue and Shelters' Annual Sponsor Crescent Mortgage to Host Pet Vaccination & Microchip Clinic on Saturday, June 26

5/10/2021 Newly Named Petco Love Invests in Lifesaving Work of Furkids Animal Rescue & Shelters

10/28/2020 Furkids Animal Rescue and Shelters Launches Pop-Up Pet Boutique

06/12/2020 Furkid’s Foster Volunteer Susan Struble Nationally Recognized by the Petco Foundation and BOBS from Skechers for Saving Pet Lives 

03/19/2020 Atlanta-based Furkids Cancels Largest Fundraiser of the Year, Issues Urgent Appeal for Support and Adjusts Operations During the Coronavirus Pandemic

01/09/20 Furkids Headquarters and Cat Shelter Relocated to New Location in Forsyth County

09/10/19 Furkids to Relocate Doraville Cat Shelter

07/09/19 VCA Animal Hospitals to Support Furkids Animal Rescue & Shelters by Providing Free Healthy Start Exams for Adoptive Pet Parents

06/17/19 Country Star Miranda Lambert Urges Atlanta Fans to Fill the Little Red Wagon to Support Furkids Animal Rescue and Shelter

06/17/19 Furkids Partners with the Petco Foundation to Celebrate Local Foster Volunteers

04/03/19 Petco Foundation Invests in Livesaving Work of Furkids

03/04/19 Atlanta-based Furkids Disrupts Traditional Animal Adoption Process with Unique TransFUR program

05/29/18 New Georgia Interstate TransFUR Coalition

01/05/17 Furkids Video Reaches Millions


04/12/16 Atlanta Animal Shelter Chosen for Jackson Galaxy Foundation’s Cat Pawsitive Program 

11/06/15 Furkids Earns Petco Adoption Champion Award

05/19/13 Atlanta Business Executive Millard Choate Makes Significant Donation to Furkids

11/23/11 Thanksgiving Miracle: Furkids Rescues Doomed Henry County Cats: Not One Cat Left Behind

11/14/11 Furkids Acquires Small Dog Rescue and Humane Society

6/10/11 – Furkids Sponsors Contest for Rescue Cats

5/25/11- Furkids to Celebrate 9th Birthday

4/14/11 – Beck Group Designs, Donates the Nation’s First Live/Work/Play System for Felines

3/08/11 – Ohio State University Students Volunteer at Furkids

12/14/10 – Ohio State Univeristy Students Spending Winter Break in Atlanta, Helping Homeless Animals

12/17/09 – The Civic Project’s Volunteers choose Furkids for Atlanta Visit

2/19/08 – Furkids Opens Surgical Suite in Time for USA Spay Day

3/6/08 – Furkids to Celebrate 6th Birthday

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Furkids: Building to Save More Lives, Tandem Bank
May 26, 2023

Channel 2 presents: Georgia Game Changers, a Family 2 Family special, WSB-TV
August 24, 2022

Organizations: Furkids. Furkids works tirelessly to provide a loving sanctuary for animals, Georgia Trend
March 30, 2022

Adopter Donates Christmas Cookie Challenge Winnings to Furkids, AJC
February 5, 2022

Furkids Receives $45,000 in Donations During Nationwide Betty White Challenge, 11Alive
January 18, 2022

Donations pour in to local animal shelters for the Betty White Challenge, CBS46
January 17, 2022

Social media challenge in honor of the late Betty White is helping a metro Atlanta animal rescue, WSB-TV
January 7, 2022

Metro animal welfare group among many honoring Betty White, WSB Radio
January 4, 2022

Furkids Adoption Event Offering Reduced Fees To Empty The Shelter, Patch
August 17, 2021

Furkids, PetSmart Partner For National Pet Adoption Week, Patch
July 20, 2021

Baby Doge Sheds Over 40% This Week Despite NASCAR Debut and Animal Shelter Donation, Bitcoin News
July 12, 2021

Metro Atlanta animal rescue receives 20k for new van, 11 Alive
July 10, 2021

Two metro Atlanta animal rescues will ‘Empty the Shelters’ for 2021, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 7, 2021

Furkids Hosting 'Empty the Shelter' Adoption Event This Weekend, Patch
May 5, 2021

Pet of the Day with Furkids, Fox 5
April 6, 2021

Pet of the Day with Furkids, Fox 5
February 23, 2021

Pet Microchip Clinic Hosted Saturday By Furkids Animal Rescue, Patch
February 23, 2021

Want to Foster an Animal? Here’s Everything You Need to Know, Be Chewy
February 15, 2021

Furkids hosts monthly pet vaccination and microchipping clinics, Forsyth County News
February 19, 2021

Furkids Pet Boutique to close doors on Feb. 15, Forsyth County News
January 29, 2021

Georgia’s largest animal rescue is giving back to fellow shelters, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 28, 2021

Furkids to host vaccination and microchip clinic, Forsyth Herald
January 16, 2021

Furkids Animal Rescue and Shelters replaces stolen van to use in interstate transport program, Forsyth County News
September 1, 2020

Furkids unveils new van to memorialize a past volunteer, Forsyth County News
August 28, 2020

Yap it up: Halcyon events provide spotlight for local pet rescue, Forsyth County News
July 30, 2020

YouTuber MrBeast films dog adoption story at Furkids Animal Rescue and Shelters, Forsyth County News
July 28, 2020

YouTube Star Creates Dog Adoption Video For Furkids Shelter, Patch
July 27, 2020

Metro Atlanta animal rescue group targeted by thieves for 2nd time within days, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 8, 2020

Thieves get away with no-kill animal shelter's van, CBS 46
July 6, 2020

Furkids Animal Rescue calls for community help after van is reported stolen, Forsyth County News
June 29, 2020

Van stolen from metro Atlanta animal rescue group; fundraiser set up to replace it, WSB-TV
June 28, 2020

Furkids foster parents recognized by Petco as foster hero, Marietta Daily Journal / North Fulton Neighbor
June 16, 2020

Furkids participates in #GivingTuesdayNow while continuing to save hundreds of animal lives, Marietta Daily Journal / North Fulton Neighbor
May 4, 2020

Animal shelters see loss in fundraising, but adoptions and foster care skyrocket, Scripps Media /
April 21, 2020

Animal shelter suffers funding losses over coronavirus woes,
April 14, 2020

Pet Adoptions on the Rise During Coronavirus Outbreak, Fox 5
April 9, 2020

Nonprofits Hit From Every Angle By COVID-19, Georgia Public Broadcasting
March 30, 2020

Furkids Animal Rescue needs your help, Marietta Daily Journal / North Fulton Neighbor
March 19, 2020

Furkids Animal Rescue Consolidates Operations In Cumming, Patch
February 4, 2020

Furkids opens new adoption, resource center in Peachtree CornersGwinnett Daily Post
January 31, 2020

Furkids Animal Rescue And Shelters Expanding To Peachtree Corners, Patch
January 31, 2020

Furkids Urgently Needs Fosters, Adopters Before Moving To Cumming, Patch
December 6, 2019
Furkids is hosting its Home Before the Holidays Event to encourage adoptions before the rescue group moves to its new location in Cumming.

Bank of America Plaza, Furkids Team Up for Dog Adoption Event, Atlanta Journal Constitution 
November 15, 2019
Shorenstein Properties LLC is teaming up with Furkids Atlanta for a special dog adoption event at Bank of America Plaza in Atlanta on Friday November 15th.

Furkids celebrates new headquarters, Fox 5 
November 4, 2019
Furkids shows Good Day Atlanta's Paul Millikin around their new Forsyth headquarters. 

It's National Black Cat Day! CNN
October 27, 2019
Here are five facts to know about our black feline friends

Furkids Rescue takes in cats from Marietta cat rescue, Fox 5 
October 20, 2019 
Animal shelters help after cat rescue closes; Furkids takes in nearly 100 cats.

Here's what Furkids' new Forsyth County headquarters looks like, Forsyth County News
October 19, 2019
Furkids, a nonprofit animal shelter and rescue organization, unveiled its new Forsyth County headquarters Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019.

Furkids finds their fur-ever home in Cumming, 11 Alive 
October 18, 2019 
Animal rescue group hopes to create first of its kind natural sanctuary for animals and people who love them. 

Pet of the Day: Harley & Move to New Headquarters in Cumming Furkids Atlanta, Fox 5 
October 15, 2019

Cobb cat rescue operation is shut down after whistleblower complaint, WSB-TV
October 11, 2019

Furkids Animal Rescue Hosting Open House Oct. 19 In Cumming Patch
October 9, 2019

Non-profit Spotlight: Furkids, Atlanta Magazine
September 30, 2019 
The two-time Give Atlanta Challenge winner has big expansion plans - for animals and kids alike.

Furkids cat shelter moving from Doraville to Cumming area, Atlanta Journal Constitution 
September 16, 2019

Atlanta cat, dog shelter moving headquarters to Cumming, Forsyth County News
September 13, 2019

Furkids Relocating Headquarters, Cat Shelter To Forsyth County, Patch
September 13, 2019 
Furkids Animal Rescue and Shelters is moving its Doraville cat shelter and headquarters to a home of its own at a large campus in Cumming.

Furkids Animal Rescue and Shelters is moving out of Doraville and expanding, Dekalb Neighbor
September 10, 2019 
Furkids Animal Rescue and Shelters is moving their headquarters and is looking for homes for 100 cats before the big move happens.

"Cats" run loose at Atlanta's Fox Theatre, Fox 5
August 7, 2019 
Fox 5 and two of the Cats company members visit the Furkids Cat Shelter to learn more about why Cats has become such an indelible part of pop culture and help some real furry friends find forever homes!

TransFURing love across state lines, Atlanta INtown
August 1, 2019 
Atlanta based Furkids is going the extra mile - actually, lots of extra miles - to help put a dent in Georgia's animal euthanasia rates. 

Atlanta program gives kids chance to practice reading with catsFox 5
July 17, 2019 
Furkids reading program, FurTales, helps children practice their reading while socializing rescue cats.

Petco, Furkids to host Roswell foster event, North Fulton Neighbor
June 18, 2019 
Furkids will be teaming up with the Petco Foundation to recognize local fostering volunteers and host a foster event June 29.

Miranda Lambert coming to Infinite Energy Arena, Supporting Furkids, Gwinnett Daily Post
June 17, 2019 
One donor will be randomly selected to meet the country star. 

Free dog adoptions for National Pet Appreciation Week, Fox 5
June 7, 2019 
Shorenstein Properties LLC hosted a free dog adoption event Friday at the Bank of America Plaza in partnership with Furkids. 

#4 Sam Shelton (Furkids) & Kim Musso (Dogtopia), Halcyon Trailblazer Podcast 
May 30, 2019
On this month’s show, Halcyon shares a light on trailblazers who are making a difference through their dedication to animals.

A family friendly guide to getting the most out of an Atlanta Summer, Atlanta Journal Constitution 
May 21, 2019
What to do with kids in Atlanta this summer, including volunteering at Furkids! 

Furkids helps kittens find new homes, WSB-TV
May 11, 2019
Kitten season is here, and it brought hundreds of cats and kittens with it!

Pet adoptions on the rise during coronavirus outbreak, Fox 5
April 9, 2019 

Local Heroes Come to Animals' Rescue, Peachtree Corners Magazine
April 6, 2019
Two groups that save animal lives. 

Furkids Granted $500,000 From Petco Foundation to Save More Lives, Patch
April 5, 2019
The $500,00 grant will extend efforts to save more animal lives in metro Atlanta and Georgia. 

Join Kaedy in Celebrating Furkids’ 17th Anniversary, 97.1 The River
March 20, 2019
Kaedy talks with Furkids’ founder Sam Shelton about how YOU can help them serve even more animals every year!

Adopt by Jan. 31 to help Furkids win $25,000, Marietta Daily Journal / North Fulton Neighbor
January 23, 2019

Miranda Lambert asking fans to donate to local animal shelter, Atlanta Journal Constitution 
January 17, 2019
One donor will be randomly selected to meet the country music star

How you can help Atlanta: A guide to volunteer opportunities, Atlanta Magazine
January 14, 2019
Throughout metro Atlanta, about 5,000 nonprofits strive to make their communities stronger. Furkids is part of Atlanta Magazine's roundup of local volunteer opportunties.

Furkids CEO Samantha Shelton discusses pet safety during the holidays, WABE
December 6, 2018
From Christmas trees to “people food,” there are a lot of potential holiday hazards for pets and pet owners this time of year.

How Furkids makes a difference in the lives of cats, dogs, and the community, Atlanta Magazine
September 23, 2018
Child volunteers and cross-country deliveries help the 2017 GIVE Atlanta Challenge winner find homes for strays

Pilots volunteer to airlift animals in the path of Hurricane Irma to Furkids, North Fulton Neighbor
September 8, 2017
Private pilots volunteering for Furkids have joined the Hurricane Irma evacuation effort to airlift homeless animals to safety in Atlanta.

Celebrity "Cat Daddy" Jackson Galaxy at Furkids Event this Saturday, Atlanta Journal Constitution 
March 22, 2017
The Animal Planet star will be bringing his signature style to the fun-filled evening at Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

Join Kaedy Kiely from 97.1FM The River at the Furkids 15th Annual Birthday Bash, 97.1 The River
March 22, 2017
Furkids founder and CEO Samantha Shelton's sat down with Kaedy to chat about the upcoming event.

My Local Animal Shelter's Adorable, Low-Budget 'Kitty Kommercial' Rockets to Stardom, AdWeek
January 10, 2017
My local no-kill shelter's low-budget cat ad just went viral.

Viral cat video boosts donations, adoptions for Georgia pet shelter, CNBC
January 9, 2017
Viral cat videos are a dime a dozen, but this one is helping homeless animals get adopted and boosting shelter donations.

Cat shelter employs 'used-cat salesman' for hilarious ad (Video Interview), Sunrise Australia
January 7, 2017
Monique and Andrew meet the woman behind the commercial.

What Were They Thinking?: Selling cats like used cars, Target Marketing
In this episode of "What Were They Thinking?" Melissa's joined by a very special pint-sized guest to discuss the epic success of Furkids Rescue & Shelter's viral "Kitty Kommercial," and what all marketers can learn from it.

Animal Shelter’s Donations Skyrocket After Hilarious Commercial Goes Viral!, David Wolfe
A commercial from Atlanta-based pet shelter Furkids has taken the internet by storm, reportedly prompting a drastic surge in donations.

Animal shelter’s adorable ‘kitty’ commercial is purr-fection, Global News
January 6, 2017
An animal shelter in Atlanta, Georgia is winning the hearts of both cat and dog lovers after their hilarious online cat commercial exploded on the popular content sharing website Reddit.

This Ad Will Make Even Hard-Core Dog People Want to Adopt a Cat, Advertising Age
January 5, 2017
Sometimes you don't need to be an expert to make a great campaign. Contractor Paul Preston's charmingly improvised video riffing off some tried-and-true advertising conventions is working wonders in urging people to adopt homeless animals.

You’ll want to watch this low-budget cat adoption commercial ‘furever’, New York Post
January 5, 2017
Have you ever seen a more purr-fect commercial? Furkids Animal Rescue and Shelters, an organization of no-kill animal rescue centers in Atlanta, Georgia, uploaded a side-splitting commercial to get people to adopt their cats.

Atlanta animal shelter makes the front page of Reddit with viral cat ad, Atlanta Journal Constitution
January 5, 2017
A low (make that no)-budget video shot on the fly to promote Furkids, an Atlanta animal shelter, scored a huge social-media triumph when it made the front page of Reddit today.

This Low-Budget Animal Shelter Commercial Is Equal Parts Hilarious And Endearing, BuzzFeed
January 5, 2017
Furkids Animal And Rescue Center, a no-kill Atlanta-based rescue organization, produced a one-of-a-kind, hilarious commercial for its facilities.

We talk to Paul Preston, the man behind Furkids viral video, A Freak Accident Podcast
January 5, 2017

Animal Shelter’s Hilarious Cat Commercial Is A Low-Budget Masterpiece, The Huffington Post
January 4, 2017
Furkids Animal Rescue and Shelters, an animal rescue organization and group of no-kill shelters headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, has produced a hilarious online commercial that’s absolutely purr-fect. 

Couple drives from Boston to adopt from Alpharetta shelter, Atlanta Journal Constitution
November 27, 2016
After weeks of searching, a couple in Massachusetts found the perfect pet to adopt — in Alpharetta [at Furkids].

Primerica recognizes philanthropic grantees at employee luncheon, Gwinnett Daily Post
October 27, 2016
Duluth-based Primerica recently announced during a luncheon event grantees of The Primerica Foundation, the company’s philanthropic arm that honored five nonprofits selected by Primerica’s employees.

Kids boost skills by reading to cats at Furkids shelters, Atlanta Journal Constitution.
August 26, 2016 
Jack Graham was just a toddler when he started reading to cats. He would visit the cat shelter with his mom and older brother and read their bio cards to them.

Furkids earns Petco adoption champion award, Forsyth Herald
November 18, 2015
On Nov. 6 the Petco Foundation honored Furkids Animal Rescue and Shelters with a national $36,200 grant award.

Furkids rescuing animals in Atlanta, CNN
November 3, 2015
Furkids in metro Atlanta focuses on rescuing animals in need and placing them in loving homes where they will be cherished.

Furkids, Inc. Featured on for People 2 People.
October 21, 2013
Channel 2 visited the Furkids cat shelter to see donations in action and how community giving on 11/13/13, GA Gives Day will help Furkids save more homless animals. 


No-Kill Shelter Facing Overcrowding on CBS Atlanta
July 25, 2012
Dogs and cats are dying every day because there are so many animals up for adoption. Traditionally pet adoptions are down in the summer, but this year animal abandonment is up. That’s proving to be a problem for no-kill shelters Read more and see the video.


Interview with Samantha Shelton on Make a Difference Radio
May 2, 2012
Listen and learn how Samantha has created an organization that has been honored six times with the Best in America Seal of Excellence – cementing Furkids as a premier animal related nonprofit in the Southeast.

Samantha Shelton, Interview on 97.1 The River
May 2, 2012
Kaedy spoke with founder and Executive Director of Furkids, Samantha Shelton about the 10 year anniversary of her Furkids non-profit — a cage-free, no-kill shelter for rescued dogs and cats.

Samantha Shelton, Animal Advocate of the Top Order
February 22, 2012
“As a part of our ‘Greatest Person’ series, we highlight Peachtree Corners resident Samantha Shelton who brings help and hope to cats and dogs through her no-kill cage-free shelters called Furkids.” Read more.


2011 News Roundup: Top 5 Hearwarming Humans
December 30, 2011
“It seems to me like the perfect way to wind up my 2011 News Roundup is to celebrate the people who went miles above and beyond to save cats’ lives and show us the true meaning of compassion and courage.” Read more…see Heartwarming Human #3.

Linus. A Less Adoptable Cat? Or Just Waiting for the Right Home?
September 15, 2011
“As animal rescuers, we never know why some animals get adopted quickly and others are passed over time and time again. These are animals who have no disabilities, are not obvious special needs animals and have no known behavioral issues. Their only ‘special need’ is a forever home. Linus, a beautiful solid white cat with golden eyes at Furkids (cat rescue group in Metro Atlanta and a Best Friends No More Homeless Pets Network partner), certainly didn’t have any of the characteristics of many other ‘less adoptable’ animals.” Read more.

Rescued Decatur cat graces big screen
June 29, 2011
Decatur resident Mary Stacy loves her feline friends – so much so she found a way to include them in her professional life. Her cat, Jack Hollis, has appeared in numerous movies and television shows, including Atlantan Tyler Perry’s “Madea Goes to Jail. ”If it wasn’t for the DeKalb nonprofit Furkids, Stacy would not have found Jack, she said. Furkids, an animal rescue shelter, markets animals for adoption through retailers like Petsmart. The organization offers refuge for abandoned and homeless animals and provides low-cost options for spaying and neutering. Read more.

Treasures Await at FurKids Thrift Store
June 20, 2011
FurKids Thrift Store is a unique, high-end thrift store and is located right in the heart of Peachtree Corners. The store’s proceeds go to help fund the non-profit FurKids, a one-of-a-kind cage-free, no-kill animal shelter that works in conjunction with Petsmart to find homes for kitties and pups no one loves…

“The treasures are there and there’s a lot of great deals to be had,” said FurKids founder, Samantha Shelton. “It is just one more way we’re serving our community, by providing really nice items to people that are affordable and at the same time it’s helping our shelter.” Read More.

Cat Shelter Gets Cat-O-Miniums
June 14, 2011
Furkids, the largest no-kill, cage-free shelter in Georgia with hundreds of cats and volunteers, received a ‘cat-o-miniums’ wall cubby from The Beck Group as a donation to the homeless cat shelter.

“Beck has certainly helped because the cats have fun, little structures to sleep in and navigate through,” said said Samantha Shelton, who started Furkids nine years ago when she found a family of cats in her backyard. Read More.

…more In the News articles

Press & Media Contact:

J. Addams & Partners, Inc.

2964 Hardman Court
Atlanta, Georgia  30305
PHONE: 404 - 231 - 1132
FAX: 404 - 240 - 0418

Jeannine F. Addams 

[email protected]
cell: 404 - 375 - 1801

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cell: 404 - 245 - 2630

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