Ignore Whatever You Are Doing – Newborn Puppies!

As we all know too well, sometimes things don’t go according to plan. In fact, sometimes the plan gets dropped out of a 30-story building and crushed by a bus as rain pours down.

Some days our spay/neuter clinic has an emergency, or a pet is returned a decade after adoption. Our Go Fix Georgia program gets a call about an injured dog in a rural shelter or a concerned citizen finds a mom cat with babies and doesn’t know what to do. In the end, we rack our collective brains together and figure out how to help the person or pet in need. After all, if we don’t – who will? We need your $25 gift today to help us continue these critical efforts. Give a gift now. 

SadieToday we want to share a story with you. A beagle named Sadie arrived for surgery at our spay/neuter clinic. It was business as usual, or so we thought.

Our veterinary team examined Sadie for surgery, and surprisingly she was not obese, as the owner thought. She was in fact pregnant and about to go into labor! The owner was unaware of the dog’s “situation” and would be unable to care for the family-to-be.

Luckily a wonderful foster parent was up for the challenge of birthing and caring for the new family. Foster homes truly save lives.

Newborn puppiesSadie’s owner agreed to allow Planned PEThood to care for Sadie and her babies for the next few months while they grow. After the babies are healthy and mom is spayed, Sadie will return to her forever family with one heck of a story to share. And Planned Pethood will find forever homes for Sadie’s puppies after they are spayed and neutered.

Sadie’s story is the perfect example of how your acts of kindness save lives. Please, make a gift now to help Sadie and animals like her.

Less than 24 hours after entering foster care, Sadie went into labor and gave birth to four healthy puppies, but the story doesn’t end there. Plot twist…

A few days later another dog entered our clinic pregnant. The owner was also unaware of their dog’s “situation,” and she needed an immediate surgery to save the babies. In a moment’s notice, our team prepared for a C-Section. It is in these moments that our team members truly shine. The room gets quiet as everyone focuses on the task at hand – SAVING LIVES.

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Newborn puppies Planned Pethood staff with puppies
The three puppies survived the C-Section, but unfortunately mom was unable to nurse them. While we could have found foster homes to bottle feed the puppies every 2-3 hours, a nursing mommy dog would be best for their health. Well, it just so happened that Sadie was nursing her four puppies, so we gave it a try. Sadie met the three new pups and took them in as her own immediately. Now Sadie and her seven puppies are alive and thriving in a foster home! You can even follow their foster mom on Instagram @cat_ladee (yes we see the irony!)

  I wanted to share this story with you, because it paints a picture of how our staff members and foster parents work together to save lives daily. There is one important person we haven’t mentioned yet, and that is you!

Each one of our programs and services rely on you to support them, nurture them, and help them grow. Our team is a garden filled with different vital vegetables and fruits, but we need the sun to keep us alive. You are our sun. No matter how cloudy the day, we know you are there for us and will provide for us when we need you. Thank you for being there for us during storms and sunshine. We could never save these precious lives without you!

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Superhuman Spotlight – Dr. Christina Simpson

Our 2021 campaign encouraged people to become a “Rescue Superhero.” When running our year-end numbers we discovered impressive numbers about our veterinarian, Dr. Christina Simpson, almost superhuman numbers. Here are just SOME of the things she accomplished in 2021:

  • 5,023 spay/neuter surgeries
  • 2,111 exams at vaccine clinics, outreach events, and our new Wellness Clinic
  • 27 special surgeries such as amputations and eye removals
  • Fostered multiple pets and SO much more! 

Dr. Simpson is such a blessing to the animals we serve. Please join us in thanking her for her superhuman efforts to help the animals of Georgia!

If you want to send her a thank you note, please comment below! She would love to hear from you.

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Petco Love Gifts Community with Free Pet Vaccines

As Part of Petco Love’s Initiative to Provide 1 Million Free Pet Vaccines, Planned PEThood of GA Will Distribute Free Pet Vaccines to all patients through the end of February. This includes patients here for surgery, vaccine clinics, or our new Wellness Clinic.

 

1 million free pet vaccinesThe free vaccines are made possible through Petco Love’s new national vaccination initiative, which is providing 1 million free pet vaccines to its existing animal welfare partners, including Planned PEThood of GA for family pets in need.

Parvovirus and distemper in dogs, and panleukopenia in cats, are some of the most prevalent deadly diseases impacting pets that are preventable with a simple vaccine. An estimated 30% of pet parents do not take their pet to a veterinarian annually for preventative care. To address this critical need, we are partnering with Petco Love to make pet vaccines free and accessible in an effort to ensure the health and wellness of our beloved pets.

Planned PEThood of GA aims to vaccinate 3,000 pets through this effort. In addition to offering it for free to animals visiting their Duluth clinic, they are hosting a free community outreach event in Habersham County on February 26th to aid a heavily underserved area.

“Thanks to Petco Love, we can offer these important vaccines at no cost to pet owners,” said Lauren Frost, Development Coordinator. “We urge community members to take advantage of this free resource and ensure the health and wellness of our community’s pets.”

Vaccines distributed through the Petco Love initiative will be the DAPPv Canine and HCP Feline vaccines and do require a veterinarian exam ($15-$25) or surgery at the time of vaccination.

“It is heartbreaking when any pet suffers or dies from a disease that could have been prevented. It is further exacerbated when unvaccinated pets come into busy shelter kennels, where these deadly diseases can spread quickly, resulting in multiple deaths, skyrocketing expenses, and hindering saving pet lives,” said Susanne Kogut, Petco Love President. “By creating greater awareness and making this crucial preventative care more accessible to pets not currently receiving these lifesaving vaccines, we can prevent the dangerous spread of disease.”

To learn more about Petco Love’s lifesaving impact, visit PetcoLove.org.

A little more about Petco Love:

Petco Love is a nonprofit changing lives by making communities and pet families closer, stronger, and healthier. Since our founding in 1999 as the Petco Foundation, we’ve empowered animal welfare organizations by investing $300 million in adoption and other lifesaving efforts. We’ve helped find loving homes for more than 6.5 million pets in partnership with Petco and organizations nationwide. Today, our love for pets drives us to lead with innovation, creating tools animal lovers need to reunite lost pets, and lead with passion, inspiring and mobilizing communities and our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners to drive lifesaving change alongside us. Is love calling you? Visit petcolove.org or follow at Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn to be part of the lifesaving work we’re leading every day.

 

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Maybe she’s born with it. Maybe it’s Maybelline.

Meet Maybelline and Dior! Their tale from rescue to adoption will warm your heart. While filling in at the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter a few months ago, Dr. Simpson met a tiny pair of kittens. They were only 0.5 lbs!!!

Immediately she developed a special connection to the pair, and felt a strong need to help Maybelline and her kitty sister, Dior. Maybelline was born with Cerebellar Hypoplasia and developed seizures before she was 4 months old. If that wasn’t enough, she was also born with weak eyes and her lens popped out of place after one of her seizure episodes. Without surgery to remove the lens, Maybelline would eventually have painful eyes and go completely blind. While Dior is not a special needs kitten, she has been a seeing eye cat for Maybelline since kittenhood. The two truly complete each other.        

Maybelline (left) and Dior (right)

Dr. Sigmund and Maybelline after surgery

Maybelline was given her fabulous name because the catchy jingle, “Maybe she’s born with it. Maybe it’s Maybelline,”  rang in Dr. Simpson’s head during her examination at the shelter. Maybelline had eye issues that would eventually cause her pain and loss of vision if not corrected. The lens on both eyes needs to be removed by a specialist. Unfortunately, she had a seizure disorder that needed to be managed carefully or she could not only lose her vision. She could lose her life. The Gwinnett County Shelter was not a place for such a fragile and special needs animal, so Dr. Simpson took the pair home as a foster project. 

It took a few months of medication trials, but her seizures are now under control thanks to the medical team at Planned PEThood of GA. In early 2022 Maybelline finally got her eye surgery, and both lens were removed successfully. We want to send a big THANK YOU to Dr. Sigmund, ophthalmologist at Blue Pearl, and to our donors who have made it possible to save Maybelline’s vision. Maybelline and Dior have a bright future ahead of them! 

Today, Maybelline is in her foster home recovering with her sister by her side, and it appears that her outlook is good. You may be wondering how Dr. Simpson will be able to give the pair up after the strong bond they shared… 

Well… she won’t have to find out. The Simpson family decided to add this precious sister pair to their family. She will now be their rescuer, veterinarian, and MOM! Happy life girls. You struck gold!

 

 

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Our Newest… Frog?

The world of animal rescue is often filled with surprises. We can honestly say this rescue was a first.

When our newest van (Vincent Van Go) arrived from transport yesterday, we had no idea there was an extra critter that wanted a new home. This little tree frog hopped into our van and had a sleepover.

He was discovered when a team member took the van out this morning. Unfortunately, he was injured. Some pet fur had wrapped around one of his tiny legs, and he needed a little help. Good thing he was at Planned PEThood of GA. We don’t normally work with frogs, but we love all creatures around here and wanted to help the poor thing. 

Interestingly, one of our relief veterinarians, Dr. Farrar, happens to be somewhat of a frog enthusiast, and she knew exactly what what kind of unique tree frog he was and how to help. The affectionately named Gimpy Van Go had the fur delicately removed from his leg and was given some treatment to help him heal. Dr. Farrar even decided to bring the little guy home! How about that? Happy life Gimpy Van Go! 

The Go Fix Georgia program can now add frog rescue to a long list of accomplishments. This program assists rural counties and communities with access to free or low-cost vaccines and spay/neuter services. Currently the program works closely with Newton, Habersham, and Athens-Clarke Counties to serve their animal control facilities and communities. 

 

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6 Ways to Shop Guilt Free and Save Animals


Get ready to SHOP TILL YOU DROP!

The holidays are approaching and there are sales and gift guides everywhere you turn! Put your dollars to good use and make purchases that benefit cats and dogs throughout Georgia. We have a variety of ways you can shop and benefit animals, check them out!

Lynch Creek Farm

Decorate your home or find unique gifts. Wreaths, centerpieces, garland, décor, and table top trees are all available with free ground shipping. Order through our link and 15% of your sale will be donated. Shop Lynch Creek Farm 

Shop on Amazon

We know you do it already. The boxes are probably at your front door right now, we won’t judge! Just make sure your Amazon Smile is enabled within your app and a portion of your sales will be donated to Planned PEThood of GA.

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Fun Pasta

Starting at only $8, these themed pasta gifts make a unique gift for friends, family, and co-workers. Show you care by purchasing fun pasta in one of their interests. Pasta options include bicycles, dog lovers, cat lovers, UGA, pirate, princess, macaroni and cheese, soup gift sets, and more!

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PEThood LIVE on Facebook – Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. 

In early 2020, PEThood Live was started to help bring in needed funds from the safety of your home. This live show featuring brand new items at fantastic prices benefits our life-saving programs. Think of it like a QVC show with your friends to help animals. WIN-WIN! All of the items shown will be available on the show on Thursday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. 

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Grocery Shop

You can donate to Planned PEThood every time you buy groceries at Kroger! Just designate Planned PEThood as your Kroger Community Rewards Charity, and each time you swipe your card Planned PEThood will receive a donation.

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Shop at the PEThood Thrift Store

You would be shocked at the amount of brand new items that are donated to our thrift store. (Probably holiday gifts from last year!) Swing by our store and see what new and unique gems you can find. Our pet section is FILLED with brand new pet items, so check with us before heading to the pet store to stuff fido or fluffy’s stocking. Plus, we have an Ebay page with a few special items you can purchase and have shipped.

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Tiny Kitten Rescued from Storm Drain

Become a Superhero to animals like Pika right now. Make a gift to ensure cats and dogs are saved from danger and homelessness in 2022.

Become a Rescue Superhero Today!

 

 

 

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61 Cats Trapped for Feral Cat Day 2021

Today is National Feral Cat Day. In celebration, Planned PEThood of GA held a mega trapping event in Gwinnett County last week. In one morning, 12 volunteers trapped 61 cats and kittens thanks to a grant from Petco Love. These cats were at five locations in Norcross and Lilburn overrun with feral cats, imagine how many more are out there! 

Feral cat day is a day to celebrate cats of all stripes, no matter where they call home. Feral cats have been stigmatized the world over, but thanks to this holiday, we can change how we see these lovable nomads. While these cats may not want to be pets, they still deserve food, shelter, and basic medical care. 

This mega trapping event was able to ensure the 61 cats and kittens were vaccinated for rabies, ensuring the safety of the community, and spayed/neutered, preventing hundreds of births. After recovery from surgery, the cats were returned to their ‘homes’ to live out their lives with caregivers. 

Planned PEThood of GA offers a variety of ways to help community cats such as humane trap loans and low-cost spay/neuter options

We hope you will join us in celebrating community cats in your neighborhood today! 

You can make a difference in the lives of cats like these right now.

Make a gift to help feral cats in your area right now!

$5 = Rabies Shot

$10 – Flea medication

$15 = Pain medication

$50 = covers surgery and care for one feral cat

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Empty the Shelters Event 2021

40 cats and kittens are in their forever homes this week thanks to Cathy Bissell and the Bissell Pet Foundation. Their quarterly “Empty the Shelters” effort helped sponsor reduced adoption fees for $25 or less at 180 shelters and rescues in 35 states, included Planned PEThood of GA. 

The “Empty the Shelters” event began in 2016 as an effort to encourage more families to adopt a pet into their home. Since its inception, BISSELL Pet Foundation has expanded its “Empty the Shelters” reach to organizations in 45 states and Canada, partnering with a total of 414 shelters. The goal for the fall 2021 event for Planned PEthood of GA was to find forever homes for 35 cats/kittens and we surpassed that number with 40 adoptions!  

“Shelters are in dire need of support in the wake of natural disasters and overcrowding due to obstacles such as increased length of stay and slowed adoptions for mid-to-large sized dogs,” said Cathy Bissell, Founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation. “Our fall ‘Empty the Shelters’ will support the adoption of thousands of pets across the country, helping shelters in this time of crisis. Opening your home to a shelter pet will save a life and create space to give another pet a chance.”

Below is a list of the adopted cats/kittens and pictures of many of the adopted animals! We still have dozens of cats and kittens in need of homes. View adoptable cats here. 

Congratulations to Arika, Baby Biscuit, Chris, Dwight, Elliot, Elon, Figit, Galin, Giovani, Grace, Heist, Jackson, Janet, Krishna, Kyle, Larry, Lateef, Laurel, Leia, Lissa, Malin, Miranda, Mr. Gibbs, Niall, Pumpkin, Roger, Salem, Sarah, Sebastian, Snickers, Spot 2, Spenser, Sumire, Tau, Tobi, Troubles, Tsubakli, Ulysess, Velvet, and Winnie
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$38,000 Van Donated to Go Fix GA Program

You may have been wondering what the big announcement was at our Party with a PURRpose event last month. Well, we are excited to reveal the amazing news!

Fix Georgia Pets has generously offered to purchase a BRAND NEW VAN for our Go Fix Georgia by Planned PEThood program.

Our Go Fix Georgia program has spayed and neutered thousands of animals across the state of Georgia. The program transports up to 60 shelter animals every week for spay and neuter surgeries, urgent medical care and facilitates transfers to rescue organizations. Within two years, we have already helped 2,000 animals.
 
Many shelters outside of the metro Atlanta area have no medical options and limited funding when it comes to the animals they care for. Prior to our innovative program, animals would be adopted without being altered, leading to an increase in the overpopulation of shelter animals. Once we started offering this program to these shelters, we were then able to offer more options. This included urgent surgeries such as limb removals. Our most recent expansion is to work with rural counties to help with pet retention through vaccine and microchip clinics. At least three counties rely on our transport each and every week to have healthy, altered animals adopted from their shelters. 
 
A few months ago we began fundraising for our dream van, and our amazing supporters helped raise close to $14,000 for the effort! Fix Georgia Pets was so inspired by the generosity of our supporters that they wanted to donate the entire cost of the van – $38,000!!! The $14,000 that was initially donated will be used to help further the growth of the program. We are extremely grateful to all of our donors and Fix Georgia Pets for their life-saving contributions! 
 
Fix Georgia Pets’s mission is to end overpopulation and senseless euthanasia in the state of Georgia. Georgia has a pet over-population crisis. Fix Georgia Pets works in the highest need communities across the state to end pet overpopulation and stop senseless euthanasia. Learn more about Fix Georgia Pets at fixgeorgiapets.org
By working together, we can save more lives. We can not wait to put our new van to work. It should be arriving mid-October.
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