Adopt and Rescue

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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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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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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Empty the Shelters Adoption Week: Oct. 4-10

BISSELL Pet Foundation is hosting its fall 2021 national “Empty the Shelters” adoption event October 4 – 10, 2021, a quarterly event that helps pets find their forever homes through reduced adoption fees at shelters across the country, including Planned PEThood of GA.

During Empty the Shelters week, all cats and kittens available for adoption through Planned PEThood of GA will have their adoption fee reduced to $25! Each cat/kitten is spayed or neutered, up-to-date on vaccines, microchipped, tested, and de-wormed. By adopting a pet in need you will open a foster home to save another animal from a shelter.

View adoptable cats and kittens and apply/adopt within the week of Oct. 4-10 to receive the discounted adoption fee courtesy of BISSELL Pet Foundation. View adoptable pets now!

Visit us at Rods, Ribs, and Ribbons on Oct. 9 to meet a variety of cats and kittens available for adoption.

You can learn more about BISSELL Pet Foundation’s Empty the Shelters program here: https://www.bissellpetfoundation.org/empty-the-shelters/

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Three Incredible Adoptions

Every adoption at Planned PEThood of Georgia is a gift. Knowing that we helped a pet make the journey from lost and alone to found and home. What could be better?

Well, at any given time we have about a dozen special needs pets in our foster homes. And when those pets find their forever homes, the reward is extra sweet. These are the pets that everyone else ignores, avoids, or cannot take into their programs. At Planned PEThood, we believe these pets need us the most. Sadly, their special needs often mean that they won’t find homes very quickly like most pets. For these special pets, its not as simple as finding a home. You have to find the home ready to take on a life-long project. At Planned PEThood of Georgia, we always try to keep open arms for these special needs pets when we can.

Amy D. with one of her foster babies.

Fosters are the unsung heroes of our program, and Amy D. is one of our kitty special needs foster homes. She has saved countless lives and never turns down a kitten in need. Her heart has been broken so many times when one of those special needs kitties can’t turn that corner, and instead she has to say goodbye. But it’s all worth it when she sees the ones that had no hope survive against all odds. They go from cold, lonely, hurting, or surviving horrific injuries, to purring, loving, growing, and healthy kitties.

The last, and often most difficult step for the foster homes is to find their forever home. The last step, sending them off to their forever home, can be both the best feeling and and the most stressful for the foster home. After all, you have spent weeks or months with your furry charge, pouring many hours, vet visits, meds, and love into the healing process. You know they deserve it. You worry whether you have fully prepared your adopter. And ultimately, you let them go with all the love in the world behind them. So, back to the question… What could be better than an adoption at Planned PEThood of Georgia?

That’s right. It’s a special needs adoption at Planned PEThood, and in early January we had not 1, not 2, but 3 special needs adoptions in the same day! Whatever you call it – fate, kismet, or a miracle, our hearts were filled with joy. Read about each of their journeys to adoption.

Adoption #1:

Clover after his reconstructive surgery and then a few months later.

Clover, fostered by Amy D., was in our program for over 400 days, and now he is home. Clover was brought to Planned PEThood of Georgia missing most of the skin off his back and neck. Even the medical staff weren’t sure he was treatable. However, we were able to work with a veterinary partner to provide Clover with a reconstructive surgery. Clover, survived, but the odds seemed stacked against him.

While in recovery, he contracted ringworm. Then during ringworm treatment, he had a bad reaction to the medication and had to be hospitalized for liver failure. Finally he seemed to be the mend again, and then he was diagnosed with yet another serious disease, toxoplasmosis. Finally, after 2 courses of treatment were successful, he could rest.  Finally, he could rest. After months of surgeries and treatments that felt endless, Clover was healed.

Clover and his new mommy.

The entire time, his foster mom Amy never gave up on him. Amy was always there for him and helped him through every treatment and illness. Because of his original injury, Clover ended up with nerve damage which would require a special home. Amy continued to helped him by looking tirelessly into adoption options for him. And now, she has sent him on to his next adventure… 410 days after he arrived, Clover was adopted. Happy Life, Clover!

 

Adoption #2:

Lt. Dan, also fostered by Amy, was found with his littermates by the local shelter. Lt. Dan was a bit different though… He has no rear paws! Amy did not hesitate and immediately volunteered to foster and brought him into the program. Lt. Dan never let his lack of paws slow him down. And Amy always kept up with him. He had an infection of his nubs early on, a consult with a physical therapist, and so many trials and errors trying to find way to get a young active growing kitten to wear booties!

Lt. Dan and his new parents.

Amy also picked up on subtle signs of a lingering upper respiratory infection. Just in time for adoption, Lt. Dan made a big trip to an outside veterinarian. Thankfully his heart and lungs were normal, but he ended up being diagnosed with kennel cough! After a course of medication he fully recoverd. And now, he has made the last step and went home to an amazing special needs home. Happy Life, Lt. Dan!

 

Adoption #3:

Crayola enjoying some sun.

Crayola, fostered by Christina, was pulled from a rural shelter just after Thanksgiving with her 11 newborn puppies. Little did we know that Crayola wasn’t going to be easy. Within the first week, Christina found out that Crayola suffered from severe separation anxiety – and she has the damaged bathroom doorway and door to prove it. Christina or her husband had to sleep in the room with Crayola and her puppies every night, and the whole family travelled to work with Christina every day! Once the pups were weaned, Crayola was given anxiety medication that helped a bit, but the foster home’s life was re-arranged in a big way.

Finally, the time came for her puppies to be moved and for Crayola to be spayed. Prepared to keep Crayola for months, Christina went ahead and listed Crayola as available on PetFinder. And within a couple of hours, an insanely perfect application arrived. Instead of months of extra time in the program, Crayola found her home in a day. She went home to a family that has agreed to never leave her alone, to always be there for her, and to love her forever. What more can we ask for? We have already received updates and she is doing very well.

 

So, today, we ask you to celebrate with us. Celebrate the lives of these three fosters. And join us in saying thank you, not just to these two fosters, but to all of our fosters at Planned PEThood of Georgia. In 2020 our foster homes helped to rescue 1,018 cats and dogs. Isn’t that incredible?

Thank-you for supporting us, so that we can support them. If you want to help animals like Clover, Lt. Dan, and Crayola have a chance at a better and happier life, consider becoming a monthly life saver. Your small gift of $5 or $10 a month will help provide care to animals like these.

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Mufasa Moves to Ohio After Completing an Obstacle Course

Sometimes fostering is a sprint and other times it is a marathon. Mufasa was definitely a marathon kitty. To be honest, he may have even been an obstacle course kitty, jumping through hoops and over hurdles before landing the perfect adopter… in Ohio. To understand just how special his adoption is you must first understand Mufasa’s special needs.

Mufasa is estimated to be about 9-years-old and was rescued by Planned PEThood from a high-kill shelter. We have no idea how he landed up there to begin with or what his life was like before us. To say he was a hot mess is an understatement. His long hair was so matted that he had to be fully shaved upon rescue, and during the shaving process we realized he was emaciated and declawed for starters. Things were a challenge for Mufasa from day one, but he has always been the perfect gentlemen. He easily won over his foster parents with his blue eyes and LOUD meow.

Unfortunately Mufasa’s journey was just beginning. Remember, we are on a bumpy crazy obstacle course here. In summary, after months of vet visits and tests here is the list of ailments Mufasa suffers from:

1. Arthritis – moderately severe in elbows and mild in wrists
2. Bone Marrow – non-regenerative anemia
3. Thickened Small Intestines – possible cancer or IBD
4. Heart Murmur
5. Declawed – refuses to use litter box; uses puppy pads but often has misses and loose/soft stool

Just one of these ailments would typically detour an adopter, but five serious issues seemed like it would scare everyone away. His foster family was open and honest on his profile and shared the good, the bad, and the difficult. Mufasa was going to be an expensive kitty, but he was worth it!

Every once and a while we would get an e-mail or application that seemed promising, but they seemed to always fall through. It seems Mufasa knew the perfect mommy was on her way the entire time. He just patiently waited in his cat bed.

To care for his medical issues Mufasa needed a RX diet, probiotics, monthly injections for arthritis and joint supplements. Who better to care for his issues than a retired vet tech with experience with his breed and medical conditions?! When this application came in it was too good to be true. Mufasa would even be an only cat with ALL of his new mom’s attention. Just one small hiccup in the application. His adopter was in Ohio and Mufasa was in Georgia.

Well, when it is meant to be everything just falls in line. Mufasa’s adopter flew (in a pandemic) to Atlanta to pick him up at the airport. His foster family overjoyed to bring him to the airport for a final farewell. Just like that Mufasa’s obstacle course was complete. He made it to the finish line and won the prize. A life of love, comfort, and care thanks to a serious of events. Each part playing a significant role in Mufasa’s happy ending. 

Every adoption is a race to the finish line. Some are fast sprints that take but a few weeks from rescue to adoption, others are marathons that take months or years, and occasionally there are a few obstacle course runners like Mufasa. Foster homes are the constant that every animal needs in order to get to the finishline. Consider becoming a foster home today!

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Love at First Sight, Vision-Impaired Kitty Adopted

Hi there! My name is Fabio, and this is my story.

In 2019, I found myself in a rural high-kill animal shelter. They said I was feral, unfriendly, and unadoptable, but I was just  petrified! I am visually impaired, and the loud noises at the shelter left me scared and confused. 

Lucky for me, Planned PEThood was able to travel more than 50 miles to rescue unadoptable cats, like me, from this rural shelter to place in their Working Cat Program.

The Working Cat Program saves cats deemed unadoptable who would otherwise be killed, and it places them in unique locations at businesses, farms, and homes as working cats. That was the original plan for me… 

However, with a little bit of love, care, and medical attention the team at Planned PEThood realized I was far from feral. I was named Fabio, which fits me perfectly. I am blonde, fabulous, and friendly! I was just visually impaired, scared, and in pain.

For more than a year I lived at Planned PEThood’s spay/neuter clinic. I met LOTS of friends and friendly people, but the clinic was loud and filled with commotion. I longed for a quiet home to call my own. 

Just a few weeks ago, I got my wish! I was adopted by a very loving and understanding mommy and a feline sister. She wanted to share an update with you: 

“He’s the chillest cat I’ve met. It took only one day for him to start exploring and letting go. You all took care of him so well he is already pro at most things. Fabio is spending most of his day on the lounge couch and gazing out the window, since we have a busy and lively neighborhood. He is starting to play, and I’m understating more and more the range of his vision. He does laps around apartment while touching the wall/perimeter with this tail, almost like a walking stick . He zooms one fast time around the living room after using the litter box, which I find hilarious. Other places he’s claimed as nap spaces include: under our bed, by the screen balcony door and under my desk. I’m winning his heart one serving of wet food at a time, I can feel it.” – Fabio’s Mom. 

Planned PEthood’s team and supporters are the only reason I am alive and well today. Thank you all for your kindness. I look forward to a long and happy life with my new family. 

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70 Animals Receive Free Spay/Neuter and Rabies Vaccines with $5,000 Grant

70 cats and dogs in Lawrenceville will receive free spay/neuter surgeries and rabies vaccinations at Planned PEThood of Georgia on Feb. 25, Spay Day USA, thanks to a $5,000 grant from the Georgia Pet Foundation.

Georgia Pet Foundation

Feb. 25, 2020 is Spay Day USA. This national day is devoted to bringing attention to pet overpopulation in our country. When the day was created in 1994 by the Doris Day Animal League, 14-17 million pets were killed each year in shelters across the country. Today that number is way down, closer to one million, but  there is still a lot of work to do. “We are moving in the right direction,” says Planned PEThood Executive Director and Co-Founder Elizabeth Burgner. “There are people and communities that still need education on the importance of spaying and neutering their pets and financial help to make it happen. Many low-income families love their pets, but struggle to care for them medically. That is why we applied for this grant.” 

According to Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement, a majority of their stray animal calls come from Lawrenceville, the largest city by population in Gwinnett County. Lawrenceville also has the highest poverty rate in the county, at 21.6%. For comparison, Georgia’s average rate is 16.9% and the national average is 14.6%.  Image result for spay day usa 2020

While this grant will not solve the overpopulation issue in Lawrenceville, it is a start. This grant from the Georgia Pet Foundation will cover free spay/neuter and Rabies vaccinations for 70 animals on Tuesday, Feb. 25, which is Spay Day USA 2020. Appointments have already been filled, but there is a waiting list to be considered if more slots open up or more funding becomes available. “We wish we could offer free services to everyone in need,” says Planned PEThood’s Development Coordinator Lauren Frost. “We are always seeking sponsorships for free services, and our regular prices are so low that with a little planning most people can afford them.” If you want to donate to our spay/neuter efforts please visit our donation page and select “Spay Day USA.”

Planned PEThood of Georgia offers low-cost spay/neuter services year-round at their Duluth clinic. Cost for surgery is between $50-$60 for a cat and $70-$110 for a dog. There are additional discounts for feral/community cats. 

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New Grant Helps Lawrenceville Residents

Planned PEThood of Georgia has received a $5,000 grant from the Georgia Pet Foundation to assist residents in Lawrencveville, GA with spay/neuter. Lawrenceville is among the highest areas of stray animal calls to Gwinnett County Animal Welfare. Together, we want to make a real difference in this community by spaying and neutering 70 animals at no charge through this program.

The Georgia Pet Foundation is funded by the sale of special license plates at your county tag office. Their mission is to end pet overpopulation in Georgia through low-cost statewide spay/neuter programs. 

If you are a Lawrenceville resident and need assistance spaying/neutering your personal pets please call 678-561-3491 and speak to a receptionist about this grant. Spay/Neuter surgeries for this grant will be held on Spay Day USA Tuesday, February 25th only and do have have special criteria you must meet. Thank you Georgia Pet Foundation for your support and efforts!

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In Loving Memory of Biscuit – “Dammit, Biscuit!”

A few weeks ago we lost our original lobby cat, Biscuit, to cancer. Please take a moment to read this sweet obituary of our Biscuit boy written by our board member, Erin.

“Dammit, Biscuit!”

Those words frequently rang out in our clinic, beginning in 2010 when we opened our doors. Figuring that an organization dedicated to reducing the euthanasia rate at local shelters should practice what it preached, Planned PEThood founders Elizabeth Burgner and Lynette Thorpe Purves adopted a young orange-and-white cat from Gwinnett County animal control, back when the “live release” rate for cats was far below today’s 95%+.

They named him Biscuit and set him up as the official Clinic Cat, and he took to the job like he’d been born for it: greeting visitors, inspecting donations, and supervising the staff. He walked around the clinic like he owned it, and he soon revealed a talent for getting into trouble. Hence: “Dammit, Biscuit!”

Biscuit crossed the Rainbow Bridge January 7, 2020 after a brief battle with cancer.

If personality dictated lifespan, Biscuit would have outlived every human who knew him. As everyone who met him can attest, Biscuit was special–in all the best ways. He was even immortalized as a bobblehead and in multiple marketing promotions and materials!

“Dammit, Biscuit!” He reveled in going where he wasn’t supposed to, sneaking into the room where we keep our barn cats who are waiting to be adopted, the kennel rooms, staff offices, the supply closet where we keep the treats. He even figured out how to open closed doors by jumping up and pressing the door lever down with his paw!

“Dammit, Biscuit!” He LOVED food and treats and would chew open donated bags if we didn’t hide them. He would beg for the clinic staff to “share” their lunch with him–and was usually successful. He wanted to sample EVERYTHING you were eating.

When a friendly, laid-back tuxedo cat was trapped in a feral colony, brought in for neuter surgery, and took up residence at the clinic because he was too sweet to be returned to the colony, Biscuit found his best friend. He and Jerome had an epic bromance, cuddling up together and then wrestling for dominance. Our staff and volunteers are giving Jerome extra cuddles.

Biscuit and Jerome helping with donation thank yous.

Biscuit developed lymphoma a few years ago–and with treatment, he fought and beat it. After losing a lot of weight and energy, he bounced most of the way back to his sassy Biscuit-y self. Recently, when he lost his appetite and turned more ornery than usual, we knew something was wrong again.

While waiting for test results, he went home with one of our longtime volunteers, Bob, for more intensive care and pain management–and all the attention he wanted. After the biopsy revealed a form of oral cancer, an oncologist confirmed that the prognosis, even with aggressive treatment, was poor.

He crossed the Bridge with people who loved him at his side.

Run free, Biscuit! Open all the doors. Steal all the treats. Eat all the food. Inspect all the boxes and bags. Welcome all the visitors. Sleep in all the beds. Go find the clinic cats who crossed the Bridge ahead of you, like Freddy and Raisin.

Dammit, Biscuit! You were a darn good cat. You left us too soon, and we miss you more than we can express.

We know many of our supporters loved and will miss him, too. We invite you to post your photos and remembrances in the comments below. We have created a Facebook album with our many photos of Biscuit also.

If you want to make a memorial contribution in Biscuit’s memory to help other animals in need, we will list all of the memorial donations on this page. You can make a memorial gift here.

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Meet Clover, A VERY Lucky Kitten

We have an amazing rescue journey to share with you, come take the heart-warming ride with us. Make sure to watch the video below to see the full story in action.

Clover’s story began in a small rural shelter, where he was taken after suffering a horrific injury. Something or someone had sliced or burned the skin from his back, literally head to tail. This shelter, with no veterinary resources — without even A/C for the hot southern summer — was unable to help him. Can you imagine what would have happened to Clover without your help?

Thankfully, he had friends like you to rely on and provide him the help he so desperately needed. Today, he is safe, his wounds treated and his heart filled with love. Clover’s story has a happy ending, because he had friends like you to count on during the most difficult part of his young life. 

Every day, your support makes stories like Clover’s possible. That is why we need your help now more than ever. Your gift today can save a pet from a life of pain – and open a world of experiences and love. By contributing just $25, we’ll be able to provide antibiotics to a dog or cat for a week, and with an additional $25 gift we can make sure that same animal receives the proper vaccinations, too. 

Would you be willing to make a special year-end donation of $25, 
$50, or whatever you can afford to help save animals like Clover?

DONATE NOW

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