Adopt and Rescue

Kittens Stuck In Drain……AGAIN!

Our Feral Cat Manager, Amy, is at it again, rescuing kittens from storm drains. But this time, it was a bit tricker. 

A kind lady reached out to Amy asking for help. She had found a kitten laying in her backyard, asleep in a nice sunny spot. While this kitten was safe, another was in trouble. The lady heard the cries of another kitten coming from a storm drain. The kitten had somehow stumbled into the storm drain with no way to get out. Amy searched for the mama, but she was nowhere to be seen. 

With the kitten stuck down there and no way to get into the storm drain, Amy had to get creative to help the kitty out. Thankfully, with her quick thinking, Amy was able to put together a net using rope, a lingerie washing bag, and some metal wiring to catch the kitten. Amy had to meow to the kitty to get her to move toward the net. After several minutes of meowing, the kitten finally crawled her way into the net and Amy was able to lift the kitten to safety. 

After rescuing these kittens, we brought them into our foster program, hoping to find a foster who had the knowledge and skill to bottle feed these 2-week-old babies. One of our amazing, long-time fosters, Zarya, stepped up and took them home. Now, several weeks later, these kittens are living happy and healthy lives at their foster home. Once they are big enough, they will be microchipped, vaccinated, and spayed/neutered, before becoming available for adoption and starting their journey to find their forever homes. 

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Kitten Rescued From Storm Drain

Early in September, a teacher from River Trail Middle School heard the cries of a kitty coming from a storm drain. The little kitten had no way to get out on its own and was stuck all by herself for days. The teacher reached out to the local fire department for help, but unfortunately, they had no success in a rescue. That is when she reached out to Planned PEThood desperately asking for help. She wanted advice on how she could rescue the stuck little girl. We told our Feral Cat Services Manager, Amy, and she rushed off to help the poor kitten. With some teamwork, Amy and the teacher were able to rescue the 4-week-old kitten. The kitten was a little dirty, but thankfully she was safe. The teacher was so attached to the kitten that she decided to bring her home and welcome her into her family. 

Weeks later, this sweet kitty is living with the teacher who reached out for help. She has three Planned PEThood rescue cats of her own, so this new kitten will fit right in. It’s messy work, climbing into the storm drain, but Amy was more than happy to do it in order to get this kitten a chance at finding a loving, furrever home.

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Rescue Anniversary and Reunion

You might remember a year ago when Brandy (the kitty) was saved. She had been surrendered to Newton County Animal Control in very bad shape, needing an emergency tail amputation and later, a leg amputation. While her first surgery was very successful, Brandy’s little body crashed late at night. She needed a blood transfusion, but there were not any kitties around. Our vet, Dr. Simpson, brought her dog Zeke to the clinic and his blood saved her life! Apparently, dogs can give blood transfusions to cats in life or death situations. Amazing! 

Fast forward a year and they got to have an adorable reunion in our offices! Zeke still loves his little friend and was very gentle with Brandy. Brandy swears she is part dog and plays fetch at home bringing her mom everything from ketchup packets to spoons. She does not let her tripod status slow her down one bit! This is the happy ending we love to share! 

GREAT DANE DONATES BLOOD �� TO SAVE KITTEN!

Earlier we showed you a video of a kitten receiving an emergency blood transfusion. Her name is Brandy, and she is a fighter!

Yesterday this little girl was pulled from Newton County Animal control while our Go Fix Georgia by Planned PEThood program was there on transport. She needed a tail amputation and possible leg amputation surgery. We decided to take her on as a project ��. Yesterday she went through surgery with flying colors to remove her tail and went home with a staff member for the night.

Well, this afternoon she decided to stop eating and she quickly declined. She became anemic and her gums went white. Unfortunately she declined after our medical team went home for the day.

We called local vets, but aside from emergency clinics no one could see her. So, we called our awesome veterinarian and clinic manager, and they both drove back to the clinic after an entire day of spay and neuter surgeries. #dedication They just needed a special piece of equipment we don’t carry to help her.

Time was not on our side as most clinics close at 6 p.m. but thankfully our friends at Duluth Animal Hospital were still open and gave us the piece we needed to complete a transfusion.

Dr. Simpson brought her great dane, Zeke, with her as a blood donor. Cats have blood types and need additional testing to match them for blood transfusions. However, they can receive a blood donation from a dog on a super rare occasion such as life and death. (Pretty cool!) 

Zeke generously gave his blood, and literally within 15 minutes you could see Brandy’s gums and nose brighten, and her eyes became more alert. She is not out of the woods, but she is a serious fighter.

Please consider a gift to help cover Brandy’s care and the care of animals like her at our clinic. We need your support, donations, and kind words to help her through this difficult time.

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Paralysis to Recovery! Watch!

I want to introduce you to Inky. After several months battling a life-threatening virus, Inky is finally healthy and ready for adoption!

Inky was rescued from a local shelter, just like hundreds of others that cross our doors each year. After arriving at her foster home, she quickly lost the use of all four legs within days. After running a variety of tests, it was discovered that Inky had Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP). FIP is a viral disease of cats that unfortunately has no cure and eventually results in death in nearly every case, except Inky!

Inky, a grey kitty wrapped in a colorful blanket.There is an experimental treatment seeing great success in other countries such as Australia and the UK, and it is in testing at multiple universities in America. The treatment is expensive and difficult to find. However, with your support and a lot of amazing connections, our vet team was able to get their hands on the treatment. Without that treatment, Inky might have not survived more than a few days.

Inky went through OVER 80 DAYS of injections and a few weeks of pill treatments with the help of her amazing foster family.

Her treatment worked! Following an observation period, Inky recently received FANTASTIC news! After month and months of treatment, she’s FIP free! Inky has come a long way and it hasn’t been an easy fight – BUT she’s a strong survivor! Now after her long battle, Inky is finally ready for adoption and starting the search for her forever home! ❤️

Make sure to watch the video above and her amazing transformation from paralysis to recovery!

If you may be interested in adopting this special girl, e-mail adoptions@PEThoodGA.org to learn more.

Piper, a black and white kitty.In other news, just two weeks ago, another case of FIP entered our care. Sweet Piper is now undergoing the same treatment and we are hopeful she will have the same results.

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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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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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Tiny Kitten Rescued from Storm Drain

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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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