BISSELL Empty the Shelter Adoption Week: Oct. 1-8

BISSELL Pet Foundation is hosting its Fall 2022 national “Empty the Shelters” adoption event October 1-8, 2022, a quarterly event that helps pets find their furrever homes through reduced adoption fees at shelters across the country, including Planned PEThood of GA. 

During Empty the Shelters week, all cats 5 months and older available through Planned PEThood of GA will have their adoption fees reduced to $25! Each cat 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 apply/adopt within the week of October 1-8 to receive the discounted adoption fee courtesy of BISSELL Pet Foundation. View our adoptable pets now!

Visit us on October 1 at PetSmart Lawrenceville or October 8 at PetSmart Johns Creek 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:

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Win a Wellness Package for Your Cat or Dog!

Can you believe it’s been ONE YEAR since our Wellness Clinic at Planned PEThood opened?! It first opened its doors towards the end of September 2021, celebrating our very first client, Porkchop. Now, almost a year later and over 6,000 appointments later, our clinic is ready to extend our hours. Starting at the end of August, the Wellness Clinic is open FOUR DAYS a week due to the increasing demand for appointments. 

In celebration of our new extended hours at our Wellness Clinic, we are giving away multiple Wellness Packages PLUS a year’s supply of heart-worm medication, provided by Elanco. 

A Wellness Package includes a wellness exam, vaccinations, testing, and a microchip. 

Once you enter, make sure to share on social media for EXTRA chances to win. The giveaway will close at the end of September and the winner will be announced at the beginning of October. 

Our Wellness Clinic is NOW OPEN Monday-Thursday from 8 AM to 12 PM for basic veterinary care, routine vaccinations, minor health concerns, heartworm, and FIV/FeLV tests, deworming, microchips, kitten/puppy booster shots, preventative medications for fleas and heartworms, testing, ear cleaning, annual bloodwork, nail trims, and injections for itchy skin.

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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

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 or follow at Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn to be part of the lifesaving work we’re leading every day.


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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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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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Limited Appointments Available for Puppies/Kittens & Heartworm tests ONLY on April 2 & April 4

During Gwinnett County’s stay at home order only essential businesses are allowed to remain open, including veterinarians. The Georgia Veterinary Medical Association does not consider spay/neuter surgeries and annual vaccines as essential services at this time, but it is essential that kittens and puppies receive their initial vaccines and boosters. Additionally, it is critical that all dogs remain on heartworm prevention. 
For this reason, we are welcoming patients for appointments ONLY if they are:
– Under 6 months of age for vaccinations/boosters
Dogs that are in need of heartworm tests in order to receive prevention
You can either email or leave a voicemail at 678-561-3491 to reserve a spot. Appointments are available from 10am-3:30pm on Thursday, April 2 and 9am-2pm on Saturday, April 4 ONLY. You must have an appointment to be seen on these dates.
At the appointment time, clients will be asked to wait in their vehicle and call. Staff will come out with paperwork and will take the pet inside without the owner.
This is a pilot date, and we hope to be able to offer these limited services for additional appointments in the future. 
Current clients may still request flea medication and heartworm prescriptions at our Online Pharmacy 

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