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Dog Mistaken for Coyote Survives Gunshot Wound

If you have never been to Habersham County, GA it is filled with scenic views located the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This is an agricultural community known for peaches, apples, poultry, and the stunning Tallulah Gorge. This small and quite county is a lovely place to live, but it is often filled with wildlife such as bears and coyotes. 

After trying to catch a stray dog that was evading rescue for about a week, Habersham County Animal Control received an alert from 911 late one night. A woman called crying. She found a severely injured dog struggling. The face was barely recognizable and the dog needed help. (We won’t share those images, because you DO NOT want to see them. Trust us.)

Animal control sent out an officer and brought her immediately to an emergency veterinarian. She had been shot with a shot gun— in the face. A resident suspected she was a coyote on his property, and he shot her and left her for dead. The sweet girl, later named Tink, mustered up the energy to find a kind soul and beg for help. Habersham officers wanted desperately to help this dog, but unfortunately the county does not have a veterinary team, and has limited funding for special medical cases. They typically would have been out of options for Tink, and would have been forced to humanly euthanize her. However, Planned PEThood’s Go Fix Georgia program visits the shelter weekly to transport cats and dogs to our clinic for spay/neuter surgeries. 

Knowing that our van would be arriving the next day for transport, Habersham Animal Control contacted our Go Fix GA Coordinator, Tanya Weaver, begging for help. That set the wheels in motion. Our veterinarian, the amazing Dr. Simpson, quickly jumped on board with the rescue effort and agreed to see the dog and attempt to remove the pieces of bullet from her face and remove her injured eye. Our medical team didn’t hesitate to step up to add this sweet girl into their surgical day even though that meant they had to work late. Our staff has nothing but the best of intentions for every animal and could not ignore the severity of her injuries. Regardless of her pain, Tink was nothing but the sweetest dog who was the perfect patient. Her eye removal surgery went smoothly, and donations poured in from the community to help with her care. 

After a few weeks in recovery at Habersham Animal Control, and a follow-up spay surgery Tink was ready for adoption. As fate would have it, the woman who called 911 after finding this sweet soul decided to adopt her!

Her story is an example of why our Go Fix Georgia program is so vital for those counties just outside of our metro area. Without veterinarian care on staff, they were limited in options to care for her. We were able to step in and provide not only her spay surgery, but also the eye removal and fix her up so that she could be adopted out and not just another statistic. We hope you enjoy seeing her smiling and happy face, and thank you to everyone who donated for her care!

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Microchips Provide Comfort, Hear Layla’s Story

You know those scenes in the movies where a group of college students are sitting in an auditorium and the professor says, “Look to your left. Now, look to your right. Only one of you will be here at the end of the semester.” Well now apply that visual to your pets. Do you want to take that chance?

1 in 3 pets will get lost at some point in their lifetime, and that statistic is higher for cats. The question is will they make it home? A simple microchip can help, and it only costs $25 at Planned PEThood.

Yes, your pet lives inside. Yes, you keep a collar and tag on your dog, but, please listen when I say this, ACCIDENTS HAPPEN! Life is messy. Let me tell you a story about my dog, Layla.

When she was about a year old I was living in Athens going to school. We went on a walk in the neighborhood on a traditional collar and leash. Everything seemed great. I pulled her collar to alert her to come inside as she was sniffing a bush, and WOOSH her collar pulled right off her neck, and Layla was free as a bird. We had a moment where we looked at each other and I could see it in her eyes. She thought it was playtime at the dog park. She began to run around in circles and have zoomies all over the place. No matter what I did I could not get close enough to get the collar back on. On top of that, we were right next to a busy, four-lane road.

Layla darted across four lanes of traffic, and I risked my life chasing her and stopping traffic. It was a pet parent’s worst nightmare. I watched her run around the nearby elementary school having the time of her life, and in my mind I remember thinking to myself, “At least she is microchipped. At least if she keeps running I have a chance to get her back.” I had almost given up, when a lovely man in a pick-up truck pulled over to help me. Luckily, Layla thought the stranger was interesting and came right up to him. He scooped her up and put her in the truck. We both made it home that day in one piece, although I had a nervous breakdown that night, and the next day I registered her for training classes.

The point of my story is that no one is perfect. Accidents happen. In that scary moment I want you to feel confident that your pet is microchipped too, and should they keep running you have a chance to get them back. Book a microchip only appointment for $25 now, before it is too late.

Layla passed away just a few months ago, but she was honestly the best dog anyone could imagine. She was sweet, kind, obedient, and overall a gem of a dog. Let her story and legacy live on and keep your pet protected.

Written By: Lauren Frost (Layla’s mom and Development Coordinator)

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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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The Orphan Kitten Club

The Orphan Kitten Club is teaming up with Planned PEThood of Georgia to save the lives of kittens across Georgia. The mission of the Orphan Kitten Club is to protect the tiniest and most vulnerable felines. They are dedicated to advancing protections for kittens through our innovative programs and their state-of-the-art neonatal kitten nursery. 

Become a FosterWe are honored to be one of only a few organizations selected nationally to join their club in 2020. Last year, with the help of our foster homes and supporters, we saved the lives of 399 kittens under 8 weeks old. That means 40% of the animals we rescued last year were kittens under two months old! 

There are a few of reasons that Planned PEThood has such a high rescue rate for young kittens.

1. Planned Pethood manages the veterinary services contract at Gwinnett County Animal Welfare (the county’s animal shelter). Because of this, our team members are inside the county shelter and see the orphaned kittens brought in that will not survive without bottle feeding and a heat source.

2. Our Community Cats program, which helps to alter 2,000 community cats each year, works to prevent over population and outdoor births, but the fact is we find and rescue momma cats and kittens often from outside. 

Because of our commitment to help young kittens, the Orphan Kitten Club which was founded by Kitten Lady, has awarded Planned PEThood an $11,000 #MightyCat Grant to help save the lives of even more kittens in 2021. With this grant we will be able to purchase two kitten incubators, a set of cages for our rescue area, and kitten supply kits for new foster parents.  We look forward to sharing our progress on our kitten rescue expansion with you soon! 

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Panda was more as a premature kitten. We did not think he would survive, but against all odds he made it. This donation will give even more kittens like Panda a fighting chance at life. 

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Pectus Excavatum is Not a Wizard Spell

Pectus Excavatum! It kind of sounds like a spell from Harry Potter, don’t you think? Well unfortunately it is not a fun or silly spell. Instead it is a dangerous condition Yogi the kitten was born with that changed the way her rib cage was shaped causing breathing issues. When Yogi came to us a few weeks ago we had no idea how badly she needed help. Her condition was so severe that she needed surgery in order to have a chance of making it to adulthood.

Often this diagnosis is a death sentence for kittens. But thanks to our awesome donors, medical team, and partner veterinarians we were able to give Yogi a chance at life. Her story and pictures are amazing, and we thought they might bring some joy to you on this gloomy day.

One week ago, Yogi underwent surgery at Planned PEThood of Georgia to fix her chest shape. We knew there were a lot of risks, and we also knew we had great people on board to help if needed. We had not one, but three doctors and our veterinary service manager jump in to help this sweet bobtail kitten. Each of them donated their time and came into our clinic after normal business hours to make this surgery possible.

After a miraculously successful surgery, everything was looking well, until little Yogi entered recovery. She just wouldn’t wake up. Our veterinarians knew something wasn’t right, so we reached out to our veterinary practice partners who graciously fit us in ASAP for an x-ray. It turned out that Yogi’s lungs were having trouble expanding to the new bigger space available after surgery. We knew this was a possible complication and Yogi needed oxygen support.

Yogi took another short trip to an emergency facility where she could continue to recover with 24/7 care – and most importantly oxygen support. Almost 8 hours after surgery she finally started to wake up. And then, by morning, she was doing well enough that she was ready to slowly wean off of oxygen support. It was the best news we could have received. And the even better part was that she went home with her foster family on the following evening!!!

Now, Yogi isn’t out of the woods yet. Part of the surgery involved sewing a custom external splint onto her chest to help her chest keep its new shape. She will have the splint on for about 6 weeks, and then she will have a second surgery to remove the splint.

But for now, Yogi is doing well and taking it easy with her foster family. She has even started to play, wobbling around with half of her body covered in a cast.  

We look forward to sharing the rest of her story with you in a few months. A lot of tiny miracles had to come together to help little Yogi on her journey. Thank you for your friendship and support. A huge thank you to the doctors and staff who went the extra mile to save this precious bobtail kitten, and thank you. Without our supporters none of this is possible.

If you would like to make a donation to our rescue fund to help animals like Yogi please visit our donation page.

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Lucky Number 1,000 Takes a Ride

Madi Nix, Pennywise (the kitten), and Tanya Weaver celebrate our 1,000th transport!

When the Go Fix Georgia program began in May 2019, our team knew there was something magical in the works. This unique program was thinking outside of the box to ensure the health and safety of animals across the state. On August 20, 2020 the Go Fix Georgia program celebrated its 1,000th animal saved, Pennywise the kitten.

Pennywise poses after his extraordinary rescue.

Go Fix Georgia is dedicated to improving spay/neuter access to remote and rural animal shelters and communities across Georgia. The program is not complex, but it is wildly effective. In short, our dedicated staff and volunteers bring animals from county shelters to our Duluth clinic for surgery every week and then return them to the shelter for adoption. Every animal that enters the Go Fix Georgia program is guaranteed safety!

This program was initially created thanks to an innovation grant from Maddie’s Fund, and has been subsidized over the past year thanks to a Rachel Ray Save Them All Grant from Best Friends Animal Society. Without their investments, 1,000 animals would have been killed in rural shelters or adopted without being spayed.

Two kittens await surgery together.

Go Fix Georgia began in an effort to assist Newton County Animal Control, and has since added additional counties. In the beginning Newton County’s shelter did not have access to veterinary care or air conditioning, had a limited capacity to house animals, operated without a single rescue in their county, and only 47.5% of the animals that entered their facility left alive. They were struggling.

Just one year later, with the collective efforts of their staff and our program, immense progress has been made in Newton County. Their county commissioners allocated funds to expand their shelter, add air conditioning, require spay/neuter of all animals, and their euthanasia rate dropped to a record low. Animals in Newton County are now getting the care they deserve!

Planned PEThood’s goal is to broaden the scope of this service for Go Fix Georgia to include other rural counties and remote locations across the state. With access to affordable spay/neuter services, Planned PEThood aims to further reduce Georgia’s pet overpopulation problem, which causes the deaths of at least 40,000 cats and dogs in Georgia shelters each year.

The Go Fix Georgia model only works when we have two things from the county shelter – a team that believes in the effort and a way for the county to afford the services for their animals. Luckily, Habersham County Animal Control has both of those things, and just need a helping hand. Shelter Director, Madi Nix, has been working with us for a few months now and together we are making a difference in the lives of animals in Habersham County, like Pennywise.

Pennywise with her rescuer, Madi Nix, Shelter Director for Habersham County Animal Control

Pennywise took a wrong turn, and ended up 20+ feet down in a storm drain in a Dairy Queen parking lot in Baldwin, GA. He was sitting on a small ledge down there, just above all the “yuck” and water at the bottom. Thankfully, his cries were heard, and officers were dispatched to help! Unfortunately, the only way to save him would be to remove the sealed manhole. DOT was alerted, but it was time to improvise.

Madi had a 25 foot training lead in her car, along with her trusty “foster kitten supply” basket. So, she made a kitty elevator! She put some canned food in the basket, and lowered the basket down to the kitty. And waited. After about 5 minutes, kitten decided he was ready to go up and jumped in for a ride to the top!

Everyone at Planned PEThood was enamored with this sweet little kitten and his amazing story. So it made the fact that he was the 1,000th animal to ride our Go Fix Georgia van even more special.

Archer, one of the many animals transported to rescue.

In addition to animals transported for surgery prior to adoption, Planned PEThood networks with local rescue organizations to encourage them to pull from rural shelters like Newton and Habersham, adding those pets to the transport and moving more out of the shelter. Rescues and shelters often struggle with sending staff to remote shelters for rescue efforts, so many were eager and willing to aid us in our efforts. Roughly 400 of the 1000 animals we have transported have been rescue transports ensuring more room in rural shelters and less euthanasia!

Sometimes there are a little extra special patients onboard the Go Fix Georgia van. These two kitties had eye conditions that required specialized surgeries. One had an eye that was not functional and needed to be removed. The other kitty needed bilateral entropion surgery. This is to repair a condition where the eyelids grow inwards, instead of outwards like they should. Both of these surgeries would have cost Habersham County Animal Control thousands of dollars, which they wouldn’t have been able to afford. However, we happen to have an excellent surgeon on staff that was comfortable performing both surgeries at a fraction of the cost. While this is not a service we offer to the public, we do attempt to help shelters when we are able. While both of these kitties will have a few weeks of recovery time ahead of them, the surgeries were a success! They will no longer be burdened with the painful conditions they had and up for adoption very soon.

As we mark our 1,000th pet today, we know there are thousands more and we will continue to strive to be there. Rural shelters need our help, now more than ever and we look forward to the next 1,000. Thank you to all of our volunteers, fosters, supporters and followers who have helped make this happen.

If you have any questions or want to make a contribution to this effort e-mail gofix@PEThoodGA.org or visit PEThoodGA.org/GIVE

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Athletes for Animals Gives Back

Times are tough for many people and their pets, which is why we are so excited to receive a grant of $1,200 from Athletes For Animals.

Athletes for Animals has successfully connected athletes with a shared passion for animals, educated the public about responsible pet ownership, promoted pet adoption, raised funds and distributed grants to support best practices in animal welfare.

The awarded grant funds are specifically designated to help reduce the cat population in the Lawrenceville area through spay/neuter. We have a few areas that have been on our waiting list to assist, and with these funds we are able to get to work. 

Please join us in thanking this generous organization for their gift to our community. Their support allows us to help kittens like the one pictured.

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Easy Ways to Protect Your Pet on the 4th of July

 

 

This year, the 4th of July may not be filled with as much food, friends and fireworks as previous years. Many cities have canceled their firework celebrations all together. However, without large fireworks displays people are likely to host even more fireworks in their neighborhoods. For our pets, it can feel more like a scary alien invasion!

In fact, July 5th is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters, which fill up quickly with animals who panic and flee the bright lights and loud noises of holiday celebrations. Make July 4th a pet-riotic holiday by following these steps for a stress free day for both you and your fur-kids.

  1. Prepare for the worst-case scenario.  July 4th is a great annual reminder to be prepared in case your pet escapes or gets lost. If your pet is not wearing a collar with an ID tag, now is the best time to get one. Visit your local pet store or even Wal-Mart for a tag machine. Tags cost less than $10 (you will spend more on gas searching for your lost baby if he/she runs away.) If your pet is not microchipped, visit consider getting one. They run $20-$50 depending on where you go and they provide peace of mind in case your pet is ever lost that you can be reunited. Planned PEThood offers low-cost microchipping at vaccine clinics are with spay/neuter surgeries.
  2. Double Check Your Microchip. If your pet is microchipped, you’ll want to double check that your pet’s registry is connected to the correct name and your current phone number and address. If your pet is chipped but not registered, you can register for free here. On that page, created especially for pet owners, you can find resources on what steps to take in case your pet is lost, check local shelters and create a poster for your lost pet.
  3. Leave your pet home. Better to leave them at home in a cool spot with lots of water. The noises might be scary, but you will know they are safe. It’s especially wise to avoid bringing your pets to firework events, as they could panic and try to run. No matter how well trained your pet is, a loud BOOM can cause them to run away.
  4. Work them out.  Be sure to give your pets lots of exercise during the day, so they’ll be a little worn out before the scary noises start at night. A nice long run or play session during the daytime will help with your pet’s overall stress and anxiety levels. Some pets may sleep right through the night time celebrations!
  5. Head indoors before the fun begins. Don’t wait for the fireworks to be in full swing before taking care of your pet. It’s best to bring him or her indoors or put them in a cozy spot well ahead of the first boom of fireworks. Which brings us to…
  6.  Create a safe space. Pre-pyrotechnics, create a safe, escape-proof space in your home. Lower the blinds, close the windows, provide a bed or crate where they feel comfortable, offer a special chew or toy to distract them and turn on the TV or radio to help mask the noises outside.
  7. Wrap them up. Confining movement in dogs and cats actually has a calming effect on them, which is why you might want to consider an anti-anxiety wrap or coat. Try this one, available on AmazonIn a pinch, you can even create one from a scarf.
  8. Give them a chill pill. If you’re really worried about a pet who stresses easily, talk to your vet in advance about anti-anxiety chews, drops or other remedies that can help your pet relax. There are plenty of prescription and homeopathic solutions out there that can help your pet get the extra dose of relaxation that he or she needs.

Independence Day is fun for us, but it’s the worst day imaginable for some cats and dogs. They literally think the world is ending! Do them a favor and make sure they’re well protected and safe so they stay with you for many years to come. Happy Fourth!

Credit: MICHELSON FOUND ANIMALS FOUNDATION

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Three Grants Awarded for COVID-19 Assistance

Unfortunately, COVID-19 has affected small businesses and non-profit organizations hard. Our spay/neuter clinic and supporting programs were closed for five weeks, while our rescue and foster programs were running at warp speed. Our fans and supporters have been crucial to our survival.

Additionally, there have been numerous organizations that have stepped up to offer additional aid to animal welfare organizations like Planned PEThood of Georgia. We are honored to have received aid from three organizations: The Petfinder Foundation, The Banfield Foundation, and Maddie’s Fund. Their support has allowed us to continue our important work.

Please take a moment to learn about the wonderful work of these three organizations and thank them for their gifts to Planned PEThood of Georgia. 

Maddie's FundMaddie’s Fund ($2,500) – #ThanksToMaddie our foster animals have been able to receive the supplies and care they need during this difficult time. Planned PEThood was awarded a $2,500 Foster Pet Stimulus Grant to assist with the cost of basic supplies such as litter and food and critical vaccinations for 50 kittens. 

Maddie’s Fund® is a family foundation created in 1994 by Workday® co-founder Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl, who have endowed the Foundation with more than $300 million. Since then, the Foundation has awarded more than $237.6 million in grants toward increased community lifesaving, shelter management leadership, shelter medicine education and foster care across the U.S. The Duffields named Maddie’s Fund after their Miniature Schnauzer Maddie, who always made them laugh and gave them much joy. Maddie was with Dave and Cheryl for ten years and continues to inspire them today.

Maddie’s Fund is the fulfillment of a promise to an inspirational dog, investing its resources to create a no-kill nation where every dog and cat is guaranteed a healthy home or habitat. #ThanksToMaddie.

Petfinder FoundationPetfinder Foundation ($750) – The Petfinder Foundation’s 2020 COVID-19 Operation Grant was the first grant available to animal welfare organizations for COVID-19 specific needs. We are honored to receive a gift of $750 from the Petfinder Foundation to assist with animals our organization has already committed to help. 

The Petfinder Foundation supports the shelters and rescue groups, including Planned PEThood of Georgia, that post their adoptable pets on Petfinder.com. It is their mission is to prevent the euthanasia of adoptable pets.

Banfield FoundationBanfield Foundation (920 doses of flea/tick prevention) – In the past, the Banfield Foundation has gifted our clinic with surgical equipment and sterilization tools totaling close to $20,000. This recent gift of 920 doses of flea/tick prevention is just another testament to their generosity. 

These medications will be used at our clinic to give to pets and pet parents in need. Often we encounter patients unable to afford supplies such as flea/tick medication. This gift will allow our team the ability to help pet parents who may be struggling to afford their pet’s basic needs right now. 

The Banfield Foundation was created in 2015, as the charitable arm of more than 1,000 Banfield Pet Hospitals. With the support of generous associates, clients and pet owners, together they are making a better world for pets.

Together, our supporters and these foundations are making a difference. Thank you all! 

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Cage Expansion and Community Outreach Project : Matching Donation Challenge Issued

Earlier this week our team went LIVE for a virtual tour around our clinic. We wanted to give you a special opportunity to peek behind the curtain and show you how we put your generous gifts to use each day. We also wanted to share with you how COVID-19 has affected and changed our operations. We hope you will take the time to check out the video. There are a few special and adorable guests throughout the video you won’t want to miss. 

During the video we also made an exciting announcement! A generous donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, has offered to make a $5,000 gift to Planned PEThood of GA if we can raise the matching funds dollar for dollar by midnight on Giving Tuesday (May 5). Challenge accepted! This is a rare opportunity for your donations to be doubled immediatelyPlease consider a gift of at least $15 this evening which will immediately turn into $30. 

Under normal circumstances, our spay/neuter clinic performs 50-75 surgeries on cats and dogs each day, and our kennel and cages are filled with patients awaiting surgery.  Sadly, our clinic and most others in our area have been closed for the past 4-6 weeks, and at the worst possible time – kitten season. We expect to see a HUGE cat population BOOM in the next few months and the need for help will only grow. 

So, as we dip our toes back in the water and begin opening up again for prearranged appointments, we have decided to utilize this special matching gift in two ways with our Clinic Cage Expansion & Community Outreach Project. Once raised, the $10,000 will allow us to purchase additional cage space in our surgery preparation area. This new section of cages will allow our team the ability to safely monitor and perform surgery on additional cats and small dogs each day.  

We also know that as the need for our services will grow, so will the need for financial assistance. That is why $5,000 of the money raised will be put toward community veterinary assistance. Maybe someone rescued a pregnant cat and now is struggling to care for the new family, or maybe a dog needs an urgent spay surgery but the owner is out of work. These funds will allow our staff the ability to say, “Yes, we can help and we can even cover the cost.”  The more we raise, the more we can help. Help us reach our $5,000 goal with a donation of any size right now.  

DOUBLE YOUR GIFT NOW

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