Spay and Neuter

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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COVID-19 Update: March 23, 2020

UPDATED COVID-19 RESPONSE: March 23,2020

All appointments for owned pets for March 24 through April 2 will be CANCELED out of an abundance of caution for our clients and staff.

Our facility will be closed for cleaning on Tuesday and Wednesday. We will re-open on Thursday 3/26 to provide surgeries for feral/community cats only. We know that Georgia shelters will be overwhelmed with unwanted kittens at the worst possible time if we can’t continue to sterilize community cats, so we want to provide the option for this critical population for as long as possible. We encourage trappers to continue trapping for surgery on Thursday 3/26. If you plan to bring more than 2 cats, please call to make sure we will have room for them. Cats may be dropped off between 7:30-8:30 Thursday morning, and must be picked up by end of day (boarding will not be available). Call 678-561-3491 with any questions or e-mail us at info@PEThoodGA.org.

 

Our lobby remains closed to the public, as recommended by the CDC. This is a fluid situation, and we will continue to provide updates. Thank you for your continued support during this challenging time.

 

Our spay/neuter clinic and vaccination clinics bring in most of the revenue that supports our rescue efforts, community cat program, and other initiatives. Closing to the public will put a serious strain on our ability to continue these programs, and to protect our dedicated staff members, during this crisis. Please consider making a special gift to our COVID-19 Emergency Fund today.


We WILL figure this out together. Cats and dogs across Georgia are depending on us to ensure their health and security. It takes a community of caring individuals to make an impact, and we thank you for being a part of our community. 

 

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Planned PEThood’s Coronavirus Playlist

Our spay/neuter clinic is open, and we are ready to see your pets. We have taken every precaution possible to ensure you and your pet’s health and safety. Call 678-561-3491 or email info@PEThoodGA.org with questions. We have appointments available next week. 

While following our new policies, our team is rocking out to our COVID-19 Playlist. Make sure to watch the drum solo at the end. What songs do you think should be in the playlist? So far we have:

  • Don’t Stand So Close to Me – The Police
  • I’m Still Standing – Elton John
  • Stayin’ Alive – Bee Gees 
  • In the Air Tonight – Phil Collins 
  • Don’t Worry Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin
  • Hot Blooded – Foreigner

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Rare Medical Case: 1 in 55,000 Animals

Sometimes things just don’t go as planned.
 
Last month a puppy visited our clinic from Newton County Animal Control. Our Go Fix Georgia program makes it possible for all Newton County pets to be altered before they go to their new homes. In this case, this sweet puppy named Merle came with a very rare medical condition. He had a scrotal hernia, which is so rare that most vets will never see one in general practice. In fact, this is the first one we have seen in over 55,000 surgeries. (Note: Click on the links to see the before and after images.)
 
We all knew going into this surgery that this type of hernia repair often requires followup, since closing a hernia in this area can result in development of a new hernia  Merle’s new mom was advised to keep an eye out for abnormal swelling after surgery. Sure enough, things started to not look quite right, and she brought him to an emergency clinic. Merle needed a second surgery –  more than an hour away from our clinic, on the weekend.   
 
Planned PEThood worked with the ER vet to ensure Merle got the surgery he needed at a cost of $800. We didn’t have $800 to spare. We weren’t obligated to pay this ER bill. But Merle’s new family couldn’t afford this unexpected cost, and we could not bear to think of the consequences if we didn’t help.
 
Merle’s second surgery went well and he is back with his new family – a healthy, bouncy puppy who has no idea of the danger he was in.
 
Things could have ended very differently for Merle. We were happy to help him, but the $800 we spent was not in our budget.
 
Would you be willing to make a gift today to help us replenish our funds?  It is because of your support that we can help animals like Merle, and we always want to be able to step up. Please, Donate Now. 
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