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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: https://www.bissellpetfoundation.org/programs/empty-the-shelters/

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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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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.

Learn more or book an appointment at: pethoodga.org/wellness

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Superhuman Spotlight – Dr. Christina Simpson

Our 2021 campaign encouraged people to become a “Rescue Superhero.” When running our year-end numbers we discovered impressive numbers about our veterinarian, Dr. Christina Simpson, almost superhuman numbers. Here are just SOME of the things she accomplished in 2021:

  • 5,023 spay/neuter surgeries
  • 2,111 exams at vaccine clinics, outreach events, and our new Wellness Clinic
  • 27 special surgeries such as amputations and eye removals
  • Fostered multiple pets and SO much more! 

Dr. Simpson is such a blessing to the animals we serve. Please join us in thanking her for her superhuman efforts to help the animals of Georgia!

If you want to send her a thank you note, please comment below! She would love to hear from you.

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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 PetcoLove.org.

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

 

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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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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!

Shop Fun Pasta

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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Tiny Kitten Rescued from Storm Drain

Become a Superhero to animals like Pika right now. Make a gift to ensure cats and dogs are saved from danger and homelessness in 2022.

Become a Rescue Superhero Today!

 

 

 

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61 Cats Trapped for Feral Cat Day 2021

Today is National Feral Cat Day. In celebration, Planned PEThood of GA held a mega trapping event in Gwinnett County last week. In one morning, 12 volunteers trapped 61 cats and kittens thanks to a grant from Petco Love. These cats were at five locations in Norcross and Lilburn overrun with feral cats, imagine how many more are out there! 

Feral cat day is a day to celebrate cats of all stripes, no matter where they call home. Feral cats have been stigmatized the world over, but thanks to this holiday, we can change how we see these lovable nomads. While these cats may not want to be pets, they still deserve food, shelter, and basic medical care. 

This mega trapping event was able to ensure the 61 cats and kittens were vaccinated for rabies, ensuring the safety of the community, and spayed/neutered, preventing hundreds of births. After recovery from surgery, the cats were returned to their ‘homes’ to live out their lives with caregivers. 

Planned PEThood of GA offers a variety of ways to help community cats such as humane trap loans and low-cost spay/neuter options

We hope you will join us in celebrating community cats in your neighborhood today! 

You can make a difference in the lives of cats like these right now.

Make a gift to help feral cats in your area right now!

$5 = Rabies Shot

$10 – Flea medication

$15 = Pain medication

$50 = covers surgery and care for one feral cat

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