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An Important Message from Our Executive Director

Last night, as I sat listening to the birds chirping in my backyard, I was struck by how strange the world feels right now. Our daily lives have completely changed. We are in the process of creating new daily rhythms that don’t include offices, schools, restaurants, or any social gatherings. 

At the same time that all of this isolation is occurring, our connections to each other, and to our pets, have never been more palpable. Our pets have become a constant source of love, comfort, and distraction during these challenging times.

When I started the Planned PEThood of Georgia 10 years ago, I was driven by a desire to help pets and the people who love them. It was a simple mission that grew into an organization that currently runs six distinct life-saving programs. We reach communities and animals in ways I had not imagined 10 years ago, and I am wildly proud of how much our staff and volunteers give to the community. 

We feel fortunate to be a recipient of the CARES Act’s Small Business Loan program. With this assistance, our dedicated staff members will continue to receive their paychecks during this time. We continue to navigate this strange new world and how to give back while protecting our volunteers, staff, and patrons. 

While our payroll is secure for now, 60% of our programs are on pause, including the revenue-generating programs that fund our rescue efforts, rent, utilities, insurance, and… well, you get the idea. However, there is good news!

Our rescue program is flourishing with an abundance of foster home and adoption applications flooding our inboxes daily. Animals are being adopted faster than ever before, and we even have a waiting list for kittens.   

At Planned PEThood of Georgia, we are taking the COVID-19 pandemic one day at a time, and we truly appreciate your support during this challenging period. Everyone at Planned PEThood is thankful to have you as a friend. We hope you and your family are healthy and safe. Our receptionists are checking messages daily to keep you informed. Please reach out to us if you need anything. 

Sincerely, 

Elizabeth Burgner

Executive Director 

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3-year-old and 5-year-old Brothers Raise Kittens and Release Feral Cats

3-year-old Jakob and 5-year-old Markus have an intense love of animals. But really, they had no choice in the matter. Their parents, Jennifer and Al, have been training them since birth! As long-time animal lovers and rescuers, Jennifer and Al felt it was important to teach their children how to care for animals in need.

Together, this family of four helps orphaned kittens and momma cats get the vital care they need after being rescued as foster parents for Planned PEThood of Georgia.

Not only do the boys help their parents care for the cats and kittens, but they help to prepare them for adoption. Handling the kittens gives them important exposure to children that helps at adoption events. A friendly kitten is more likely to be adopted! The animals aren’t the only ones benefiting from this relationship though. The boys learn lessons about compassion and responsibility while making a difference. “It is a life lesson that can’t be learned in schools. So, I can’t get mad when they don’t want to do online learning. They rather play with the kitties!” says Jennifer.

3-year-old Jakob even took a turn releasing a community cat with his dad after TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) recently. For those of you who don’t know, TNR is when a community cat (sometimes called wild or feral) is humanely trapped, spayed/neutered and ear tipped, and then returned to the place it was trapped. This is the only humane and effective way to reduce cat overpopulation. Watch Jakob release his first community cat below!

Markus, Jakob, Jennifer and Al are making a difference in our community. We look forward to seeing who these sweet young boys grow up to be. 

If your family might be interested in fostering please visit our foster page or email our foster coordinator. Together, we can make a greater impact. 

 

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NEW Home Delivery Instant Rebates for Flea/Tick and Heartworm medications

Unfortunately, fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes don’t miraculously disappear during quarantine. Warmer weather and increased outside activities can increase these pests on your beloved pets, but we can help.

Home delivery of your pet’s preventative medications is a great way for you to get vital pet products during social distancing. Right now, Planned PEThood’s online pharmacy is offering NEW Home Delivery Instant Rebates on a variety of Flea/Tick and Heartworm products. Visit our online pharmacy now. Many of these products require that you have been seen at our clinic in the past year, however you can purchase products like Advantage on our pharmacy page without ever being a client. 

 E-mail info@PEThoodGA.org if you have any questions.        

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Adoptions increase 20% in March 2020

The ONLY positive thing to come out of COVID-19 is the fact that animals across the country are receiving more love than ever before from their owners. Not only are pets getting more love, but homeless animals are being fostered and adopted at record rates! It is wonderful to see the demand to save lives increase so dramatically! 

In March 2020, Planned PEThood’s adoptions increased by 20% compared to the previous year. A total of 59 pets found loving homes in March! Below is a list of all the babies that found forever homes and some of their happy pictures. If you want to see your happy picture here next month view our adoptable animals. Congratulations to all of the lucky families! 

If you adopted a pet from us we would love to see updates! E-mail us anytime at info@PEThoodGA.org 

March 2020 Adoptions: Angel, Angelica, Beau, Beethoven, Brooks, Bubble, Buzz, Cannoli , Cassie, Cha-Cha, Champ, Cheeto, Chloe, Cocoa, Cosmo, Crumpet, Crystal, Curious George, “D,” Daisy Mae, Donovan, Dudley, Elsa, Elliot, Emerson, Fred, George, Ghost, Gigi, Harlow, Hulk, Icicle, Jessie, Jupiter, Kona,  Maui, Meowzer, Mia, Moana, Nigel, Peaches, Pogo, Popsicle, Purrcules, Riley, Sam, Sanford, Scone, Scotland, Sir Shenanigan, Snugglewumps, Skipper, Squeaks, Stripe, Stripes, S’more, Sybill, Taffi, Tormund, Woody

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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 info@pethoodga.org 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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COVID-19 Updates

August 3, 2020: As a precaution we will not be accepting cash at our clinic. All major credit cards are accepted and can be paid over the phone after the services are rendered.

May 20, 2020: Beginning June 1 there will be a $3 COVID-19 Anesthesia Surcharge for all owned cats and dogs at the time of their surgery. (This will not apply to feral cat surgeries.)

Due to COVID-19 we have had to move away from drugs that are also used in human medicine. Unfortunately, the alternative medications are most costly. We apologize for any inconvenience, and hope this $3 charge will not be a burden on anyone. Thank you for your understanding!

Additionally, we will now allow feral cats to be dropped off on Mondays and Tuesdays without an appointment. Same rules as before COVID-19 apply. Two cats per person per day. Please see our community cats page for more information. 

May 7, 2020: Our clinic is open for spay/neuter, however due to our closure for the past 5 weeks we are booked until June. You may schedule an appointment below or call our front desk at 678-561-3491 to make an appointment. Until further notice, feral cats must also have an appointment. Thank you for your understanding during this challenging time.

March 27, 2020: Due to COVID-19, our clinic will remain closed until at least April 30th. All spay/neuter surgeries, including feral/community cats, are canceled until April 30th. Please call us at 678-561-3491 or email info@PEThoodGA.org if you have any questions. We are checking these periodically.

During this time, please ensure any unaltered animal stays inside and does not have access to other unaltered pets if possible.

We look forward to being able to serve the community again very soon. We hope you and your family stay safe. Remember, social distancing does not apply to your pets. Our rescue program is still operating during this time. If you are interested in fostering or adopting, now is a great time!

Animal shelters and rescues across the state are closed to the public, leaving homeless animals in desperate need during the worst time of year; kitten season. Requests for help continue to pour in, but the consequences of Coronavirus make saving additional animals a difficult decision. Our vaccination clinics are on hold, our public spay/neuter operations are closed, and our bank account is dwindling.

Unlike larger nonprofits, we do not have endowments, investments, or any other rainy-day fund to rely on during troubling times. Individual donors, like you, have always been our biggest supporters. If you are able to make a gift during this difficult time, please consider helping Planned PEthood of Georgia weather this storm.

You can donate by credit card or Paypal on our website at: https://pethoodga.org/give/

Checks can be mailed to our clinic at 2860 Buford Hwy Duluth, GA 30096

If you are interested in becoming a foster home learn more at:
https://pethoodga.org/foster-a-pet/

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