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Christmas comes early for hundreds of local pet owners

December 12, 2022 by Staff Report

Christmas came early for hundreds of pet owners in Habersham County on Saturday: Their pets received free veterinary services at a pop-up clinic at the county fairgrounds in Clarkesville.

Habersham County Animal Care and Control (HCACC) coordinated the clinic with the help of PEThood Georgia of Duluth. They provided complimentary exams, vaccines, microchips, spay/neuter vouchers, flea medication, and pet food and supplies.

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Furbabies, Not So Furry Babies Provide Unconditional Love

Oct-Nov 2022 Peachtree Corners Magazine p 32-29

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Newton County Animal Services contracts for onsite surgical services

March 10, 2022 by Alice Queen

COVINGTON — Newton County has contracted with Planned PEThood of Georgia to provide spay/neuter surgeries onsite at Newton County Animal Services.

Animal Services has been working with Planned PEThood for the past several years to spay or neuter pets before they are placed in homes in Georgia. Planned PEThood has been picking up shelter animals once a week, transporting them to its facility in Duluth where the surgeries were performed, and returning them to the shelter.

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Pet Owners line up for vaccines and vouchers at free weekend clinic

July 26, 2021 by By Joy Purcell

In a scene reminiscent of Habersham’s mass vaccination site, cars snaked up the hill to the county fairgrounds pavilion on Saturday. Some waited in line for hours, but it wasn’t COVID vaccines they were waiting on; instead, it was pet vaccinations and vouchers.

Habersham County Animal Care and Control organized the free drive-through clinic with Planned Pethood of Georgia based in Duluth. The vaccines were paid for by a generous donation from the Jim Parker Charitable Fund.

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Planned Pethood works to alleviate pet overpopulation with free surgeries on Spay Day

February 25, 2020 by By Chamian Cruz

Planned Pethood Executive Director and co-founder Elizabeth Burgner said while many low-income families love their pets, they struggle to care for them medically.

All day Tuesday, the clinic in Duluth offered many low-income Lawrenceville residents an opportunity to care for their pets with free spay and neuter surgeries that they may otherwise not have had.

“We are moving in the right direction,” Burgner said. “(But) there are people and communities that still need education on the importance of spaying and neutering their pets and financial help to make it happen.”

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Planned Pethood of Georgia and Camp Dream Podcast

February 13, 2020 by Mike

Planned Pethood is a 501(c0(3) nonprofit animal welfare organization based in Duluth, GA. They are dedicated to helping pets and the people who care for them with innovative programs and affordable services.

They fulfill that mission in several ways: Operating a low-cost spay/neuter clinic that fixes 5,000 owned dogs and cats and feral cats each year; offering low-cost vaccination clinics at least once a month serving more than 1,000 pets a year; and rescuing and rehabilitating about 750 homeless pets each year and finding them loving forever homes.

Camp Dream offers recreational Summer Camp and Camp Out programs for children and young adults with moderate to severe physical and developmental disabilities. Camp Dream programs are 100% volunteer, providing a 1-to-1 camper to counselor ratio during its Summer Camp sessions. Camp Dream offers a barrier free environment and has never turned away a camper due to the severity of their disability or their financial capability.

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Planned PEThood celebrates 500th rescued pet in Newton County

By Caitlin Jett. Updated: Oct. 31, 2019, 2:49 p.m

COVINGTON, Ga.  — Holly, a 4-year-old female Rottweiler, had a tail-wagging good time Wednesday morning, Oct. 30, at the Newton County Animal Shelter, where she was named the 500th animal rescued by Planned PEThood.

Not only did Holly celebrate being Planned PEThood’s 500th rescue, but she also celebrated finding her “furever” home in Newton County.

Since May, Planned PEThood, a Gwinnett-based nonprofit animal welfare organization, has transported 500 animals to their Duluth clinic to be spayed/neutered, helping decrease the euthanization rate in the county. After being spayed/neutered, the animals are transported to a rescue group, no-kill shelter or returned to Newton County to be adopted.

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Newton Animal Control seeing reduction in euthanasia rate, increase in adoptions

By Alice Queen Jun 26, 2019

COVINGTON — As Newton County begins the planning process for a new Animal Control facility, one animal welfare organization is working with the shelter to get more animals adopted or placed with a rescue organization.

Planned Pethood of Georgia recently announced a $5,000 grant for the Newton Shelter to pay for rabies vaccinations and spaying and neutering for 75 animals, which will make it more likely that the animals will be adopted. The Spay Neuter Transport Program has been active since mid-May, and the county has already seen an increase in adoptions and a reduction in the euthanasia rate.

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Delta volunteer flies cat to Seattle cat café to find new home

By Kelly Yamanouchi, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. ATLANTA AIRPORT BLOG May 21, 2019

A Gwinnett County cat without a home caught an important flight with a Delta Air Lines volunteer recently.

The Delta volunteer, through Delta Animal Rescue Transport, flew with the cat to a cat café in Seattle where she can be adopted, according to a Duluth animal clinic.The cat, Molly, had tested positive for feline leukemia virus, which is contagious to cats and presented a challenge to finding her a new home, according to the animal clinic, Planned PEThood of Georgia.

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Meet the Beer Cats who are protecting breweries in Georgia

11Alive – Published on Apr 18, 2019

There are an estimated 60 million feral, or community, cats in the United States. This program hopes to be a way they can help their community.

Slow Pour Brewing Company taking advantage of Planned PEThood Barn Cat Program

By Isabel Hughes Mar 17, 2019

Jumping off her perch — a gray, velvet couch — Mash saunters over to the door, tail twitching, and peers through the glass.

As the black cat eyes the outdoor patio, her tabby counterpart, Barley, joins her, the two basking in the afternoon sun that streams through Slow Pour Brewing Company’s garage door.

Though the felines, who have the run of the place during non-business hours, look, and act, like any other house cats, the two are employees-of-sorts at the Lawrenceville brewery, “hired” in 2017 by Slow Pour Head Brewer Matt LaMattina to combat the business’ now non-existent rodent problem.

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Grant allows PEThood offer discount pet vaccines in Norcross

By Karen Huppertz, For the AJC Feb 10, 2019

A Bissell Pet Foundation grant will allow Planned PEThood of Georgia to offer discount spay/neuter procedures to dog and cat owners in Norcross. Residents of Norcross may spay/neuter their dogs or cats for only $30 for any cat or $45 for dogs under 100 pounds. Included in the cost is the spay/neuter surgery, rabies vaccination, distemper vaccination, and pain medication.

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Full-time vet care coming to Gwinnett animal shelter

By Karen Huppertz, For the AJC Jan 22, 2018

Gwinnett’s animal shelter at 884 Winder Highway in Lawrenceville will add full-time, on-site veterinary care under a new $360,000 contract approved recently by commissioners. Planned PEThood of Georgia Inc. will provide a full-time veterinarian and veterinary technicians five or six days a week depending on the season.

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Gwinnett BOC approves Planned PEThood vet services contract for animal shelter

By Curt Yeomans Jan 18, 2018

Gwinnett County officials are teaming up with Planned PEThood of Georgia Inc. to make sure animals housed in a shelter run by the county have access to medical care.

County commissioners approved a contract with Planned PEThood earlier this week to have Duluth-based animal welfare nonprofit provide veterinarian services at the Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement Shelter in Lawrenceville. The annual contract is for $360,000.

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Non-Profit Offers Natural Way to Get Rid of Rodents

From WSB-TV, Carl Willis, 11:44 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, 2017.

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. – Snakes, rats and other wild animals are causing concern for homeowners lately. But a Gwinnett County nonprofit group says they have the solution – stray cats.

In the span of a week, Channel 2 Action News has received calls about two separate incidents where residents said their apartments and condos were being invaded by rats.

“It’s not safe for the kids to take the trash out,” Leandea Smith told Channel 2’s Carl Willis while reporting on the problems at her apartment complex.

It’s an unsettling problem that doesn’t have to exist according to those at Lawrenceville’s Planned PEThood.

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Group hopes to sterilize 200 feral Gwinnett cats

By Tyler Estep, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Aug 24, 2016

A local rescue organization hopes a new grant will help quell the number of cats killed at the Gwinnett County animal shelter — by allowing them to sterilize feral felines and releasing them back into the world.

Planned PEThood of Georgia announced Wednesday its new grant, which will cover the cost of spaying or neutering 200 feral cats in Gwinnett. Effective immediately, Planned PEThood officials said, Gwinnett County animal control employees will alert anyone that brings a feral cat to the shelter about its new “TNR” program, in which felines are trapped, neutered and returned to their original location.

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Free Barn Cat Adoptions

From the Atlanta Journal‐Constitution, Sierra Hubbard, 1:11 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, 2016.

Tired of the rodents in your barn or the frogs at your pool? Get free pest control and save a life while doing it.

The Gwinnett County Animal Shelter has partnered again with Planned PEThood to get feral cats and kittens out of the shelter and into the Barn Cat Program.

Feral and unsocialized cats are considered “un-adoptable” and run the risk of being euthanized…

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: State representatives recognize Planned PEThood with resolution

By Curt Yeomans Mar 12, 2016

Officials from Duluth-based Planned PEThood of Georgia recently found themselves in the spotlight when they got a visit from a pair of state legislators who dropped by to deliver a resolution from the Georgia House of Representatives that praised the group’s work with animals.

The resolution was introduced in the House by Reps. Pedro Marin, Brooks Coleman and Tom Rice. Marin and Coleman, along with Duluth City Councilman Jim Dugan, personally delivered the honor to officials at Planned PEThood’s office on March 3 and posed for pictures with the group’s live mascot, a cat named Biscuit.

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