Category: Pets

What’s Up Doc? A Local Shelter Just for Rabbits

GHRS was founded in 1996 when rabbits were rising in popularity as house pets and there were few animal facilities that would take abandoned rabbits, according to shelter Manager Jennifer McGee.

“Rabbits are the third companion animal behind dogs and cats,” McGee said. “They stay in the home, they’re litter box trained, they’re very neat and tidy, and you don’t have to walk them.”

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Making New Friends with Old Souls

Denise Fleck, president of the organization’s board of directors, said one benefit of choosing a senior animal was, “with older dogs, what you see is what you get!”

“They have already grown into their bodies and personalities, are often more low-key and just love to sit adoringly at your side,” said Fleck, of Villa Rica. “It is important to remember, however, that a 7-year-old senior dog can be quite different from a 13-year-old. So senior dogs, like senior people, have a range of needs and activity levels, but all still have so much love to give.”

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Surviving quarantine with new four-legged friends

The community answered LifeLine’s SOS call — big-time. In the first week after the shelter’s plea for help, more than 750 animals were adopted or fostered.
So many cages were emptied that LifeLine was able to rescue animals from about six rural shelters that were closing, saving about 100 animals that were going to be euthanized, Hirsch said.
“We’ve been thrilled beyond expectation with how the Atlanta community has come forward and helped,” she said.

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Animals provide assistance, support and comfort

Some service animals can, among other things, pull a wheelchair, retrieve a dropped item, alert a person to a sound, remind a person about medications or press an elevator button on command. In fact, some dogs have even been trained to detect oncoming epileptic seizures or sense the presence of certain human cancers.

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Furkids: Transfurring love across state lines

Atlanta-based Furkids is going the extra mile — actually, lots of extra miles — to help put a dent in Georgia’s animal euthanasia rates. Last year, the 17-year-old group launched its TransFUR animal transport service, a program that is picking up unwanted animals from high-kill shelters across Georgia and sending them to no-kill animal shelters in northern states, where there is high demand for adoptable animals and a low inventory of them.

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