Your Impact: Meet Satchel - a Furkids success story
On a cold, rainy day back in early March, Furkids was on a rescue mission at high-kill shelter in rural south Georgia. We had already packed our van with as many dogs and puppies as we could fit, when one of our team members spotted an extrememly emaciated dog lying lifeless in the back of his kennel. He was so ill we weren't sure if he would make it - but we knew we had to try. We made space for him in the van, drove him 3 hours back to Furkids, and immediately rushed him to the vet. He stayed at the vet for almost a month receiving intensive care for several nasty infections and fighting off Parvo virus. Once he was finally released from the vet, we set Satchel up in one of our foster homes, where he continued to gain weight and recover. Satchel is a fighter, and as you can see, he blossomed into an incredibly handsome dog. After several months of rest & recovery with Furkids, we are happy to report that Satchel is now happy & healthy in his forever home!
What is Furkids?
Furkids, headquartered in Atlanta, GA, is a 501c3 nonprofit charitable organization that operates the largest cage-free, no-kill shelter in the Southeast for rescued cats and Sadie’s Place, a no-kill shelter for dogs. Furkids also operates one of the only facilities in the Southeast dedicated to the care of FIV and FELV positive cats. The Furkids mission is to rescue homeless animals, provide them with the best medical care and nurturing environment while working to find them a forever home. Furkids heals the whole animal, physically and emotionally, restoring its health and its spirit.
Furkids has rescued and altered more than 30,000 animals since its founding in 2002. Approximately 1,000 animals are in the Furkids program today, in the Furkids shelters, 13 PetSmart and Petco adoption centers, and more than 400 foster homes in the Atlanta area.
Furkids is the only animal rescue organization in metro Atlanta that allows children of all ages to volunteer. Furkids volunteer programs are designed to restore the health and spirits of injured and homeless animals while providing healing opportunities for volunteers who are strengthened by the bond of love and care between humans and animals. For more information about Furkids and to get involved, please visit www.furkids.org.
Why is Furkids needed?
Each year, in Metro Atlanta alone, 90,000 dogs and cats are killed simply because they have no home. The Furkids mission is to help end pet overpopulation in Georgia through sterilization, high-quality adoption and by providing valuable resources and pet care education to people in the community.
Where do Furkids animals come from?
Most of our animals are rescued from kill shelters on their last day, some come to us from owners who no longer can care for them, some are abandoned. And then there are special cases like The Rock, pictured above, who was rescued by a crew of Dekalb County firemen who found him trapped between a house foundation and brick wall with only about 2 inches of space. All are homeless and in need of care like the animals pictured.
Where does Furkids get its money?
Furkids operates entirely on monetary and in-kind donations from individuals, modest adoption fees and through the services of a dedicated network of volunteers. We also operate three thrift stores to benefit the shelter.
What makes Furkids unique?
1. We operate the largest no-kill animal shelter in Georgia. Our 10,000 square-foot cat facility features colorful, spacious rooms filled with cat trees, perches and toys. At any given time, the shelter is home to 300 frolicking kittens, teenagers, adults and seniors. We also operate a 5,000 square-foot shelter for our dogs and other animals live in foster homes or stay part-time at our 13 PetSmart and Petco locations.
2. Furkids is the only shelter that welcomes children as volunteers. We understand the special connection between kids and animals, and we invite children and groups to volunteer with us.
3. Furkids is one of the only shelters that accepts FIV and FELV positive cats. Contrary to what many people think, FIV-positive cats aren’t under a death sentence. Read more about FIV-positive cats at www.furkids.org/fiv.
4. We have our own surgical suite located right in our shelter, staffed part-time by a licensed veterinarian and other veterinary staff.
5. This year, Furkids started an innovative TransFUR program that transports cats and dogs from high-kill shelters here in Georgia to our no-kill rescue partners in northern states. There is less overpopulation up north, so animals that had been waiting and waiting in Georgia shelters are adopted almost immediately after arriving at the northern shelters. We have saved and transported over 800 cats and dogs this year.
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