Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Grateful for our Donors

Some awesome animal lovers have helped WAG during March and April, 2013. For their help in saving furry lives, we thank Bob and Suzanne Brake, Elmer and Nancy Swartzmeyer, Bill Dean, Carolyn Fincher, Amy Vannest, Joe and Amanda Paul, Deepthi Gajjarapu, Diane Motes, Budget Vet, Rick Ramin, Monica Couch, Shirley Wilson, Dan Wiegand, Christos and Eleni Kouzinoglou, Karen Meredith, Nancy Akin, Walnut Grove Animal Hospital, Libby Klucken, Paradox Spay Neuter Clinic, Eileen Parker, Galon Brand, Deborah, Gleadell, Atlanta Animal Rescue Friends, Dana Zurbuchen, Monroe Animal Care Hospital, Kendra Harry, Julianne Payne, Jodie Borucki,, Terry Segovis, Lorraine Salki, Elyssa Wright, Mary Rennie, Debbie Altman, Paws Whiskers and Wags, and West Walton Feed.


Monday, April 29, 2013

A WAG 'n Walk welcome to Paws, Whiskers and Wags!

Thanks to a new WAG 'n Walk Gold sponsor - Paws, Whiskers and Wags, a local pet crematory and  compassionate friend when it's time to say goodbye to our pets.

To find out more about them, visit their website.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Project Dog Days


On June 28 WAG volunteers will head to Guilford, CT to participate in an adoption event with our new rescue partners, Dog Days. This CT non-profit group puts on amazing events and get lots of dogs adopted - it's a privilege to be invited. We'll be taking 30 - 35 dogs with us - a great chance for dozens of homeless dogs to start a new life!

This is a big project and we're gonna need some help - especially people willing to foster a dog or two for about 6 weeks. We'll be transported by Jim and Terry Rodgers in their comfy shuttle bus with plenty of room for everybody (dogs, that is). 

All dogs will be vetted before the transport, so there will be some cash outlay for us before the trip (always a challenge for a non-profit). Hopefully some sponsors will step up and help. 

This is our second trip. We attended another type of CT event several years ago and it was an AMAZING experience to see people lined up anxiously waiting to adopt the medium-sized or big dogs that wait months to find homes here in GA. Hoping for similar results this time. Dogs Days has experience hosting these events and we hear very good things about them.

There's plenty of work to do and dogs to rescue between now and then. Watch our page/site for some pictures of lucky dogs who snag a ticket on the bus headed north! 

Woo Hoo!!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Some new furry faces

Say hello to our new rescues from Walton Co. Animal Control. Too cute!

Unfortunately Wendy, the scruffy girl below, has heartworms. Guess she spent a lot of time outside and wasn't given heartworm preventative. So she'll have to undergo treatment before she's available for adoption. Sad for her, but we'll get her well soon!

Lady is awfully sweet and has the cutest underbite. She's getting spayed, vaccinated and will be ready for a new home in the not-too-distant future!

And here's Daisy, a very young, scared and frightened girl. She cowered in her kennel for days while shelter workers tried to bring her out of her shell. Sh's still very nervous but has already started giving her foster mom kisses!

*Update on Daisy - We weren't able to give Daisy her happy ending. After a few fear-biting incidents, it was clear our foster situation wouldn't work for her. But thankfully the folks at Country Living Pet Rescue found a very quiet and experienced foster for her and have taken over her care. We wish them, and Daisy, all the best luck in the future!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Happy Birthday to Us!

Hard to believe - WAG is 6 years old!! We incorporated in April, 2007. It's been an amazing run and we've helped more than 1,000 dogs/cats/kittens/puppies during that time. But we're not done yet - some exciting news coming soon!!

As always, thank you for supporting us!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Blessing of the Animals

WAG will be at the First United Methodist Church in Monroe for its first ever Blessing of the Animals on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the church. This will begin at 9 a.m. and run until noon.

According to the church website, the service beings at 9 a.m., during which time Pastor Dane will bless each of any animals present.

"Bring your family pet (fish, rabbit, dog, cat, etc) to our Blessing of the Animals Service," the website reads, going on to caution that all animals must be on a leash or in a carrier - and to not bring any aggressive animals.

Following the service, there will be a fair featuring the many animal-centered services and businesses in the area. These include:
• Ice cream (for the pets) by Bruster's
•A Frisbee demonstration by Ashley Hill Pet Center
•Gift basket giveaways
•Local veterinarians and business to share more information about their field
•Pet adoptions

First United Methodist Church is located at 400 South Broad St., Monroe. Phone 770-267-6525 for more information.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Did You Know?

Walton Animal Guild, like most other rescues, does NOT get free vet services for our rescue animals. We pay the spay/neuter prices as other low-cost spay/neuter clinic clients. We purchase heartworm tests and other vaccinations in bulk for cost savings. We take our rescue animals to the veterinarian for rabies vaccinations just like other pet owners. Our emergency vet visits are billed as any other client. Many people assume we have "connections" for free services and our adoption fee is purely profit, but unfortunately the answer to that is No.

Our adoptable dogs receive regular dewormings with Pyrantel and Panacur, at least two (2) DHPP (distemper/parvo)vaccine, rabies vaccine, are spayed/neutered, heartworm tested and receive monthly heartworm preventive and flea treatment. Our adoptable cats are tested for Feline AIDS and leukemia, dewormed, vaccinated with at least (2) FVRCP vaccines, rabies vaccine, spayed/neutered and receive monthly flea treatment. Puppies and kittens usually have a minimum of four (4) DHPP and FVRCP vaccinations. Food and boarding aren't factored in, but are certainly costs we bear.

Our adoption fees remain the same regardless of how much medical expense the dog has incurred. A recent parvo case in an adult dog resulted in an $800 veterinary bill, yet that dog was later adopted at our normal $175 adoption fee for an adult dog.

In other words, we take the words "non-profit" very seriously. 

Friday, April 12, 2013

Too many babies

It's kitten season again - way too many being born and far too many will die.

We rescued this pretty calico mama and her 5 babies from Walton Co. Animal Control this week. The babies are 7 days old today and too cute for words. So glad we could help this little group of felines. Thanks to our volunteer Roxanna for fostering them and providing mama a safe place to raise her babies.

But remember the magic word - SPAY SPAY SPAY!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Monroe Animal Care Hospital goes Platinum!

A big WAG welcome to Dr. Asha Wise and our friends at Monroe Animal Care Hospital, a Platinum sponsor of the WAG 'n Walk. This is the third year they've joined us as sponsors - making them an official Awesome Sponsor! Also, congratulations to them on their recent accreditation through AAHA (American Animal Hospital Assoc.) Check them out at www.monroeanimal.com and come visit their booth at the WAG 'n Walk on May 4. 

More on the festival at www.wagnwalkpetfest.com.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Platinum WAG 'n Walk sponsor

A warm WAG 'n Walk welcome to Dr. Lois Lassiter at My Budget Vet, a mobile veterinary clinic offering spay/neuter services, vaccinations and other pet wellness services. Her mobile clinic visit various locations in metro Atlanta, including Walton, Barrow, Newton, Gwinnett, Spalding, Fayette, and Butts. In Walton you'll find them at Boss Brothers Country Store, West Walton Feed and Tack, and Family Farm and Garden. Visit their website at www.mybudgetvet.com for more info.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Keep the shelter rescues happening!

We'll be sending out the fundraising page for the WAG 'n Walk Pet Festival. It's one of our major fundraisers each year. The success of that event affects how many animals we can rescue each year, so please donate if you can't participate. Our dogs and cats will thank you!

Online fundraising for WAG 'n Walk