Monday, September 30, 2013

Thank You!

Many thanks to these wonderful supporters for their recent donations to WAG: George Ann Ferguson, Donald Mesite, Deborah Gleadall, Susan Keppel, Stephanie Dyar, Countryside Vets, Karla Perkowski Scandiff, Ashley Abercrombie, K. L. Cloudt, Jamie Griffeth, Janet Smith, Heather foster, John and Laudia Shumpert, Michael and Janet Smith, William and Heather Foster,Alan and Ashley Abercrombie, Michael and Barbara Lee Grigsby, Jose and Katrina Padilla, and Michael Phillips. Your donations have helped save lots of furry lives!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

A WAG Rescue Dog's Life, Part II

Concrete and kennels are only a small part of rescue. Keeping our dogs healthy and happy while they're waiting for a new home is our most important goal.

Dogs love daily routine. To keep kennel dogs from getting bored, we have several outings each day in good weather. Much like children, dogs like to keep busy with a variety of activities. Climbing, jumping, wrestling and chasing each other, catching balls or playing in the leaves are just a few of the fun doggy things available.

Even bringing in the newspaper can be an enjoyable group activity!

Our dogs have daily romps in the field following the fun cart (or what you might call a golf cart.) Most LOVE to stretch their legs and run beside the cart, ears flapping in the breeze. Our special cart is loaded with snacks and, as the new dogs soon learn, may stop at any time with yummy treats so everyone usually stays fairly close by. 

Hijacking the fun cart is a common canine caper for those too tired to run anymore!  

In the summer, kiddie pools are available for splashing or just lying down and getting cool. Jupiter, a Great Dane mix, has nailed down the cooling-off skill!

Group digging sessions are fun, especially in the "approved" digging zone: under the oak trees where chipmunks sometimes hang out! 

Whether it's fun in the outside play yard or just sitting around socializing, the dogs are always glad to have visitors. 

But, as mother always told you, life can't be all fun and games. Play is important, but so are manners and we want to help our dogs become happy, polite and socialized canine citizens. 

Coming soon: In Part III of  the life of a WAG rescue we'll check out some of the training time spent with our rescue dogs.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

WAG 'n Walk fun

Thanks to everyone who came out to the WAG 'n Walk Pet Festival at Meridian Park. A bright sunny day, perhaps a little warmer than we wanted, but the dogs enjoyed getting out and visiting new friends. Our appreciation to those sponsors who made the afternoon possible. Thanks go to Budget Vet, Monroe Animal Care Hospital, Walton Living Magazine, Paws, Whiskers and Wags, Countryside Animal Hospital,  Walnut Grove Animal Hospital, West Walton Feed and Tack, Legacy State Bank, and Paradox Spay Neuter Clinic for their awesome support!

Thanks also to the Social Circle Girl Scout Troop who worked as a team to raise $205! The Anchor Club students from Monroe Area High School were stalwart volunteers, along with lots of other hard-working WAG volunteers who braved heat and sweat-stained shirts to help us through the day. You guys rocks!

All together, our WAG 'n Walk sponsors, walkers and other supporters raised more than $4,000 for our programs - an amazing achievement! Thank You from our bottom of our rescue animals furry paws and happy hearts.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

PetSmart Gives Back

Exciting news! Walton Animal Guild has been chosen for the PetSmart Gives Back initiative, a new program recognizing organizations who make a difference in their community. 

PetSmart Gives Back looks for groups w/supportive programs like low-income spay/neuter, education, the pet food pantry and puts money into those program. 

Come join the happy celebration at the Loganville PetSmart on Thursday, Sept. 5 at 10 am as Atlanta district PetSmart managers present WAG with a check for $13,000! Woo Hoo!