Happy Fall Y'all!   Sit - Stay... Awhile!

Adopt A Cat for A Discounted Fee! 

Effective September 8, 2015, Charles Smithgall Humane Society will be offering Senior Citizens (62 years or older) a significant discount on our resident cats that are 6 months or older.   

Normally, the fee to adopt a cat that has been spayed/neutered, vaccinated, de-wormed and tested for FLV/FIV is $85.  Our price through November 8, 2015, will be $25.  We will conduct a home check and veterinarian check.  We prefer that the cats live indoors.  Take advantage of this fantastic offer to bring companionship into your life and provide loving homes for our furry friends!  

 There will be a rabies clinic on Sat. Oct 17th at the Humane Society. Thanks to Mill Creek Vet Clinic, several vaccinations will be offered at discounted rates for dogs and cats.  For a complete list of vaccinations and prices Click here.
It's Yard Sale Time Again!

Mark your calendar now. The Smithgall Humane Society October Yard Sale is nearing and it is time to begin planning for this important event. Remember, donated items turn unwanted items into food, shelter and medical care for our shelter animals. The Yard Sale event will run October 8th thru October 11th.

Our yard sales are run entirely by volunteers and this event would not be possible without the support of our amazing and caring volunteers. We are asking for your assistance by signing up to help with either set-up and/or in staffing the actual event. Understanding that some may work or have other commitments we would still appreciate any time you can share with us. These are the dates we will need volunteer assistance:

- Presorting Set up for sale volunteers will be needed on Tuesday and Wednesday Oct 6th and 7th. Time: 9am -4pm. 

- Staffing the actual event on October 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th. Time: 8:30 am-4pm. 

- Clean-up October 12th and 13th. Time 9am-4pm

In addition to volunteering to staff the event, we hope you will use this opportunity to clean out your basement, closet or attic. Once we get all of the donations in, sorted and organized for the sale, we hope you will tell your family and friends to come out to the yard sale and shop in support of our pets.

It is the support of volunteers who truly make our Yard Sale benefit a success and for that we are always grateful. Please keep in mind that all the profit is for the shelter animals that come our way. Every bit of help makes a difference.

Please email Melissa Pestle - melissa.pestle18@gmail.com - to let us know how and when you can help us.

Thank you in advance for your support and participation! 

Recent Fund Raisers... 

What perfect weather & a perfect day we had at our first golf tournament fund raiser!  Many thanks to Mossy Creek Golf Course in Cleveland for being such a wonderful host for the event.  Many thanks to our sponsors and players... Thanks to you, we raised almost $2000 for our shelter animals! 

Village Market

-Village Market's First Fridays first spring event of this year raised over $700 for the Humane Society!  Every month continues to bring generous donations for the Humane Society, and in August, we had an adoption of one of our shelter pets there! Thanks to all that have brought yummy treats for donations, and/or donated raffle prizes. Special thanks go to Sheilah Welsch, who donated a portion of her Village Market proceeds to the Humane Society for the first Friday this year, and continues to allow us to be the beneficiary of these fun, relaxing evenings.  We are very grateful! Plus, watch for more info on a new fund raiser she has set up for us called Yappy Hour!  
-Barking Lot's basket raffle raised $200 - thanks to Stacy and Barking Lot! 

    Do you know... Smokey Joe?

We have a few 'long termers' at our humane society right now that really need loving, good homes. Most times they are wonderful animals who have nothing wrong other than they haven't been seen by the 'right' person. In some cases, they need a specific type furever home, but are wonderful pets and just need the right adoptive home.
Smokey Joe is a 3 year old shepherd mix who has been in shelter care for 1.5 years. Joe initially came into the shelter in Jan12 as part of a litter of 5 week old pups. He was adopted and after 15 months was returned to the shelter in Jul 13. Initially, Joe had a highly reactive fear of leashes and displayed other behaviors that indicated he had not been treated kindly. With the attention of staff... and volunteers, Joe was able to relax and show a sweet and goofy personality that relished belly rubs and long walks in the woods. When with the staff members he adores, he wiggles and whimpers with joy. Joe is a strong dog weighing in at 60 lbs. He is good with most dogs and plays best with those of a size that will not be run over by his strength. An adult only household is being sought. Joe will be a loyal and protective companion. Adoptive parent needs to be aware that he will have trust issues with other people initially, and patience can overcome that. He has tried to nip out of fear and needs a loving guardian to gain trust again.
Joe's adoption fee is $25. Joe is sponsored by Lorraine Newell in memory of Hella.



Check out our official Facebook page...
There's real time info on adopted pets,  special needs and more, updated daily! 

THE MISSION of the Charles Smithgall Humane Society is to shelter and find safe homes for unwanted, abandoned, neglected and abused animals; to reduce pet overpopulation, cruelty and neglect; to teach and encourage responsible pet ownership;and to advocate animal welfare.

Animal Adoption Center
4823 Helen Hwy. 75N
Sautee Nacoochee, GA 30571
(Between Cleveland &
Helen, GA)
(706) 865-4135
E-mail Us

 Adoption Center Visiting Hours
Monday: Closed to public
Tuesday - Saturday: 10am-4pm
        Sunday: 1-4pm            
 Allie is special & needs you!
Allie has a slightly crooked face due to mild facial nerve paralysis. Her condition creates a small amount of drooling and less than normal blinking of one eye. She has been evaluated and requires no treatment as she has adjusted to her mild impairment. Yet no one has shown any interest in adopting her. She has overcome fear and distrust that was generated by a short term adoption as a puppy. Though not physically perfect, she has a sweet nature and longs for someone to think she is special enough to share their life. Allie is 1 year old and has lived in the shelter for 7 months. She is fun and does not know she is in any way different from other dogs.  All she needs is someone to believe in her. Be sure to check out our Facebook page for a lot more about Allie, including her new boyfriend at the shelter, RJ. It's a sweet love story that will have an even happier ending, if we can find someone who has it in their hearts to adopt both of them!  
 Featured Canine: Benny
Click Here for more info   

Featured Feline: Daisy 
 Adoption Center Medical Fund    

This is a fund to attend to current & future medical needs of our shelter pets, as we do not have vets on staff. This is for treatment beyond usual vaccinations and simple care. Previous pets like Rocky, Charlie and Wobbles, have benefited from this fund, so if you've heard of their fund raisers, this is a continuation of that. We help pets who are very sweet, loving and adoptable, but have immediate medical needs. Please click here to donate to help them, and future shelter pets. Thank you for your help... We wouldn't be able to help without your support!  

Henry - We knew he just needed the right home for his goofy and lovable personality to be appreciated! Looks he is fitting right in at the Fords, where he not only sleeps in the chair with his new daddy, but plays with his 2 human brothers, runs through the sprinkler in the back yard, and also sleeps in the bed with mommy & daddy nightly. No, he's not spoiled... He's super-sized loved!
We appreciate your donations so much... But the animals would love your time!
The biggest thing you can give shelter pets, along with monetary donations  keep us going, is to give the pets some of your time. They need love, patience & understanding!
The dogs need to be walked, both cats and dogs need to be played with, and all need to know they are loved and safe, which makes them happier and calmer, which also helps them get adopted faster! Some need grooming, or socializing, or command training. Sometimes the best thing you can do is just sit with them in their kennels and show them it's a safe place, and people are going to treat them kindly; that hasn't always been their experience. There are multiple things you can do to help; check out our Volunteers Corner for ideas. 
Shelter pets make wonderful, loving pets!Sometimes, they haven't had such a great beginning to their lives, but you can give them the love and affection they so richly deserve.  Abuse is a sad reality, and some shelter pets have dealt with various forms of it, from verbal to physical to neglect.  PetPlace.com has a great article on how to welcome a formerly abused pet into your home, and how to make them feel safe and welcome.  It's great info to use for any adopted pet, as coming 'home' is a new experience to them, and some adapt quicker than others.  Click here
Historical CourthouseDid you know... 

There's a lot of educational information on our  Pet Information & Tips page? Do you know how your dog really is in dog years? Want some great links for pet training, or for dog & cat treats recipes? Or want a link to send a funny pet e-card that talks? It's there! There are fun sites for kids, too! Check it out and send us your favorite link; we'll highlight it here!  

Calendar of Events            
Mondays @ Humane Society - Dog Walkers needed (must be 16 - call for more info)
2nd Wed. of every month - Board of Directors meeting - 5:30 @ Humane Society (public welcome)
Fall Calendar:
Sat Oct 3rd - Fall Festival @ St. Paul's Catholic Church - 10am-4pm - Adoption Booth
Sun Oct 4th - Blessing of the Animals @ Humane Society; 2pm (It's the Feast of St. Francis - Patron Saint of the Animals; Father Kidd from Resurrection Episcopal will give blessings
Thur-Sun Oct 8-11th - Fall Yard Sale @ Humane Society - see times & info above
Fri Oct 16th - Fri. Obedience Classes begin @ Humane Society - Time TBA
Sat Oct 17th - Sat Morning Obedience Classes begin @ Humane Society - Time TBS  
Sat Oct 17th - Rabies Clinic @ Humane Society, by Mill Creek Vet Clinic; 1-3


National Dates 

Adopt-a-dog Month - October 1-31
National Feral Cat Day - October 16
National Cat Day - October 29

Senior Pet Month
National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week - Nov 5-11

December 2nd - National Mutt Day