Happy SPRING!   Sit - Stay... Awhile!

                       

Tax Time... Donation Time??
           Won't you help us?           
 
Now that the holidays are over and winter is in full force, it's time to prepare those taxes.  It's a perfect time to consider donating to the Humane Society. Being a 501c3 Nonprofit Business, your donations are tax deductible. Winter heating bills are very high, and medical funds are always needed, so please consider the shelter animals when they need you most.
 
Dog obedience classes starting!  Six wks. of sessions with your pup, and learn basic commands & obedience. It also allows your puppy or dog to get used to other dogs in a group, if not already used to it! Check out our facebook page for any updates to lessons, based on weather, etc.
 
 Spring's Coming - It's YARD SALE Time!
The Humane Society will be having its annual Spring Yard Sale again this year, May 13-17th. See calendar below for times.  Please save your gently used items to donate, so that we can raise funds for the shelter animals. And save the dates so you can come do some fun shopping! 
We are gratefully accepting saleable, operating items.  Examples include: Furniture, toys, games, small appliances, electronics, tools, artwork, cookware, ceramics, sporting goods, etc.  (No clothing, please). Please drop your donated items by the Adoption Center during visiting hours. Your donations are tax deductible, and you will receive a receipt for goods upon request. Volunteers are also needed; contact the Humane Society if you can help. Keep checking our Facebook page for details in the near future. Thanks for helping the shelter pets!   
 
June 6th - Save the Date!
Hard to think about balmy breezes and warm weather, but it'll come soon enough, and when it does, we're having a great golf tournament fund raiser!  Tournament will be at Mossy Creek Golf Course in Cleveland.  It's a beautiful 18 hole course with a yummy grill serving food.  Keep checking back for more info as time gets closer, but save the date - the proceeds benefit our shelter animals! Click here or on picture above for registration form & more info.
 
 
Cassie - adopted @ 5 mos. She's 10 yrs. old now & happy! She was found in a drain hole & deemed 'unadoptable'; her family disagrees! 
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 
                      

  Save your Soul - er, Sole...                        
                           - for the Animals!
 
 
This is one of the best fund raising programs we've come across lately, because not only is it easy, it helps our shelter pets, and then it helps others, too! Using Shoebox Recycling's program, just save your gently worn shoes and donate to us.  We'll collect in our box, ship to them, (for free) and get 50 cents/lb. for the shoes! In turn, others get new shoes they might not otherwise receive. You can even put a note in the shoes and trace who receives them!  Cuts the landfill, helps others, gets rid of old shoes you aren't using, and best of all --- Helps Our Shelter Pets!  Drop old shoes by shelter and put in our recycling box. If your business is interested in carrying one of our drop-off boxes, please contact us; the more boxes, the more money for our pets! Click on picture link above for more info.
                     
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
Email 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
  


Featured Feline: Daisy 
 
 

   Adoption Center Medical Fund    
         Charlie, now in his happy furever home!        
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!                      

 
 
HAPPY TAILS ADOPTIONS!
 
Gracie, one of our bassetts that got a new forever home - all the way up to Canada! Click here to read about her journey and "Happy Tail"...

Some other happy adoptions...

Atlas: Our resident lab was such a happy guy, but was getting a little frustrated with being kenneled such a long time. We
        

 couldn't figure out why no one adopted him; he's a good, fun-lovin' guy! Well, turns out, it was just because the right person hadn't seen him.  Now Atlas is happy in his new forever home!  We'll miss him, but happy he's found a great home with lots of love!
 
                       
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. 
 
 
Did you knowHistorical Courthouse... 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!
 
 
Logan Fain, daughter of Dustin and Christy Fain of Cleveland , asked attendees at her February birthday party to bring food, treats, and toys for the cats and dogs at Smithgall Humane Society instead of presents for her.  Cissy shelter cat approvingly inspected donated items.  Thanks, Logan !

       Calendar of Events            

 
Ongoing:
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)
 
Spring Calendar:
 
April 17th - Dog Obedience Classes - @ Humane Society, 6:30-7:30pm (see above for more info)
April 18th - Dog Obedience Classes - @ Humane Society, 9:30-10:30am (see above)

May 13-17 -
Spring Yard Sale @ Humane Society; 9am-4pm, & 12-4 Sunday
 
June 6th - Fund raiser: Golf Tournament at Mossy Creek 

Rabies (and Other) Clinics:
 
Sat April 11 & Sat April 18,10am - 2pm. Rabies vaccine $10, DAPP(dog) $15, FVRCP(cat) $15 @ Red Barn Veterinary Hospital - 14 Seven Mile Hill Rd , Dahlonega GA 706-864-0054. 

Sat April 18, 2-5PM. Rabies $10, Parvo-Distemper (dog) $15, Respiratory Virus (cat) $15 @ Lumpkin County Middle School - 44 School Dr. Dahlonega GA (sponsored by 4H & Chestatee Animal Hospital 706-864-1005).

Sat April 25 & Sat May 2, 1-4PM. Rabies vaccine $10, DHLPP,CV $24 & Parvo only $12, 1st Lymes $17 @ Cleveland Veterinary Hospital - 1029 S Main St. Cleveland GA 706-865-3188. Sponsored by the White County 4-H.
 

       
 National Events 

APRIL
April - Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month (ASPCA)
April - National & International Pet First Aid Awareness Month
April - National Pet Month
April - Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs Month
April 1 - Everyday is Tag Day
April 7 - National Pet Health Insurance Day (VPI)
April TBD - International Guide Dog Day
April 18 - Pet Owner's Independence Day
April 18-24 - Animal Cruelty/Human Violence Awareness Week (HSUS)
April 18-24 - World Week for Animals in Labs
April 18-24 - National Pet ID Week
April 22 - Earth Day
April 24 - World Veterinary Day
April 24-30 National Scoop the Poop Week
April 25 - Don't Step In The Dog Poop Day
April 25 - International Day of the Dog
April 26 - National Kids and Pets Day
April 26 - National Pet Parent's Day
April 30 - National Arbor Day

MAY
May - Be Kind to Animals Month
May - Chip Your Pet Month (HomeAgain)
May - Go Fetch! Food Drive for Homeless Animals Month
May - National Pet Month
May 2 - MayDay for Mutts
May 2-8 - Be Kind to Animals Week
May 2-8 National Pet Week (AVMA)
May 8 - Animal Disaster Preparedness Day
May 16-22 - National Dog Bite Prevention Week (HSUS)