|Come by the Humane Society
Friday, November 15th & Saturday, November 16th, from 10-4 for our fall yard sale! All proceeds benefit the humane society shelter pets, and you might find some great stuff for yourself! We are accepting donations of goods for the yard sale during shelter visiting hours. Please bring gently used items by the shelter; electronics & small appliances should be in working order. Your tax donation is deductible and it will benefit the animals!
It's Oktoberfest Time!
September 14th kicked off Oktoberfest in Alpine Helen, and our volunteers, board members and shelter pets participated in the annual parade. Volunteers Hanna & Anna Lise donned traditional Bavarian clothing and looked adorable, carrying our banner & leading our group. Board member Sharon Bucek looked lovely in her Alpine outfit, walking our shelter pet Maggie. Walking in the parade was great fun, but takes a lot of prep, too. Pictured here are some of our volunteers at the shelter, getting our dogs prepared for transport to downtown Helen. Thanks to President Ginny Parker for coordinating this event. The pets and volunteers had a fun time!
Otto & Ellie Mae are 2 of our long termers that need furever homes! BJ next column, too!
Did you know...
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, (like BJ, who can't be in a home with other dogs). Come check out Otto, a wonderful, loving cat who has just been overlooked for no real reason. (Did you know black cats & dogs are the hardest to adopt, just because some people think they look scary?) He says, "I'm just as cute and loving as anyone else -- are YOU the one who wants to love me forever?"
Our Featured Feline
Kiki is a sweet girl who's shorthaired and white as snow. Around the shelter, we call her Queen Kiki! Click here to see her story...
We appreciate your donations so much...
But the animals would love your time!
Ginny Parker gives little Wobbles some love!
The biggest thing you can give shelter pets, along with monetary donations to 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.
Please SPAY/NEUTER your pets!
These days, most shelters are overrun with cats and kittens. We're no different, & need to remind everyone that it is ILLEGAL to dump animals here (or anywhere else, actually). Security cameras will be installed soon. Many programs in Georgia help with lower cost spay/neuters. Spay Georgia is excellent; just contact and they will send a discount coupon to use at the vet of your choice. Some shelters also offer discounted spay and neuter to the public, so check in Gainesville, Athens and Atlanta areas. Please remember, WE DO NOT HAVE A VET ON STAFF AT THE SHELTER, so we cannot fix pets here. We send our pets to, (and pay), a local vet - just as you would. That is part of what the adoption fee covers. Please give a shelter cat or kitten a chance for a furever home. If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem…
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 &
Adoption Center Visiting Hours
Monday: Closed to public
Tuesday - Saturday: 10am-4pm
Pet Spotlight Urgent Needs
BJ is a sweet girl that has been at the shelter too long, mainly because she has a couple special needs for her furever home & hasn't found that right person yet. She's a sweetie, but is afraid of men & kids; she would be best with a female. She also needs to probably be the only dog in the house. Cats are ok, though! She's very loving and deserving. BJ loves to hang out in our shelter office and pretend she is the Manager! BeetleJuice wants a home she can share with someone the rest of her days... Please come meet her today and see for yourself!
Our Featured Canine
Cooper (click for more info)
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! (pic is of Charlie, now in his happy furever home!)
UPDATE... Remember Samson, our lovable Bulldog mix, who had surgery for inverted eyelids? Well, we are happy to report he got a loving, wonderful FUREVER home last week!! Way to go, Samson - we know you'll love your new life & happy home!
And here is another happy update about 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"...
Gracie with volunteer Diane, getting groomed for her big adoption day!
It's fall, and time for Halloween. Please remember that more black cats go missing or lost during this time of year than any other. Please be sure your pet is protected! Did you know that black cats and dogs are the most overpopulated pets in shelters? They make wonderful pets, just the same as any other dog or cat, but some people fear them because of their color. If you are thinking about a shelter pet, please give a black cat or dog your consideration...Be a part of the solution!
Did 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!