In 2002, Samantha Shelton rescued a mother cat with kittens and attempted to give them to a shelter. Finding no room at the inn, she took matters into her own hands and coordinated a network of foster homes, enlisting a local PetSmart as an adoption outlet. From that modest litter grew Furkids. Shelton’s shelter which now boasts a 5000-square-foot facility in Doraville with capacity for 275 cats, and a separate shelter in Alpharetta devoted to dogs.
Additionally, she has brokered adoption arrangements with 12 area Petco and PetSmart locations that house Furkids’ cats overnight, and hold designated adoption days for its dogs. Other accoutrements include an in-house spay/neuter clinic overseen by a part-time veterinarian, and dedicated housing for cats with Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV+). And despite these trappings, Furkids remains a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization that is volunteer driven and sustained by donations.
Furkids’ facilities are cage –free, allowing potential parents to peruse the pets as they roam and interact. The shelters have “no-kill” policy, and have averaged about as many adoptions as pets taken in, although the current economy has made maintaining that pace a challenge. In addition to the PetSmart and Petco locations, pets may be viewed at the main Furkids facilities by appointment. The reasonable adoption fees include spaying/neutering, vaccinations, an identifying microchip and a flea treatment.
Furkids has lots going on, so check the website. Coming up is the eighth annual “Woofstock” festival on May 11 from noon -7 pm in Suwannee Town Center Park. Co-sponsored by Star94 radio, the event features live music, kids’ activities, a beer garden for the grownups and of course, pet adoptions!
Maybe your furry “forever friend” can be found at Furkids!
Learn more at www.furkids.org