Furkids, Inc. (www.furkids.org), one of the most successful nonprofit animal rescue organizations in the southeast, is joining forces with a respected leader in the Atlanta rescue community, SmallDog Rescue & Humane Society (www.smalldoghumane.org).
Effective immediately, Furkids will acquire SmallDog Rescue & Humane Society, assuming total responsibility for the management and operation of the organization. This acquisition allows the SmallDog Rescue & Humane Society board members – executive director Anne Stockton, secretary Pat Bittinger and treasurer Linda Gill, to retire from daily, active business management. They will, however, continue to volunteer and support Furkids. Furkids founder and executive director Samantha Shelton will continue to head the organization.
Furkids, founded in 2002, operates the largest cage-free, no-kill shelter for homeless cats in Georgia. SmallDog Rescue & Humane Society, founded in 1995, is dedicated to finding loving families for homeless dogs in Georgia. The union of the organizations will greatly extend the reach of Furkids, expanding operations to include the rescue, no-kill care, and adoption of both homeless cats and dogs.
Functionally, Furkids and SmallDog Rescue initially will operate two facilities: the 4,800 square-foot Furkids shelter for cats in Gwinnett County and the 4,375 square-foot SmallDog Rescue shelter in Forsyth County for dogs, where Furkids will place a full-time operations manager. Ultimately, the Furkids goal is to operate one consolidated shelter that efficiently houses cats, dogs, medical services and administrative offices.
Furkids will merge current staff members, medical practitioners, volunteers, foster caregivers and donors and will hold events and fundraisers for people who support cats and dogs. The acquisition also will allow Furkids to expand its adoption center programs to include cats and dogs at a total of 12 retail pet supply centers: seven PetSmart locations (Mall of Georgia, Midtown, Norcross, Northlake, Perimeter, Sandy Springs and Smyrna) and five PETCO locations (Alpharetta, Edgewood, Holcomb Bridge, Milton, and Sandy Springs) in metro Atlanta.
Furkids also will maintain its thrift store (www.furkids.org/store) at 4015 Holcomb Bridge Road in Norcross. A new board of advisors will be named in the coming weeks.
Furkids cares for more animals on a daily basis than any other local organization, including the Atlanta Humane Society. Approximately 500 animals – mostly cats – reside with Furkids, at the organization’s shelter, adoption centers and in its foster program. SmallDog Rescue & Humane Society currently has approximately 85 animals in its program, either in the shelter or foster homes. During the past several years, the two organizations have had a loose affiliation in which they have exchanged selected animals, each helping the other rescue or place cats or dogs into adoptive homes. Both have exacting adoption processes and a commitment to the highest level of care, including shelter and foster home care, for homeless animals in their programs.
The Furkids mission is to help end pet overpopulation in Georgia through sterilization, high-quality adoption and by providing valuable spay/neuter services and pet care education to people in the community. SmallDog Rescue & Humane Society has rescued and altered approximately 5,000 animals since it was founded.