Tucker artist and good friend Mary Boyle often fills her car’s gas tank and treks about Georgia saving the lives of cats. She is a volunteer for the heartwarming work done by Angels Among Us Pet Rescue. Founded in 2009, the AAU takes cats [and dogs] from the area’s high-kill shelters and brings them to foster homes in Atlanta.
AAU is a non-profit which doesn’t have a shelter of its own but a solid base of volunteers providing foster care for animals until they are placed in permanent, forever homes. Over the past nine years these selfless individuals have saved the lives of over 14,000 pets. The majority have been dogs but since cats were added to the rescue efforts, more than 1,500 of them have been saved as well. As Operations Manager Kimberly Kay commented, “The cat program is a lot smaller than the dog program but we are trying to grow it so exposure certainly helps.” A growing number of volunteers dedicated to cat rescue have made a huge difference in recent years. One of these is Cat Foster Coordinator Emily Douglas [seen above holding Adonis] who works to make sure that each cat enjoys a secure foster home and then a permanent one. This usually happens within weeks and following a careful inspection of all adopters’ homes.
The mission of AAU is “Rescue One Until There Are None.” Although rescued pets often come in multiples, each pet is treated as the individual it truly is at Angels Among Us. They receive medical care from approved vets which generally costs about $350 per cat or dog. As a non-profit, that means that donations of time, money and/or supplies are vital. The greater number of $350 donations received, the more at-risk pets can be rescued.
Angels Among Us sponsors a series of adoption events each month. You can also often see prospective adoptees on their website, www.angelsrescue.org, and AAU’s facebook cat page, https://www.facebook.com/angelsrescue.cats/. The scheduled September adoption events for cats are at 2960 Shallowford Road, Suite 114b, Marietta [Sat., Sept. 8th]; 3000 Old Alabama Road, Alpharetta [Sat., Sept. 15], and 2340 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell [Sat., Sept. 22]. All times are 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. On the main website, you can also get forms and/or information about donations, adopting and volunteering [foster care homes are always in demand]. As the dedicated workers at AAU know, volunteers are especially vital when the organization relies on them for 98% of their work force.For more information, write Angels Among Us at P.O. Box 821, Alpharetta, GA, 30009 or call 877-404-5874. The “cat fax” number is 877-204-6301.
Dick Funderburke with photos provided by Angels Among Us.