Society of Humane Friends-Duluth
Our Featured Pet. The gorgeous white/gold shepherd/sharpei mix "Sable" is our Featured Pet.
Lovely, high-energy, extremely well trained and affectionate dog, this poor girl was the victim of a foreclosure situation and giving her up caused many tears. She loves to rough-house & run with other dogs, and her signature move is a "karate"-style butt-swing that will knock over most unprepared pooches. She's very protective of family and cares deeply for each member, bonding very tightly to one whom she considers "boss" and wanting at all times to be near that individual. We highly recommend a tightly fenced yard for her to run and fetch, along with daily walks. At only 48-50lbs, she is compact for a shepherd and just the right size for an indoor family dog. Her reaction to cats varies widely, so it depends on the cat whether they'll get along. There are some that sleep right on her crate at night or up alongside it, and she welcomes them, even playing and batting back and forth; but she can be aggressive to unfamiliar ones, so a slow, supervised introduction is recommended if there are any felines in your home.
GENERAL: PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS ADOPTION GROUP, FORMERLY SHOWING IN WINDER, HAS RETURNED TO Petco Duluth, 2131 Pleasant Hill Rd. at Venture Drive, near Sydney's Seafood Buffet & Furniture Mart (Plaza also contains Red Lobster, Bruster's, and Taco Bell, and Petco is across Venture from McDonald's at the Pleasant Hill exit of I-85.). Instead of Saturdays, adoptions are now held Sunday afternoons. Please bear with us as we undergo the time-consuming rewriting of each entry to indicate our new location. Thank you.
NEWS: PLEASE NOTE: Email response time will vary; to have questions or inquiries answered more promptly, PLEASE CALL OR TEXT to 678-636-9627. Individual appts outside of store adoption times will be available on weekdays--please call to arrange.
PLEASE CONSIDER DONATING some dry dog food or cat food to feed the foster dogs/cats in our program. Volunteer foster parents could REALLY use your help with donations during this difficult recession. We are a registered 501-3C nonprofit group, so you can claim donations on your taxes as permitted by law.
Please call 678-MEOW-NAP if you have any questions, want a particular pet brought to adoptions at Duluth Petco, or would like to schedule a one-to-one pet visit outside of weekend adoptions. Please DO leave a message on voicemail so we'll be able to return your call--unfortunately, we don't have the volunteers to answer the line in person much of the time. Requests for intakes at this time may NOT always receive a call back due to the fact we are at or over capacity and cannot accept new pets EXCEPT RETURNS OF PETS PREVIOUSLY ADOPTED FROM US at any point in the past.
For all recent dog/catfood donations to our shelter, THANK YOU WITH ALL OUR HEART (and tummies). Blessings from our homes to all of yours who have made monetary or food donations during 2011-12 for all your generous, helping hands in tough economic times!! We are especially beholden to the angel who at summer's start donated $100 in both cat & dog food, providing dozens of meals for our many foster pets. Our heartfelt thanks to L. Mitchell for $100 gift card, and to J. West (BOTH generous repeat donors and past adopters) for $50 gift card toward much-needed pet supplies for our fosters. Our deepest thanks all our weekend donors, big and small. Every cent matters!!!!
***NOTICE*NOTICE*NOTICE***Despite INTENSE efforts since early Summer '10 to meet our a mandatory requirement to sharply reduce our adoptive inventory (especially cats) that has become rather crowded due to the poor economy's impact on adoption rates we STILL have SEVERAL PETS REMAINING THAT MUST BE PLACED QUICKLY but of course in good, screened homes. . We'd like to thank the 3 other rescue individuals & pet-related businesses that have responded the first summer to this distress call & helped keep our vetted pets from being put down by Animal Control. In order to motivate adoptions during this terrible recession, we're CONTINUING to sharply mark down adoption fees on ALL mixed-breed pets to a trivial $35-$100 adoption fee (including all vetting), regularly $110-180.
WHY THE FEE? In case the match doesn't work out, we still want there to be some motive to return the pet safely rather than leave it on the street or dump it at the pound. Please note that it is against both rescue group policy AND the various petstore Adoption Partner regulations where adoptions are promoted to give out pets gratis to anyone who wants, without concern for whether they'll take humane care of, and keep, the pets. Furthermore, Foster Homes in this rescue pay ALL VET COSTS, FOOD & MAINTENANCE CARE OUT OF POCKET and seldom have adequate donations to fully "sponsor" any one pet's needs or even the week's food supply. Also, we're absolutely committed to avoiding pet flippers (resellers to flea markets and on-line sites seeking to pocket a profit with no regard to screening applicants or follow-up with the home); nor do we want them winding up as "free snake food" for pet pythons/boas, etc., nor as "live bait" for dog fighters--for more info, please see Petfinder info on "Why pay any adoption fee?".
We're NOT COMPLETELY OUT OF THE WOODS yet as far as ongoing inspections (progress acceptable so far but needing to continue). We're deeply grateful to the individual families & a few other businesses that have responded so far to this crisis. We're a no-kill shelter, and the pets are in good health/ fully vetted or are under current treatment for any present health concerns;
After 12+ yrs of doing rescue/adoptions in the Lawrenceville /Duluth and Winder areas, you can rest assured we stand behind our pets, and that none is neglected or in harm's way. We've always passed inspection previously, and can offer several vet references familiar with the care we give. Every pet receives approximately $150-$250 in vetting care costs, but as mentioned above, to promote these adoptions during difficult economic times, we're STEEPLY SLASHING ADOPTION FEES as low as JUST $35-55 FOR ADULT CATS (mixed) and as low as JUST $50-95 FOR A FULLY VETTED DOG (mixed breed) because we would rather incur the debt than SEE THESE CUTE, SWEET, ADOPTABLE PETS RISK RETURNING TO DIE at Animal Control because of their objection to quantity of fosters . PLEASE NOTE that we've never had a citation or health violation issued, and all pets come with a refundable 30-day trial period. Pets are kept up to date with vaccines/exams, and seen regularly by their veterinarian every year or more, including returning immediately if & whenever a health issue arises.
Furthermore, we will NOT BE ABLE TO ACCEPT ANY MORE INTAKES at this time, although we DO accept lifetime-long returns of pets adopted FROM US in the event of a crisis preventing the adoptive family from continuing care of the adopted pet (for example, housing, income, or personal health loss).
PLEASE HELP CROSS-POST AND CIRCULATE THIS SITUATION and the advantages that this sale offers to willing families that can help provide new, lasting homes or alternative fosters to divert tragedy from these innocent pets who already escaped Death Row one time to receive good care and vetting, to wait in safety for a second chance at a good home. None of them deserves to return to lethal injection just because their forever families are taking longer to find them these days.
Who We Are:
We are a tiny group of dedicated volunteers who strive to obtain second chances to have a good, fulfilling, well treated life for pets who were dumped at local high-kill county shelters to die or picked up by animal control and never reclaimed; those with physical impairments such as broken limbs or positive heartworm tests who needed treatment beyond the former owners' means; neglected, abused, or untraceable stray pets turned into us to find a better living situation; and victims of the economy who were thrown out, abandoned, or "left behind" due to a foreclosure, eviction, or family breakup situation. The pets live in a foster family situation as if they were our own pets until they find their forever families.
We are a NO-KILL SHELTER, meaning we do not euthanize healthy, placeable pets in order to make room for more incoming animals; therefore, our space is severely limited until adoptions open up a new spot. This means we MAY NOT HAVE ROOM FOR NEW TURN-INS when you contact us.
In addition to spaying/neutering, vaccinations, heartworm or leukemia/FIV testing, microchipping, and monthly preventatives, we frequently administer housetraining, confidence building, gender-specific fear diminishment, and other forms of rehabilitative training. The lead foster mom/adoption coordinator of the Winder chapter holds a master's degree in behavioral science and enjoys working with pets who need a little extra help to reach adoptable status.
All daily operating expenses come entirely out of our own pockets, including paying retail vets for procedures; therefore, we are hugely dependent on donations by animal lovers such as yourself. We are a licensed, nonprofit entity which means donations are tax deductible as permitted by law. Note that SOHF-Winder is under the general parent organization of Society of Humane Friends-GA, managed by Dennis Kronenfeld. Thanks for visiting our site and we hope to see you on Saturday at Duluth Petco.!
Adopting a friend
The goal of our rescue is to seek out successful, permanent matches between available pets and interested adoptive families. We use a screening application, short interview, and depending on circumstances, may require a before OR after-adoption home checkup on the pet's progress/living situation. We at all times reserve the right to refuse any adoption for any reason.
Certain bully breeds (pitbulls and pit mixes, rottweillers and rottie mixes, bulldogs, bull mastiffs, boxer mixes, presa canarios, dobermans, etc). may REQUIRE a yard/fencing inspection prior to adoption per local animal control ordinances; this is local and/or county law regarding public safety, and we cannot make exceptions.
Because we believe in the healthy socialization and pack mentality of dogs and strive to keep our pets as safe as possible before and after adoption, NO PET WILL BE ADOPTED AS AN OUTDOOR-ONLY ANIMAL.
Also, we do NOT PERMIT DECLAWING which involves amputating the bone of the entire first joint of each finger and can have extensive behavioral complications. We may, however, have turned-in/rescued declawed cats available from time to time. In order to avoid feline leukemia (FeLV) and feline AIDS (FIV) infection as well as traffic hazards, plant & rodent poisonings, and getting eaten by predators, CATS MUST BE KEPT INDOORS. Of course, a screened-in sunporch, designated outdoor cat enclosure, or outings via leash/harness are acceptable & enjoyed very much by the cat.
Come Visit Us!
NOTE CHANGES!!! We now show our pets every Sunday afternoon (Approx. 2-6 PM) at the Duluth Petco, located at 2131 Pleasant Hill Rd. in Duluth, GA 30096. The store phone # is 678-475-1147. Individual appointments in the Lawrenceville/Duluth/ Lilburn area of our major foster home are also available by arrangement (for example, around Gwinnett Mall area). Important: If you wish to view a particular pet, PLEASE call ahead (by Friday evening) and let us know. We strive to rotate the selection of animals brought to Adoptions on any given Sunday, but there's no guarantee your pet of interest will be included unless you let one of us know to be sure to bring him/her!
In the rare event that very inclement weather or illness prevents us from attending Saturday adoptions as scheduled, our "backup" schedule will be on Sat. (hours vary) or moved to the following weekend.. Thank you.