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Published: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 @ 4:08 PM
ATLANTA — George, a black shepherd-lab mix with a white chest and brindle paws, slipped his leash and took off during a walk with a dog sitter on Christmas 2015 in Atlanta.
Owners Julianne Green and Matt Furniss were informed of the news while visiting New York for the holidays. Devastated, they cut their trip short so they could begin searching.
Nearly 17 months later, they can finally stop.
A microchip company called the couple last week to tell them George had been picked up in Atlanta’s Oakland City neighborhood — about six miles from their Reynoldstown neighborhood — and was scanned in at Fulton County Animal Services.
They raced to the shelter. Green was expecting George to be sick, injured or aggressive. But then they saw him.
“He came right up to us and was so lovey and happy,” she said Tuesday. “And it was like he wasn’t gone for one and a half years.”
Green and Furniss were thrilled, but so were hundreds of others.
George had gained a following since the couple posted about his disappearance on Nextdoor in December 2015. Many missing-animal posts are on the online forum, but George was a special case. Neighbors helped put up flyers, checked in and posted any time there was a suspected sighting.
Eventually, the sightings slowed. A naysayer on Nextdoor said the dog couldn’t have survived the winter and advised people to stop posting about him. The couple donated George’s belongings, but remained hopeful.
Green thinks people became invested in George’s story because he went missing on Christmas and because he kept darting between neighborhoods. Despite the occasional sightings, the then-2-year-old dog was skittish and didn’t recognize his name being called.
The couple — who adopted George from the Humane Society in Atlanta after a bad flood hit South Carolina — had only owned him for two months.
When Green shared the news that George had been found to Nextdoor, the post got more than 230 “thanks” and more than 100 comments in less than a week.
Since his return, the couple has since found out their dog is heartworm positive, and have started a GoFundMe to raise money for George’s treatment. Over $1,000 has been raised toward its $3,000 goal.
“He has become a local celebrity,” the fundraising page says. “Chances are when we meet a new neighbor, they have already heard a piece of his journey.”
The couple said they’re “eternally grateful” for the neighborhood’s support.
Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 11:45 AM
Updated: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 10:15 AM
DECATUR, Ga. — A stray dog who lingered around a former Publix grocery store in metro Atlanta for a year has finally found a loving home. The story behind the adoption is heartwarming.
The animal shelter PAWS Atlanta posted Publix's story Friday on its Facebook page. Shelter staff said a woman came rushing to the office Thursday as it was closing, asking if they had Publix.
Publix was a dog that shelter staff and concerned residents had been trying to rescue for a year. In December, shelter staff were able to rescue the dog and house him at the shelter. The woman who visited the facility Thursday evening knew the dog well; she called him Buddy. She said the dog would visit her shop and she would feed him, and the two had developed a close bond. When the dog disappeared in December, she had feared the worst.
The woman was overjoyed to learn that the rescue organization had Publix, after a friend alerted her when she saw the photo of the dog on the shelter's Instagram feed.
Shelter staff said Publix was thrilled to see the woman who had been so kind to him, and that they'd never seen Publix so happy or animated.
The woman decided to adopt Publix, making for the happiest of endings for all involved. In an update posted on Instagram Monday, the happy new owner said that Publix is her “little shadow,” and goes to work with her each day.
Remember Publix? He was the beautiful boy adopted last week, after being reunited with the woman who’d been feeding him and watching over him for a year. Well, he goes to work with her each day, right down the street from the shelter, and the two of them are so happy and grateful to be back together at last. Here’s an update from his mom: “He's doing great!! He's my little shadow, follows me everywhere. He's settled right in. It helps that we've been friends for a year now.” . . . #whywerescue #happyeverafter #mydog #rescuestory #pawsatlanta #greatdog #adoptadog
Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 8:34 AM
FORT PIERCE, Fla. — Perry Martin probably can’t stop pondering about his cat.
T2 was reunited with his dad after being missing for 14 YEARS! He went missing in 2004 for during hurricane season and...Posted by Humane Society of the Treasure Coast on Tuesday, March 13, 2018
In 2004, the orange tabby Thomas 2, or simply just “T2,” disappeared.
It happened when the Fort Pierce man moved into a friend’s house in Stuart after Hurricane Jeanne stormed through the area, according to TCPalm.
The retired K-9 officer grieved, but then came to terms with the idea that his cat had moved on to other ventures, or to that great catnap in the sky.
That all changed on March 9 with a phone call.
“Someone said, 'What if we told you T2 was alive?' I figured it was a mistake," Martin told TCPalm. "It was too crazy to believe."
Worn and weary, the fiery feline was found wandering the streets of Palm City.
He was brought into the shelter, where a scan of his skinny shoulder detected a microchip, which eventually led him back to Martin.
Next thing you know, the tabby, now 18 years old, is back snuggling on his owner’s lap.
The cat is content, but Martin’s questioning persists.
"Could you imagine if he could talk for just 15 minutes to tell us what he's been through?" Martin told TCPalm. "He'd probably say, 'Why did you keep the door shut, Dad?'"
Read more at TCPalm.
Published: Tuesday, March 06, 2018 @ 11:23 AM
GALESBURG, Ill. — The dogs awaiting adoption at one Illinois animal shelter no longer have to sleep on a cold floor.
The Knox County Humane Society posted a Facebook video Monday of their adoptable dogs lounging comfortably in donated chairs. Goober, Mickey, Tango and Buster Brown are seen making themselves at home on the chairs until they find their forever home.
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 11:25 AM
Updated: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 11:25 AM
— Owning a dog can be extremely rewarding, but if you're a pet parent who lives in the heart of a city or in an apartment, you might face a few extra challenges.
From a lack of yard space to nearby neighbors who can easily hear your dog barking, you may need to make some adjustments for the good of your lifestyle and your neighbors.
Try these seven hacks for a safe, happy city or apartment life with your pooch:
1. Choose the right breed.
If you haven't yet become a pet parent, choose a dog with your living situation in mind, according to this Pets Best Insurance blog. A puppy may be more rambunctious and need more bathroom breaks than an older dog. And while you might assume that larger dogs won't work well in the city or in an apartment, that's not necessarily true. Depending on the breed, they may bark less and be less energetic than smaller dogs.
2. Prepare for potty trips.
If you live several stories up in an apartment building, potty trips outside can be more of a hassle. You may have to improvise by using some training pads or trying a dog potty with real or synthetic grass,according to the experts at Bella’s House and Pet Sitting. Disposable and permanent versions are available, and you can place them inside or outside on a balcony.
3. Help your dog adapt.
If you have a new dog or one that's used to a different living environment, he or she may need time to adjust to city or apartment living. Introduce your pet slowly to the sounds of traffic, neighbors, and other animals, giving him or her extra attention and time to feel safe.
4. Help your pooch get plenty of exercise.
Your dog will require plenty of exercise and will need to be walked at least two to three times a day. For outdoor playtime in some wide-open spaces, try one of Atlanta's best dog parks, where you and your dog can socialize.
5. Protect your dog's paws.
As the summer sun heats up Atlanta's asphalt and concrete, it can be dangerous for your dog's paws. If you're taking your dog for a walk in hot weather, check the pavement for heat by putting the back of your hand on it for at least seven seconds. If it's too hot, stick to grassy surfaces, wait until a cooler part of the day, or invest in some dog booties.
6. Use and swap out toys.
Leave your dog some toys to play with to keep him or her from getting bored and destructive when you're not home. A few Kong toys – which have hollow centers to put treats inside – can help provide some stimulation and entertainment while you're gone. And it never hurts to swap out an old toy and add a new one to the mix now and then to keep your dog interested.
7. Get some help.