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Meet our EAST COBBER Pet of the Week: Luna


Meet our EAST COBBER Pet of the Week, Luna. Submitted by Addie McMillian.

Animal/Breed: Domestic Shorthair

Age and Gender: 5 months, female

Favorite Food: Anything you put in front of her

Favorite Person: Addie

Best Trick: Opening closed doors

Turn Ons: The smell of tuna

Turn Offs: Car rides

Favorite Toy: Catnip stuffed mouse

Last Seen: Chowing down

What makes your pet so special: She’s sweet as can be!

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Petland Kennesaw celebrates 13 years this Saturday

Petland Kennesaw is celebrating their anniversary this Saturday, July 19, noon-4pm. Raffles, FREE food and drinks, icees, face painting, discounts and more!

Visit Petland Kennesaw at 2920 George Busbee Pkwy in Kennesaw. 


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Calling all dog lovers: 2014 Peach State Summer Seiger

The 2014 Peach State Summer Seiger, an International All Breed Canine Association (IABCA) dog show, is July 19-20, 9am-5pm, at Jim Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Road, Marietta. More info: 503-316-9860 or


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Crab Fest to benefit ‘Paws for Life’

Service dog Annie showing her mom how to paddle stroke

The Wing Café and Tap House in Marietta is celebrating its 19th anniversary all month long with the theme “The Dog Days of Summer”. On Saturday, July 19 from 2—6 p.m., the restaurant will hold a Crab Fest dedicated to the PAWS FOR LIFE Program, which trains service dogs to help military veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Paws for Life will bring service dogs available for adoption, and the Wing Café and Tap House will be donating a portion of the day’s revenue to Paws for Life. The restaurant will pay the adoption fees for one of the dogs and will give away several dog-themed prizes.

Animals Deserve Better, Inc. is an all-volunteer 501c3 charity and through its Paws For Life Service Dog Program rescues puppies, pregnant and adult dogs from high kill shelters and trains them for those who are disabled. This saves a dog’s life and allows a disabled child or adult to have a better quality of life.

Paws for Life plays a critical role in providing service dogs to military veterans suffering from PTSD, where it is proven that Service Dogs provide a safety net and a way to a better life. People taking care of themselves or their children with life disabling diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, autism, and Tourette’s to name but a few, find great comfort from service dogs, who can keep their child from straying into a busy street, provide comfort to end tantrums, or nurture in the midst of a nightmare.

According to Kimberly Brenowitz, founder of Animals Deserve Better, Inc. and Master Dog Trainer of Paws For Life – Service Dogs, there are so many people who really need assistance to help them have any chance of a life. Providing them with a service dog enables them to feel that life is worth living. “It truly is a gift that keeps giving each day,” says Brenowitz.

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Free and fun event to help families raise healthy pets

Cobb Animal Control staff will host the third annual “Kritters and Kids” Funfest 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, July 12, at the shelter, 1060 Al Bishop Drive, Marietta. This fun event will provide families with some basic information on how to raise healthy pets and what it takes to be responsible pet owners.

“We have so many wonderful animals here and they all deserve a second chance at a forever home,” Billy Mayfield, facility operations manager, said. “Hopefully our information will help families think of checking us out first when they make a decision to adopt a new pet for their family.”

Vendors will be stationed inside the main hallway to talk with families and answer questions. Some of the information will include: learning why vet visits are important, seeing if your dog could be a therapy dog, explaining the benefits of training a new dog, how to properly greet a dog you do not know and why cats make great pets. There will also be an opportunity to meet and greet with a local author who wrote a children’s book about Molly, the dog he adopted from Cobb County Animal Control.


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Dog Hikers meet weekly, all are welcome


Dog Hikers of Georgia meets each Sunday at 10am. Locations vary and all are welcome – with or without a dog. For more information and locations, call Dr. Dan Batchelor at 770-992-2362.


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Happy Tails Pet Therapy: Orientation monthly

Happy Tails Pet Therapy. Orientation for prospective members 1st Thursday or Saturday of the month. 10:30- 11:30am and 7-8pm. Mt. Bethel Christian Academy, 4385 Lower Roswell Road, Building F, Room F001, Marietta. Check dates: 770-740-8211 or


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Marietta rabbit shelter selected to receive a TV makeover

Volunteer Lisette Corbin, left, watches as Rhonda Churchwell clips the nails of Gatsby, a year-old rabbit belonging to Maria Ferguson, at The Georgia House Rabbit Society facility at 2280 Shallowford Road, in Marietta. The house is up for a makeover that will be part of a TV program that will upgrade it, including the area where medical issues are addressed. Staff/Jeff Stanton


Volunteers at the Georgia House Rabbit Society in Marietta were hopping with joy when they found out their facility had been selected to participate in a new TV show dedicated to renovating animal shelters.

The Georgia House Rabbit Society is a chapter of the National House Rabbit Society, an organization working to educate the public about rabbit care and provides resources to chapters such as Georgia’s that help find homes for abandoned bunnies.

The local chapter is nestled in a house off Shallowford Road near Lassiter High School, marked only by the pink bunny outline painted on the mailbox.

A reality program that has yet to hit the air, “Animal House” will begin filming its pilot in October, according to producer Alycia Barlow-Hadfield, and Georgia House Rabbit Society has been selected to receive a televised makeover for one of the show’s first six episodes.

Edie Sayeg of Marietta, who is co-chapter manager at the rabbit center, said her team could not afford to make the kinds of renovations they’ve been offered without the help of “Animal House.”

“This is like winning a bunny lottery. There just are no words to express our joy at being chosen for this show. It is a huge game changer for GHRS and the awareness it will bring to the needs of domestic house rabbits both locally and nationally,” Sayeg said in a joint statement with Ronda Churchwell and Nancy McConville, the other managers of the center.

Barlow-Hadfield praised the center’s hard work as a standout among shelters from around the nation that applied for assistance from the show.

“The big reason we chose them is that they are an amazing group,” Barlow-Hadfield explained. “There aren’t a lot of shelters that specialize in rabbit shelter.

“They’re just really a shining example of organizations and what needs to be done.”

Barlow-Hadfield said she and Rebecca Rodriguez, the show’s creator, have been developing the program concept for several years. Using the same formula as “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” Barlow-Hadfield expressed hope the show could pull people together to tackle the major projects “Animal House” will undertake.

Producers of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” selected deserving families around the country and renovated their homes at no cost to the residents during the nine years it was on the air.

Local businesses donated building materials and skilled labor, while community volunteers banded together to finish the improvements in a rapid time frame.

Barlow-Hadfield did not have an estimation of what the renovations will cost, but she said local businesses in the rural Washington town where the pilot will be shot have donated all the products and services needed for the shelter project there, and she hopes to see the same type of results from the community here in Cobb.

The crowded house containing all 40 to 50 of the center’s rabbits will grow thanks to an expansion on the show’s dime, Sayeg said.

Aging pens housing rabbits waiting for adoption will be revamped — and more will be added to make room for some of the more than 100 homeless bunnies now on the center’s waiting list.

But the center has not always been such a community success.

Sayeg said she and some of the center’s other founders ran the shelter out of their basements and garages for four years before the Rabbit Center began to take shape.

“I put my business sense together, and said we’ve got to do something sustainable,” she said.

Sayeg and a handful of others poured their own money into a crumbling foreclosed house off Shallowford Road in desperate need of repairs. She said her team was told it was in danger of being torn down when they purchased the property. Thousands of volunteer hours and nearly $50,000 later, the rabbit house now hosts a bustling business dedicated to the community’s abandoned bunny population.

Sayeg said her shelter’s model includes selling rabbit supplies, providing boarding services and grooming.

“All of these are necessary for people who have rabbits. And there’s nowhere else for people to do it as safe and as well as we do it,” Sayeg explained. “Boarding rabbits in a vet’s office with cats and dogs can stress rabbits.”

Education also plays an important role in her shelter’s operation, Sayeg noted. Every adoption applicant must participate in a course designed to expose them to the basics of bunny care before they can take one home.

Most of the applicants at the center are families, Sayeg said, although she noted she has sent rabbits home with every demographic under the sun. However, she warned the vast majority of children who want bunnies grow tired of them in three to six months. “That’s why we work hard to educate a family before they bring a rabbit into their home. We want it to be a good experience for everybody and every bunny, and we work hard with families to ensure this.”

Sayeg said her team screens every prospective rabbit owner through a series of phone interviews and observed interactions with bunnies. Less dedicated rabbit-seekers could easily head to the local pet store if they aren’t up for the process, she explained.

“We’ve put a lot of love and money into these bunnies. And we know they can go and buy a rabbit for $10 or $20,” Sayeg said of the adoption route. “But these rabbits have already been through that and we don’t want them to go through that again.”

The center requires applicants to pay an $80 adoption fee for a single rabbit and $130 fee for a pair.

Bunnies receive medical attention and spaying and neutering services from veterinarians who work with the shelter.

Since 1997, Sayeg said the center has found homes for an average of 150 bunnies a year. This year, the shelter is on track to adopt out 200 rabbits, she estimated.

The center’s annual budget has swelled from around $20,000 in its early days to a projected $150,000 this year.

Yet for all of its success, the center’s long journey to save house rabbits is far from over.

“We’ve had a lot of bumps in the road, a lot of challenges,” Sayeg said. “And we still have a long way to go.”

(Reprinted from the Marietta Daily Journal. Written by by Sarah Westwood, June 12, 2014)


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Saturday event to feature art and animals for adoption

Cobb Animal Control staff will host its second annual ART-Barks and Purrs 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, June 21. This is part of continuing efforts to find forever homes for the homeless animals of Cobb County. The festival was designed to bring people to the shelter via an exciting event.

“We have so many wonderful animals here and they all deserve a home,” Billy Mayfield, facility operations manager, said. “If someone has never been to our shelter, they should come check us out. We’re not your old school dog pound–our shelter is a bright, clean and hopeful place.”

Staff and volunteers, along with local rescue groups, all work together to get the animals in new homes. At the event, more than 30 local arts and crafts vendors that have animal related art will be on hand. The free, fun and family-friendly festival will be held at the shelter, 1060 Al Bishop Drive, Marietta, and include great raffle prizes, special adoption rates and food.


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Local Rabbit Rescue Center to be featured on National Reality Show, Animal House TV


Georgia House Rabbit Society’s (GHRS) Rabbit Center, Georgia’s only dedicated facility for rescued domestic house rabbits has been chosen by Animal House TV to be featured on one of their first six episodes.  Similar in concept to “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” this TV show works with communities to build new or renovated facilities for local animal shelters in need.  “Animal House is a reality show concept that will make a difference for thousands of animals and numerous communities” says Rebecca A. Rodriguez, Creator of Animal House. The plans are for this show to be filmed in Marietta sometime in late fall of this year.

Both Rodriguez and Alycia Barlow Hadfield, Animal House Producer, will be making this thrilling and surprise announcement via Skype to the membership of GHRS on Sunday, June 8th at 3:30 pm at their 10th annual BunnyFest celebration and press is welcome – details attached.  Chapter Managers, Ronda Churchwell, Nancy McConville and Edie Sayeg all agree “This is like winning a bunny lottery, there just are no words to express our joy at being chosen for this show; it is a huge game changer for GHRS and the awareness it will bring to the needs of domestic house rabbits both locally and nationally!”

“Animal House” is a family friendly, inspirational and uplifting show that will help thousands of animals and the thousands of people who care for them. By providing a new or renovated building as well as assistance in obtaining program grants, training and supplies, “Animal House” will elevate the efforts of many struggling animal shelters, allowing them to provide better care and opportunities for the animals in their care. See more at  Contact: Alycia Barlow Hadfield, 360-521-9551.

Georgia House Rabbit Society is a volunteer based, nonprofit rabbit rescue organization serving the metro Atlanta area and beyond. Since our formation in 1998, we have rescued over 2500 domesticated rabbits in need. In 2010 we opened the Rabbit Center in Marietta, Georgia, the only rabbit specific shelter in Georgia and one of only a few like it in the country.  The Rabbit Center serves multiple purposes: housing for our rescued rabbits, onsite educational classes and tours, and services for adopters including boarding, grooming and quality rabbit supplies.

The Rabbit Center is located at 2280 Shallowford Road, Marietta GA, 30066.

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