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Adoption event at Unleashed by Petco this Saturday


Organizers are encouraging East Cobbers to “Adopt, don’t shop” this Saturday at the pet adoption event at Unleashed by PETCO, 11am-3pm, 3605 Sandy Plains Road in the Home Depot Shopping Center.

The event is sponsored by Angels Among Us. Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit volunteer-based organization dedicated to rescuing dogs and cats from high-kill shelters in north Georgia. They operate through a network of foster homes in the north metro Atlanta area. Their efforts are funded by tax-deductible contributions from compassionate people and organizations who care and want to help make a difference…one pet at a time.

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To the Rescue: Small Paws Finds Homes for Bichon Frisés


For East Cobb’s Fox family, providing a foster home for rescued Bichon Frisés started with a 10-year-old boy who wanted to make a difference. As an animal lover and pet owner, Zachary Fox approached his parents about the prospect of fostering a dog. Karen Fox says she agreed to her son’s petition, and Zachary’s research led him to Small Paws RescueR Inc., the largest national breed rescue organization in the country.

Now, almost 14 years later and 25-plus foster dogs to their credit, the Foxes are still active with Small Paws RescueR as they provide a temporary home and love to these white fluffy canines. Karen Fox notes that it’s difficult to give up these dogs to their “forever homes” once they have lived with you and your pets. “The first time that we parted with a Bichon for adoption, my son and I both cried,” she relates. “But we knew this dog had a permanent,  loving home, and we could help other dogs in the same way.”

Since 1998 Small Paws has rescued 10,000 Bichon Frisés from shelters, puppy mills, and owners who can no longer take care of their dogs due to circumstances such as health, finances, or living arrangements. At the helm of the organization is founder Robin Presnall, who has 18 team leaders who oversee about 800 volunteers in the U.S. Their purpose is to rescue and supply nonaggressive Bichon Frisés with shelter, love, food, human  companionship, and medical care until permanent placement is secured.

If you have a heart for this breed and want to help the cause or if you might consider adopting a Bichon Frisé, go to Small Paw’s website, Under “Support Small Paws,” you can find information about volunteer opportunities, which include rescuing dogs,
fostering them in your home, and transporting them from foster care to their new homes. There is also information about donations, which helps Small Paws cover its recurring $35,000 to $50,000 monthly vet bills for dogs in foster care. Under “Adoption,” you can find dogs with names like Cookie, Cotton, and Max to adopt. No problem if the dog is not local — Small Paws can make arrangements to get your dog to you. If you are in a situation where you can no longer keep your Bichon at home, there is information on what to do in these cases.

Bichon Frisés are described as cheery little lap dogs with wonderful temperaments. Adopt one today or volunteer to help make an adoption possible.


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EAST COBBER Pet of the Week: Hanna


Animal/ Breed: Havenese

Age & Gender: 13 months

Favorite Food: Peanut Butter

Favorite Person: Whoever has the treat

Best Trick: Turning circles before getting her dinner

Turn Ons: Sleepin with Momma in the big bed

Turn Offs: When her big sister bullies her

Favorite Toy: Lamby Bone

Last Seen: In Momma’s lap sleepin

What makes your pet so special: She is sweet as sugar

Submitted by Chris Walther & Jana Howell


(Reprinted from the December 2014 issue of EAST COBBER.)

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Considering adding a pet to your family this season?

english bulldogs dressed up as santa and rudolph

The playful image of a puppy with a red bow is a treasured holiday tradition for many. But instead of heading to a breeder or a pet store, consider rescuing an animal from one of these area adoption and shelter facilities. Not in the market for a furry friend? Many of these organizations could use extra help (in time, donations and finances) during the holidays and throughout the year. Contact individual organizations for more information.


Adopt a Golden Atlanta
404-DOGLESS (364-5377) •
Adopt a Golden Atlanta is an all volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to finding warm, loving homes for unwanted and/or abused golden retrievers before they become strays or are turned into animal shelters.

All Paws Considered
770-640-5550 •
All Paws Considered is an all no-kill pet rescue organization. They rescue neglected, abused and homeless animals and provide them with needed medical care and rehabilitation until permanent homes can be found.

Atlanta Animal Rescue Friends
6570 James B River Drive • Stone Mountain, GA 30083
678-318-1886 •
AARF was founded in 2002 and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit animal rescue organization licensed by the state of Georgia that works to assist abandoned, abused and stray animals in finding new, loving homes.

Atlanta Beagle Rescue
Helps find homes for beagles in need. Each dog is spayed/neutered, vet checked and microchipped.

Atlanta Pet Rescue
4874 S. Atlanta Road SE • Smyrna, GA 30080
404-815-6680 •
Atlanta Pet Rescue & Adoption (APRA) is a non-profit, volunteer-based, no-kill shelter dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating dogs and cats so they can be adopted into safe and loving forever homes.

Atlanta Bully Rescue
The goal of ABR is to rescue and rehabilitate stray and owner-surrendered bull breed canines and find them new forever homes.

Basset Hound Rescue of Georgia
P.O. Box 680322 • Marietta, GA 30068
770-499-1164 •
Basset Hound Rescue of Georgia, Inc. is a non-profit, volunteer effort to save abandoned and mistreated basset hounds for the love of the breed.

Cobb County Animal Shelter
1060 Al Bishop Drive • Marietta, GA 30008
770-499-4136 •
As a unit of the Department of Public Safety, the shelter is responsible for handling complaints in Cobb County regarding dangerous, stray, or dead animals and animal cruelty. Call for hours.

Cocker Spaniel Rescue of Georgia, Inc

Ferret Business of Georgia
678-345-8584 •

Forgotten Paws Pet Rescue •

Good Mews Animal Foundation
736 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite A3 • Marietta, GA 30068
770-499-CATS (2287) •
A non-profit organization that operates a no-kill, cage-free shelter for homeless, abused, and abandoned cats.

Humane Society of Cobb County
148 Fairground Street SE • Marietta, GA 30060
770-428-5678 •
Encourages the humane treatment of animals and proper care of pets. Offers animal control, humane education, library, lost and found, and adopt-a-pet program.

Mostly Mutts
770-325-PETS (7387) •

Mutt Maddness
P.O. Box 71821 • Marietta, GA 30007
404-406-6322 •

Georgia House Rabbit Society
2280 Shallowford Road• Marietta, GA 30066
678-653-7175 •
The Georgia House Rabbit Society is committed to rescuing abused, abandoned and neglected domestic house rabbits, fostering  them and finding them great homes. They work to educate the public on rabbit behavior and proper care.

Our Pal’s Place
4508 Canton Highway • Marietta, GA 30066
678-795-0202 •
Pet adoption facility and education center. Its mission is to rescue dogs from euthanasia at local animal control shelters.

Papillon 911
P.O. Box 682225 • Marietta, GA 30068
A rescue organization committed to rescuing Papillons from dog-breeding facilities.


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Love your furry friend? Check out our 2014 Pet Guide!


From vets to gift ideas, photos and more, the EAST COBBER 2014 Pet Guide has everything you need to know about your furry friend! Click HERE to read the 2014 Pet Guide in the November issue of EAST COBBER, online and on newsstands now!

Foster a pet and save a life

Without fosters, there is NO rescue.  Fosters are You Lucky Dog Rescue’s saving grace, life blood, beginning, backbone and relief.  Most importantly a foster is the beginning of a new life for a rescue dog leaving a kill shelter.
Not everyone can fill this role.  It takes dedication, patience, understanding and commitment.  If someone tries to foster a dog and gives up after a short period of time, it leaves YLDR with a dog with nowhere to go.  The poor dog is already lost and confused, still not knowing if they can trust.  In all likelihood, they will have to go to boarding until a replacement foster can be secured.  Now YLDR is in the difficult position of having to spend donated dollars on boarding, and finding a foster for the dog now under their care – often a challenging task.
Please consider fostering. It is a generous gift that not only saves a shelter dog’s life, but also gives the dog a chance at a long and healthy life in a loving home. Even if you’re not interested in fostering the dogs that currently need a foster, get your paperwork and home check done now, so you’ll be ready to help in the future. YLDR has a wonderful foster network to support you.  YLDR covers all costs with the exception of food. When you give the gift of time and your heart to a shelter dog, you’re paid back tenfold.  The YLDR foster application can be found online at
(Source: You Lucky Dog Rescue) 


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Holiday Safety Tips for Your Pets

With the Holiday Season ahead of us, it’s timely to share this great article from Dr. Courtney Rosenthal at Rose Animal Hospital in Roswell.  Here are 10 important tips to keep your pet safe this holiday season!  You can learn more about Dr. Rosenthal’s practice by  CLICKING HERE TO VISIT Rose Animal Hospital
  1. Costume Holiday Hazards: Your safest choice in a pet Halloween costume or other holiday attire would be a loosely tied bandana; however, if you choose to dress up your pet, outfit your dog or cat with a simple approach. Pets can become tangled in elaborate, tight-fitting costumes with strings, ties, belts and sashes. Difficulty in mobility can lead to bodily injury, including strangulation. Never leave a pet unattended while wearing a costume. Small (or large) parts of a costume can become chewed and ingested and can in turn potentially lead to foreign body ingestion which can be life threatening to your pet.
  2. Decorations and Fire Hazards: If you like to decorate your home in the holiday spirit, take into consideration what you’re putting on display and where the decorations will be placed. Easy-to-reach decorations – or candles – can be eaten or knocked over, potentially leading to choking, foreign body ingestion, electrical shock and even burns and fires. In particular, tinsel is very bad for cats. They are attracted to shiny objects, and tinsel is often swallowed by cats, leading to severe intestinal injury.
  3. Holiday Anxiety: Holiday times can bring about stress in our pets. Being left alone, crowds, changes in surroundings, car travel, and loud noises are just some of the causes for anxiety in pets. Take steps to prevent anxiety, whether it is at-home remedies (training, Thundershirts, supplements) or prescription stress management. Ask your veterinarian for more details.
  4. Hazardous Holiday Plants: Many plants we keep around during the holidays can be deadly to our pets if ingested. Keep these harmful plants out of reach from your pets: Mistletoe, Holly, Christmas trees, Lilies, Daffodils, and Poinsettias.
  5. Hazardous Holiday Foods: Here is a list of just some of the foods around that could bring harm to your pet: Chocolate, fruit pits and seeds, garlic, onions, grapes, raisins, currants, macadamia nuts, mushrooms, nutmeg, sugar-free foods, and raw potatoes.
  6. Alcohol is Dangerous: Never give your pet alcoholic drinks. Alcohol causes decreases in blood sugar, blood pressure, and body temperature which can lead to seizures, respiratory failure, and death. Alcohol can be found in surprising places including holiday fruitcakes. Even unbaked cooking dough can result in alcohol poisoning through fermentation.
  7. Pancreatitis – a Potentially Deadly Disease: Leftovers and fatty meals (bacon, chicken skin, table scraps) can trigger inflammation of the pancreas, an organ that helps digest food and control blood sugar, and lead to pancreatitis. This disease, more common in older and obese dogs, causes inappetance, vomiting, diarrhea, and pain. If left untreated, it can even cause death.
  8. Watch where you hide your presents! Many of the items talked about above are given as gifts, and pets are great at sniffing things out. Make sure and keep presents out of reach so your pet doesn’t get into something dangerous.
  9. Know what to do in case of emergency: Be familiar with where your local emergency vets are located. If you think your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, call the ASPCA’s animal poison control at(888) 426-4435.
  10. Enjoy the holidays! Enjoy the season, cherish this quality time with your pets and loved ones. By all means, go crazy sprucing up your home, wrapping presents, preparing the meals, and having fun. Just make sure you do it in a way that is safe for your pets this holiday season.


 (Source: You Lucky Dog rescue) 

Good Mews celebrates ‘ground scooping’ of cat shelter

Good Mews capital campaign committee members commemorate the start of construction of its new shelter with a ground scooping.


Good Mews Animal Foundation, a no-kill, cage-free cat shelter, “scooped” ground on its new state-of-the-art facility on Robinson Road in East Cobb on Saturday, Nov. 15. The shelter will feature 5,600 square feet of open space, large windows with views of gardens and plans for a surgical suite are underway. The group houses 100+ cats available for adoption. Construction begins in December. For more information visit


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Can you give Scarlet her forever home?

This beautiful female American Bulldog/Boxer mix born in the Spring 2013 narrowly escaped certain death. Scarlett had a litter of puppies just before she and her pups were rescued from a high-kill shelter. For unknown reasons, several days later she was returned back to the shelter WITHOUT her precious pups. Confused and betrayed, this put her high on the euthanasia list. She had many advocates who pled for her rescue as they knew she was a sweet, playful and friendly girl. With the support of our volunteers and advocates, YLDR made an emergency trip to pull Scarlett from the shelter and bring her to safety. Transporter Tom packed up his chair in the middle of a weekend Adoption event to make the run for Scarlett!

Today Scarlett is in a foster home with seven other dogs and has blossomed into a happy, playful, socialized girl who loves other dogs as well as her foster family. She does well in a crate, is housebroken and very loving. Can you give Scarlett the happiness and loving stability for which she longs? She would probably do best in a multi-dog household as she is very socialized and loves to play and wrestle with other dogs.

Visit to find out how you can help Scarlett and other dogs like her.