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Meet a long timer, Branna!

Overlooked because she’s a black pittie mix and because she wants to be an only princess in her kingdom, Branna has waited her whole life to be loved by a family. Branna doesn’t enjoy other dogs or cats but when she has a toy and a person, her life is literally perfect. Branna lights up a room with joy when she is around. Party heiress and lover of the cuddle, Branna is ready to go home! https://peachcountyanimalrescueandrehabilitation.org/apply-now-2/

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Belle really does have different colored eyes! Beautiful girl is all ready for her forever home. Once dumped like trash and eating cat food at a feral cat colony, Belle has completed heartworm treatment and is ready to live her best life as an only dog in your home. She loves people and kids but can’t abide by other dogs – we think she had a very rough time living on her own in the country before she found her way to us. Please apply today!

Say Hi to Austin!

Name: Austin
Breed: German Shepherd mix
Age: 6 Years as of March 2020
Sex: Male 
Good with Kids: Yes, older preferred
Good with Cats: Yes
Good with Dogs: Yes
Heartworm Status: Negative

Austin is a stunning German Shepard Mix. He is fully vetted. He is good with older kids, other dogs, and cats. He was rescued from an abandoned house along with his siblings. He is feral and is about 70% rehabbed. He would do best in a home with other dogs. His perfect adopter would be one that not only understands his situation but is willing to put the time in to teach him his job, which is to be a good family dog. He is very responsive to teaching but needs personal attention on his journey to being at peace with being a family dog. He has been with a professional trainer and knows commands and does very well on the leash. He needs to be with a family who understands and embraces his shyness and can continue to work with him.

Austin would do best with a couple of meet and greets with potential adopters.

Please Meet Aries!

Aries is a gorgeous German Shepherd that has had it rough in life prior to coming to us. He is 90 lbs and quite timid. He was kept in a backyard with his mom and dad and siblings and was not socialized very well. As a result he is timid and while tentatively loving needs time to warm up and an overall confident owner. He needs an adopter with breed experience with working dogs. Aries is 5-7 years old and has no issues with his hips as is common for Shepherds. Apply today for this special boy!

Please Meet Amos!

Amos is a WONDERFUL gentleman that has been with us for several years due to no fault of his own. Many people overlook him because he’s not small and fluffy. Poor Amos has seen so many of his friends adopted, but he is always overlooked. It’s simply not fair. Amos gets along best with female dogs and older children – only because he is so exuberant about life that he is in danger of sending a small child toppling over. Amos would love nothing more than to be a couch potato. No kitties for Amos.

Let’s Talk About Alice and Libby!

Alice and Libby came to us after our county police department called asking us to do an evaluation on two potentially dangerous dogs that
had been found chained and abandoned behind a recently deserted rental property. Expecting the worst, we were shocked and appalled to
find two short statured, scared little girls shivering in fright and expecting to be beaten, crouched among what looked like a junkyard. They
had abrasions and we think they have had puppies in the past. They required heartworm treatment which they are now negative for. They are
both capable of walking on a leash. We believe they are sisters.

They are both very sweet, kind girls. Alice (white) spent the first few months with us standing over or near Libby (brindle) and while never
threatening, showed us that she loves her sister very much and wants to make sure she is safe; they are quite bonded. In any unknown
circumstance, Alice stands in front of Libby, literally shielding her from anything bad.

Alice in particular wants to give kisses and show
affection but doesn’t know how. Neither dog has EVER shown an aggression or negative behavior. Libby is very frightened of loud noises
or new experiences and depends on Alice emotionally for cues on how to proceed. They are 38 and 40 lbs each. Alice is more likely to
approach you of her own free will, Libby is so scared of being hurt, she will simply run and circle around her sister nervously.
While Alice has the role of big sister, Libby is scared and grateful to rely on her sister’s guidance. They both do excellent with other dogs.
They really need a loving environment where they can be shown attention and affection of their very own in order to continue coming out
of their shells.

Alice is currently taking theophylline for what our vet describes as canine asthma.

Libby
Alice

Bringing your new friend home

On average, it takes a dog anywhere from an estimated three weeks to three months to truly feel at home and acclimated to your routine and home life. One mistake that we see commonly in the world at large is for a new adopter to bring an animal home and expect near instant assimilation into the person’s life and routine. This is simply not reality.

Many animals, particularly in rescue, have a back story and history rich in experiences- good or bad. Every rescue story starts with heartbreak of some sort. Many are not fair.

The best thing you can do is to toss your expectations and timelines when bringing a new friend home and simply exist. Set healthy boundaries but don’t expect your new friend to understand everything that is being thrown at them all at once. They are in a new environment, new sounds, smells, new people, and no idea that they are home yet. Love, time, and patience can truly move mountains, we can attest to it! We wish you nothing but the best of luck with your new friend.

Time Well Spent

As we continue to pray that the virus known as Covid-19 will leave as quickly as it came to us; that our healthcare providers and those whom our society rely upon are able to work safely, we find ourselves staying at home to protect the vulnerable members of our society.

So while you’re at home, what are you doing with your time? We suggest spending some time making memories with your pooches! Get outside and play some fetch, watch some Netflix and cuddle, work on some new tricks. You will never regret the time spent making memories with your furry pal!

PCAR And Covid-19

While we all deal with the contagion that has been labeled Covid-19, we wanted to let you know about our policies in regards to our babies that are currently up for adoption.

We are still conducting adoptions by appointment only. If you are interested in one of our dogs, you may find our application at the following link: https://peachcountyanimalrescueandrehabilitation.org/apply-now-2/

Please allow us 3-5 days to get through approval processing before we reach out to you to schedule a meet and greet. All members of the house hold, dog and human, must be present at the meet and greet, and we will work with you to accommodate your schedule.

With vet offices and other businesses subject to closing, we are doing our best to keep up with demand while keeping our animals and staff safe. The above may be subject to change as new information becomes available to us on the subject of the virus sweeping our country and world communities. We so appreciate the grace that you can provide us during this difficult time.

Everything you never wanted to know about rabies

Did you know that a current rabies shot is legally required for all domesticated and owned dogs, cats, and ferrets in the state of Georgia? According to the Georgia Department of Agriculture, “Rabies is a viral infection transmitted in the saliva of infected mammals.” In order for an animal to be considered vaccinated against rabies in the eyes of the Georgia state law, the animal must have been vaccinated by a licensing, practicing veterinarian at least 28 days prior to the bite or exposure of the domesticated animal. If your dog comes in contact with a wild animal that you think may have rabies, according to Georgia state law, you must contact the county health board and notify them of the incident.

In the state of Georgia, if a pet is exposed to a rabid animal, and that pet’s vaccines are out of date, it is recommended that the pet be euthanized immediately. This is to keep the spread of rabies down. If the owner is unwilling to do this, the animal must be kept in complete isolation for four months if a dog or cat, and six months if a ferret. This means no human contact. If a pet is simply overdue for a booster but has prior medical history, the animal should be revaccinated immediately and kept under the owner’s strict control for 45 days. Currently vaccinated animals are to be revaccinated and kept at home under the owner’s control for 45 days. If any of these animals start showing symptoms of rabies, they are to be euthanized immediately. So you see, keeping your animals up to date on their shots could literally save their lives!

Did you know that livestock is also susceptible to rabies? They should also be vaccinated by a licensed veterinarian.

The signs and side effects of rabies can show up anywhere from a few days after exposure to six months after exposure in different species of animals. These signs include:

irritability or aggressiveness
excessive movements or agitation
confusion, bizarre or strange thoughts, or hallucinations
muscle spasms and unusual postures
seizures (convulsions)
weakness or paralysis (when a person cannot move some part of the body)
extreme sensitivity to bright lights, sounds, or touch
The affected animal has a hard time swallowing, which is what creates the tell-tale “foaming a the mouth” symptom. Rabies is not contagious from person-to-person.

Above all, decisions on how to proceed after possible exposure to rabies must be made swiftly and decisively. Contact your county health board or animal control if an event occurs. In Peach County Ga, please see the following page: https://northcentralhealthdistrict.org/contact-us/
They may be contacted at: 478-751-6303.

As always with any preventable disease, the best way to deal with rabies is to prevent it all together. Domesticated animals should have care taken not to come into contact with wildlife. Their rabies shots should be up-to-date at all times. Rabies shots come in a one year or three year option.

All information taken from Georgia Department of Agriculture’s website on rabies information at: http://agr.georgia.gov/Data/Sites/1/media/ag_animalindustry/animal_health/files/Rabies-Manual-April-2018.pdf