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My name is Gus!

Labrador Retriever Mix Dog for adoption in Alpharetta, Georgia - Gus
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Furkids Animal Rescue & Shelters - Alpharetta

Facts about Gus

  • Breed: Labrador Retriever Mix
  • Color: Brown/Chocolate
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 9303186

I HAVE EXCITING NEWS!  MY ADOPTION FEE HAS BEEN FULLY SPONSORED.  THAT MEANS THAT MY ADOPTION FEE IS $0 TO A QUALIFIED APPLICANT.  SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?  APPLY TO ADOPT ME!

Hello folks, my name is Gus and I was a Griffin Mud Dog until the wonderful people at Furkids saved me. If you don’t know about what happened to me and all the other dogs in that situation, well you’re lucky cause I wish I didn’t either. My old owners had way too many of us and kept us in mud filled, caged pits on their property. Some days, I just wanted to give up especially when some of the other guys that were stuck there kinda lost their minds and attacked me.  They tore me up real bad and I figured that was the end. I’m not good at fighting. I’m more of a lover. But just when I thought I’d never get out of that nightmare, some awesome people stepped in and got me to the shelter. It was so nice to be clean for the first time in my life and to have all of my injuries taken care of. Believe it or not, after all the stuff I’ve been through, I still really like humans. I don’t exactly hate other dogs but I’d really rather be the only one in the house. I actually spent some time in a real home for a while and learned how much I love to lay around and nap. Also how much I love to cuddle. I never even knew you could do that with someone. That’s probably also why I really only like older kids over 12 or so because they tend to understand that I don’t enjoy wild, loud behavior. I’ve had enough of that in my life. When I came to Furkids I could only be leash walked and the folks at the shelter were amazed at what a wonderful walking companion I turned out to be after having not a lick of training. I’m just a happy fella and all I want is to be loved and treated with kindness. I promise, if you give me a chance, I’ll be the best friend you ever had. My adoption fee is 100% sponsored, all I need now is for you to bring me home.

Gus weighs 60 lbs. and his estimated birthdate is 8/4/2010.  If you want to know more about Gus and to speak to an Adoption Counselor, please complete an application at https://furkids.org/dog-adoptions/application.   Must be at least 21 years of age to apply.

To learn more about the Griffin Mud Dogs and their rescue, please view Brittany Kish’s “Mud Dogs” documentary at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZnWvcSHJQU.

Thank you, Matt Rounds, for sponsoring Gus’s care for a month at our 15th Birthday Party!

Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/furkidsinc.

 

 

About Furkids Animal Rescue & Shelters - Alpharetta

About Our Rescue Group...

Furkids, headquartered in Atlanta, GA, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization that operates the largest cage-free, no-kill shelter in the Southeast for rescued cats and Sadie’s Place, a no-kill shelter for dogs. Furkids also operates one of the only facilities in the Southeast dedicated to the care of FIV positive cats. The Furkids mission is to rescue homeless animals, provide them with the best medical care and nurturing environment while working to find them a forever home. Furkids heals the whole animal, physically and emotionally, restoring its health and its spirit. Furkids has rescued and altered more than 25,000 animals since its founding in 2002. Approximately 1,000 animals are in the Furkids program today, in the Furkids shelters, 13 PetSmart and Petco adoption centers, and more than 400 foster homes in the Atlanta area.

Furkids is the only animal rescue organization in metro Atlanta that allows children of all ages to volunteer. Furkids volunteer programs are designed to restore the health and spirits of injured and homeless animals while providing healing opportunities for volunteers who are strengthened by the bond of love and care between humans and animals.

Furkids’ History:

2002 – 2004
Founder Samantha Shelton finds a stray mother cat with kittens. Unable to find a shelter that will take them in, she establishes Furkids. We begin as a network of foster homes conducting adoptions through the Petsmart Perimeter location. We rescue 216 animals in our first year. In our second year, we are invited to manage the PetSmart Smyrna location.

2005
Furkids signs the lease on our current main shelter and begins the buildout on the 5,000 square foot facility that will eventually house up to 275 cats on a daily basis. The shelter allows us to increase the number of cats and kittens we can rescue and provides a colorful, cage-free, one-of-a-kind environment for our cats.

2006-2007
We celebrate the grand opening of our shelter and additional adoption centers are established with PetSmart Midtown and PetSmart Northlake, bringing our collaboration with PetSmart to four stores. In 2007, Furkids celebrates five years, and Ms. Shelton, Founder and Executive Director, receives a commendation letter from Governor Sonny Perdue congratulating Furkids on our success and important service to the community.

2008
We celebrate our 5,000th adoption! We build an in-house spay/neuter surgical suite and hire a part-time veterinarian. We partner with our 5th PetSmart store at the Mall of Georgia, and we open our FIV House, a stand-alone facility to exclusively house our FIV+ cats.

2009
We establish a benchmark of caring for 450 cats, as well as many dogs, on a daily basis. We begin a new partnership with PETCO, managing their in-store adoption programs at their Holcomb Bridge and Edgewood locations. We establish Cat’s Meow Marketplace, now known as the Furkids Thrift Store, a store we own and operate to generate funds to care for the hundreds of animals in our care.

2010
We place approximately 620 cats into loving homes and celebrate our 6,000th adoption! We earn our 6th consecutive Best in America Seal of Excellence award, solidifying our rank as a top local community charity by Independent Charities of America. In its November 2010 “Pets!” issue, Atlanta Magazine names us among the leading animal shelters in Georgia.

2011
We acquire and assume total responsibility for the management and operation of Small Dog Rescue and Humane Society, founded in 1995 and dedicated to finding loving families for homeless dogs in Georgia. The union of the organizations greatly extends the reach of Furkids, expanding operations to include the rescue, no-kill care, and adoption of both homeless cats and dogs.

2012
Furkids celebrates our 10th anniversary! We add a tenth adoption center at the Buckhead Petsmart and we close the year adding two Petco adoption centers in Smyrna and Buckhead – for a total of 12 full-time adoption centers throughout Georgia!

2013
Furkids saved close to 1600 animals! Our largest number in a single year! We secured a major matching gift from the Choate family and Choate Construction Company to renovate our 34 year old building that is our dog shelter!

2014
We increased the days our cat and dog shelters were opened to the public. We saved 2,400 animals and achieved 2,200 adoptions. We signed the lease on a second thrift store. We doubled the size of our cat shelter to accommodate our FIV+ cats, a quadrupled surgery suite, work space for staff, a kitten pod room and a special room for Purrkids program cats.

2015
We launched a new logo and a new website, opened two additional thrift stores, and secured a gift to create a customized software program for animal management, We raised the funding to purchase additional surgery equipment for our expanded surgery suite, increasing our capacity to serve more animals. We contracted with a veterinarian to perform high-volume, high-quality spay/neuter surgeries at our shelter. We were also honored during Petco Foundation's 50th Anniversary National Adoption Weekend in October as having the highest number of adoptions in the country that single weekend.

2016
Furkids had the best adoption numbers it has ever seen in 2016. During Petco Foundation's 2-day National Adoption Weekend in July, we found homes for 114 animals, helping with our July grand total of 344 animals. These figures made July 2016 Furkids' BEST MONTH EVER, until November 2016. We finished out the year with nearly 3200 total adoptions. On Georgia Gives Day, Furkids raised over $100,000 for animals in need. We raised enough money to purchase dental x-ray equipment for our surgery room, and we were chosen as one of a handful of shelters to partner with the Jackson Galaxy Foundation in their Cat Pawsitive program.

Goals for 2017
We're determined to make 2017 our BEST YEAR EVER. It even says so on our 2017 Calendar! We hope to rescue more animals than ever before and find safe, loving forever homes for each of them.

Furkids’ Long-Term Goals
Our long range vision is to create a peaceful, unique destination, carved out of nature, where visitors can walk dogs along a nature trail, play with cats in their indoor/outdoor home, enjoy tranquility in a memorial garden, and all of our animals can experience sunlight and fresh air. Our stand-alone shelter would also include a low-cost, high-quality spay/neuter clinic open to the public.

Come Meet Our Pets...

Furkids operates a cage-free cat shelter in Doraville, and a dog shelter in Alpharetta. Both are open seven days a week. We also have 13 retail adoption centers inside Petcos and PetSmarts around Metro-Atlanta. Click the link to see the complete listing and addresses.
https://furkids.org/about-us/location-and-hours!

Our Adoption Process...

Please complete our online application. Once received, an adoption counselor will contact you to discuss the animal(s) you are interested in and discuss your application. Visit www.furkids.org for a listing of our requirements and adoption fees.