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Thank you to Girl Scout Troop #10804

With a little help from “Camo” the foster dog, the Girl Scouts of Troop #10804 learned about dog safety and responsible pet ownership. And presented a gift basket and a check to help treat Camo’s heartworms

The Girl Scouts of Troop #10804 present Camo with a check for his heartworm treatment.

Camo helps Beth teach the girls about dog safety and care.

Camo thinks he’d like to visit with the Girl Scouts everyday!

7 Silly Reasons not to Spay or Neuter your Pet

We’ve all heard them. The crazy reasons why people will not act responsibly and have their pet spayed or neutered. The best way to educate these folks is to have them tour their local shelter. Since you probably are not going to be able to get them to do that, following is an answer to the 7 most popular silly reasons not to have your pet sterilized.

1. It’s better to let a female have one litter before spaying

FALSE: The best time to spay a female is before her first heat. This reduces her risk to a host of future problems including uterine infections and breast cancer. Plus it has the added benefit of not attracting males to your property which can be a hazard for children.

2. I want my children to experience the miracle of birth

Visit your local animal shelter and you will soon learn that your education technique results in thousands of animals euthanized each year. Instead, teach your children about humane treatment and responsible pet ownership.

3. You don’t need to sterilize the males, only the females

FALSE: It takes two to tango. Granted, for animal welfare specialist, when limited funds are available it is best spent on females. But for the average pet owner neutering has advantages. A neutered male is healthier, less likely to roam and less aggressive.

4. My pet is a purebred

So what? Over 25% of animals going into shelters are purebreds. There are just too many pets and over half the pets entering shelters are euthanized. Breeding is best left to the professionals who protect and promote the breed. Breeding for profit is immoral and if unlicensed, it’s illegal.

5. Spayed / Neutered pets are fat and lazy

FALSE: Most weight gain in pets is caused by too much food and not enough exercise. If your pet is too heavy, talk to your Vet about a balanced diet and exercise program. (It’s probably best not to mention the owner’s weight gain at this point)

6. I can find good homes for all my puppies/kittens

FALSE: You may be able to get them out of your house, but the odds are that some of them or their offspring will end up being euthanized in a shelter. Even rescues like the Humane League, with experience in screening and placing animals, know that we can’t guarantee what happens after the pet leaves our care. At least when they leave us, we give them a better than average chance by ensuring they are vaccinated, micro-chipped and sterilized.

7. Spaying and neutering is expensive

FALSE: For most pets, sterilization can be done for under $100. For families in distress, programs exist to help bring the costs even lower. For information on low cost spay / neuters in the area, please Click here to contact us.

2009, Our Year in Review

2009 saw Fannie (Mattie) adopted by the Dickson Family, bringing their total family members adopted from the Humane League to three, Fannie, Jackson and Ernie

2009 was a year we will not soon forget, but many would like to. It was a tough year for all charities, and the Humane League was no different. The number of pets coming in to the animal shelters was the highest any of us can remember, while adoptions were at their lowest. Funding for everyone was tight. We ran into some unusually high Vet bills with almost every Collie infected with heartworms and several cases of what we believe to be the new Canine Influenza virus. (We’ve now started vaccinating for this new bug).

But the year was not all bad. The Humane League worked in support of 16 local animal control shelters. Some wonderful dogs were adopted; Ralphie, Ferdinand, Quincy and Pluto (twice) just to name a few. Our volunteer hours were up. We picked up some wonderful new foster homes and volunteers. And we’ve made a lot of new friends.

Locally, 2009 saw permanently chaining of dogs outlawed in Forsyth County, joining Gwinnett, Cherokee, Fulton and the City of Gainesville as well as many other municipalities. Hall County opened a new animal shelter, and Forsyth County has started the process to build their new shelter in 2010. All good news for pets.

Thank you to everyone who supported the Humane League in 2009, and let’s hope and pray that our Country, our neighbors, ourselves and the animals have a better 2010.

3rd Annual Home(s) for the Holidays

The Humane League of Lake Lanier is encouraging families to open up their hearts to a homeless pet this holiday season. Adopt a pet between Dec 13th and Dec 23rd and a volunteer will deliver the new family member to your home on Christmas day.

The economy has been especially hard on shelters this year and the Humane League has a dog for every type of home. “The holidays are a great time of year to add to the family”, says Humane League President Beth Mulrooney. “The kids are home from school, mom and dad take vacation. It’s a perfect time to introduce a new pet.” Mulrooney suggest you put dog toys, leashes, bowls…etc, under the tree for the kids to open. “That way they will be excited and ready when the new pet arrives”.

The Humane League does not support pets as a surprise gift outside of a family, and all the household’s adults should be involved in the adoption. The delivery area is limited.

Request and application and come to the Christmas Adoption event:

Saturday Dec 19th PETsMART, Alpharetta
10:00am to 3:00pm Across from North Point Mall

Canine Influenza

By Liz Wallace, Covenant College

On June 23, 2009 the first ever vaccine for canine influenza was introduced. Canine Influenza Vaccine, H3N8 Killed Virus, helps to prevent the virus from manifesting and it helps prevent the severity of the symptoms.

Canine influenza is a fairly new virus among dogs that was first discovered in 2004. It is a highly contagious respiratory virus that is most commonly found in shelters or boarding facilities. Anywhere there are large groups of dogs living together.

Because the virus is caused by a unique pathogen, dogs do not have any immunity to it. 100% of dogs exposed will contract the virus. Out of 100 exposed, only 80 will show signs of the virus but all will be contagious.

Symptoms of canine influenza include:
• Coughing and sneezing
• Ocular and nasal discharge (can be thick and heavy)
• Depression
• Dyspnea (shortness of breath)
• Lung Lesions

It may appear to be a really bad case of kennel cough (Bordetella) but the normal vaccine is not effective against this new bug.

In the past this virus has been treated with a broad-spectrum bactericidal antimicrobial which has only been mildly successful, mainly with weak cases. The mortality rate for the virus is as high as 1 in 20. The virus was first detected at the race tracks, so most fatalities to date have been Greyhounds that have developed pneumonia.

While most family dogs will never come in contact with this virus at home, it is possible for them to pick it up elsewhere. The virus has been documented in Georgia and your pet can be exposed at doggie daycare, boarding facilities, Vet’s offices, the dog park, or anywhere else other dogs roam. Boarding facilities and groomers will soon start requiring vaccination against the H3N8 if they have not already. Talk to your Vet about whether or not your dog should be vaccinated. The vaccine is safe and reaction free. It’s given by two separate injections, two to 4 weeks apart.

For more information on K9 Influenza visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention

The Perfect Gift

Every Christmas we all give and receive gifts that are forgotten by New Years. If it’s the thought that counts, give a gift that lets them know you are thinking of them in the best way. Give the gift of life.

For a minimum $25 donation (you can donate more), the Humane League will send a card and a certificate announcing your gift in that special person’s or pet’s name. The certificate will be custom made and suitable for framing. It will include a picture of one the Humane League’s adoptable pets. Or, send us a picture and we can personalize it.

Please contact us with your name and the recipients’ name and address and we will provide you with all the details.

No Adoption Event This Weekend

Heartworms – A silent killer

Heart worms are about six inches long. They live mostly in the heart and the large blood vessel that brings oxygen-rich blood from the lungs to the heart. Adult male and female worms living in the heart produce thousands of microscopic baby worms which circulate throughout the body. These baby heartworms do not grow to adulthood in the dog where they were born. (If they did, the dog would quickly die and that would be bad for both the dog and the heartworms.) Before baby heartworms can develop further, they must live in a mosquito.

A mosquito comes along and bites the infected dog, sucking up baby heartworms. This probably isn’t too good for the mosquito, but this is what the worms have been waiting for. During the next month, the heartworm babies develop into heartworm teenagers, a stage partway between baby and adult.

Now, the mosquito bites another dog, infecting the new dog with teenage heartworms that are ready to become adults. After six or seven more months the life cycle is complete: new adult male and female heartworms are producing thousands of baby heartworms.

Symptoms of heartworm infestation include cough, shortness of breath, fainting after exercise, tiring easily, weight loss and loss of appetite, and listlessness and nervousness. Heartworms can take years off of the life on an otherwise healthy pet. Once infected, the treatment is expensive and sometimes fatal.

All this can be prevented with a simple, inexpensive once a month pill. Talk to your family Vet about heartworms.

For more information visit the American Heartworm Society

The Great PUP-Kin Costume Contest

Enter your furry friend into our on-line Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest. Share a picture of your dressed up Goblin in halloween garb. It’s Fun and It’s Free! Winner will be posted on the front page with a gallery of all entries posted on the Lanierpets site. Entry deadline date is Nov 3rd. All entries will be posted online with the winners announced Nov. 7th. Send us a picture with your name, pet’s name and email address.

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Prizes Include:

• A one week luxury board ($240 value)
• 5 days of day care ($75 value)
Both Courtesy of Gypsy Paws in Gainesville GA.

Plus any entries in Gypsy Paws Costume Parade, Oct 31 at 3:00pm, will automatically be entered into this contest.

Click here to go to the Gypsy Paws website

• One Night’s Board – Courtesy of Happy Dog, Fat Cat in Dawsonville GA

Click here to go to the Happy Dog, Fat Cat website

• One Bath and Groom – Courtesy of You Dirty Dog in Cumming GA

Ralphie, our Howl-O-Ween spokes dog is decked out in his Dragon Costume. Ralphie is available for adoption.

Halloween Safety Tips for Pets

The Humane League of Lake Lanier would like to make sure all the members of your family have a Howling good time this Halloween. Some common sense precautions can keep your furry family members safe.

1. No Candy – Be careful your furry kids do not get into the candy bowl. Chocolate in all forms can be dangerous. The artificial sweetener Xylitol, as well as raisins and grapes are toxic to dogs. Foil and cellophane candy wrappers can cause digestive problems.

2. Bring the cats and dogs in -Pets should be in a safe room. Unless your pet is Golden Retriever social, put them in a safe location in the house. Having a bunch of strangers showing up at your door and yelling “trick-or-treat!” is very scary to a pet. You don’t want them to run out the door, or worse, bite the neighbor’s little Power Ranger.

3. Be Careful with Costumes – Some pets love the attention. Others get stressed out. If your pet gets stressed, then don’t push it. Maybe a festive collar or bandanna will do. If they are game for some fun, make sure the costume does not constrict their movement or hinder their breathing. Appropriately sized store bought costumes are usually a good bet.

4. Be Careful with Displays – Jack-o-Lanterns smell like food with a dangerous surprise inside. Candles, electrical cords and other types of decorations should be kept out of reach.

5. Don’t take your pet “Trick or Treating” – Only the most social and well adjusted pets can handle the chaos. If your buddy shows any hesitation, leave them home.

6. Keep an adult in charge – If you do take your buddy don’t let the kids be in charge. Kids have other priorities and will not pay attention. Make sure the pet has the proper ID tags. Reflective collars and leashes are also available from most pet supply stores.

Costume Contest Entries

Chain Gang Bubbs

Loki the Lobster

Brodie the Rooster

Loki and Brodie daydreaming of a normal mom

Ernie the Bumble Bee



In what has to be one for the books, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners Thursday night voted to eliminate tethering as a permanent means of confinement for a dog. In a 3 to 2 vote, the measure passed with a wild finish. Chairman Charles Laughinghouse was one of the dissenting votes, but it was obvious his objection was because the wording had been watered down. The other “no” vote belonged to Commissioner Brian Tam.

The ordinance now reads:

(b) The above requirement notwithstanding, it shall be unlawful for the owner of any dog to utilize restrain or anchor a dog by means of a tether, chain, cable, rope, or cord as the primary method of restraining a dog, it being the intent of this Ordinance that tethering a dog shall be used only as a temporary restraint mechanism.

The amendments go on to define the definitions of food, water and shelter. Unfortunately the original language for “adequate shelter” was diluted in a very confusing debate. It appears the Animal Control Officers are going to have to use some common sense when enforcing these ordinances.

The real surprise for the evening was when the Commissioners voted unanimously to make the changes effective immediately.

If you get the chance, congratulate your Commissioner. This has been one long process that I’m sure they are glad to have behind them.

And if you know Leslie Greenfield, give her a hug. Without her dilligent 3 year fight, the dogs of Forsyth County would still be chained.


Boone has had his surgery and walked out of the hospital like it was just another day.

If you don’t know Boone’s story: He’s a little Basset- Hound mix that was pulled from animal control. He is the happiest dog you’ll ever meet. With a smile on his face his tail is always wagging. The foster home noticed he had a slight limp so we had him X-rayed. We discovered Boone had been hit by a car in the past and his hip was out of its socket and his knee was shattered. He shouldn’t even be able to use the leg, let alone run and play like he does. Because the injuries are old, his options were limited.

Thanks to the generosity of the community, and a lot of hard work at the bake sale, we were able to raise the money for Boone and his hip surgery was successful. With a few large barks to say goodbye to his new friends, Boone strolled out of the hospital like it was just another day. We expect a quick recovery and within a month or two, our happy boy will be ready for adoption.

A big “Thank you” to everyone involved in helping the most stoic dog we’ve ever seen.

BOONE’s Bake Sale Update

Making Lemonade out of Lemons

Sarah Kate Dhom, age 10, and Kailey Hannon, age 9, are neighborhood friends. On a recent trip to PetSmart they met the dogs of the Humane League and wanted to help. Their first idea was to adopt a pet, but Mom quickly put an end to that idea. Mom suggested that if they wanted to help they should raise some money. Sara Kate and Kailey decided to set-up a lemonade stand in their neighborhood. They charged 50 cents apiece and raised $65. That’s a lot of lemons!

Thank you Kailey and Sarah Kate. Your compassion and entrepreneurial spirit helps the animals and sets an example for everyone.


Pluto came to the Humane League as a great little puppy back in 2007. He found a wonderful home as the best friend of Tim R. And best friend he has been. Trained well and spoiled rotten, Pluto and his master were inseparable. Always ready for fun, he loved playing with the grandchildren when they visited. And Tim’s love for Pluto is obvious in the care he gave him.

Sadly, Tim R. passed away from cancer in July. His family told us that he requested Pluto come back to the Humane League for care and re-homing. We hope knowing his best friend would be taken care of was a comfort to Tim at the end.

Pluto is a great dog. A little lost at first he has settled in to his foster home. Cute in a floppy eared hound way. Well trained and excellent with kids, Pluto is looking for his new home. If interested, please go to the contact section and request an application.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Tim’s family. We like to think that Tim and Pluto will one day meet again at the rainbow bridge.

We’re Having Fun Now!

1. Dogs need a job – Just like people, dogs need to be mentally challenged. Left to their own devices they can get into mischief. Many people give up on their pets because of behavior issues, when all they need is a little structured training.

2. Strengthen the bond – You got a dog because you wanted a friend. Training is the best way to strengthen that friendship and set the pack hierarchy. Even basic obedience can go along way with helping your pet feel confident and loved.

3. Socializes the dog and you – We all want a dog we can take into public, but not all dogs are comfortable outside the home. Obedience classes teach the dog what is expected and gives you and the dog confidence that you are OK in new environments.

4. It could save their life – Imagine this: The kids have left the door open. The dog is running in the front yard headed for a busy street. What would you give at that moment to be able to use a quick voice command to stop him?

5. It’s FUN! – Basic obedience classes can be fun. Once you’ve mastered the basics, you can then go on to training that matches your pet. You can try Agility, Frisbee, Fly-ball, water training or even Doggy-Dancing. There is no limit to the fun you can have.


It’s the 5th Saturday of the month, so the Volunteers get the weekend off. Saturday, June 6 we will be at PETsMART, Northpoint Mall.

Please contact us at CONTACTS if you are interested in adopting a pet.



On May 7th the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on changes to the animal ordinance. Changes will include definitions of adequate food, water and shelter (currently a turned over trash can or a tree is considered shelter). The most discussed change is in tethering or chaining. The new amendment allows a dog to be tethered for up to 3 hours at a time. It will make illegal the practice of chaining a dog out as a way of life.

16 counties in Georgia have already passed legislation limiting or banning chaining 24/7. These include Cherokee, Cobb, Dekalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, and Douglas Counties as well as the City of Gainesville. They recognize it as both a humane issue for the animals as well as a public safety issue.

This is the public’s one chance to be heard on this important legislation. Please show your support for the animals in our community and make plans to be at the hearing on May 7th at 5:00pm. We need people in the seats wearing red to let the commissioners know who we are.

Forsyth County Administration Building
110 East Main Street
Cumming, GA 30040

Click here to go to the Forsyth County Commissioners Website

The best way you can help is by showing up to the public hearing on May 7th wearing red. Even if you can’t make it, there are lots of ways you can help.

  • Come to the public hearing on May 7th
  • Making phone calls to those who have signed petitions
  • Write letters to commissioners
  • Donate money to the fencing fund

Your Best Friend cannot speak, so come to the meeting and represent him!

Please contact us today and let us know how you would like to help.