Kirby is a sweet, affectionate gentleman that was recently returned to ORHS because his mom could no longer care for him. At 4 ½ years of age, he is still very playful and has a wonderful personality. If you are looking for a young adult that is still pretty active, Kirby just might be the guy for you! Give him a minute and he’ll give you his heart!
Gentle, sweet and social, this beautiful brindle tigress is named Ivy. She is the kind of gal who is up for running around the yard but truly appreciates the way sun shines through a window and a good blanket. Her soulful eyes tell an interesting story. Ivy was one of many dogs, and her resulting litter of puppies, accidental and unwanted. Ivy and her little pack found themselves at their local county animal services before finally landing safely at ORHS. Ivy raised five beautiful puppies, leaving her thin and tired. Not only does she need a healthy helping, she needs love, refuge, a home. Please note, Ivy is not cat friendly. If you are interested in meeting Ivy, please complete our adoption application (https://www.orhspets.org/adopt-a-dog.html) and we will be in touch. We, Ivy especially, look forward to hearing from you.
MJ is a terrier mix just over a 1 year old. She came to us after her owner was no longer able to care for her due to physical limitations. She will melt your heart with her sweet disposition and desire to nuzzle up beside you. She can walk on a leash and takes treats gently from your hand. She is patiently waiting for her new home.
Gypsy is a beautiful little lady who was recently returned to the shelter due to the death in her adopter. She purrs and is very sweet when you approach her. Gypsy has spent her entire life with another cat but we think she will do just fine being the only cat and the center of your attention! If you're looking for a sweetheart and a pretty one at that, Gypsy is the girl for you!
This sweet one year old young man was left behind by his family at a local campground. Fred is a young adult that has been the most fun since coming to ORHS not that long ago. He’s very playful and adjust quickly to new things and new surroundings. The only thing we can find that Fred is not a fan of is young children. He is looking for someone that loves to play, too, but also someone he can snuggle with at night. What a true love bug!
Tootsie is a young DECLAWED adult female that we rescued from animal control. She is a very sweet girl that just loves interaction with people. However, Tootsie doesn't enjoy the company of other cats...so she needs to be the only cat in the household. This sweet girl is very playful and really likes catnip! For a family looking for a great companion, Tootsie is the one for you!
This eight-year-old puppy is patiently awaiting his forever home. He lives life with a bounce in his step and appreciates the little things.
Smokey has been spending his days in foster care, spooning on the couch, gazing into the lake, and soliciting belly rubs. He takes belly rubs very seriously and will physically place your hand on the sweet spot!
Smokey sailed smoothly into home life by catching on quickly with house training, crate training and knowing which parts of the home he is invited. Smokey sleeps quietly in his crate at night but admits he would rather sleep on his other bed or with his human.
His pastimes include being copilot on errands in the car, resting his chin on your knee when you are working from home, being a kitchen connoisseur, and boat rides. This boy was made for lake life!
Smokey is currently undergoing heartworm treatment and is doing great. Want to know more about the treatment or set up a meeting with the one and only, Smokey? We look forward to hearing from you!
Gypsy is 2/1/2 years old and came to us recently when her owner passed away. Gypsy is a very sweet girl that loves attention. She would prefer a quieter household without young children, but is very used to being with other cats. Gypsy would be the perfect companion for movie watching or other around the house activities.
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A kid enters ORHS cat room, cozies up in a cushioned corner with the book of his/her choice, and begins to read aloud. Before long some cats cuddle up to the kid while others linger nearby, ears perked.
What's Happening In This Scenario:
The cats are learning social skills that will help them get adopted; the child is learning to care about animals; ORHS is strengthening relationships in the community.
Introducing the Rescue Readers Program
This program is designed to help our younger supporters give back to the animals in our community while developing their reading skills and their sense of compassion. It also promotes animal-savvy behavior, and helps our cats get positive, calm time with children
This program is open to children ages 6-12 who wish to practice their reading skills by reading out loud to cats at our adoption center. Cats provide a non-judgmental and enthusiastic audience as they are soothed by the rhythmic sound of the children reading stories.
Every kid will need a parent to volunteer with them. All must sign a general liability waiver and be supervised by parents at all times. Not only is the program free, but kids win prizes for every five books they complete.
Kids also have the freedom to select their own reading material. ORHS has a stash of books but kids may bring their own books if they prefer. The cats will not care about a child's reading level or taste in genre—they will simply enjoy the soothing sounds of kids reading to them.
Cat enrichment, child literacy, fostering compassion for animals in young people !!!
To participate please call ORHS at 706-454-1508
According to the American Heartworm Society, heartworm disease is caused by foot-long worms that live in the heart, lungs and associated blood vessels of affected pets, causing severe lung disease, heart failure and damage to other organs in the body.
The treatment of heartworm disease is a long and tedious three-month ordeal, which includes injections and close monitoring by a veterinarian to help reduce the risk of complications. During this period, dog needs to stay calm.
ORHS accepts dogs even if they are heartworm positive. All adult dogs that come into ORHS’s care are tested for heartworm disease. If they test positive, we work with the veterinarian on starting treatment. The cost of treatment for each dog can be $500 or more.
The number of dogs we rescue that are heartworm positive is at a high level. Over the last year we have treated or taken in over a dozen heart worm positive dogs and we expect that number to continue to rise. We remain dedicated to offer the medical care to these dogs. Currently we are striving to maintain our level of commitment without the financial support from fundraising events that were cancelled this year due to COVID-19.
Our goal of $10,000 will enable ORHS to offer this life-saving treatment for another year.
Heartworm disease is serious. Your support, no matter how much or how little, means everything to the dogs who will be able to receive treatment and have a second chance at a forever home and a happy life.
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What if you could style your ride and show your love for your pet and at the same time support ORHS, all while raising funds for the animals we rescue. Well, now you can! Get your personalized ORHS Pet Plate.
Meet Brittany and Bridgette. They are sisters who are ready to fly the nest and make their own way. Though they enjoy playing together and spending time together, they wouldn't mind having their own special someone to love. Bridgette leans on Brittany for a lot of confidence, but she is growing stronger every day. Both are very sweet and would love some personal one on one attention. Here at ORHS, they are learning how to walk on a leash, how to play with toys, and how to get the volunteers to give them treats. They almost have the volunteers trained. Won't you consider giving one or both of them a Furever home?
These handsome bonded brothers are just about as perfect as you can get! Found with two other siblings out in the woods, Hercules is the tuxedo and Mercury is the beautiful marble tabby. Both are exceptionally snuggly, affectionate and incredibly playful! And, as if they couldn’t get any better, these boys purr like the engines of two finely tuned automobiles. Their foster mom says one of their favorite pastimes is to nap completely intwined in the arms of the other…absolutely adorable to see!
We are looking for a home where these boys can stay together. Hercules and Mercury offer a lifetime of fun, excitement and just pure love to anyone lucky enough to take them into their family.
We have lots of great news for you today! Check out our Q2 '20 Newsletter and read about:
My name is Marty McFly, but you can call me Marty. I am one chill pup. Don’t get me wrong, I have plenty of wiggles for you when I meet you, and I am full of energy, but I am a cool dog. I love people. People are my favorite. They give me treats, and walks, and belly rubs. I love, love , love to play in the yard and have lots of dog friends. I even love the little puppies. I am easy to walk and know some basic commands. I love to learn. Life is such an adventure and I can’t wait to see what’s around the corner. Could my new Furever Family be there? I hope so! Don’t forget to fill out an application for me.
Otis is our 12-year-old Beagle who is looking for his retirement home. Otis is a world traveler and would like to finally settle down for the remainder of his years. Now that he has come to ORHS, he is having his needs taken care of and getting healthy.
Life on the road has been a little rough and he knows it’s time to have a soft spot to land. Otis is good with other dogs, especially young puppies. He has been an exceptionally good companion to his foster mom. If you would like to have Otis come to share his life stories with you, fill out an application for him. He would love to sit and reminisce his glory days with you.
Phyllis resembles the glamorous Abyssinian breed portrayed in paintings and sculptures of the ancient Egyptian cats which show an elegant feline with a muscular body.
With long legs in proportion to her lean body, big green eyes, short silky blonde hair, she looks like a Supermodel when she struts her stuff. Phyllis is approximately 8 pounds and because she is full of extraordinary energy she never has to diet. She is naturally small and slender.
Phyllis has an intelligent, extroverted, playful personality. With her almond shaped green eyes, long pointed ears and inquisitive expression, you can’t help but fall in love with her. She is clearly attentive, she listens to you, but, unlike Alexa, she will keep your secret’s.
She is also a graceful athlete. She will approach you on her terms but invites you to exercise, climb a pole, play or explore with her whenever you are available. She loves people and other cats but may not be your ideal lap cat.
Phyllis came to ORHS after being rescued through a trap/neuter/release program in 2016. Although she is stunning and physically active, you don’t have to worry about her getting in “the family way.” She was able to leave her wild ways behind her when she was spayed so that she, and you, don’t have to worry about all the unwanted attention being so attractive usually brings.
Phyllis loves Savage Garden (from her feral years). She has a private meditation she repeats and she hopes you will take her to her Purrfect Place:
Like in your eyes, I see my future in an instant
I think I found my best friend
I knew I loved you before I met you
I have been waiting all my life
A thousand angels dance around you
I am complete now that I’ve found you.
Gus is a genuine cutie! He is good with kids and other dogs. He isn't shy at all and is very welcoming to new people. He is a snuggle bug. At times he gets so excited he trips over his own feet. But mind your socks, he loves to steal them and hide them from you.
Gus is a 1+ year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier Mix. He is a little guy weighing in at only 35 pounds. He would make the perfect family dog and a great companion animal.
This pretty little lady is Betsy. She was an outdoor kitty at a home where an elderly lady lived before going into an assisted living situation. Betsy came to us last Spring, pregnant with 4 kittens. The beautiful babies have all been safely tucked into their forever homes and now it’s her turn!
Betsy is 2-3 years old and would be a great indoor-outdoor cat. She does, however, need to be the only cat and would do well in a home without very young children. Betsy LOVES to sit on your lap and is very affectionate. If you are looking for a fun, affectionate companion, this girl is for you!
Your change can make a change for homeless pets! All proceeds will go toward providing the basic necessities for the animals at our shelter.
This is a great project for your whole family! It's also great for kids, scout projects, and church groups.
Thank you for your support! Please contact us with any questions.
What You Should Know...
We are all on high alert as we follow the spread of the COVID-19 (new coronavirus) pandemic and its unprecedented impact on our lives. What about our pets? Are they susceptible? Can they transmit the infection? What should I do with my pet if I contract the virus? Where did this virus come from? While we are still trying to understand the COVID-19 pandemic, there is information emerging that is helpful in answering these questions.
Where Did It Come From?
Coronaviruses are a family of related viruses that can cause diseases in mammals and birds. The name is derived from the Latin “Corona” meaning “crown” which refers to the microscopic appearance of the virus – a ball with protein spikes that resemble a crown. In humans, past coronavirus infections have caused respiratory tract infections that were mild such as the common cold or serious, even fatal infections such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and recently COVID-19. The name COVID-19 is an abbreviation from Corona Virus Disease and 2019, the year the disease was discovered. Both SARS and MERS have been responsible for epidemics over the past two decades and are related to COVID-19. Symptoms of coronavirus infections vary with species that are infected. Pigs and cattle have gastro-intestinal diseases and birds and cats have respiratory diseases. However, there is no transmission to people in the U.S. from our domestic or food producing animals.
There is strong scientific evidence that the recent group of serious human coronavirus infections, SARS, MERS and COVID-19, have all originated from bats. COVID-19 has a 96% genetic match with a coronavirus recently found in a bat in China. Bats likely serve as asymptomatic carriers of these viruses. They have the infections without getting sick, but still can shed and transmit the virus to other animals or people. The bats are considered the maintenance host, that is, the virus remains in them and is the principle source of the disease long term. The recent group of serious human diseases caused by coronaviruses have also been isolated from a group of other animals that were infected from bats and then became carriers themselves, thus further spreading the diseases. These animals are termed intermediate hosts, meaning that they become infected as a species and can then amplify and further spread the virus. For example, the intermediate host for MERS is likely camels. Currently, the pangolin, an animal like a small anteater, is suspected of helping to initially spread COVID-19 after being infected from bats but this theory is still unproven and is being researched further. People can be infected either directly from bats but are usually infected from intermediate host animals. Pandemics occur when the viruses are capable of being transmitted from person to person without the involvement of animals.
Early evidence suggests that COVID-19 originated from bats found in “live-animal” markets in Wuhan, China. It is a common cultural practice in China for people to visit large markets with many live animals that are all mixed closely together. People mix with birds, mammals, reptiles and fish which are sold and often slaughtered onsite so that people get fresh meat for their meals. This practice allows people to come into close contact with a variety of animal species, including bats, that may be carrying coronaviruses or other infections. We know that this same practice was likely the source of the SARS pandemic in 2002-2003. Some bats are hunted and used for food in other cultures including China. Not all these viruses are easily transmitted to people and even if they do infect people, the infections are often limited because the transmission doesn’t easily occur from person to person. COVID-19 has been an exception. It has the unique capability of being readily transmitted from person to person; it is highly contagious and thus has spread rapidly across the globe as a pandemic.
Can Dogs and Cats Get Infected With COVID-19?
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that there is currently no evidence that household pets can contract or spread COVID-19. The CDC has also confirmed that they have not received any reports that pets or other animals in the U.S. have become sick with COVID-19. In addition, public health officials state that that is no evidence or research to support the idea that human to pet transmission occurs. Dogs and cats can acquire their own type of coronavirus infections from each other and these usually result in mild illnesses. Importantly, these animal infections only circulate within the pet populations and are not transmitted to, nor infect people. Thus. there is very strong evidence, from many sources, that our pets do not contract COVID-19 and are not are sources of the infection.
Are There Diagnostic Tests Available for Pets for COVID-19 and Should I have My Pet Tested?
While there is a diagnostic test that is being developed for COVID-19 for pets, it is not commercially available today. More importantly, there is no reason to test pets since they are not being infected with COVID-19. If your pet develops a respiratory disease, the recommendation is to work with your veterinarian to test for other respiratory infections. However, because COVID-19 is a new disease, more information is always being discovered about the dynamics of the infection. COVID-19 will continue to be monitored in pets but today there is no reason to tests pets and there is no recommendation to do so.
What Should I Do with My Pet If I Contract COVID-19?
The CDC recommends that if you contract COVID-19, you should keep a distance from your pets just like you would do with other people while you are quarantined. While there have been no reports of any pets being infected or sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that you limit any contacts with your pets until more information is known about the virus. The concern is not that your pet will become infected, but it could possibly carry the virus on its fur or collar for a short time and transmit to another person. While this is feasible, it is certainly not a high risk. Yet out of an abundance of caution, it would be helpful, if possible, to have someone else care for you pet while you are sick. If this is not possible, be sure to wash your hands before and after interacting with your pet. Certainly petting, snuggling, kissing, being licked or sharing food should be avoided.
If I Don’t Have COVID-19, Should I Change How I Interact with My Pet?
If you are not ill with COVID-19, you can interact with your pet as you normally would including walking, playing and feeding. You should still practice good hygiene by washing your hands frequently and ensure that you pet is clean and well groomed. While you will not contract COVID-19 from your pet, there are other diseases and parasites that can be transmitted.
How Should I Prepare for My Pet’s Care in the Event that I Am Infected with COVID-19?
You should develop a contingency plan for your pet just like you should be doing for you and your family. Identify a person, either in your household or a friend, to care for your pet should you contract COVID-19. Make sure that you have an emergency kit prepared with at least 2-3 weeks of food and any needed medications. It is probably a good idea to have an emergency kit available for your pet anyway, in case there are further restrictions on social distancing.
What If My Pet Needs to Go to The Veterinarian?
If you are not ill with COVID-19 or have another communicable disease like the flu, call your veterinarian and follow her/his recommendations to work out a schedule for a visit. While many routine veterinary visits can be rescheduled, work with your veterinarian to check when he/she believes the visit is most appropriate and safe. If your pet has an emergency, call ahead to find out about needed care or recommendations to be seen. If you are sick with COVID-19 or have been recently diagnosed, you must stay at home and minimize contact with other people and avoid unnecessary risks.
The meaning of the name Bellamy is “fine friend” and this beautiful girl is ready to live up to her name! Bellamy came to ORHS in late January and surprised us all when she gave birth to one puppy, which we named Uno. Bellamy was a very caring mother and Uno will be available for adoption when he is old enough. Now it’s time for Bellamy to find a forever home.
Here’s what we know about Bellamy: we believe she is two years old and is a bulldog/ terrier mix. She loves her daily walks with ORHS volunteers and leads the way to the local bank for treats. She enjoys being outside and is content to relax in the sun. She loves toys and when given the chance will jump from her pen in the shelter to choose a new one and take it back to cuddle with. Bellamy loves being petted and is learning to trust both women and men. We believe Bellamy will be happiest as the only dog in the family. Won’t you give Bellamy the chance to show you what a fine friend she can be?