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Furkids Inc

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission:

Furkids, headquartered in Atlanta, GA, is a 501c3 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 20,000 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. For more information about Furkids and to get involved, please visit www.furkids.org.

Target demographics: the homeless animals of Georgia

Direct beneficiaries per year: 4,400 animals and thousands of families experience the love and joy that comes from adopting a homeless animal.

Geographic areas served: Metro-Atlanta

Programs: We serve approximately 4,500 animals a year. We spay/neuter all animals prior to adoption and provide all other medical needs.

Community Stories

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first came to know Furkids when searching for an adoptable cat for my good friend who was looking for "a big boy Tuxedo". That Tuxedo, who later came to be known as Jack, turned out to be the feline love of my friend's life an instant part of her family. Since then, I became a Furkids volunteer and more than ten years later, am proud to be part of an organization and a team who really cares about every single cat and every single dog in its shelters. And it's that care and love are what help these animals find their forever homes -- forever homes that are right for both the animal and family. Thank you, Furkids, for helping foster the understanding that every pet's life matters. ~Kristin W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted a Furkid in 2008 (Maine coon) and supported the organization financially going forward from that time, participating in many of the Furkid events. I have been a volunteer with Furkids (cat shelter) for just under 2 years and love what Furkids accomplishes. I agree with the vision and believe it to be an outstanding nonprofit. I love visiting "my" cats every week!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Furkids for 11 years as a volunteer in several capacities. Furkids has always been a great experience and the work that they do, the amount they've grown, is incredible. The animals are safe with Furkids for their entire lives and when they are adopted, it is to forever, loving homes that meet the highest standard for our animals. We take in the difficult cases, we champion the unadoptables, and every animal is treated with love and care. It is a great place to volunteer and donate.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've gotten 2 cats from Furkids and have volunteered over the last 9 years. Furkids is passionate and great at what they do!

Marci7

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been volunteering for, fostering dogs for and donating to Furkids for the past two years. They are a top notch organization that truly cares about making a difference in the life of dogs and cats in Georgia. Please see below to see a few of our fosters.

Susan457

Donor

Rating: 5

We have adopted 2 cats from Furkids and are impressed with their commitment to the animals' well being.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've learned so much about cats and servers in so many roles that have been rewarding. I've been able to see the actual improvement that I've made on a few cat's lives and I get such great joy from having that opportunity.

1 Kimberley F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Furkids was exceptional. I appreciate how diligent they were in ensuring my new little man was coming to a home where he'd be taken care of and welcomed. Not every agency will check with your landlord that pets are accepted and with your vet if you already have pets. I'm really glad they do. The volunteers were kind and patient and you can tell they really love the animals. I highly recommend them!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with Furkids from 2003 to 2007, when I moved to Minnesota. I adopted my beloved dog, Priscilla from Furkids in 2007. She was a "foster failure." I fostered several cats/kittens and dogs for Furkids and they truly have the best support network for fosters and adopters. I am so proud that I was with this organization when they built their amazing shelter and consider then to be a best in class animal rescue

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted both of my dogs, Willow and Annie, from SmallDog Rescue (now Furkids). I was so impressed with the organization, that when I retired 3 years ago I started volunteering with Furkids. I am constantly amazed at the number of animals that are saved by Furkids and the efforts that Furkids makes to ensure that not only the rescued dogs are well taken care of, but that the adopters are perfect matches for the dogs. I recommend adopting from Furkids to anyone who expresses an interest in getting a pet. I also recommend volunteering with Furkids because what I get from volunteering is so much more than what I give.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great organization. I have friends who have adopted several pets from FurKids and they raved about this charity.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The first time that I visited Furkids, I was blown away by the quality of care and the passion of the staff. These animals are so well cared for and the people are so dedicated to finding them good forever homes. I cannot recommend this organization enough!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Rescue is a really tough business, and Furkids is obviously doing it right. While so many rescues have come and gone through the years, they have continued to save countless lives and educate the community. I meet people all the time who adopted their pet from Furkids, it's just amazing how far their reach goes across metro Atlanta over the many years. Wonderful example of a nonprofit and of an animal welfare organization.

2 Carole32

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been fortunate enough to meet two individuals that are passionate about Furkids. They introduced me to this WONDERFUL organization that continues to battle for those who can not stand up for themselves, animals. This organization feverishly raises money to get animals spayed and neutered and find forever homes" for these helpless creatures. They also raise much needed awareness to the plight of homeless animals. They just recently moved facilities to be able accommodate even more animals. This new outfit contains many positive attributes such as LARGE spaces for these animals to stretch their legs and plenty of toys for them to play with. Along with knowledgable volunteers. I'm honored to give what I can to this unique group and will continue to give because of the help they give in return to animals. PLEASE give what you can because they need all the help they can get. Carole Cook

Sera K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Furkids is my favorite shelter. They always do everything they can to help sick and injured animals. Love furkids and will always support them! (they also have the best names for their little furbabies!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Furkids for 13 years, and I am honored to serve as a volunteer and board member. I can not express the appreciation and admiration I have for this organization adequately. They save thousands of animals a year, and they help countless more. If you live in or around Atlanta, I encourage you to visit the shelters to see for yourself the incredible work they do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The simple act of adopting a cat opened the door to a rewarding volunteer experience with Furkids, one of the most well-run, professional nonprofit organizations I've ever encountered. What makes Furkids different from other rescue organizations? The staff and volunteers operate with integrity, unbelievable dedication, and they keep the best needs of the animals at the forefront of everything they do. Furkids has grown rapidly, and it's a testament to the quality of the people who serve the organization. At first, I thought the adoption process was a little stringent, but now, I realize that Furkids sincerely wants to make the best match for the animal and the adoptive family. Today, we have progressed through adopting, serving as foster caregivers for a homeless dog (and we adopted that dog....) and volunteering. Through the experience, we became Furkids fans.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've had several friends adopt cats from Furkids. Each adoption has been a very positive experience, with the staff available for questions and concerns even after the adoption process. I recently adopted a kitten from Furkids, which came from a litter that had been abandoned at the shelter. She had a few minor health issues, which Furkids was always available to help me with. Unfortunately, when you get animals that have been abandoned, you never know where they came from. Nonetheless, the kitten was raised for a few weeks in a foster home. She is an amazing animal, a most friendly, sweet, and fun kitty. She absolutely loves people-she never meets a stranger. The foster home did a great job with her. I will continue to recommend and support Furkids.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Furkids is run by a small , paid dedicated staff and hundreds of devoted, hard working volunteers who take their investment of time and energy on behalf of fostering and caring for rescue kitties, cats and dogs compassionately and seriously. I adopted a kitty from Furkids, I have been in investing in several non profits from volunteer to member of various boards. I am so grateful and honored to be a client and donor/ supporter of Furkids.

From their regularly updated website with thorough profiles of their ever changing rescues, to their volunteers handling operations with team coordinators at Furkids' numerous on site adoption satellites to a thrift store to compassionate fosters , FURKIDS is an incredible non profit for our entire state! , I encourage others to adopt from and support FURKIDS on a regular basis.

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I learned about Furkids a long time ago when I adopted a cat. They are a no-kill animal shelter with cats and small dogs. The animals absolutely come first and the founder Sam Shelton is completely dedicated to the well-being of the cats and dogs. We recently adopted a pair of kittens that had been in an amazing foster home at Furkids. They were well-cared for, clean and had total vet care, plus they are delightful. We will support Furkids as long as they are around.

Review from Guidestar