Archive for January, 2012

Good Mews needs Helping Hands

It’s time again to thank an area business that has been so generous in their support of Good Mews.  And since Valentine’s Day is fast approaching it seems appropriate to spotlight Carithers Flowers.

Carithers Flowers is a second generation family florist and was founded in 1974 by Larry and Jane Carithers.  Through their Helping Hands program Carithers is able to continuously give something back to their community all year long.  With each order a customer can make a $2.00 donation to one of the participating organizations by selecting the “Helping Hands” pull down menu on the order form and choosing from the participating organizations to receive your contribution.

Last year Good Mews was honored to receive a check for more than $2100 as a result of this wonderful program.

Kelly McNamara receives a Helping Hands check from Charles Carithers

It should be noted that these donations are not added to the cost of your order but come directly from Carithers Flowers truly demonstrating their community support.

As always we encourage you to support those businesses that support us.  If you find yourself in need of flowers or gift baskets anytime of the year, please remember Carithers Flowers.  And while you are there please be sure to take advantage of their Helping Hands donation program and chose Good Mews as the recipient.

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My Furry Valentine

It’s that time of year again for the Good Mews Valentine Card fundraiser.  Let someone know you are thinking about them and support the cats and kittens of Good Mews at the same time.  That’s what we call a win, win!

You have 6 borders to choose from and can even pick which Good Mews cat you’d like featured.  A note on the back will explain that a donation has been made in honor of your Valentine.

Who wouldn’t love getting some kitty lovin’ in the mail?  Go to the Good Mews website to place your order.  Deadline is February 5th.

And the residents of Good Mews wish you peace, love and catnip on February 14h and all the other days of the year.

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It’s our first guest blogger!

Foster homes are vitally important to Good Mews.  Especially during kitten season.  Today’s guest blogger is Pam Donald who is a frequent foster parent for the shelter.

When I tell people that I do fostering for Good Mews, they always ask me the same question: ‘How do you do it?’ They aren’t asking for a step-by-step guide. What they mean is, ‘How can you let them go?’

Fostering isn’t an easy job. It’s stressful, it’s messy, and it’s plain hard work. There’s the shredded carpet, the endless loads of laundry, the missed vacations, the struggle to get tiny pills into even tinier mouths, the terrified visits to the vet in your pajamas. There are the days when, between the kittens and your fulltime job and your own family obligations, you suddenly notice that it’s midnight and you can’t remember sitting down at all that day, not even for five minutes.

But is it worth it? Of course! The kittens love us and we love them. When you open that door and see their faces light up as they run toward you, all of the frustration and exhaustion just disappears. Every kitten is perfect. When you’re lonely, they climb in your lap and snuggle with you. When you’re down, they leap and romp and make you laugh. When you’re sad, they purr and lick your face and tell you everything will be all right. You love them all, and you love them too much.

So how can you let them go? You have faith. You have faith that even though seeing your babies in that little cage in Intake breaks your heart, the other volunteers will coo at them and cuddle them and make them feel better. You have faith that the adoption counselors will be strong and careful and wise, and make sure your babies go to wonderful homes. You have faith that even though there are terrible people in the world, the families who adopt your babies will be kind and loving and good. You have faith that all of your kittens will be safe, happy, healthy and loved all of their lives.

As an animal lover, when I hear stories about animals being neglected, hurt or abused, I often imagine that I rush in to save them. In my fantasy, I know Kung Fu. I dazzle those evil abusers with my Matrix moves, kick them right into the waiting arms of the police, and whisk the animals away. Right then and there I make a promise to those animals that from now on, they will be safe, happy, healthy and loved.

As foster parents, this is what we do every day. And we don’t even need to know Kung Fu.

Uno while being fostered by Pam

Good Mews is always in need of foster homes for litter of kittens as well as adult cats who need additional socialization or are recovering from surgery.  If you are interested, leave a comment and someone will be in touch!

 

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I want to help but have no money!

Good Mews subsists in large part from monetary donations we receive from our supporters.  However there are many other ways you can help Good Mews without any extra pennies leaving your pocket.

  1. Volunteer – the vast majority of things that are done at or for Good Mews are done by volunteers.  We’ll get more in depth about all the specific ways you can volunteer in later posts but we probably have an opportunity you would love either at the shelter or from home.
  2. Social Media – help us spread the word about our cats and/or events.  Tell someone about this blog, retweet something that Boca the cat says or click share on one of our Facebook posts.  Even if it’s an event you can’t attend or a cat you can’t adopt, someone in your network may be able to.
  3. Office Max – the next time you shop at Office Max give them our phone number (770-499-2287) at check out.  Every dollar you spend helps us earn Max Perks Rewards.  Reward certificates are used to purchase shelter office supplies.
  4. Coke Rewards – save the caps off of your bottles of Coke products or the end caps from the fridge packs and bring those codes to Good Mews.  We use the accumulated points for prizes for fundraising events
  5. Paw Points – If you purchase Fresh Step litter save the Paw Points printed on each package.  Accumulated points are used to get coupons for free litter and you KNOW we can always use litter.
  6. Cans – save your steel and aluminum cans and bring them to Good Mews.
  7. Newspapers/Magazines – there are collection bins located in our parking lot.  Place your newspapers and magazines in the designated bins and we are paid based on the weight of paper collected.
  8. Cell phones
  9. Printer cartridges – bring your used printer cartridges (both ink and laser) to Good Mews and the kitties will earn money for each item.  Proceeds from all the above recycling initiatives aid in the care of the residents of Good Mews.
  10. When searching the internet use GoodSearch – GoodSearch is a search engine which donates 50 percent of its sponsored search revenue to the charities and schools designated by its users. You use GoodSearch exactly as you would any other search engine. Because it’s powered by Yahoo!, you get proven search results. The money GoodSearch donates to your cause comes from its advertisers — the users and the organizations do not spend a dime!
  11. When shopping on the internet start with iGive or OneCause and designate Good Mews as your charity of choice.  The specified percentage from your purchases at the participating sites will be donated to the shelter
  12. Remember Good Mews when cleaning out your closets.  Our largest annual fundraiser is our flea market and we need a lot of stuff to make it so successful.  The flea market generally takes place in late April/early May but keep an eye on this space and our website to learn when we’ll start collection items

If you aren’t in the Atlanta area but have rewards codes you want to share, leave a comment and the appropriate person will be in touch.  If you are in the Atlanta area, come by the shelter any Saturday from 10-4 or the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Sundays of the month from 1-4.  You can drop your items off then and let the kitties show their appreciation.

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Wordless Wednesday #3

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Filled to the brim

That phrase could routinely be used to describe our shelter but most especially these last couple of months.  Since just November, Good Mews has rescued more than 40 cats from three separate hoarding cases in the metro-Atlanta area.

In the first case, police and Animal Control officers rescued more than 100 cats from a DeKalb County home. On the heels of that case, we received word of more than 50 cats living in stacked cages in a shed in Covington, Georgia, some that had lived in cages for up to three years.  And in the first week of January Good Mews rescued cats from Coweta County Animal Control that were part of a case that a Coweta Animal Control officer said was one of the worst cases of cat hoarding they’d ever seen; 236 cats removed from a single home.  Good Mews, and other area rescue groups, took as many animals as we were able to in these three cases..

When an established rescue organization such as Good Mews steps in, not only are innocent animals saved, tax dollars are saved.  Area Animal Control facilities are spared the cost of treatment, boarding and, in some cases, euthanasia.  However, there is considerable cost to rescue groups to take in so many cats at one time, and it limits our ability to save more cats.  So the person who  needs to find shelter for a cat because a relative died or because they’ve been forced to move is more likely to be turned away.  No matter who intervenes in these cases, it can impact you in ways you may not have realized.

So why do rescue groups take in these cats if it’s such a potential strain?  City and county shelters are required to take in every animal that is brought to them.  When animals are seized in their jurisdictions and the space they have is overwhelmed by the influx, they have to make tough choices, and highly adoptable animals are often euthanized simply because there is no space to house them..

Alarmingly, there has been an increase in cases of hoarders who identify themselves as rescuers.  It’s a big problem that requires a lot of effort to address.  How can you help?

First and foremost, spay and neuter your pets – overcrowding in animal shelters leads to adoptable animals being put to sleep.  Often it is these conditions that lead a well-meaning hoarder to take in “just one more” animal.  One of the criteria for defining a hoarder is denial of the inability to provide adequate care and the impact on the animals, the household and human occupants of the dwelling.

Adopt don’t buy – there are animals of every shape, size, breed, color, age and temperament living in area shelters.  Even if you are looking for a very specific animal, chances are there is a shelter or rescue group that  has it.  And by adopting, you free up space for that organization to rescue more animals

Spread the word to your friends and family about rescue organizations like Good Mews. Good Mews is a nonprofit organization that operates solely on grants and donations and is staffed by volunteers. Pick up an extra tub of litter or package of paper towels on your next trip to the grocery store. The animals (and humans!) appreciate every little bit you do to help.

The intent of this blog is not only to highlight the good works of Good Mews, but also to raise awareness of and promote conversation about the issues we face.   As always, we encourage questions or comments.

Bradford - recently rescued from hoarding case and awaiting adoption at Good Mews

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