Honey is having surgery & we need your help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

UPDATE 1/24/14 1:00pm –  Honey is now resting but not comfortably. We almost lost her due to complications during the surgery, therefore she will remain on fluids thru the night and into tomorrow. She had to be cut open larger than expected due to the complications so she now has staples instead of sutures. This poor girl is hanging in there though. She so needs a home to go to after all this she is going thru. Please network her.

1/24/14  8:45am We need your help and your support. It was brought to our attention yesterday that one of the dogs at the shelter was having trouble. After having her accessed by the county veterinarian while he was there it was determined that Honey needed go have an emergency spay surgery. Honey was having problems and issues and required her to have surgery. One of the HOPE volunteers, Jessica, went to go get her and get her transported up to the Animal Hospital of Rice Hope.

She went into surgery this morning to get her healthy again. Honey will be spayed, brought up to date on all shots, receive her rabies and then boarded for a few days to recoup a little before going back to the shelter. The shelter has agreed to keep her crated up front in the room awaiting to be transformed into the cattery until her incision heals and she is up to par to return to the back kennels.

Please help us with her vet bill as it will be over $200 for her surgery. Animal Hospital of Rice Hope is helping us with boarding fees but the surgery we have to pay for. Any donation is helpful and any donation is appreciated. We also need to network this poor girl so she can get adopted ASAP!!! We hate to do all of this to save her and then for her to go back to the shelter.

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Honey is a 5 year old labby mix girl. She knows some commands, appears to be house broken, gets along with other animals, loves kids, and is just a good girl. She was an owner turn in and not sure why as she is such a great girl. Please share her story so we can get this girl a home to recover in and have a furever place to call home.


Help us put in a Cattery in at the Effingham County Animal Shelter

Everyone knows you go to a shelter to look at a cat and you walk into a room with nothing but kennel cubes stacked and cats in each. You cannot touch them you cannot see then do anything but lay there or pace back and forth in their little cube. Wouldn’t it be nice to walk into a facility and have cats in a cattery where you can see them playing. Where you can watch them being a cat, where you can go over and actually pet and interact with them? This is exactly what the Effingham County Animal Shelter is going to do. They have to raise $2500 by March 1st to begin construction.

They are taking an old storage room and changing the flooring for easier cleanup, adding an industrial exhaust fan to aid in cat not getting any upper respiratory infections, adding a six foot tall, five foot wide and three foot deep cattery cage with various levels for running around on, and specialized cat cubes for the overflow of cats that will not fit into the cattery at that time. There will be a window in the wall so the cats can be viewed from the waiting area and also a new door with a window within it so walking past you will see the cats playing.

A cattery like this. This is not the exact one.

A cattery like this. This is not the exact one.

Cat cubes like these.

Cat cubes like these.

All if this to try and help with cat adoptions and make the cats feel more at home to aid in their adoptions. A more comfortable cats equals a more at ease cat when looking for that perfect one to bring home. Won’t you help us help the shelter with raising donations for the new Cattery.

Donations can be provide a variety of ways:

  1. Mail to HOPE at P.O. Box 2601 Rincon, GA 31326 and put “Shelter Cattery” in the memo
  2. Go to the donate button on our page on the right and donate, but also put “Shelter Cattery” in the notes so we know what it is for
  3. Bring a check or cash donation to a HOPE event and let us know what it is for. Next event is at the Tractor Supply Feb 15th from 10am-2pm
  4. Mail to Effingham County Animal Shelter at 601 North Laurel Street Springfield, GA  31329 and put “Animal Shelter Cattery Fund” in the memo
  5. Drop off a check donation to the shelter and please put “Animal Shelter Cattery Fund” in the memo

All donations to HOPE will be calculated on Feb28th and we will take the donations to the shelter to turn them in. Being hopeful we will have raised the entire amount so the cats will have a new cattery to call home temporary until they get into their new furever home.

How do you know if your cat has an eye infection?

As our cats don’t know how to communicate with us directly or let us know when they are ill, we have to be mindful in any change in behavior.  While eye infections are more likely to occur in dogs, cats can also develop eye infections. There are many different types of eye infections, but the most common one is conjunctivitis.

As always, the first thing to do if your cat has an eye infection is to take her or him to your veterinarian to find out what kind of infection it is.  If your cat is blinking a lot or you see any type of discharge or white mucus around the eye area, there is something wrong.

There are a variety of infections that a cat can get in its eyes.  For the most part, vets generally recommend eye drops for your cat and they will typically cure the infection.

There are also some treatments that you can try at home to help your cat through the infection.  Again, your veterinarian is the best judge of how to treat the infection, but the below can help ease your cat’s eye pain and speed up the recovery.

Try using a soft cloth on your cat’s eyes

A wet cloth used to wipe away any discharge from the cat’s eye is an effective means of keeping the infected eye clean. Use the same type of cloth you would use for a warm compress and wet it with warm water. Or you can use a fragrance-free baby wipe made for sensitive skin. Wipe the eyes as often as necessary and discard the cloth after use.  You should repeat the compress every hour until the infection clears.

Herbal Supplements

You can also try some herbal supplements to help fight the infection and relieve the itching and redness in your cat’s eyes. These supplements usually include aconite chamomile, calendula and eyebright. Your veterinarian can recommend the appropriate does for your cat and if he or she thinks they are appropriate given your cat’s condition.

Eye Wash

An eye wash is an effective treatment for cats with infections caused by a foreign object stuck in the eye. Simply rinse your cat’s eye with saline solution, which is available in the eye care section of any drug store or pet shop. This flushing of the eye is often enough to remove the object and speed up your cat’s recovery.


If you feed your cat a well-balanced, high quality diet, it will help his or her immune system. Diets rich in vitamins A and C are excellent for eye health in cats. Providing vitamin A or C supplements (ask your vet for recommendations) or feeding a diet with plenty of vegetables such as spinach, kale and carrots guarantees your cat’s daily recommended intake is met.

Natural remedies

There are some natural remedies that are available in some pet stores or natural foods stores. These medications can help your cat kick an eye infection naturally. Check with your veterinarian for recommendations and let your vet monitor your cat’s progress when taking the medication.

With the right care and treatment, your cat’s eye infection will heal quickly.  You can find more advice on your cat’s care on petpav.com, our pet social network that is like Facebook for pets!

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Two new HOPE Hearts at the Effingham County Animal Shelter

Check out Karma and Honey. They both have the HOPE Heart on their kennel showing they will receive a FREE spay when adopted from HOPE. Karma is a sweet girl that is looking for her furever home and about a year old. Honey is about 5 years old and just loves attention. They are at the Effingham County Animal Shelter. If your interested please contact them at 912-754-2109.


Adopting an older dog, don’t forget they need exercise too!

Just like you, your four-legged friend can benefit from an exercise routine. Regular exercise improves muscle tone, joint flexibility, digestion and cardiovascular fitness. Exercise also helps prevent obesity, which has been linked to numerous health problems in dogs.

Besides making your dog healthier, exercise also makes him happier. He’ll be more relaxed and less destructive. You will need to tailor your dog’s exercise program to his age, size and breed.

Getting Started

Before beginning a fitness plan, take your dog to your veterinarian for a physical. She will evaluate your dog’s overall condition and check for heart, lung and joint problems that exercise could aggravate.

Ask your vet how much and which exercises are appropriate for your dog. If your pet has health problems, including arthritis, heart disease or obesity, your veterinarian can recommend the best types of exercise for him.

Building a Routine

A healthy older dog can start with two short exercise sessions a day. Possibilities include a 10-minute walk, a short game of fetch in the backyard or an easy swim. Just be sure not to take on any strenuous activities.

If you choose to walk with your dog, keep him on a leash. The local wildlife can be a big distraction and you don’t want your pet to get away from you.

Health Factors

When you exercise your dog outdoors, pick areas with soft grass or dirt. Exercising your pet on hard or slippery surfaces can damage his footpads or lead to falls.

To prevent heatstroke, don’t exercise your dog on hot days. Make sure he drinks plenty of fresh water during the day and stop if you notice excessive panting or fatigue when he’s exercising.

Also, avoid working out your dog within an hour of his eating a large meal, especially if he’s one of the larger, deep-chested breeds that are predisposed to bloat. Bloat is a serious disease in which the stomach fills with air. In serious cases the stomach can twist, trapping the air and causing shock and even death.

How Much Exercise Is Enough?

Your older dog needs frequent and controlled movement, but his exercise routine shouldn’t stress him out.

For the average older dog, 20 minutes of moderate exercise, such as walking twice a day, is sufficient. This guideline applies to most mixed breeds and purebred dogs.

More active dogs, such as the sporting, herding and working breeds may need one or more hours of exercise each day. By contrast, small toy breeds may get most of the exercise they need inside an apartment.

Once you’ve worked up to the fitness level your veterinarian recommends, monitor your dog’s activity level. Does he move freely and with ease? How much energy does he have?

Don’t overdo it! Your canine companion can’t tell you when he’s had enough exercise, so it’s your job to look for signs of weariness, including an altered gait or heavy panting.

Go For It!

Use your dog’s exercise session to connect with your longtime canine companion. He’ll not only keep moving and feel better, he’ll appreciate the attention from his best friend.


By: Petco

Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to get fit? Get your dog involved too!



Not sure if that furry friend who regularly runs the halls really needs an exercise routine? Well, consider this:

  • Veterinarians say that dogs of all ages and activity levels need regular exercise to stay healthy and trim.
  • Regular workouts can keep dogs from “boredom behaviors,” such as chewing your slippers, gnawing on table legs, or digging up your pansies.

See how you and your pet could benefit from doggy phys ed? To get started, check out the following options.

This is a good activity for all dogs. Walking doesn’t stress joints, can be done in almost any weather, and lets your pet explore. Your dog may yearn for freedom while you walk, but let her run unleashed only if she always obeys commands, if you’re in safe wide-open spaces, and if leash laws permit.

Jogging and Running
Over time you might want to speed up from a walk to a jog or run. Make this transition gradually over several weeks, and watch your dog for signs of fatigue. Keep in mind that the best canine companions for running are medium-size to large dogs who are energetic and in excellent health.

A couple of cautions: Don’t feed your dog in the hour before or after a run; doing so can cause bloat. (Bloat is a serious condition in which the stomach fills with air. In grave cases, the stomach can twist, trapping the air and causing shock and even death.)

You also shouldn’t run on very hot days because it can lead to heat exhaustion or heatstroke.

If your dog likes the water, let her splash right in. She’ll get a complete workout that offers both muscle toning and aerobic benefits. Swimming also makes a great lifelong sport because it’s easy on the joints. That’s also why it’s a good exercise for dogs with hip dysplasia or arthritis. (One note: Try to minimize stress on the joints by picking a swimming hole that won’t require your pet to maneuver an awkward dock or a steep incline.)

Some dogs, including the retrieving breeds, are natural swimmers, while others have no interest in water. If your dog refuses to consider water sports, don’t force her. But if she’s just lukewarm about swimming, don’t give up right away. Many dogs grow to enjoy it if they’re introduced to the sport gently and gradually. And it’s a great choice in the summer because your dog won’t overheat.

Keep the first session short and stay at your dog’s side, praising her and encouraging her to move forward. If she’s using only her front legs to swim, you can help by placing a hand under her lower abdomen for support. Soon she’ll get the hang of it and use her rear legs too.

After a few minutes, show her where to get out of the water. You’ll see that with a low-pressure approach, she’ll be swimming happily in no time. If she likes to fetch, toss a buoyant toy into the water for her.

Watch your dog carefully during any swimming session. If she slows down, it’s time to quit for the day.

Playing Fetch
Throwing a toy or ball for your dog to retrieve gets her heart pumping, gives yours a rest, and can be a lot of fun for both of you. Choose a toy that your dog likes to hold in her mouth.

Soft balls, Frisbees, squeaky toys, and fleece toys are all good choices. Avoid small balls that your dog could swallow or inhale, and never use sticks because they can tear or puncture her mouth. Fenced yards or parks are the best places to play – your pet won’t run into foot traffic or the path of a moving vehicle.

Biking and Blading
The short advice: Don’t. Biking and in-line skating are fun for people, but for most dogs, keeping up is too hard. What’s more, if your pet runs free while you’re on wheels, she’ll be in danger when you’re near roads and traffic. If she’s on a leash, the strap could tangle in the wheels of your bike or blades and you or your dog could end up seriously hurt.

Exercising an Obese Dog
An overweight dog strains her heart and joints every time she moves, so talk to your veterinarian before you start. If your vet gives you the go-ahead, remember to exercise in moderation. Walking and swimming are the best choices.

Start slowly, and stop when your pet gets tired – heavy panting and a lolling tongue will be your first clues. Once your dog sheds those extra pounds, she’ll still need plenty of exercise and a healthy diet to maintain her new figure.

Keeping It Up
Exercising with your dog can lead to a lifetime of good health and good times. Now and then you’ll need to adjust your pet’s routine to suit her age and physical condition, so consult your veterinarian periodically.

By: Petco