What has HOPE been up to lately….Well take a look!

HOPE does what we can with the funding we have from wonderful donations that come to us. With these donations we want to show you some of the latest things in which we have provided to the shelter. Here are some of the items:

  • We have provided 6 bottles Parvocide to the shelter which lasts a few months. It is helping to contain Parvo once it comes into the shelter and also to helping to keep Parvo out of the shelter. Please understand a lot of dogs under a year come into the facility as a stray and they already contain the Parvo virus. Once there they don’t show signs for days and in return infect others, but due to this new cleaner/disinfectant we found it is doing a better job containing the Parvo! Now this is not cheap like Bleach. HOPE pays $167.00 for 6 bottles every 3 months or so. That is with a discount for buying 6 bottles and getting free shipping.13255948_1101397716568115_8106411221640908675_n
  • We also provide 5-way Shots for the dogs that get adopted and for some puppies to help prevent Parvo. We just provided another round of shots to the shelter for $151.00. We do this on an as needed basis as the last set of shots were provided back in the middle of August. So basically every two months.13164414_1090703027637584_7464710524983571900_n
  • We also just provided the shelter with a check for $420.00 was needed for dividers between the kennels so the dogs do not see one another to fight. This was needed in order for the back kennels that are for court cases, sick, and stray holds can actually go outside thru their doggie door to get exercise and outside access. This is huge as they have not been able to do this much. kennels
  • We also help out with transports. We aided with a transport back in the middle of August up north as well and HOPE paid for medical for the dogs and cats for that transport. See in order to cross state lines each animal must have it’s rabies and vaccinations, and the rescues require heartworm testing and also feline leukemia testings. For all the dogs and cats that went last time it cost HOPE $489 for everything. We just helped with the transport today and again it is costing HOPE about $500 again for all the shots and tests.
  • We also just bought 6 boxes of Advantage II Flea medicine for the shelter for fleas. When these dogs come into the shelter they are usually COVERED in fleas. So they need the Advantage to kill the fleas within 12 hours . We bought 2 boxes for small dogs, 2 boxes for medium dogs, and 2 boxes for large dogs. Each box only contains 4 tubes so that is literally only helping 24 dogs. The cost is $220.
  • We also have in the past three months provided 11 adopters a FREE Spay or Neuter for adopting one of the animals with a  HOPE Heart on them. HOPE Hearts on the cages represent a FREE spay or neuter for that animal once he or she is adopted. HOPE pays for a basic spay/neuter at our local vet. Our costs in the past several months have been almost $1000 for these.
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Please know we have received some donations from certain organizations and companies that were a huge help, but in the past several months we have paid out over $3000 to better the shelter and to better the lives of the one’s in it or to aid in emptying the shelter to save lives and the shelter not having to put any down due to no room.

This is very important to HOPE and we wanted you all to know what we do even if a lot is behind the scenes. But now we have to ask you for donations to help us pay for some of the things we have done recently as well as help us to keep funding spays and neuters at the shelter.  We are also in great need of collars, leashes and slip leads for the next transport. All animals transported must have their own slip lead on, collar and leash as well. Two types to help maintain that animal during transport. We do have an Amazon Wish List available that has flea items on it, collars, leashes, slip leads and more. Please visit it if you would rather buy it and ship it to the shelter or deliver it to them personally.

You can also make a donation by looking to the right of the page and clicking the donation button. Please when making a donation tell us in the memo area what you would like your donation to go towards: Parvocide, Shots, Flea Meds, Transport items, Emergency medical needs, Spay/Neuter Program, or to anywhere it is needed at the time. If you would rather you can also mail us a donation to HOPE at P.O. Bx 2601 Rincon, GA 31326. All donations are tax deductible as we are a 501(c)3.

Paint & Possibilities

Paint & Possibilities

We would like to announce that Paint & Possibilities in Rincon has elected us to be their Chairty of the Month for September!! What exactly does this mean, well it means for every person that attends a painting session for fun, a portion of the proceeds go to their favorite charity and we just happen to be so lucky to have been chosen for September.

So all you animal lovers out there call for your appointment today to get in on one of the dates available for September and you will be not only having a blast but helping animals too!! What could be better than that? Um …. nothing!

Please share and spread the wonderful news as they even have kids days too so the kiddos can have fun and help support the animals as well!

They are located at 293 S. Columbia Avenue Rincon, GA 31326. You can call  (912) 217-6860 to set up your appointment today!
You can check out the classes here . They even have some classes already set up for kids ages 8-18 on a crash course to cartooning. Two different times on Tuesdays. You have to check it out!


Hello HOPE supporters. Sorry for any confusion when visiting our site but we utilize this website when we do food drives, have fundraisers and such but please visit out Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/helpingoutpetsineffingham/ as we post regularly on there.  This is where we post animals available for adoption, wellness pictures of dogs and cats we have helped, new shelter requests and so much more.

Thank you for your continued support so we can continue to make a better shelter environment for the animals as well as continue our spay & neuter program at the Effingham County Animal Shelter in Springfield, GA.

Our ongoing projects at the shelter include:

  • Spay & Neuter Program
  • Puppy Vaccinations against Parvo
  • Shelter Safe Cleaner and Disinfectant against Parvo
  • Cat Enrichment Items
  • Dog Enrichment Items
  • Food Drives
  • Emergency Medical Needs for the Animals


If you would like to help in any of these areas please hit the donate button and in the comments please tell us which area you would like your donation to go towards. If no comment we will utilize it where it is needed most.


URGENT FOOD DRIVE for the Effingham County Animal Shelter

OK we are starting a food drive for the shelter. They have expressed some concern in getting enough food for their dogs and kittens as they have had so many come thru their doors that their regularly supplied food is running out. Therefore HOPE is stepping up and asking the community to help out by donating some adult dry dog food and dry kitten food to the shelter. If you have the means to get it and take it please do so. The shelter is located on Hwy 119 right beside the prison. If coming from Rincon heading towards 119, go right at 119. Once on 119, when you see the turn lane on the right. Turn right and on top of the hill, the shelter is on your immediate left.

If you cannot get the food, nor take it to them, please feel free to hit the “DONATE” button on the far right side of our page and utilize Paypal to make a donation for food and we will buy and deliver that food in your name. Just tell us in the memo area it is for the food drive! HOPE will be going this Friday to Tractor Supply and buying food with the donations! We have two and a half days to get donations. They need to be in by noon Friday the 29th!!!

They only appear to be in need of adult dry dog food and dry kitten food as they do have a surplus of cat food right now. Brand and quantity is not important, as any amount or kind is greatly appreciated.

When delivering it yourself, please tell them HOPE sent you so they know we are trying to get them the food they are in need of.


The Effingham County Animal Shelter needs vaccines!!!!!!!


Ok everyone we all know Kennel Cough rears its ugly head in most cases at every shelter. The new shelter Director is in GREAT need of the vaccine Bordetella to combatant the Kennel Cough epidemic!

Kennel Cough (as provided by WebMD)  – Dogs “catch” kennel cough when they inhale bacteria or virus particles into their respiratory tract. This tract is normally lined with a coating of mucus that traps infectious particles, but there are a number of factors that can weaken this protection and make dogs prone to kennel cough infection, which results in inflammation of the larynx (voice box) and trachea (windpipe).

The classic symptom of kennel cough is a persistent, forceful cough. It often sounds like a goose honk. This is distinct from a cough-like sound made by some dogs, especially little ones, which is called a reverse sneeze. Reverse sneezes can be normal in certain dogs and breeds, and usually only indicates the presence of post-nasal drip or a slight irritation of the throat.

Some dogs with kennel cough may show other symptoms of illness, including sneezing, a runny nose, or eye discharge.

HOPE has found the least inexpensive place to order from that has a proven track record of providing the very best vaccines and their shipping is great. With vaccines we MUST do a 1-day shipping which is more expensive as the vaccines MUST be refrigerated and are packaged with freezer packs per-say for shipping. Therefore shipping costs are about $25 for just that. They can do 2-day shipping but in the south with the heat they do 1-day!

Please help us provide 50 vaccines for the shelter to be able to take care of the dogs there. This may be a recurring effort with the shelter to help maintain the dogs there. This is NOT something the county WILL pay for. So before you start complaining, Kennel Cough can go away on its own and the county will not provide vaccines unless the dog is adopted but by then it is too late as many of you already know if you have adopted from the shelter. Therefore we are trying to help them get the vaccines they need in order to maintain a healthy environment for the dogs!

The total bill is as shown in the picture at $240.72 this includes 2 boxes of 25 vaccines, tax and shipping. Yes HOPE is a 501(c)3 so your donation is tax deductible but we still have to pay tax.

vaccinesDonations can be mailed to HOPE P.O. Box 2601 Rincon, GA 31326. You can also send a PayPal payment to our email at hope31329@comcast.net, or you can also look to the right of the page and just hit the donate button and please make sure however you donate that you please put “Vaccines” in the memo so we know how your donation is to be used.

Thank you from all of us at HOPE

A, B, C’s when adopting a Rescue Dog……..


A – Adopting a dog is a big commitment. As per your contract with The Breed Rescue Group IF for any reason the adoption does not work out due to life changes or whatever, the rescued dog MUST is returned to the group. Please promise them you will do this.

B – Books can help you learn about the breed. Or please go a breed website and review general information about the breed and/or dogs in general so you have a good idea of what you may expect from your new family member.

C – Crate is a dogs’ safe space. Your new puppy, at any age is a puppy in a new home. Your adopted, rescued pup has been crate trained. Why not take advantage of this?

D – Dog’s will be dogs and will behave like, well dogs. Why expect otherwise?

E – Exercise is extremely necessary for all dogs. If you want your rescued pup to be a good boy/girl in the house provide exercise, exercise, and exercise some more.

F – Food is scheduled. It is suggested that you feed the pup twice a day, morning and evening. If the dog does not finish within 5 minutes, please remove it and provide food at the next meal time. At a new home a dog may skip a meal or two just because. Do not worry. Check out what brand of food is currently being fed. Mix with your choice of food if you want to change. Do this gradually.

G – Give praise frequently to pup. Some house manners may have provided. The rest is up to you. A dog wants to be a part of your life, a member of your family.

H – How you handle your pup is important. Please use a calm, firm voice when disciplining. Please remember, spirits can be broken. Never, ever YELL at a rescue. That will scare the dog. A dog can also be aware of your body language and is intuitive to your mood.

I – Informed rescue volunteers are there to help with the transition. Use them, abuse them, call them if you have a concern.

J – ust remember your new family member needs to go outside frequently to potty.

K – Keep you new pup safe. Open doors carefully, don’t let him/her get away or get lost.

L – Love, yes your new pup needs lots of love and attention but provide rules first.

M – Make training a part of your everyday activity. Your pup may have been trained to sit for meals and treats because they look so cute sitting. No really, if he/she is in a sit, they do not jump, bark, chew and usually are looking at you for direction. If a rescued pup is not trained to sit train your new friend to sit.

N – “NO” is way overused. Try using phooey, ick, hey, ugh or whatever. Do you get the idea?

O – Oh, don’t forget to put Heartworm & Flea & Tick Preventative on your calendar. Heartworm is given monthly. Without protection the consequences can be fatal.

P – Provide the following when you go to pick up your new pup: (1) collar, (2) leash (3) an identification tag with your name, address and phone number and (4) treats.

Q – Questions, please ask. There is no such thing as a dumb question.

R – Remove possible dangerous things from your house that may harm a new pup. Please have this done before you bring your rescued pup home.

S – tay in contact with your foster/rescue volunteer. This helps to make it worthwhile for them. Volunteers love to have many updates and dog stories about your new rescued pup.

T – TOYS, toys and more toys can make everyone’s life easier. If your pet has lots of toys to entertain him/her, they are less likely to chew yours. You can keep at least 2 baskets full and rotate them every week or so. Try to fool the dogs to think they are getting new toys. Use a variety of hard nylabones, rubber toys like kongs and squeaky soft plush, balls, ropes and more…….Please observe your pup closely at first to see what and how the rescue plays with the toys. This is necessary for you to keep him/her safe.

U – U know a happy puppy is a joy to behold. Have you ever watched a dog play? A smile has to happen. Pat yourself on the back. U saved a dog by giving him/her a home.

V – Vet introduction is a good idea. The 1st time can be a social call. Many rescued dogs have been vetted before adoption.

W – Water is necessary. Have bowls of fresh water available inside and out at all times.

X – Xcellent bonding can be accomplished through obedience training. Look for an obedience class that uses positive reinforcement. Try it you might like it! The socialization can be great fun for your pup.

Y – You now can help. Encourage others to adopt a rescue. Just about every breed and mixes are available.

Z – ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ, nap time is good for your pet and you probably need it too.

BY – Gloria Yarina

Tuggo Dog Toys are pretty cool

The Tuggo would be a great item for shelter pets too so they can get exercise when outside for outdoor play. What a cool idea and an awesome product. The Tuggo™ is a patented, water-weighted tug dog toy. The brand was soft-launched at Global Pet Expo 2014 and received critical acclaim by winning a place in the much coveted Becker’s Best New Pet Products. Tuggo is the brainchild of Adam Harrington of Hendersonville, TN. Harrington got the idea after seeing his Boxer named Hailey playing with a heavy bowling ball in his front yard. He knew that shipping bowling balls would be a problem due to the weight. By using a tough, hard and hollow plastic ball and letting the customer add the water and thus the weight, the Tuggo was born.

“Pet owners are pressed for time,” said Harrington. “Tuggo provides a way for a dog to play tug-o-war by itself or with another dog. This provides dogs with entertainment, exercise and mental stimulation.”

Harrington has had a hard time keeping up with demand. Tuggo appeared on the Today Show earlier this year and he sold thousands of units in a matter of minutes. The company was approached by the show Shark Tank but Harrington declined. He knew he had something special and chose to maintain control rather than putting the company’s future in the hands of investors.

Tuggo has also received a Family Choice Award and most recently a Pet Business Industry Recognition Award.

The Tuggo is available in two sizes (10’ and 7’ diameter) and three colors (red, blue and green). A shipper display with a 10” motion activated LCD screen demonstrating the product is now available which holds 16- 10” Tuggos and 36- 7” Tuggos. The Tuggo is available for sale on the company’s website and at hundreds of pet dealers nationwide. Special promotions are now being offered to new dealers.