Christmas Pet Food Giveaway Nominations are being taken now!!!


We are thankful for everyone who has helped HOPE throughout the year with donations and such. We are going to host a giveaway from today until Dec 16th, so basically one week. The giveaway is for a needy family to help them out by HOPE providing a bag of cat food or dog food to the family. We have 20 bags of dog food ranging from large to small bags and 20 bags of cat food again ranging from small to large bags. No guarantee as to what size bag you will get.

All bags of food have been donated by various places and from various sponsors that are to remain anonymous . But we can say the Effingham County Animal Shelter is donating one bag of dog food and one bag of cat food to show their appreciation in all that HOPE does for them. That said, they have also offered to be the storage facility for the 40 bags. When the winners are selected and notified they will pick up their bag from the shelter. The nominations must be local to the Effingham area to be able to pick up their bag!

Please send submissions to This is for nominations only and not for yourself. Provide the following information of the family you are nominating:

  1. Name including first and last name
  2. Phone number
  3. Email address
  4. If they own a dog or cat (only select one for nominations)
  5. Explain why this family needs this right now. Be descriptive.


HOPE will select 20 dogs and 20 cats to receive the Christmas Pet Food Giveaway. Owners will be notified by phone/email and they will have until the end of December to pick up their bag of food. If they have both a dog and cat, they will be told which bag they will be picking up from their nomination. Any bags not picked up by Jan 2nd will be forfeited and a new person will be selected or it will be given to the shelter or a rescue.

Good luck everyone. And please share this. Thank you!

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, 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

Book review: Captured…The Look of the Dog.


OK maybe not one of our normal posts but this book was sent to me to review by a dear friend and I have to say it is the cutest book, Really! It couldn’t be posted at a better time with Christmas right around the corner. It is a MUST HAVE for any dog lover. You know you have someone right now on your list and you have no idea what they get them. Well do they love dogs? Buy the book. You can get it from Amazon or Barnes n Nobles.

Now onto the good stuff – what was it like your probably asking by now. The book is made up of a bunch of little stories kind if in the same manner of Chicken Soup for the Soul type, but not only can dog lovers relate to each story they can vividly imagine it all playing out the way it’s written. Most are written in the minds of the dogs and some in the owners. It is a book to keep your attention with stories being one page to several pages, but it is just enough to make you wish there was more, but leaving you satisfied.

I loved “Show Girl” with her sassy attitude and “King Size Optimist” really hit me hard as I see this one way too often in rescue. But it was really precious. “Poo Diddy Po” was so funny but “He Only Peed” really took the cake. LOL Yes you will also laugh out loud!! “Get a Lil Chi” is how I feel with my own Min Pin and that story was told in the correct light, I might add. The “Wise Guy” story was good and one that is probably too often played out but I just loved the ending. Love happy endings.

I really like the sense of reality that comes with each story. I personally like books I can relate to something within it. Most of these I have either seen, experienced, know someone who has, head about it or I’m sure will go through it at some point. It kept my interest and made me wonder what the next story was about. I just had to read one more, ok just one more, and another until I had to put it down to tend to everyday life. Bummer!

One more story worth mentioning as there are so many in there, but “The Right Match” is about rescue. Being in rescue we do home visits and talk to foster parents, well this story really puts it into perspective what the foster parents really do but in such a small amount of space they really get the point across. It makes you sad and happy but you really get that understanding. Some people take fosters for granite, but they are truly the glue to an entire rescue. Without them in most cases there would be no rescue!

If your interested in finding out more please go to or to buy the book. The book is $17.46 for the paperback and only $4.99 for the Kindle or Nook version. If you do purchase, please go to Gloria Yarina’s website and contact her (at the bottom of her page) to tell her you purchased it from reading about it on our HOPE page. Gloria will provide HOPE 10% of that sale to aid us in what we do. Please share this and pass it along to anyone you think may be interested in a great book with uplifting stories for a dog lover!

Drinkwell Pagoda Pet Fountain Giveaway!!!

pagoda water fountain

HOPE has been contacted by PetSafe to host a giveaway of a PetSafe Drinkwell Pagoda Fountain. This was a great opportunity to work with a great manufacturer that has many different types of pet products from training to feeding and beyond. The giveaway starts today and will end Nov 14th. The winner will be announced the week of 17th and hopefully have shipped before Thanksgiving. Now please be aware this product will be shipped from the manufacturer not us.

The PetSafe® Drinkwell® Pagoda Fountain is a stylish, ceramic fountain that freshly filters and continuously recirculates 70 ounces of free-flowing water for pets, keeping it cleaner and fresher than a normal water bowl. The ceramic design is more hygienic, easy to clean (top-rack dishwasher safe) and looks great in your home. The upper and lower dishes provide two drinking areas for pets, and the dual patented free-falling streams add oxygen for freshness, which encourages pets to drink more.

pagoda water fountain 2Did you know your pet needs approximately one ounce of water per pound of body weight each day? Ensuring proper pet hydration is extremely important to PetSafe. “Dehydration in pets is a serious issue that can lead to major health problems,” Randy Boyd, president and CEO of Radio Systems Corporation, makers of the PetSafe brand, said. “PetSafe is proud to offer products such as the Drinkwell Pagoda Fountains that provide unlimited access to fresh, free-falling water, which is essential to a pet’s overall health and well-being.”

In addition to providing the moving water source that cats (and dogs) seek, PetSafe’s Drinkwell pet fountains aid with proper metabolism, energy conversion and temperature regulation, as well as promote healthy kidney function and prevent urinary tract infections and disease in pets.The PetSafe® Drinkwell® Pagoda Fountain is priced at $99. In addition to the Drinkwell Pagoda Fountain, PetSafe offers a wide variety of innovative pet fountains and accessories, including its Drinkwell hy•drate™ Filtration System, which provides pets with fresh, filtered water in any water bowl.

pagoda water fountain 3PetSafe is a proud sponsor of the DIY Blog Cabin 2014 project. After garnering the majority of votes during the DIY Network’s Blog Cabin 2014 People’s Choice voting period, PetSafe® brand is proud to announce that Himalayan Blue will be the next color offered for its popular Drinkwell® Pagoda Fountain. More than 390,000 votes were cast for the next pet fountain color, with Himalayan Blue beating out Taupe by receiving 76 percent of votes.

This can be yours by filling out the form below. Be sure to tell us why you want it and be creative, tell us about your pets and how you think they could benefit from the Pagoda or how you think they would like it. Please tell us if you would like White, Red or the new Himlayan Blue and provide a second color choice as well. We will let Petsafe know which color but please note if your first color choice is not available they will provide your second choice. Please note this is recommended for cats and small dogs.

New outdoor runs at the Effingham County Animal Shelter


At the Effingham County Animal Shelter there is a back kennel area for all the court cases, sick and strays that are on their 3 days hold. With this they are subjected to just their kennel and some do not get out much due to their situation. When the facility was built many, many years ago they had prepared it for outdoor runs that would allow the dogs to go inside/outside as they pleased within their run. The outside runs never got built for one reason or another.

The shelter staff would like to NOW make this happen and get these 12 outdoor runs built to allow their dogs the freedom of going outside/inside to provide them more. Nothing like having a court case dog stuck in its kennel with no option to leave it due to court orders, like in the case of Noe the pitbull. He was stuck for a year in his kennel before his case went to court for him to get released to a rescue out of the state. These outdoor runs are very much needed but the county will not support the money needed to do them.

This is where the community can help, as well as HOPE. Each run will cost $200 to complete. HOPE is offering a matching program for the runs, this means HOPE will match all donations made to HOPE for the “Run Project” up to $400. Once we raise out funds HOPE will provide a check to the shelter to hopefully get at least 4 runs built. Help us make this happen by donating below to our YouCaring page.

You can also send a check to HOPE at P.O. Box 2601 Rincon, GA 31326. If you would like you can also select the DONATE button on the right side of the page and donate there. Please note  if you pay by check or paypal please put “Run Project” in the memo so we know what the donation is for. If you donate to the YouCaring site we automatically know.


Recent Adoptions from the Effingham Co Shelter Have Created Havoc


Cute-puppy-and-Kitten-together-pictures-cutedogsnpets_400At a recent pet adoption event the Effingham Co Animal Shelter adopted out several kittens. Of the ones adopted two tested positive for Feline Leukemia and another tested negative. The positive tested kittens were humanely put to sleep due to the nature of the disease. This was not the fault of the shelter as the shelter employees did not know they had Feline Leukemia. They would not have adopted them out if they did.

The shelter is county ran with county funds and the county does not provide the funding necessary to test each animal for everything that could be wrong with them. Upon adopting an animal, it is discussed at the adoption and within the paperwork to take the animal to the vet for a full check-up within 3 days to include the proper testing for each type of animal.

The proper testing to be done by the adopter for dogs or cats are as follows (this is just routine testing but the adopter has the right to refuse any of these procedures but it is recommended to do them) :
• fecal flotation for detecting intestinal parasites
• blood tests for detecting heartworm and tick borne disease exposure
• general blood screenings to identify potential breed-related medical problems and conditions

At the adoption event as well, several puppies went to rescue. Of these puppies they did have several types of worms and also were at the beginning stages of getting sick. They were wormed almost a week prior to the event and given a physical evaluation by the attending veterinarian on record. But the wormer they were provided did not handle all worms they currently had. They appeared healthy enough for the adoption event so they went. During the event one was appearing sick and the rescue decided to take them all. They did receive the medical care needed for them all to get on a healthy track.

The shelter is providing worming to each and every dog that comes into the facility and it is logged on the dogs chart within the shelters paperwork. This is to aid in strays that come in with worms and also to aid puppies that are more susceptible to getting worms. The wormer the county provides is for basic worm types dogs can get but it does not kill all kinds. This is one of the new improvements the shelter is doing this year as in the past they did not provide wormer except at the time of the veterinarian of records visiting day.

Due to the recent activity, the shelter is going to be bringing more adult dogs and older puppies as well as adult cats and older kittens to adoption events. This way the young puppies and kittens can get a little more care with them to try and prevent people from adopting a potentially sick animal. The shelter does the best they can within the requirements set forth from the shelter procedures booklet that was created by the veterinarian on record and the county commissioners’ approval.

The shelter just happens to have had a setback with this and all on the same day at the same event. But they are confident that in the future they will be working towards more healthy adoptions and trying to look the animals over a little more closely to try and prevent this. They are very saddened by what has happened and are trying to do what they can to prevent or at least lessen the chance of it happening again.

The shelter will be providing a rabies shot and vaccinations to each animal once adopted before leaving the facility. This is a new step in the right direction but will be implemented within the next week or so. This was another new improvement the shelter is doing this year. The adoption fee will include the rabies and vaccination shot. The only other thing the adopter will need to do it set up an appointment to get the animal spayed or neutered within the required 30 days. If you have additional questions about this, please feel free to contact the shelter with your questions or concerns at 912-754-2109.

HOPE is working with the shelter to try and create a puppy shot plan to where shots can be administered to every dog under the age of 1 year to aid in Parvo, sickness, and diseases as soon as they come into the building or within one day or so. They will receive the age appropriate shot regimen needed to boost their immune system. This will aid in healthier puppy adoptions. It is still a work in progress and we will let you know when it is finalized.

HOPE is also looking into the possibility of helping with an additional wormer that could aid in conjunction to their regular wormer to aid in all worms being handled. This is only in the beginning stages due to the recent events; therefore we will let everyone know if we are able to do this. We are HOPE-ful we can! All of this is only possible by your donations as HOPE is donation based for all the help we provide to the shelter.


BY: The HOPE team

Jangles, Bunker and Chopper… Just who are they?

Meet just a few of the wonderful dogs the Effingham County Animal Shelter in Springfield, GA has to offer. I know it’s a shelter, what really could they have to offer that is good? Right? That’s what most people think when they start looking for a dog or cat. But the shelter gets to know each dog and cat and this can aid in helping you get the right one for you, not a biased opinion from the owner that is trying to get rid of it or just sell it.

JanglesMeet Jangles. Jangles is a Terrier mix. Poor Jangles was found one morning after being dropped of in the outside drop pens. But after being at the shelter for a little while it is apparent he is very good with other dogs, loves to play with them and adores being around people. He has some leash manners and adjusts very well to new surroundings. He really is a great little dog and would work great for a smaller apartment or smaller home environment. Just look at that face, how could you not want to come by the shelter and meet him? Jangles also has a HALF-HOPE heart on him for the month of April. His adoption is $45 which includes his rabies shot and his neuter through HOPE would cost $35.


bunkerMeet Bunker. Wow can’t say enough good things about Bunker. He was also an owner turn-in. They had financial reasons to do what they did but they also “Paid it Forward” by paying for his adoption fee. They truly want their Bunker to get into a great home. Bunker is a black Boykin Spaniel. All his vet records are with him as all vet visits were done at the Effingham Animal Hospital. He loves to ride in cars, has great leash manners, knows commands, and very well behaved. He just needs a new home to love him and be able to take good care of him. Bunker is really a ready-made dog just waiting to go home! His adoption is FREE.


Chopper (2)Meet Chopper. He is a beautiful white with brown spots Am. Bulldog mix. Chopper was an owner turn-in as they just could not keep him anymore. Not that they didn’t want him but just thought it would be best for their situation that he be placed into a better home. He is neutered and was vaccinated. His vaccinations were done in Jacksonville, FL so the shelter could not confirm. Chopper is housebroken as well. He does not get along with other dogs so Chopper would need a home without other dogs. They are not sure about cats, but a safe bet to just keep him as the only pet. His adoption is $45 which includes rabies shot since his vaccinations could not be verified.

If interested or have any additional questions in any of these three dogs please contact Bill, the Adoption Coordinator, at the Effingham Co Animal Shelter at 912-754-2109. Please go by the shelter as it is off Hwy 119 and Hwy 21 behind the Effingham Co Prison and check out these three dogs or any of the other animals they have up there. They are all on limited time as the shelter fills up quickly with all the strays and drop offs they get daily.

Please spay and neuter your pets. It helps with the over-population in the county!

Thank you from all of us at HOPE