This article is reprinted with permission of AroundAbout Local Media.
Who Rescues Whom?
By Susan Schulz
Recently I viewed a touching YouTube video about a sick, overweight, diabetic, middle-aged man named Eric who rescued an overweight middle-aged dog named Peety. The impact of this story has stayed with me. Eric got to such a low point in his life that he knew something had to change. He made an appointment with a nutritionist, and the first thing she advised him to do was to adopt a dog. His choice to do so changed him forever. Eric and Peety started exercising together. Both of them dropped weight, and Eric’s health improved so much he later started running marathons. He no longer needed the outrageously expensive prescription drugs. (The video is worth watching : Mutual Rescue – Eric and Peety.)
But, do pets really improve human health? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says, “Yes.” According to the CDC, pets help decrease blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides and feelings of loneliness, while increasing opportunities for exercise and socializing with other humans. Evidence is increasing that interaction with pets also helps people cope with challenges including post-traumatic stress disorder, Alzheimer’s and the end of life.
That said, for National Pet Month we want to celebrate our furry friends and their bounty of benefits. See the list below for details about what our county has to offer our precious animals – and their prospective owners.
Cherokee County Humane Society (CCHS), which also operates a thrift store, offers adoptions, low cost vaccinations and opportunities to foster. All animals at CCHS are in foster care. The biggest needs are donations for the thrift store and pet food for owners who are hurting financially. For more information and adoption locations, visit www.cchumanesociety.org. The store and offices are located at 5900 Bells Ferry Road, Acworth, GA 30102. Thrift store: 770-592-8072. CCHS programs info: 770-928-5115.
Companion Animal Connection finds loving homes for abused and abandoned animals. Representatives bring dogs available for adoption to the Roswell PetSmart 11 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday. For more information, call 678-493-9847 or visit www.adoptapet.com.
Georgia Animal Project, based in Ball Ground, offers high quality spay and neuter services at cost for dogs and cats throughout North Georgia. I can vouch for the excellence of their care. I used them for spaying a dog that showed up at our property. To find out more about pricing and clinic scheduling, visit www.theanimalproject.org or call 770-704-PAWS (7297).
Pet Buddies Food Pantry helps families in need by providing pet food, supplies, spaying and neutering, and education through community outreach programs. If you or someone you know is at risk of losing their pet because of difficult times, visit www.petbuddiesfoodpantry.org or call 678-310-9858.
Community Veterinary Care provides professional veterinary care in a mobile unit for pets whose owners have limited financial means. The veterinarian, Dr. Wolf, desires to make visible, in a small way, the love and light of Jesus Christ through his free care of your pet. Dr. Wolf’s wish list is for a mobile X-ray machine and a blood pressure machine. For more information and mobile clinic locations, visit www.communityvetinarycare.org or call 678-640-3512.
Celebrate National Pet Month and get involved in a rescue. You never know what good will come from it.
All listed organizations are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, making donations tax deductible, except the Companion Animal Connection site, which allows nonprofits to register animals on its site.