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Benefactor to match donations to Atlanta Humane Society, up to $3,000 per donation

atlanta humane society, maggie Maggie is fit as a fiddle after the Atlanta Humane Society arranged for a vet to remove stones from her bladder. The 10-year-old dachshund is ready for adoption following recovery of the removal of 98 stones. Credit: atlantahumane.org

By David Pendered

A benefactor is helping homeless animals in care of the Atlanta Humane Society by matching donations to the shelter that are made through Thursday, up to $3,000 per donation. The humane society is asking for donations as it is taking in hundreds of kittens and puppies at the start of birthing season.

The request from the humane society is simple and uncluttered:

  • “Kitten and puppy season has hit, and Atlanta’s tiniest creatures need you. We have hundreds of kittens and puppies in our care already, and hundreds more who will need your support this summer.
  • “Our resources are already strained, your support is needed now to care for all of these precious pets.
  • “Your donation before Thursday, May 10 will be matched to help care for these tiny creatures.
  • “All donations, up to $3,000, will be doubled through Thursday, May 10, 2018 thanks to Sarah Jane Philip.”

It turns out that Sarah Jane Philip is a fictitious name. The actual donor wished to remain anonymous and the fundraising campaign is being carried out under the penname of Sarah Jane Philip, according to a spokesperson for the humane society.

Puppy and kitten season is a specific time of year when animals give birth, often leading to the flooding of caregivers with homeless litters of animals, according to the Humane Society of the United States.

Birthing season is actually three separate moments, starting in early spring, peaking in late spring to early summer, and ending in the autumn, according to the national humane society.

The pattern can resume quickly. Kittens are able to reproduce at the age of 5 months.

The management of these homeless animals is a national challenge, according to a report by PETA, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

PETA reported in 2012 that one animal shelter near Atlanta reported taking in 400 to 500 stray kittens each month during kitten season. Nationally, from 6 million to 8 million animals enter a shelter every year.

The special challenge presented during puppy and kitten season is that some shelters euthanize animals that have been in the shelter for a period of time in order to make room for the incoming animals. These facilities, which never turn animals away, turn to measures other than adoption to create space for the incoming animals, according to the national humane society.

atlanta humane society, maggie

Maggie is fit as a fiddle after the Atlanta Humane Society arranged for a vet to remove stones from her bladder. The 10-year-old dachshund is ready for adoption following recovery of the removal of 98 stones. Credit: atlantahumane.org

Often it’s the older animals that are euthanized. Compared to cute and energetic young animals, the older ones turn fewer heads of folks who come in with plans to adopt a pet.

This would include Maggie, a 10-year-old dachshund who came to the Atlanta Humane Society from a local shelter, accord to a report on the humane society’s website.

Maggie appeared to be in severe discomfort and an X-ray scan showed that her bladder was filled with stones, preventing her from urinating properly and causing pain. A vet operated on Maggie and removed 98 stones from her bladder. Maggie has recovered and now is cleared for adoption.

Maggie’s treatment was funded by donations, according to the Atlanta Humane Society.

Note to readers: Donations to the Atlanta Humane Society can be sent by mail, via a check payable to Atlanta Humane Society, sent to 981 Howell Mill Road, NW, Atlanta, Ga. 30318; by phone, at 404-974-2895; and online, at atlantahumane.org.


David Pendered

David Pendered, Managing Editor, is an Atlanta journalist with more than 30 years experience reporting on the region’s urban affairs, from Atlanta City Hall to the state Capitol. Since 2008, he has written for print and digital publications, and advised on media and governmental affairs. Previously, he spent more than 26 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and won awards for his coverage of schools and urban development. David graduated from North Carolina State University and was a Western Knight Center Fellow.


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  1. Jim May 8, 2018 3:00 pm

    Sarah Jane Philip is one of the good people in the world, and I’d like to donate and get this match, but I have to get my donations from my IRA with Vanguard, and I won’t be able to get the money by the 10th (I got this email on the 8th).

    Wonder if the offer could be held over long enough for me to get a check (which my former employer should also match).Report

    1. Caitlin May 10, 2018 4:07 pm

      Hi Jim,

      That is very generous that you would like to contribute to AHS during our matching campaign. If you contact me at 404.974.2891 or [email protected], I will let you know how we can get your donation and employer’s donation matched. We would be happy to facilitate this process. Thank you for your interest!



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