By Collin Kelley
Editor

There are many local organizations helping abandoned pets find homes. For this article, we decided to look at what some local businesses were doing to aid in the rescue efforts.

Barking Hound Village

Barking Hound Village, which provides daycare, grooming and training, has been active with rescue organizations for more than a decade.
“We believe every dog is special but we’ve always had a special place in our hearts for those less fortunate dogs,” director Scott Powers said. “I have two rescue dogs of my own and I understand how important the work of local rescue organizations is and that’s why I am proud of how we contribute to those efforts here at BHV.”

BHV has an on-going relationship with Adopt A Golden Atlanta, Atlanta Pet Rescue, spearheaded the 2009 Georgia Puppy Caravan and has created the Barking Hound Village Foundation Rescue (bhvfrescue.org) to provide positive impact to the rescue community.

Woof Gang Bakery

The recently opened Woof Gang Bakery has a special affection for pet rescue groups. New to the Atlanta market, the pet-centric boutique has embraced the local rescue community by offering its location as a venue for adoption days, benefit shopping events and a retail outlet for selling products such as calendars that directly raise funds for rescue groups.

For example, the store donates a percentage of their daily sales during rescue event days to help raise funds and awareness for such groups.
Paige Dohoney, the owner of Woof Gang Bakery, has first-hand experience with adopting a pet from a rescue group. Her beautiful yellow lab puppy Emma, who may often be seen as the store mascot, is a rescue pet. Woof Gang is at 2815 Peachtree Road. facebook.com/woofgangbakerybuckhead.

Sophie’s Uptown

David York has opened Sophie’s Uptown at 54 Pharr Road in Buckhead to heighten awareness and bring financial support to unwanted pets, while giving Atlantans tasty baked goods. Pastry chefs Patrick Dineen and Annemarie Pizzi make an array of homemade desserts, espresso, cappuccino coffee, ice cream, yogurt, salads, sandwiches, soups and more. And the icing on the cake is that 25 percent of proceeds benefit pet rescue organizations.

“I wanted to create a delicious venture that will make people happy while also saving unwanted pets,” York said.  “Our desserts will be amazing but so is the feeling you’ll get knowing that a portion of the money you spend with us will save a dog or cat.”

For more information, visit sophiesuptown.com.

Peachtree Hills Animal Hospital

Peachtree Hills Animal Hospital works with rescue groups by providing reduced rates and often times, free services. While they perform routine care such as vaccines, spay/neuter, etc., the practice tends to treat more medical problems that occur frequently with rescue animals that have been homeless, neglected or not well cared for.

Peachtree Hills Animal Hospital works primarily with Atlanta Lab Rescue and Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta. They also provide services for Adopt a Golden. Often times, the practice is introduced to additional rescue groups though their clients, such as National Brittany Rescue and Adoption Network. Many of the staff members volunteer their free time to provide leadership and hands-on assistance to local pet rescue groups including Atlanta Pet Rescue and the Atlanta Humane Society.

Staff veterinarian Dr. Edith Rogers is a member of The 1873 Society Club, which is a junior board of young professionals and philanthropists working to raise awareness and funds to support the mission of the Atlanta Humane Society. peachtreehillsvet.com

Atlanta Animal Rescue Friends

The organization is working on renovating its new space at 6570 James B. Rivers Drive in Stone Mountain. The new community pet center will be filled with cats rescued from county shelters, dogs learning manners and more in dog training classes, weekend dog adoption days, education seminars, pet first aid classes, and quality pet products. Donations are still needed to help get the new center open. aarfcentral.blogspot.com/

Georgia Veterinary Rehabilitation

Rescued pets in the Atlanta area will soon have access to a state-of-the-art facility to help them recover more quickly after injury or surgery. GVR is scheduled to open its 4,600 square foot facility in east Marietta on Feb. 18. GVR will offer rehabilitation services to dogs and cats who have had surgery, those who need to lose weight and more. The facility will have underwater treadmills, a gym for strengthening, stretching and balance exercise, kennel facilities, acupuncture service, chiropractic care and more. GaVetRehab.com.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.