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New possibilities for Krissy

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This sweet hound mix has had a challenging life so far. She and a pack of other dogs lived with a drug-addicted squatter holed up in a cabin in the woods. She’s loaded with milk, but no puppies anywhere around. He’s being evicted and the dogs have scattered. Unfortunately, this innocent girl was shot by someone before landing in the shelter. Two fresh entrance/exit gunshot wounds are oozing high on her shoulder. Her loving disposition earned her loyal fans at the shelter, who reached out to WAG to see if we could help this girl have a brighter future. So Krissy is headed to Monroe Animal Care Hospital tomorrow to have her wounds treated. Once she’s back to full health, it’ll be happier days ahead…

Spay/Neuter for Monroe pet owners

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Good news for pet owners in the city of Monroe, GA. Thanks to a grant awarded to Walton Animal Guild from the GA Department of Agriculture, qualified low-income pet owners can have their dogs/cats spayed for little or no cost to them! The Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Dog and Cat Sterilization program helps local organizations like WAG assist pet owners with the high expense of sterilization surgeries, addressing the problem of pet overpopulation in our communities. Pet owners wishing to take advantage of this opportunity can email wagwalton@yahoo.com for more information.

An Easy Way to Help Animals

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Attention Kroger Shoppers – it’s easy to help WAG every time you shop. Simply visit www.krogercommunityrewards.com and select Walton Animal Guild as your charity of choice for your Kroger Plus card. Kroger makes you update your preferences yearly, so if you’ve selected us before you’ll need to do it again. Kroger donates a percentage of your total receipt to WAG for each visit. Easy and simple for you, incredibly helpful for homeless pets!    

Puppy Overload?

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Spring is breeding season and puppies are soon to follow. Unfortunately, most will be from unplanned litters – the primary cause of pet overpopulation. Fix your critters – end the litters! But what happens when you already have a female dog that is pregnant or has an unplanned litter of puppies? Maybe WAG can help. WAG’s Puppy Prevention Program works with pet owners of mother dogs with litters by vaccinating the babies to keep them healthy, spay/neuter them when old enough, then adopt them into qualified homes. We then spay the mother dog to prevent further litters, all at no cost to the owner. It’s all part of our goal to end pet overpopulation in our area. Do you need help with a litter of…

Looking for Helping Hands

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Would you like to volunteer and help animals, but don’t always have the time? Do you want to show your children the value of giving back to their community, but are challenged to find something to fit into an already hectic family schedule? Or maybe you’re a Scout, young student or an adult needing community service project hours. We welcome these “Occasional” volunteers and created a day just for you! Our first WAG Helping Hands Day will be Saturday, February 4, at Tractor Supply in Monroe, GA. New volunteers are welcome to join us from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. as we educate the community about WAG and animal issues, take donations for our pet food pantry, and try to find homes for some very…

The 12 Spays of Christmas

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To encourage shelter adoptions during the month of December, WAG offered vouchers for a free spay/neuter at Paradox Clinic to adopters of 12 shelter animals. We’re glad to report that 12 lucky pets went to new homes using those vouchers, helping the Walton Co. shelter to have one of their best December adoption months! Great news – more loving animals are Home for the Holidays!

Cisco Rebounds

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This sweet Dachshund mix needed emergency surgery in December. We rescued Cisco from the shelter a few weeks ago after being dumped by his owner and found him to be a kind but quiet boy. But he apparently had an underlying problem – bladder stones and a life-threatening major infection. When the stones caused a blockage, Cisco crashed and needed immediate medical attention. The staff at Monroe Animal Care Hospital took wonderful care of him – several days of IV fluids followed by surgery put him on the path to recovery. His care was excellent but costly (four figures). But seeing Cisco bouncy and happy for the first time makes the cost of medical treatment seem unimportant. We hope this wonderful boy soon finds a…

The 12 Spays of Christmas

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Walton Animal Guild is sponsoring up to 12 spay/neuter surgeries at Paradox Spay/Neuter Clinic for shelter animals adopted between now and December 31. There are some wonderful dogs and cats waiting for homes – check out the shelter website at www.waltonpets.net. Consider bringing home a new furry family member for the holidays and create your own happy ending!

A New Life

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The world is looking up for former WAG adoptable dog Chip, a Lab mix. He was a shy, scared boy when we rescued him – unfortunately he also tested positive for heartworms. He endured several months of treatment for heartworms with painful muscular injections. But Chip responded well to treatment and his personality blossomed in his foster home. He spent nearly a year with us – but then his happily ever after started! Julie was looking for a companion for her female black Lab, Rosie. She feel in love with our sweet boy and took him home, giving him a new name to start his new life. Rosie and “Oscar”, her new fur brother, are close companions and happily sharing the sofa at home. We’re…

Helping Hands

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A big Thank You to WAG friend Meri Kate. For the second year in a row, Meri Kate made arrangements to do a food-raising drive for WAG’s pet food pantry at Tractor Supply in Monroe. She set up the date and created her own marketing materials, letting people know about the food pantry and how it helps local pet owners. Her efforts were rewarded with over $50 in cash and over 200 lbs in pet food and snacks collected – an amazing effort by this very motivated young lady!

Matching Kindness

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Walton Animal Guild would like to thank Modern Woodmen of America for their $2,500 matching gift. Their philanthropic program provided matching funds for money raised (up to $2,500) from our September fundraising drive. We received their check last week – the money is in the bank and will help many animals in 2017 due to this awesome community-oriented company. WAG truly appreciates your support!

Monroe Community Cats Project

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Here’s a surprising fact – an estimated 16,000 feral cats live in Walton County. They roam in wooded lots, behind shopping centers, restaurants and abandoned houses. You may not see them during the day because they’re adept at avoiding humans, but they can seen at night cruising their territory. Feral cats offer great rodent protection – even Disneyland has recognized their value and has their own authorized pack of feral cats to keep the mouse population in check! These cats belong to no one, but they pose a unique challenge for everyone. The females can breed several times each year and produce six kittens or more in each litter, causing the population to skyrocket. Ignoring the problem isn’t an option. Walton Animal Guild has joined…

A Doggone Yard Sale

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Update: A Big THANK YOU to our supporters for making the yard sale a rousing success! We raised over $1,300 on Saturday, and combined with additional sales and donations brought in $2,504, enough to maximize the matching donation opportunity!   ***************************************** Get ready to do some shopping at WAG’s Doggone Yard sale on Saturday, September 17, 2016 in beautiful downtown Monroe. We’ll be at 227 South Broad St., (the corner of South Broad and Church St. across from Pinnacle Bank) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with plenty of household and decorative items  for sale. All sales proceeds go directly into our programs – rescue/adoption, spay/neuter and other community programs like the pet food pantry. And best of all – Woodmen of the World, a…

Paws at Work for WAG

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Great people have great ideas. Our friends at Alliance Fire Protection Services have come up with an innovative way to support WAG – a Take Your Dog to Work day! For a small donation, employees sign up to bring their dogs into work with them for one day. The employee has the fun of spending the whole workday with their pet, the whole office enjoys meeting furry family members and, through the donation to WAG, the program benefits other animals in need. We LOVE this idea!  Ami and Poncho, Patty and Ollie, Ted and Merlin, Angie and Jack, Becky and Athena and Ted and Bella have been enjoying their workdays together. A big thanks to program creator Ami and everyone at Alliance for their ongoing…

Puppy Prevention Program

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Spring is breeding season and puppies are soon to follow. Unfortunately, most will be from unplanned litters – the primary cause of pet overpopulation. Fix your critters – end the litters! But what happens when you already have a female dog that is pregnant or has a litter of puppies? Maybe WAG can help. WAG’s Puppy Prevention Program works with pet owners of mother dogs with litters by vaccinating the babies to keep them healthy, spay/neuter them when old enough, then adopt them into qualified homes. We then spay the mother dog to prevent further litters, all at no cost to the owner. Do you need help with a litter of puppies? If you’re ready to sign up for the program, fill out the online…

Sweet Sarah

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A sad update to our story about Sarah. A day after her spay surgery she began to show some discomfort which worsened overnight. By the next morning she was in obvious pain and we rushed her to the vet. The diagnosis was a gastric torsion, an emergency condition where the stomach is distended by gas and twists on itself. Sarah began to fail fast. Bloodwork showed her kidneys were already shutting down. The difficult decision was made to free her from her pain and let her go. According to the vet, it’s possible Sarah also had some other underlying conditions that added to her quick downturn. Regardless, we were crushed at the turn of events. We wanted to give Sarah a long, happy life. Instead we’ll…

One More Chance to Help

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Thanks to our wonderful donors, more than 240 animals were helped in 2015. As a small grassroots organization, Walton Animal Guild is fortunate to have the support of many community pet lovers. Because of your donations, many dogs and cats are in warm, loving homes this holiday season. We’re blessed to be able to help so many deserving pets and humbled by your faith in us. There’s still time to make that last tax-deductible gift for 2015 to help those animals who deserve a second chance. Animals like Petey, a cute Pomeranian mix WAG rescued just this week. Petey is a happy boy, but unfortunately tested positive for heartworms. He’ll spend the next few months in foster care while undergoing heartworm treatment, but will soon…

The Rescuer’s Club

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Animal rescue is a daily affair. New animals come into the shelter each day. We visit the shelter to pick them up and take them for much-needed veterinary care and annual vaccines. Over the weeks or months they’re in foster care volunteers feed and socialize them, teach doggy or kitty manners and work to make them into great adoptable pets. Every month they’re given heartworm and flea preventive. WAG volunteers do the “dirty work” of cleaning cages and anything the animals might have left behind. We medicate them when they get sick, through short term issues like colds and diarrhea or serious illnesses requiring surgery. We drive them to meet transports taking them to new homes out-of-state, pack them up for weekend adoption events and…

Scooter’s Second Chance Friends

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The sudden unexpected death of a pet is a heartbreak for any animal lover. When Pierre and Judy Kimball lost their beloved dog, Scooter, they were understandably devastated. Scooter was a frightened dog rescued from Floyd County that the Kimball’s took into their home to foster. He blossomed and soon became what the rescue community calls a “foster failure”. They loved him too much to let him go anywhere else. Scooter enjoyed life as one of their much loved pets and burrowed his way into their hearts. Sadly, the day after Christmas 2014, Scooter escaped from the fence of a home the Kimball’s were visiting. Lost in an unfamiliar area, Scooter couldn’t find his way back and was later found dead after being struck by…

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