Monday, December 31, 2012
Two years after opening during a sluggish economy Second Life Upscale Resale has drawn bargain hunters and donated $42,500 to local animal rescues.
Second Life Upscale Resale in Avondale Estates is almost 14-years old, but that's in dog years. In human time the popular resale shop is about to turn two. Several years ago, Tanya Mahous Tobias, who had spent a decade working in the airline industry, decided she needed a change in outlook and employment. Opportunities were scarce in the down economy but the thought that she and her husband Toby should be doing something for animals was foremost in her mind. They were inspired by their beloved dalmatian Lucky, a formerly homeless dog deemed "unadoptable" who lived happily with the Decatur couple. The inspiration they came away with from having Lucky in their life eventually translated into the following: take a risk, nothing is impossible …
Monday, December 17, 2012
Abandoned in Egypt, Gordy is now up for adoption in Atlanta, thanks to resale shop owner in Avondale Estates.
The ancient Egyptians worshipped cats and sometimes would mummify deceased pet dogs, burying them with their owners, or on occasion giving them their own individual coffins. Modern Egypt isn't quite so attentive to man's best friend. In a country of around 80 million there are only a handful of animal rescue organizations and the government is pro-poisoning of street dogs as a means of controlling the population. Gordy is a 4-year old Egyptian street dog who has, happily, escaped that fate. He was abandoned in Cairo this fall and spent five days patiently waiting in the same spot downtown where he was dumped. Every day he carefully watched everyone who came by, looking for his former family to come back and get him. Fed on occasion by …
Monday, January 30, 2012
February is National Spay/Neuter Awareness Month and to celebrate LifeLine Animal Project is fixing pit bulls for free and giving away a Fernbank Museum membership and a pet photo session with Dogumentary Portraits.
When people think of the month of February, most think of Black History Month, Valentine's Day or Leap Year. Animal welfare advocates and rescuers will be quick to add that it's also National Spay/Neuter Awareness Month and that World Spay Day falls on Feb. 28. One area animal advocacy organization, LifeLine Animal Project, is encouraging responsible pet ownership in February by offering free spay/neuter for pit bulls and pit mixes whose owners live in Dekalb, Fulton and Clayton counties. The promotion, called "Free Fix For Pits", has the animal welfare group working in tandem with the Humane Society of the United States Pets For Life Atlanta program to target the issue of pet overpopulation. "On any given day up to 70 percent of all dogs …
Monday, November 14, 2011
Ryan the dog was considered 'evidence' in a cruelty case and spent 2 years in a cage until his owner was convicted. Then he was slated to be euthanized.
In 2008 over 28,000 dogs and cats were killed in county shelters in Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties. In 2009 the numbers rose to almost 30,000. Ryan, a young pit bull, barely missed being in those statistics because he and another pup, Matt, were in a cage waiting for a court date. The court date of their owner, to be exact. The dogs were removed from their home in DeKalb county in 2008 and their owner arrested for animal cruelty. Both dogs had numerous scars and bite marks on their bodies. Considered "evidence" by the county, they were kept in a cage together until their owner could be convicted or exonerated of all charges. After two years of the case winding through the court system, their owner was finally found …
Monday, October 31, 2011
Oakhurst festival brings out the creativity in dog owners.
Dogs of every shape and size participated Sunday afternoon in the “Mutt Strutt” and other contests Sunday afternoon at Dogtoberfest. Sponsored by Taj Ma-Hound, a gourmet grocery for dogs, folks came not just from Decatur but across Metro Atlanta to show off their best friends. The event also featured a raffle, market place, pet adoptions, pet photography and, to protect their pets, microchipping by Animal Action Rescue. Second Life, the upscale resale shop in Avondale Estates which benefits four pet charities, was also in attendance with store co-founder Tanya Mahrous helping out with the judging. It was a great way and a great day to “go to the dogs”!
Monday, October 24, 2011
As October draws to a close the holiday season looms. Here's how to make it a happier one for homeless pets.
No one wants to be homeless for the holidays, but millions of cats and dogs nationwide are without homes and that includes tens of thousands here in the metro Atlanta area. Helping them is not as hard as you might think. 1.) Spay or neuter your own pets. Estimates are that 100,000 dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters in Georgia annually, at significant cost to taxpayers. You can do your part to end pet overpopulation with a routine surgery for your dog or cat. Non-profit, low cost spay and neuter clinics like the ones run by LifeLine Animal Project actually make fixing your pet more affordable than caring for a litter of puppies or kittens. 2.) Donate needed pet items. Beds, crates, collars, leashes, cat litter, dog and cat toys, …
Monday, May 2, 2011
Kindness triumphs over cruelty in the case of Phoenix the cat.
To say Phoenix the kitten has had a dramatic life so far is an understatement. He was discovered by DeKalb Animal Services in a storm drain in January. Someone had doused him in lighter fluid, set him on fire and left him to die. DeKalb immediately called LifeLine Animal Project who took him in, evaluated his condition and set their sights on saving him if they could, or making him as comfortable as possible in his last days if the cruelty inflicted upon him were to take his life. Incredibly, the tiny stray survived. He lost both of his ears, some fur, skin, a few whiskers and some mobility to third-degree burns, but kept his friendly disposition, hearing and loud purr. After an article about his plight ran on Patch and news of his …
Monday, January 31, 2011
Someone dumped young puppies in a truck yard and left them to fend for themselves. Among the abandoned pups rescued is Tess, who now is waiting for her chance to go from the truck yard to her own yard.
Royal Potcakes Rescue is unique among animal rescues in Georgia. Founded by sisters Judy Marshall and Nancy Kluisza, the rescue was conceived to help the Royal Bahamian Potcakes, a recognized breed of dog in the Bahamas. Despite the grand moniker, the Potcakes - as they are called for short - are actually street dogs. These sweet-natured, laid back and leggy canines are a mixture of several breeds and until recently came from a fairly small, long-standing gene pool. They are indigenous to and roam freely in the islands. Like street dogs all over the world, they often are in need of help from humans. After visiting the Bahamas on vacation, animal-lovers Marshall and Kluisza couldn’t bear to leave those behind who needed aid. So they did …