Georgia Peaches are young dogs and puppies from Georgia who need a forever home! They are highly adoptable dogs—many of which were scheduled for euthanasia at a high kill shelter. Their ages range from 8 weeks to 1 year. This project functions through the work of volunteers to give these puppies a second chance!
Question: Why Georgia?
Answer: This project addresses the needs of a subpopulation of young dogs in a state that is over populated due to spay/neuter issues. In the Southeast US, there is a surplus of puppies and it is not uncommon for entire puppy litters to be destroyed. The shelters in Georgia are often crowded due to dog overpopulation as well as owner surrenders, and because of that the euthanasia rate is high.
Question: Why would you bring puppies from Georgia—don’t we have lots of them here in Seattle?
Answer: Puppies are something we do NOT have a surplus of in Seattle. Because we generally adhere to spay and neuter laws, there are less accidental litters. A family that wants a rescue puppy has a challenge on their hands. Some give up the quest and ultimately turn to breeders. The Georgia Peaches project aims to give homeless puppies that have been on death row a chance to come get adopted in the dog loving Pacific Northwest. And in turn, these Georgia Peach puppies give locals here in Seattle the option to bypass a breeder and make a choice to support puppy rescue!
Question: What shelter do the Georgia Peaches come from?
Answer: At this time 99% of the Peach Puppies come from Clayton County Animal Control. If we can get this grassroots project some more financial fuel and volunteer/foster resources, we would like to expand to helping other Georgia shelters. The Georgia Peach project also has local support from Clayton County volunteers and fosters which has not been as easy to achieve at other shelters. So many wonderful people are working hard in this region to save these animals and fight against the constant influx of dogs and puppies to animal control.
Question: What can you do to help?
Answer: We need support from all angles right now. Currently, we need help with fundraising for veterinary and boarding bills. In addition, we do not have nearly enough foster homes. The more that we have for foster homes the more effective we can be! And in general, we need help with organizational aspects of the project. Email GApeachrescue@gmail.com if you would like to get involved.
Question: How long do I need to foster a puppy?
Answer: Fostering a puppy (8-20 weeks) is generally very short term (2 weeks on average) and fostering a young dog (6-12 months) may be closer to 4-6 weeks. Because this type of fostering is very short term it really works for some people’s lifestyle. Also, in multiple dog households, it is often easier to have a puppy. Email GApeachrescue@gmail.com for more details on fostering.
Question: How do I donate to the Georgia Peaches Project?
Answer: Email GApeachrescue@gmail.com for details on how and where to donate. Every week there are puppies slated for euthanasia that have the chance to become part of the Georgia Peach project provided they have funds and a foster!
Question: How much does it cost to save a Georgia Peach?
Answer: Provided there is no unexpected illness, it costs about 300 dollars to become a Georgia Peach (20-25 lbs). That estimate includes their flight ticket, crate cost, shots, deworming and health certificate. That is a small amount to take a young puppy and give them a shot at a forever home in the Pacific Northwest.
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