Humane Society aids injured dogs and cats


Many Americans love their pets as much as any other family member. And when a loved one gets sick or injured, the family is devastated.

Veterinary science has come a long way, and animal illnesses and injuries that used to be handled by euthanasia can now be treated, enabling a beloved pet to make a full recovery and lead a happy, healthy life. However, many of these treatments and surgeries are too expensive for the average pet owner or rescue group to consider.

Blackie was rescued from a feral colony as a kitten and lived in foster care with a Fayette County Humane Society (FCHS) volunteer. In the rescue business, Blackie was known as “a foster failure” — a foster pet who becomes a permanent family member.

This winter, at age 3, Blackie was diagnosed with feline stomatitis, a painful inflammation of the gums and throat which makes it difficult for the cat to eat. Treatment requires an expensive surgery to remove all the teeth.

Luckily, FCHS has received from the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) a generous grant to provide medical assistance for pets of low-income families and treatable shelter pets. Some of the grant money, along with special donations from FCHS supporters and volunteers, enabled Blackie to obtain the life-saving surgery she needed.

Founded in 1866, the ASPCA was the first humane organization in the Western Hemisphere. Its mission is “to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.” The ASPCA works to rescue animals from abuse, pass humane laws, and share resources with shelters nationwide.

Incorporated in 1973, the Fayette County Humane Society is the oldest nonprofit humane organization in Fayette County. Staffed entirely by volunteers, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit is supported by individual and corporate donations.

FCHS does not have a shelter; the rescued cats and dogs are socialized in foster homes until they can be adopted. Prior to adoption, the animals are examined by a veterinarian and tested, vaccinated, and spayed or neutered. Adoptions are held at the Peachtree City PetSmart from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Sundays.

To help with emergency medical care for animals who deserve a second chance, donate via the FCHS website at or call 770-487-1073 for information.

Sharon Marchisello

Secretary, Fayette County Humane Society

Peachtree City, Ga.