Lauren (Lakeview High School) and Lindsey Dunham (Lakeview Middle) wanted a way to give back this Holiday Season. Instead of making their own Christmas lists, they decided to do something very generous. They both love animals so they thought of a way to make a difference in a homeless pet’s life. The Dunhams had adopted their beloved dog Milla two years prior from Catoosa Citizens For Animal Care so they decided to start there. The family pulled resources together and got items donated locally and all the way from Knoxville. They made stockings full of toys, treats, collars, pet shampoo, and much more for dogs and cats. There were baskets filled to the brim with items. What a lovely thing to do for these animals! Most of the animals in foster care were from the local shelter who may have never known a loving home before then or lost their way and couldn’t get back to their family. These animals now have a special treat this Christmas thanks to the selfless act of two young ladies. They presented the stockings and gifts to CCAC members at the Catoosa County Library on Saturday, December 14th. Mr. Bojangles, featured in the reindeer antlers, would love a family of his very own. We couldn’t be more thankful for this charitable act.
Please remember to adopt and not shop for your next forever friend. There are so many wonderful dogs and cats that deserve homes and will be forever grateful.
George at the shelter
George Before he was lost at his home.
George After he is reunited with his owner in Alabama!
George Reunited with Owner after 2 Years thanks to Dedicated Volunteers
George is a Shar-Pei/Pit-bull mix who disappeared from his owner’s home a week before Christmas in 2011. Rusty Greesham, George’s owner, lives in Alabama, about two hours south of Ringgold, Georgia where George was found. The Catoosa Citizens for Animal Care, a local rescue group, had received numerous messages and calls from concerned people who spotted George at local businesses and neighborhoods, but nobody was able to catch him. George was on a mission, and stopping to socialize was not on the agenda. We aren’t sure how George made the journey from Alabama to Georgia, but we do know how he found his way home, and his story is nothing short of a miracle.
On September 22, a Catoosa County Animal Shelter employee was finally able to catch George, and the volunteers with Catoosa Citizens for Animal Care immediately went to work trying to find a foster home. Part of this process includes reaching out to breed specific rescue organizations to increase the chances of a dog being placed with a loving home. George’s picture and information was emailed to a long list of folks including Mary Weeks who is with a Shar-Pei rescue in New York. Mary was somehow able to remember the picture of Mr. Greesham’s lost Shar-Pei from nearly two years ago and sent a message letting him know that his dog might be in Catoosa County, Georgia. He immediately made the trip to Ringgold to see if George had been found. Upon seeing Mr. Greesham, the skittish dog immediately came to him and licked his hand.
When asked how things are going now that George is home, Mr. Greesham said, “I cannot explain how happy I am, and how thankful I am for your rescue, your shelter there, and the lady from NY who kept the offline scrapbook to make the connection. I’m thankful for his improving health, and that I am the one who gets to spend time with him now! I wish people really knew how much a dog really doesn’t look like the dog they had when he has been through a lot”.
George’s reunion with his owner would never have been possible if people didn’t volunteer their time, energy, and money to help CCAC make a difference in the lives of so many animals. Thanks to the dedicated rescue volunteers’ networking and determination, George and Rusty can now live happily ever after.
Catoosa Citizens for Animal Care is in need of volunteers and donations. For more information, please visit www.catoosacitizensforanimalcare.org or call 706-937-2287.
Check Out this Article on The Chattanoogan! Thanks to North Georgia Bank for hosting this event and The Chattanoogan for putting together this story!
Dogs For Dogs To Benefit Catoosa Citizens For Animal Care Sept. 6
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Northwest Georgia Bank Navigators at the Battlefield Financial Centre are hosting Dogs for Dogs on Sept. 6 to raise money and awareness for Catoosa Citizens for Animal Care.
For a $5 donation to CCAC, participants will received a grilled hotdog, chips and a Coca-Cola soft drink. Desserts will also be available for purchase on the bake sale table. CCAC will have a few pets there available for adoption.
“We hope to be able to continue to maintain our level of assistance to the community,” said Sara DeBerry, CCAC president. “We would like to grow even more, but we need many more volunteers and funding in order to do that. We are carrying our work with very few active volunteers and we need a lot of support from the community.”
We will be at Petsmart this Saturday, June 29th from 11-4. Come out and meet your new best friend. We have some great dogs and cats anxiously awaiting to find their forever home!
June 7th and 8th, 2013-
CCAC will once again be participating in the 90 mile Dixie Hwy yard sale. Dewayne Hill was so generous to let us use his old office right next to Mack Hill auto sales and right across from the Old Stone Church on 41 in Ringgold. We have received many generous donations to sell at the event which will go directly to the animals in our care as well as future animals we bring in. Come out to support and shop with us! We will start around 8 on Friday morning and Saturday!
• We paid for 554 spay/neuters (398 cats/156 dogs)
• The C.C.A.C. Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) Program trapped 68 free-roaming cats that were altered, vaccinated and returned where trapped.
The cats’ basic needs (food, water and some type of shelter) are provided by caring residents of Catoosa County.
• We handle thousands of phone calls throughout the year
We pulled 133 dogs and 204 cats from the shelter – Total of 337 lives saved
• All total for 2012 we took in 271 dogs and 430 cats – 701 animals placed in homes or transferred to other rescues.
• Provided vet care for 549 animals—rescues and owned animals
Our goal for 2013 is to double the amount of animals helped in 2012.
CCAC,Inc. has been selected as a 2013 Lifesaving Grant recipient from Best Friends in the amount of $10,000!
The funding is to be applied toward the spay/neuter and ultimate adoption of at least 250 animals.
We are beyond grateful for their support and all they do to help Catoosa Citizens for Animal Care and all the animals!!!!
The National Adoption Event sponsored by Petsmart Charties is just around the corner! Come see us this weekend at the Petsmart on Gunbarrel to find your new best friend. We will have lots of loveable dogs and cats just waiting to find their forever homes! Plan on coming out this weekend to see us!
Ringgold Telephone Company (RTC) is hosting currently hosting contest on their facebook page. They have asked their followers to vote for their favorite charity and the charity with the most votes by Monday, March 4th will be given $500 from RTC.
We ask that you please visit RTC’s facebook page and vote for the CCAC!