Improving Our Community Four Paws at a Time

By on August 12, 2013

Humane Society of Blue Ridge

HSBR Mission
The Humane Society of Blue Ridge (HSBR) is a non-profit group comprised of wonderful volunteers who strive tirelessly to uphold the organization’s mission: To promote respect for all living things. To provide for the welfare of abandoned, injured or mistreated animals, and to find them loving, permanent homes. We will work to increase the awareness of animal issues through public education, striving to end euthanasia of healthy, adoptable animals and promote and offer affordable spay and neutering

HSBR History
The HSBR, founded by Past President Anne Williamson and a small group of avid animal supporters in 2006, developed their mission, formed a plan and gained non-profit 501 C-3 status only one year later.

Anne started the organization because of a need she saw in the area. She wanted to help abandoned pets and provide aid to the people who loved their pets but couldn’t afford to keep them. The HSBR quickly added a thrift store to help raise money and made presentations to the veterinarians for help. Ocoee Animal Hospital was tremendous with helping the HSBR in the beginning, and still are big supporters as is Cohutta Animal Clinic and Copper Basin Animal Clinic. HSBR has grown from 7 board members and a couple of volunteers to 60 + volunteers, a much larger thrift store, and a thriving rescue group serving Fannin County.

hsbr ribbon cuttingThe Humane Society of Blue Ridge is independent of the Humane Society of the United States and any other national organization. All monies raised by the HSBR benefit Blue Ridge, Fannin County and the animals we serve in the local area.

HSBR News
In 2012 the HSBR purchased 16 acres of land on Mineral Spring Road in Fannin County. This is the future home of our Adoption and Education Center, Memorial Gardens, Agility Training Course and an Off Leash Community Dog Park where our residents can bring their animals to run and play freely. The first phase of the plan was to complete the off leash dog park, which opened in March 2013. There are separate areas for small and large dogs, so bring your pups out for some communal fun!

We currently have a temporary building at our new facility called The Haven. The Haven is information central for everything concerning the HSBR. It will be the office for our Animal Team and the distribution center for needy family dog/cat food. Here you will also find all the info you need on our programs and volunteer opportunities. The Haven will also serve as a short-term facility for intake of animals awaiting foster homes.

HSBR Animal Team
The HSBR Animal Team manager is Karen Kelly and she oversees a team of loyal and dedicated volunteers that give numerous hours of their time to care for innocent and helpless animals! These volunteers do everything from grooming to vet visits to transporting food and animals… you name it. Karen and her volunteers adopted out over 200 animals in 2012 alone thru local adoption events, trips to PetSmart, Petco and through our HSBR office,.

S.N.I.P.
Spay Neuter Incentive Program
Since it’s inception in 2011, HSBR’s low-cost spay-neuter program, S.N.I.P (Spay Neuter Incentive Program) has provided assistance to over 500 companion animal owners in Fannin County. In 2012 over 300 animal owners were served and so far in 2013, 75 animal owners have taken advantage of S.N.I.P. The HSBR also supports SPARE, a local program to help spay/neuter feral cats and then return them to the wild. Our local veterinarians offer discounted services for our S.N.I.P. program which allows us to provide assistance for spay/neutering.

Dog/Cat Food for Needy Families
The HSBR also provides cat and dog food (and cat litter too) to those families who can’t afford to buy it themselves. We work closely with PetSmart and Petco to get bags of food that someone has returned. The bags, which the store cannot resell, are usually ‘slightly open’ and we don’t mind that a ‘slightly open’ bag will go to one of our furry friends in the Blue Ridge area instead of the trash! Our volunteers donate their time to transport the food from Metro Atlanta area and deliver it to our HSBR facility. The Animal team then distributes the food once a month to families who qualify for the free pet food. The HSBR often uses some of its own funds to purchase litter and cat food that is also donated to pet owners in need.

Foster Families
The HSBR is primarily a foster-based rescue organization and will continue to be so even once our building is completed. Socializing the animals through fostering makes every pet more adoptable.
The ideal foster candidate is a loving, caring person or family that will provide a friendly home until a permanent/forever home can be found. We desperately need foster families and are constantly seeking new volunteers to help in all areas of the HSBR. If you are considering fostering, note that the HSBR provides all food and medical care for animals in foster homes. A fostering request form is available on our web site.

Adoptions
The Humane Society of Blue Ridge (HSBR) takes animal adoptions very seriously. We will only place animals with responsible, caring people who are concerned with the well-being of their pet. The HSBR has been very successful in finding “forever homes” for many helpless and abandoned animals here in our area. Since the HSBR was founded in 2006, we have adopted out over 1000 animals to loving, caring homes.
Adoption applications are available on our web site and you can search our available pets at petfinder.com, just type in Blue Ridge, GA 30513 to go the Humane Society of Blue Ridge pages.

Monetary Donations
Your monetary donations go a long way to helping homeless cats and dogs. Your contribution helps us find loving homes for countless animals, as well as provide shelter and medical care for our “guests.”

Your gift directly offsets the cost of animal care.

> $1000 provides complete medical care for 10 cats or dogs (spay/neuter, microchip, vaccinations)
> $400 provides complete care for one dog or cat
> $100 Provides complete medical care for one dog or cat (spay/neuter, microchip, vaccinations)
> $50 Pays for 100 pounds of high quality dog food
> $25 Pays for 150 pounds of kitty litter

HSBR Thrift Store
brhs thriftOur Humane Society Thrift Store is our main source of income for the Humane Society. The Thrift Store is primarily run and operated by loyal volunteers that give of their time and energy 6 days a week to sort, price and display the items that are so generously donated to us. We have between 30 and 35 volunteers that work an average of 3-6 hours a week at the HSBR Thrift Store. Without our Volunteers, and the wonderful donations we receive, we would not exist as the Humane Society of Blue Ridge.

We accept ‘gently used’ clothing, furniture, accessories, jewelry, kitchen items, bedding, linens, and small appliances, generally anything that is still in good condition and can be resold. Your generous donations will help us give the animals in our care the attention they deserve to help them find their “forever homes”, and will also help us build our “dream home shelter” for our four legged friends! AC

HSBR Thrift Store: 1244 Windy Ridge Road (Corner of Windy Ridge Road and East First Street) Blue Ridge, GA 30513 Hours are Mon – Fri 10am – 4pm; Sat 10am – 3pm. 706-632-5224

The Haven & Off Leash Dog Park are located at 171 Mineral Spring Road, off of Aska Rd. To get there, just pass the ACE Hardware, take a right on Aska and then right on Mineral Spring and look for our NEW SIGN on the left!!!

Please call 706-632-4357 or visit our website at humanesocietyofblueridge.org if you would like more information!