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FIRST FRIDAY Fund Raiser for the Humane Society!  Come hear great music and bid on some great auction items, as well as buy chances for great raffle prizes!  The food is fab, the music is fantastic, and we'll even have some of our very own shelter cuties there for adoption!  Come for a fun time and a super cause - our shelter pets!!  Thanks to Sheilah Welsch, The Market and InsideOut for sponsoring this cause!


  Save your Soul - er, Sole...
                           - for the Animals!
This is one of the best fund raising programs we've come across lately, because not only is it easy, it helps our shelter pets, and then it helps others, too! Using Shoebox Recycling's program, just save your gently worn shoes and donate to us.  We'll collect in our box, ship to them, (for free) and get 50 cents/lb. for the shoes! In turn, others get new shoes they might not otherwise receive. You can even put a note in the shoes and trace who receives them!  Cuts the landfill, helps others, gets rid of old shoes you aren't using, and best of all --- Helps Our Shelter Pets!  Drop old shoes by shelter and put in our recycling box. If your business is interested in carrying one of our drop-off boxes, please contact us; the more boxes, the more money for our pets! Click on picture link above for more info.

Do you know... Maggie?


We have a few 'long termers' at our humane society right now that really need loving, good homes. Most times they are wonderful animals who have nothing wrong other than they haven't been seen by the 'right' person. In some cases, they need a specific type furever home, but are wonderful pets and just need the right adoptive home.

Maggie is a 2.5 year old golden lab mix who has a gentle demeanor, is very well behaved and loves people. She does not care for being outside a lot and a home is being sought where she can be inside and close to her family. When approaching Maggie in her kennel, she looks very sad as she wears her loneliness on her face. The second she realizes you have come to take her away from the kennel, she comes to life with excitement for whatever adventure is at hand with a person who will lift her spirits by being with her. She is a tidy girl who wants to have a clean kennel at all times so she waits with great impatience every morning to be taken outside for a potty break away from her living area. Dogs who dislike eliminating in their runs show great promise to be dogs who will better grasp the concept of being clean (housebroken) in their homes.

Maggie was turned in as a stray found in Helen in April 2013. She does not like other dogs and will do best as an only dog. At 76lbs daily walking would help to make her trimmer and to lift her spirits. Maggie will need to either have a strong fenced yard or be outside on leashed walks only. A short term attempt at adoption failed after one week when Maggie revealed her talent for escaping fences. She does not understand right now that being outside is not a permanent separation. With her short coat and desire to maintain a tidy living space, Maggie will be an excellent indoor companion. Maggie's adoption fee is $75. She says, "I'm just as cute and loving as anyone else -- are YOU the one who wants to love me forever?"

Daisy and Smoky Joe are 2 of our other long termers that need furever homes! Daisy is a mystery because she is a friendly kitty with beautiful eyes, loving and playful... Won't you come see?  Smoky Joe just needs someone with patience to understand his fear; he is friendly if you get to know him, very fun, and will be your most loyal dog ever!

We appreciate your donations so much...
But the animals would love your time!


The biggest thing you can give shelter pets, along with monetary donations to keep us going, is to give the pets some of your time. They need love, patience & understanding!
The dogs need to be walked, both cats and dogs need to be played with, and all need to know they are loved and safe, which makes them happier and calmer, which also helps them get adopted faster! Some need grooming, or socializing, or command training. Sometimes the best thing you can do is just sit with them in their kennels and show them it's a safe place, and people are going to treat them kindly; that hasn't always been their experience. There are multiple things you can do to help; check out our Volunteers Corner for ideas.


Did you knowHistorical Courthouse... There's a lot of educational information on our  Pet Information & Tips page? Do you know how your dog really is in dog years? Want some great links for pet training, or for dog & cat treats recipes? Or want a link to send a funny pet e-card that talks? It's there! There are fun sites for kids, too! Check it out and send us your favorite link; we'll highlight it here! 

Check out our official Facebook page... There's real time info on adopted pets, special needs and more, updated daily!

THE MISSION of the Charles Smithgall Humane Society is to shelter and find safe homes for unwanted, abandoned, neglected and abused animals; to reduce pet overpopulation, cruelty and neglect; to teach and encourage responsible pet ownership; and to advocate animal welfare.                         


Animal Adoption Center
4823 Helen Hwy. 75N
Sautee Nacoochee, GA 30571
(Between Cleveland &
Helen, GA)
(706) 865-4135
Email Us

Adoption Center Visiting Hours
Monday: Closed to public
Tuesday - Saturday: 10am-4pm
Sunday: 1-4pm

 Special Pet Allie Needs Loving Care
Allie has a slightly crooked face due to mild facial nerve paralysis. Her condition creates a small amount of drooling and less than normal blinking of one eye. She has been evaluated and requires no treatment as she has adjusted to her mild impairment. Yet no one has shown any interest in adopting her. She has overcome fear and distrust that was generated by a short term adoption as a puppy. Though not physically perfect, she has a sweet nature and longs for someone to think she is special enough to share their life. Allie is 1 year old and has lived in the shelter for 7 months. She is fun and does not know she is in any way different from other dogs.  All she needs is someone to believe in her.
Our Featured Canine

Our Featured Feline
 Daisy  - Click here to see her story...

Adoption Center Medical FundThis is a fund to attend to current & future medical needs of our shelter pets, as we do not have vets on staff. This is for treatment beyond usual vaccinations and simple care. Previous pets like Rocky, Charlie and Wobbles, have benefited from this fund, so if you've heard of their fund raisers, this is a continuation of that. We help pets who are very sweet, loving and adoptable, but have immediate medical needs. Please click here to donate to help them, and future shelter pets. Thank you for your help... We wouldn't be able to help without your support! (pic is of Charlie, now in his happy furever home!)                        


BJ was adopted!!  Our longest term resident, BJ, was adopted this past month by the perfect parent, and we could not be happier!  
BJ is a very sweet dog, but just didn't love other dogs that much, and was scared of most men.  This kept her in our shelter much longer than otherwise, as she's a cutie, and loves cats!  BJ now has a loving forever home, and we are so thankful to her new dogparent!  
Remember Samson, our lovable Bulldog mix, who had surgery for inverted eyelids? Well, we are happy to report he got a loving, wonderful FUREVER home last week!! Way to go, Samson - we know you'll love your new life & happy home!

Here are some other happy adoptions...

Atlas!  Our resident lab was such a happy guy, but was getting a little frustrated with being kenneled such a
long timeWe couldn't figure out why no one adopted him; he's a great, friendly guy! Well, turns out, it was just because the right person hadn't seen him.  Now Atlas is happy in his new forever home!  We'll miss him, but happy he's found a great home with lots of love!

And here is another happy update about Gracie, one of our bassetts that got a new forever home - all the way up to Canada! Click here to read about her journey and "Happy Tail"...

Rest in Peace, Otis 
Otis, our resident office cat manager, has been here for years to greet everyone as they come to the shelter. Sadly, he passed away recently, and will be very, very sorely missed. Click here to read Jane Vollbrecht's loving tribute to this wonderful guy, largely seen through the eyes of our shelter manager, Kathi Torpy, who spent all of her work days with him.  Otis was a noble, happy, laid back guy, and people would come in asking to see him.  He's now watching over us and the shelter animals from beyond.  Rest easy, friend.  Inquiries have been made, and Memorials can be designated as "Otis" on our Donations page.

Calendar of Events


4th of July - Bake Sale in Helen - 11 to Dusk @ Biker's Gear, across from Hansel & Gretel S. Main St. location.  We need your baked goods! Please see info above left column; drop at Humane Society or Hansel & Gretel before 4th.  Thank you for your help! 
4th of July - Come downtown Helen for a great Family Time with ABLH, plus portion of donations go to our Humane Society.  Click here for more info
 4th of July - First Friday at InsideOut Sautee - Lots of music, food and good times, with all donations going to our Humane Society. Plus we'll have shelter dogs there!  Bring a dish of food to share if you can - 6pm to 9pm @ InsideOut Gazebo.  Click for more info 
 July 13th - ANNUAL MEMBERS MEETING - 2pm @ Humane Society.  Everyone welcome; members only can vote.  Board Meeting to follow Annual Mtg.
- Mondays @ Humane Society - Dog Walkers needed (must be 16 - call for more info)
- 2nd Wed. of every month: Board of Directors meeting - 5:30 @ Humane Society (public welcome)
- Saturday Obedience Classes at shelter - call Humane Society for more info


National Events 

National Mutts Day - July 31st

International Homeless Pets Day - August 15
National Dog Day - August 26th