Rabies Alert issued in Ellijay


ELLIJAY, GA – Gilmer County Environmental Health officials are urging residents near the intersection of Board Town Road and Chatsworth Highway in Ellijay, Georgia to call for a rabies risk assessment if they or their children may have been in contact with an orange tabby cat in the area that has now tested positive for rabies.

The phone number for local environmental health is (706) 635-6050, or if calling after hours, the Georgia Poison Control Center toll-free number is 1-800-222-1222.

On Monday, December 3rd, a local resident picked up the cat after finding it in their carport. The cat was behaving sickly and dragging its back legs.

The county environmental health office was notified and sent the cat to the Georgia Department of Public Health Laboratory for rabies testing on Tuesday. The lab confirmed the animal was positive for rabies on Wednesday.

Since the resident who handled the cat was not bitten or scratched, no treatment was required, and no other human exposure is known, at this time. However, environmental health staff will be canvassing that area today, distributing notices to residents to call their office or the Georgia Poison Control Center if they or their children were potentially in contact with the cat within the past two weeks.

Residents are also being notified that several stray cats are in that area, and these cats should be avoided due to the high risk of rabies exposure.

All residents are urged to avoid wild or feral animals and to maintain rabies vaccinations in pets. If a pet receives an initial one-year vaccine, it can receive a three-year rabies vaccination the following year.

A bite or scratch from any wild mammal should cause concern and be reported to a health care provider and the local environmental health office.

Children should be warned to avoid contact with wild animals and any stray dog or cat, and they should report any contact with these animals to an adult right away.

For more information about rabies and its prevention, log onto the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at https://www.cdc.gov/rabies/.


Downtown Ellijay hosts St. PETrick’s Day


ELLIJAY, Ga. – The Ellijay Merchant’s Association hosted their annual St. PETrick’s Day event downtown on March 17 with a marked growth over last year.

More vendors, more pets, and more entertainment added to the improvement of the event that took place, mostly, in the parking lot between Dalton Street and Hipp Street next to First Baptist Church of Ellijay. Those in attendance were also treated to live music throughout the day from “Trailer Hippies.”

In addition to added vendors offering everything from food, crafts, and T-shirts to homegrown produce, the Friends of Gilmer Animal Shelter were on scene for information and commemorative photos. Homeward Bound has also become an annual presence making dogs available at the event for adoption as well as showing them off in the parade.

The festivities peaked mid-day with a training demonstration for dog owners and contests occurring shortly after the main event of the parade of pets walking up North Main from the Elementary School, circling the roundabout, and going down River Street before taking North Avenue back to the school.

The parade itself also grew this year with several representatives from Ellijay Jeepers decorating Jeeps in true St. Patrick’s style. Boy Scout Pack 402 made a presence in the parade as well as several local businesses and organizations including Pets On Main, Gilmer Animal Shelter, Shelter Dogs for Veterans, Friends of Gilmer Animal Shelter, Kids Ferst, Abby’s Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt, and Sliding Rock Cabins. And of course, countless dogs and their humans marched on the downtown area for the festivities.

As usual, though, dogs were not the only animals attending, several owners brought their own exotic pets including a cat, two goats, and a red-tailed boa constrictor.




Would You Know How to Perform CPR on Your Pet? Watch the Training Video by Mountain Emergency Animal Center

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In this video they do a CPR training to show you exactly what you would need to do if your pet goes into cardiac arrest. This is great information for any pet owner.

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Pet emergencies, like human ones, can happen anytime. Your pet’s injuries and illnesses may require immediate attention.

Pet Safety on the 4th of July!


FOGAS Auction for Support of Animal Shelter


The Friends of the Gilmer Animal Shelter (FOGAS) raised $2,954 in their recent silent auction for the Animal Shelter.

Events like these are key to operating the shelter as Shelter Director Daniel Laukka reported it was only due to donations that the shelter was able to reduce cat and kitten adoption fees in 2015 which increased adoption rates from 30 in 2014 to 435 since then. This year alone, the animal shelter has reported rescuing 17 dogs, 3 cats and 13 kittens to date.

The funds raised by the silent auction and similar events are used by FOGAS to help vet pets chosen from GCAS for transport to a rescue organization in New Jersey by neutering, spaying, vaccinating, deworming and providing professional veterinarian services and medications as needed.

The auctions highest bid hit $100 for an “Atlanta Zoo Basket” which contained 4 admission tickets, a $40 MasterCard gift card, dog soap, and a dog scarf. The event involved over 20 volunteers and even saw FOGAS pay for Shane’s Rib Shack to cater for the event.

According to recent posts by Laukka

In 2016, The Gilmer County Animal Shelter took in 847 cats and kittens. 326 of these cats and kittens were rescued. 193 were adopted. 6 were reclaimed by an owner. We still have one cat left from 2016. The euthanasia rate for cats and kittens was 32% for 2016, which is down from 39% last year and 88% the year before.

In 2016, the Gilmer County Animal Shelter took in 1,213 dogs and puppies. 919 of these dogs and puppies were rescued. 136 of these dogs and puppies were reclaimed by an owner. 59 were adopted.  There are still four dogs at the shelter from 2016.

These are just a handful of statistics that volunteers at FOGAS say change lives for both animals and people. FOGAS needs volunteers to assist with fund raising, grant writing, benefit organization, set up, and take down.

Volunteers continue to support the shelter, but the shelter also needs people who are looking for animals to adopt. Events like these continue to show the vast number of animals in need of families, in need of homes, in need of you.



Towanda and Precious – Pets of the Week


TOWANDA is a big squishy bunch of love who enjoys life and being with friends. Her joyfulness is impossible to resist. Towanda is all grins, and she always looks like she just got the punchline of a hilarious joke. She’s an extremely mellow and gentle girl and does wonderfully with other dogs and children. We know that she would make a devoted companion. Stop by and meet this two year old sweetie. She will work her charm on potential masseurs and treat donors!

PRECIOUS lives up to her adorable name. This one year old is a graceful beauty who relishes coming out of her crate and stretching her legs and visiting with everyone. Precious is very affectionate and loves to cuddle. She would adore a buddy to buy her some of those cool cat toys, as seen on TV.  Precious would do fantastically with children. Stop by and play with Precious in person!

Gilmer County Animal Shelter
4152 Highway 52
E Ellijay Ga 30536
Hours Tuesday – Saturday 1pm-4pm


Cherokee County Humane Society to Rescue Gilmer Cats

The Cherokee County Humane Society has offered to rescue 30 cats and kittens from the Gilmer County Animal Shelter.
The efforts will save these creatures from potentially being euthanized due to overcrowding at the Gilmer County Animal Shelter. The Humane Societies efforts will not only rescue the cats, but also continue the process for locating and placing them in loving homes.
In order for this all to happen, however, Ernie Taylor, Volunteer for the Gilmer County Animal Shelter, says, “The Cherokee County Humane Society needs to raise $1500 to cover the vetting costs for these animals.”
While both organizations are reaching out, you could also help with a donation to the fund. According to Taylor, “You can make a donation via PayPal at ottismoore@bellsouth.net or via mail at:
The Cherokee Humane Society
Attention: Ann Perrett GCAS Cat Fund
5900 Bells Ferry Road
Acworth Georgia 30102


Pet of the Week




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