FOGAS donates $6,200 in kennels to Animal Shelter

Community, News
(photos by the Friends of Gilmer Animal Shelter)

ELLIJAY, Ga. – Traveling and transporting pets just got a bit easier for the Gilmer County Animal Shelter as kennels have been supplied through donations.

According the Friends Of Gilmer Animal Shelter (FOGAS), they presented Gilmer County Commission Chairman Charlie Paris and Director of the Gilmer County Animal Shelter Daniel Laukka with transport kennels valued at $6,200 earlier this week, on June 25, 2019.

An official statement from FOGAS on the social media page stated, “These kennels were designed to reduce the stress of the animals in transport while allowing maximum use of space in the GCAS transport van.”

But the donation means more the shelter and the county than just extra equipment. Chairman Paris told FYN, “This will help both the animals and shelter employees and volunteers. Shelter personnel will no longer have to place crates that are currently in use, into the van – requiring animals to be moved around so that those crates can be made available. The new creates can remain in the van permanently.”

Paris went on to say that the crates are better than the current wire cages in multiple ways. They are more sturdy and “solidly made” to meet the needs of long travels. The animal shelter frequently makes trips out of state to other locations in efforts to find homes for the animals. The crates also offer more privacy for the animals as Paris said they provide “a private environment that is much less stressful for them.”

Speaking on the donation, FOGAS stated, “All of us at FOGAS are proud to assist the citizens of Gilmer County with the humane reduction of pet overpopulation through subsidized spay & neuter programs and our Gilmer County shelter with transporting homeless pets to loving homes.”

Paris added to the emotion saying, “We are very appreciative of the organizations and individuals that donate to the shelter so that the animals housed there can have a better life. These donations are so important – and so appreciated – because they allow homeless animals to have a better quality of life than just ‘life in a wire crate.’ These donations from groups and individuals make a tremendous difference, and we just can’t thank them enough.”


Friends of Gilmer Animal Shelter to host annual BBQ and Silent Auction!

Announcements, Press Release

ELLIJAY, Ga. – The Friends of Gilmer Animal Shelter (FOGA) will be hosting their annual BBQ and Silent Auction on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 11:30 am until 3 pm at the Gilmer County Civic Center (1561 South Main St., Ellijay, GA 30540).

Lunch reservations are requested. There are a limited number of tickets available at the door.

Food served will be Shane’s Pork BBQ, Beans, Slaw, Tea, and Dessert.

Auction Admission is free! Lunch is $10 per person.

All proceeds are to fund low cost spay/neuter, vetting Gilmer County Animal Shelter pets, and other Gilmer County Programs.

Email or call to reserve your tickets!
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Fashion Show raises funds for FOGAS

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ELLIJAY, Ga. – Lovers of animals often do whatever they can to support shelters and organizations that help their favorite four-legged-friends.

The owners of Whimz Boutique in Ellijay Georgia, Steve and Marie Cortes did just that when they presented Friends Of Gilmer Animal Shelter (FOGAS) President Sharon Sahr and Treasurer Karen Johnson with a $564 check from their November 2018 charity fashion show.

Friends Of Gilmer Animal Shelter is an all-volunteer, 501 (C3), charity that strives to make Gilmer County Georgia a better home for both people and pets by sponsoring subsidized spay/neuter certificates for the public, vetting Gilmer County Animal Shelter homeless pets, and other community projects.

Their event is part of the community financial support that makes up approximately 75 % of Friends Of Gilmer Animal Shelter’s annual revenue.

This and all other donations to FOGAS are used to provide subsidized $25 spay/neuter certificates to Gilmer County residents, pay veterinarian costs for selected Gilmer County Animal Shelter pets that are being transported to waiting adopters or rescues, and to support other Gilmer County pet-related projects.

The Fashion Charity event saw over 100 people attending to view pieces designed and donated by Whimz Boutique and Julian’s Boutique. With the success of the fashion show, FOGAS has stated they are intending to use the proceeds for their 2019 budget. Specifically, they said, “In 2019 FOGAS will be focusing on new ways to assist the Gilmer County Animal Shelter with reducing pet overpopulation. We will also be looking into offering Gilmer County children information on caring for their pets.”

With this set as the first annual show, support is set to continue for the Animal Shelter through its support organization, FOGAS. But, ultimately, its citizens putting on events like this and donating that helps the efforts of the local animal shelter and the county’s efforts to house and adopt pets in need of “forever homes.”


Animal Shelter’s Next Ruff Readers Club



Gilmer Animal Shelter Hosts Ruff Readers Day


Bring your kids to the Gilmer County Animal Shelter (GCAS) RUFF READERS CLUB as they partner with the Friends of Gilmer Animal Shelter (FOGAS) to promote reading skills and build the confidence required to read aloud, all in a fun environment.

Give your kids the opportunity to read to one of Gilmer County Animal Shelter’s pets.

It’s fun and it’s free on Saturday, July 29, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Gilmer Animal Shelter. (4152 HWY 52 E ELLIJAY GA).

Space is limited. Call to reserve your child’s spot today.


Bring your favorite pillow or blanket to sit on. And if you forgot your book, no problem. Some books will be available.


Shelter Dogs For Veterans Event Rides Into Ellijay


The Shelter Dogs for Veterans (SDFV) Event in Ellijay raised roughly $2,300 over the weekend in support of their organization in conjunction with local volunteers.

The cookout, auction and bike ride were all hosted by Legion Post 82, the Legion Riders and local members who helped. Shelter Dogs For Veterans (Formally Paws Be Good) saves dogs from kill shelters and trains them to be service dogs for our military veterans with (PTSD) Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder & (TBI) Traumatic Brain Injury.

With over 75 people attending the event despite the weather threats, the 15 SDFV Volunteers were able to bid off several items including their largest bid of $100 for a dog bed package containing two beds, two bowls, and treats as well as raffling off an American Flag Quilt which was made locally and donated to support the function. The raffle winner for the flag is set to be drawn at the upcoming Legion 4th of July Celebration.


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.


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