Life Saver Award

Fort Oglethorpe Petsense received a "Life Saver Award" from its corporate headquarters for the work they did, in partnership with North Georgia Animal Alliance, to find families for 386 homeless cats. (Photo/Petsense Facebook page)

Fort Oglethorpe Pet Sense received an award this month from its corporate headquarters for helping 386 homeless cats find families last year. It was the second highest number of adoptions out of all the stores in the company.

The store thanked North Georgia Animal Alliance for making the award possible. "We just wanted to take a moment to recognize North Georgia Animal Alliance for all the hard work they do and are so thankful that they are our partner," Petsense posted on its Facebook page. "Looking forward to finding homes for even more pets in 2018!"

NGAA places fully vetted cats for adoption at Petsense and holds monthly adoption events at the store, and Petsense employees take adoption applications and help care for the cats while they await new homes.

NGAA released its own numbers for 2017 this month: 433 cats and dogs adopted out and 510 transferred to other rescues. The organization paid to have 483 animals spayed or neutered, including 244 that were fixed, vaccinated and returned to their owners. NGAA paid for vet care for 129 animals last year, ranging from routine care to treatment for injuries or illnesses.

"These numbers say it all," said one NGAA volunteer when he saw the final statistics. "This is who we are!"

"We are fortunate to have a lot of dedicated volunteers who make great sacrifices to help save the lives of homeless animals," says NGAA board member Sara DeBerry. "We really appreciate that Petsense partners with us to help cats and kittens find loving homes. We’re in there every day tending to the cats, bringing in new cats, and they’re always ready to help in every way they can."

To learn more about NGAA, see their Facebook page: facebook.com/NorthGeorgiaAnimalAlliance

To learn more about Fort Oglethorpe Petsense, see their Facebook page: facebook.com/PetsenseFt.Oglethorpe.