As we welcome in the New Year, it is always customary to take a moment and reflect upon what transpired in the year just past and at Atlanta Humane Society, there is much to review for 2015! Thanks to the generosity and commitment of literally thousands of animal lovers in Georgia, we were able to deliver more mission than we ever have before in our history!
Our strategic vision as an organization is to reduce and eventually eliminate companion animal homelessness in Georgia and the Southeast. While that’s a lofty goal, it is something we believe can be done if enough people join together and commit to it. A goal of that size and scope cannot be done by one single person or organization. Throughout the history of our nation, great problems have been solved by many people coming together to improve the world we live in.
Atlanta Humane Society is the largest animal welfare organization in the Southeast, and we believe it is our responsibility to take a leadership role in collaboration and coordination of animal welfare work in the region. In 2015, we worked with over 100 different organizations, animal controls and rescue groups to help find homes for animals, rescue those in danger and coordinate massive prevention efforts like our mobile spay/neuter project.
We also established animal transporting programs that have saved thousands of lives by moving animals from overcrowded and overwhelmed shelters to Atlanta where these animals were able to be adopted into loving homes. In 2015, we placed over 8,300 animals in new homes, which was an increase of over 1,000 animals from the year before! We hope to place 9,000 or more in 2016.
In another historic collaboration, we formally began a partnership with the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine to begin an on-site student surgical and shelter medicine program that will enable UGA students to learn surgical techniques and management of health issues in our shelters in Atlanta and Alpharetta. This will expose more future veterinarians to shelter work and hopefully generate more interest in helping shelters in their future careers wherever they may end up practicing veterinary medicine.
Finally, we saw the greater Atlanta community come together to make a bold statement of support for AHS and the animal welfare work we do by attending the inaugural Walk for the Animals at Atlantic Station in October. Over 2,000 people and their dogs, joined together to raise much needed funds and awareness of the need to fight animal cruelty in our region.
As I said earlier, creating a future where animal homelessness is eliminated will take all of us working together to make things happen that have never happened before and that is what we are looking forward to in 2016! Please join with us! We cannot do this alone. We need your time, talents and treasure to make sure that animal suffering becomes a thing of the past! Onward to 2016!
Cal Morgan, President and CEO