Frequently Asked Questions

You asked; we answered. Please find a list of our most “Frequently Asked Questions” below.
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Q: What is Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, Inc. and when was it created?
Q: How many animals has Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, Inc. saved?
Q: Where are you located?
Q: What is your intake policy?
Q: How can I meet an animal that I am interested in adopting?
Q: Why won’t you give out the name and/or location of the animal shelter where a dog you are trying to rescue is located so that someone can adopt that dog directly from animal control?
Q: Why do you require a foster commitment before you will save a dog or cat from a shelter?
Q: Why do you require Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, Inc. foster homes to be located in the Atlanta area?
Q: If Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, Inc. requires foster homes for all of your animals, then why do some of them live in boarding?
Q: Does Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, Inc. adopt dogs and cats to interested adopters who live out of state? Do you transport your rescue animals to other parts of the country?
Q: How are you funded?
Q: How can I donate to Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, Inc.?
Q: Why do you require donations of at least $250 per dog or cat before you will commit to rescuing it?
Q: What do you do if you receive more than the necessary amount of funding for a particular dog or cat?
Q: I emailed Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, Inc. with a question a few days ago but I haven’t heard back. How can I expedite an answer to my question?
Q: I don’t live in Atlanta, but I’d still like to volunteer. How can I apply?
Q: My question was not addressed here. Who do I talk to?

Q: What is Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, Inc. and when was it created?
A:
Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, Inc. is a 501(c)(3), non-profit, volunteer-based organization dedicated to rescuing dogs and cats from high-kill shelters in North Georgia. It was created in February 2009 by a group of people in the Atlanta area who wanted to do more to save the many adoptable dogs and cats who found themselves on death row in Georgia animal control facilities. Our motto is “Rescue One Until There are None.”

Q: How many animals has Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, Inc. saved?
A.
As of July 20, 2017, we have rescued more than 13,000 dogs and cats. Most of these animals came into our program from high-kill animal control facilities throughout Georgia.

Q: Where are you located?
A:
Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, Inc. is based in Atlanta, GA, but our followers and supporters are located around the world. Currently, Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, Inc. does not have a facility; our animals stay in loving foster homes around metro Atlanta until they are adopted into forever homes.

Q: What is your intake policy?
Stray animals. We do not accept stray animals into our program until they have been run through the local shelter in the county in which the animal was found. Once they have completed their required number of stray hold days per county rules, we may pull them and put them in our program but only with a signed agency transfer form from the county.
Owner surrenders. Owned animals that people want to surrender to us must have a medical history with the owner longer than six months and proof provided by a veterinarian. If the animal is under six months of age, then we require proof of purchase or proof of adoption.
Other than owned animals that have proof of ownership, we pull only from county shelters and with proper transfer documentation.

Q: How can I meet an animal that I am interested in adopting?
A:
We have several adoption events scheduled every weekend. You can view locations and dates here: https://www.angelsrescue.org/events. Or, if you prefer, you may request a personal “meet and greet” directly with the dog and his/her foster. To do so, you must have an approved adoption application on file: https://www.angelsrescue.org/adopt

Q: Why won’t you give out the name and/or location of the animal shelter where a dog you are trying to rescue is located so that someone can adopt that dog directly from animal control?
A:
We understand that this can be frustrating to our supporters. Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, Inc. works closely with staff and volunteers of animal control facilities all across Georgia. Many of these animal control facilities exist on very little funding, and the staff and volunteers do the absolute best that they can with very limited resources. While we encourage people to please adopt animals from their local animal control facilities, we do not divulge the locations of the dogs we are rescuing out of respect to our contacts there. If shelter volunteers and employees receive angry or threatening messages from upset citizens, the animal control facilities could be less likely to work with Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, Inc. in the future. This could jeopardize the lives of the dogs and cats that so desperately need rescue.

Q: Why do you require a foster commitment before you will save a dog or cat from a shelter?
A:
Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, Inc. does not operate a shelter. As such, we depend on volunteer foster homes to provide care for the dogs and cats that are saved by Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, Inc. until they are adopted. With more than 500 Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, Inc. rescue animals waiting for adoption at any given time, many of our foster homes are already full. The number of animals we can rescue is directly related to the number of people who are willing to foster dogs or cats for us. We provide mentorship and training to new fosters and we pay all medical bills for the animals who are rescued on behalf of Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, Inc..

Q: Why do you require Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, Inc. foster homes to be located in the Atlanta area?
A:
Currently, Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, Inc. fosters must live in the greater-Atlanta area in order to use one of our approved vets. We also ask foster families to attend at least two adoption events per month to help maximize exposure for the animals that are ready for adoption.  Both our vets and our adoption events are located in and around Atlanta for your convenience. Transport assistance may also be available within the metro area.

Q: If Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, Inc. requires foster homes for all of your animals, then why do some of them live in boarding?
A:
We always do our very best to make sure that the dogs and cats we rescue go straight into foster homes but, sometimes, circumstances simply don’t work out. For example, a rescued dog or cat might not get along with an existing family pet, or the foster family’s work or personal situation might change. Once a pet is an Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, Inc. pet, it is always an Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, Inc. pet. We do not return our animals to the shelter under any circumstances. If a foster home is no longer able to care for one of our animals and another foster home cannot be secured immediately, we will, as a last resort, put that animal in boarding. If/when that occurs, our dedicated teams work around the clock to find a new foster or forever home for that animal. Every effort is made to reduce the number of animals in boarding and to minimize their time spent there.

Q: Does Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, Inc. adopt dogs and cats to interested adopters who live out of state? Do you transport your rescue animals to other parts of the country?
A:
For a variety of reasons, Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, Inc. does not transport dogs or cats at this time. Angels Among Us Pet Rescue will  consider out-of-state adoptions if the interested adopter(s) are willing to come to Georgia to meet the dog they are interested in adopting. It is Angels Among Us policy to perform home checks prior to adoption finalization. An adopter may either contact a local rescue organization to perform home check or make arrangements with an Angels Among Us Volunteer to have a virtual home check performed.  All family members, including resident dogs,must be present at time of meet and greet to assess whether it’s an ideal match. Puppies under 4 months of age and kittens under six months of age cannot be adopted outside of the state of Georgia.

Q: How are you funded?
A:
As a registered 501 (c) (3), donations to Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, Inc. are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Our mission is supported through generous donations from individuals, businesses (large and small), foundations, planned gifts, event proceeds, and merchandise sales.

Q: How can I donate to Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, Inc.?
A:
A secure, online giving page (www.angelsrescue.org/donate) can be used to submit donations. Checks can be mailed to: Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, Inc.; PO Box 821; Alpharetta, GA 30009. We also encourage you to please consider corporate/business gifts, matching gifts, memorial donations, gifts of supplies (please review our Amazon Wish List), and planned gifts. As a registered 501 (c) (3), all donations to Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, Inc. are tax-deducible to the fullest extent of the law.

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Q: Why do you require donations of at least $350 per dog or cat before you will commit to rescuing it?
A:
Basic vetting expenses for each healthy dog we rescue run about $350(after our rescue discount). That includes an intake exam, vaccines, heartworm test, microchip and a spay or neuter. Medical care for a heartworm positive dog can exceed $600. Basic vetting expenses for a rescued cat cost approximately $250. Many of the dogs we rescue come into our program with massive, life-threatening injuries that cost several thousand dollars to treat. These animals generally go on to live long and happy lives. Raising funds in advance of pulling a dog is important; this way, we can ensure that medical bills can be covered. If we know that an animal may require surgery, is pregnant, or if an animal breaks with an illness or other medical condition not originally known at the time the animal was rescued, we may ask for additional funds to cover these added expenses.

Q: What do you do if you receive more than the necessary amount of funding for a particular dog or cat?
A:
In the rare case that funds raised exceed what are needed to treat a specific animal who is posted on social media, any excess donations will go to help another angel dog or cat in need.

Q: I emailed Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, Inc. with a question a few days ago but I haven’t heard back. How can I expedite an answer to my question?
A:
Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, Inc. is operated by 98% volunteers. These tireless animal advocates do their very best to respond to queries within 24 hours, but many are juggling full-time careers, families, etc. If, for any reason, you do not receive a response, please re-send your email to the appropriate team, copying info@angelsrescue.org. A comprehensive email list can be found under the “contact” tab above. We appreciate your patience as we navigate busy schedules and thousands of emails daily across our many teams who are busy saving lives.

Q: I don’t live in Atlanta, but I’d still like to volunteer. How can I apply?
A:
We embrace volunteers from all over and currently have several openings for positions that do not need to be based in Atlanta. To receive an updated list of current volunteer opportunities, please email volunteers@angelsrescue.org.

Q: My question was not addressed here. Who do I talk to?
A:
Please email any questions not outlined in this FAQ to info@angelsrescue.org.