When Country Critters Pet Grooming moved from its former location to its new one this summer in Hogansville, Abandoned Pet Rescue, which had been in the same building, didn’t move with it.
Country Critters owner Sandy Lumm found homes for all the rescue animals, except three older dogs she kept for herself and a Jack Russell/wire hair mix named Trace, who all moved with her.
And that was going to be the end of the “rescue” business. Abandoned Pet Rescue was dissolved and Lumm and her daughter-in-law Gail Mullins, were going to continue with grooming and boarding.
But people kept bringing Lumm pets that needed homes. And she couldn’t turn them down.
When Joey showed up, that sealed the deal. The great dane mix had been found behind a vacant house in Hogansville, starving and covered in ants. Someone brought him to Lumm’s shop where she bathed him, fed him and got him his first veterinary exam – where she found out the tiny puppy would one day be a large dog.
It was time to get back in the rescue business.
“It should be open by November,” Lumm said. It will operate out of her shop at 1734 E. Main St. in Hogansville and is named for a dog that was in Abandoned Pet Rescue and crossed the rainbow bridge.
Lumm already has dogs and a cat available, other than Joey.
Scoot is a pointer mix who is good with children. Little Man is a Jack Russell terrier that one of Lumm’s customers found on Sims Road. Fred, the cat, was found in a box with five other kittens. Thanks to a donor, he’s neutered and has all his shots.
Trace is also still up for adoption but he has special needs. He’s heartworm positive. Lumm said Trace is young enough that he can be treated with the preventative medicine rather than more expensive treatment.
Lumm is especially hoping to find homes for Trace since he needs medical care and Joey, who needs training and attention she just hasn’t had time to give. She’s also looking for donations for the new rescue: blankets, towels, first aid supplies and dog and cat food, and volunteers who are willing to come and walk the dogs, especially on weekends.
“I want to be looked at as a re-homing organization,” she said. “There are a lot of people who are losing their animals because of foreclosures and other things they can’t control. There is a need for that service.”
• To donate or volunteer to Sky’s Rescue, call Lumm at 770-900-2257.