Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Atlanta Humane Society Offers $2,500 Reward for Case of Burned Cat

Atlanta Humane Society announces a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for burning a two-­‐year old cat in Union City, Ga.

The Fayette County Humane Society rescued the male cat, now called Grayson, from an apartment complex in early August in response to a resident’s call. The Union City Police Department filed a report and are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the party(s) responsible for dousing the cat with lighter fluid and setting him on fire. Contact Captain Eugene Tate with the Union City Police Department at 770-­‐515-­‐7835 or etate@unioncityga.gov with information regarding this act of animal cruelty.

“This is a horrific act of animal cruelty,” states William Shaheen, president, Atlanta Humane Society. “It is imperative that those responsible for this terrible act are caught so that we can prevent this from happening to another innocent animal. It is our hope that the reward will encourage citizens to do the right thing and report anyone who is treating animals unkindly.”

Grayson was treated at the VCA Braelinn Village Animal Hospital in Peachtree City, Ga. Despite his burns and diagnosis of FIV, the grey and white cat is expected to recover fully and is ready for adoption.

Fayette County Humane Society is seeking a foster or permanent home for Grayson with no other cats and an indoor-­‐only lifestyle. Contact info@fayettehumane.org for more adoption information.

Atlanta Humane Society is an advocate for animals. The reward fund, furnished by the Holland M. Ware Charitable Trust, encourages tips leading to the arrest and conviction of persons responsible for animal cruelty.

About Atlanta Humane Society 
Founded in 1873, the Atlanta Humane Society and Society For Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals, Inc. is the oldest private non-­‐profit animal welfare organization in Atlanta and one of the oldest humane agencies in America. Services such as adoptions, charitable veterinary clinic, low cost spay/neuter services, pet facilitated therapy, animal behavior training classes and canine play yards are possible by generous contributions of time and money from the public. Our mission is to prevent the neglect, abuse, cruelty and exploitation of animals and to assure that their interests and well-­‐being are fully, effectively and humanely protected by an aware and caring society. For more information about the Atlanta Humane Society, visit www.atlantahumane.org or call 404-­‐875-­‐5331.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Matilda the Eastern Bongo is Expecting

Beauregard’s younger sibling will be the newest ambassador for one of Earth’s rarest mammal species

Matilda, a 4-year-old eastern bongo at Zoo Atlanta, is expecting her second calf. While the date of conception is uncertain, the Animal Management and Veterinary Teams estimate that her birth window could be as early as December 2012. Bongo gestation is nine months.

Matilda and her mate, 4-year-old Tambo, were recommended to breed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP), which seeks to maintain a self-sustaining, genetically diverse population within North American zoos and has reintroduced captive-born bongos to eastern Africa. The pair’s first offspring, male Beauregard, born December 2, 2011, was the first bongo born at Zoo Atlanta.

Eastern bongos are critically endangered, with fewer than 500 believed to remain in the wild in their native Kenya. Habitat destruction, poaching and hunting for the bushmeat trade are the primary threats to these large forest antelopes, which are known for their deep, striped reddish coats and magnificent curved horns in both males and females.

“We’re delighted that Matilda is expecting a second calf. Bongos are some of the rarest mammals at Zoo Atlanta, and any healthy new addition is a celebration for such a critically endangered species,” said Raymond King, President and CEO. “We also find that our guests tend to be less familiar with this species than they are with many of the other large mammals at the Zoo, so we welcome any opportunity to introduce our visitors to these beautiful animals and the challenges they face in the wild.”

Matilda has been trained to participate in voluntary ultrasounds so that the Animal Management and Veterinary Teams may regularly monitor the development of her calf. Stay tuned for updates as her pregnancy progresses.