Angels Among Us Pet Rescue (AAUPR) is the largest all-volunteer based pet rescue in the Southeastern United States. From their website: “Angels Among Us Pet Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit volunteer-based organization dedicated to rescuing dogs and cats from high-kill shelters in Georgia. We operate through a network of foster homes in the metro Atlanta area. Our efforts are funded by tax-deductible contributions from compassionate people and organizations who care and want to help make a difference... one pet at a time.” Their motto is, "Rescue ONE Until There Are NONE." In rescue, it is one step at a time... but for what may seem like small steps, there is a grand amount of work behind the scenes.
AAUPR has several teams, ranging from a vetting team that makes appointments for the rescue animals to a social media team managing their presence on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. There’s a transport team, a heartworm team, an adoption team and a spay/neuter team, just to name a few. To operate successfully, all of these necessary teams are needed – but the key is having enough volunteers to staff them.
Taking in the entire scope of the organization, it is jaw-dropping that all of the work done is through non-paid volunteers, as Angels Rescue has no paid staff. Most of these volunteers have families to take care of, full-time jobs, and other commitments in their lives, and yet they selflessly take on volunteer work for AAUPR. And they enjoy it! Saving lives, one step at a time, is very rewarding.
There is no facility for the animals AAUPR saves from death in shelters. Each dog and cat goes into a foster home until they are adopted by their forever families. There are more than 300 dogs and 200 cats in the program; considering the fact that there is no facility, this number is astounding.
It truly takes a village to run such an amazingly successful operation.
That’s where you come in.
Angels Among Us is constantly growing, and they need your help to keep saving lives. Though they are based in the Atlanta, GA area, you don’t necessarily have to live in the area to help. You can volunteer your time in several ways, and all you need is an Internet connection. However, if you do live in the Atlanta area, AAUPR desperately needs new foster parents for cats and dogs, in addition to people who can conduct foster home checks, transport new pulls from shelters, just to mention a few areas. If you feel you have the time and ability, not to mention the passion to volunteer for a great cause, you can always visit the Angels Among Us website, under the “Volunteer” tab.
If you don’t have the time to volunteer, or don’t live in the Atlanta area, Angels Among Us is always in need of donations to continue saving animals from high-kill shelters. The smallest amount truly does help. These donations go toward fully vetting the animal, providing their spay/neuter and a microchip, in addition to monthly heartworm and flea preventative for all of the animals in the rescue. One very easy way to donate is just by shopping at your local Kroger store, linking your member rewards card to AAUPR – the instructions on how to do so can be found here.
If you’re a social media whiz and you want to help, simply sharing posts of an animal in need that AAUPR is trying to raise funds or find a local foster for goes such a long way.
Make a difference today. Answer the call to action and join the hundreds of passionate, hardworking volunteers at Angels Among Us Pet Rescue who give so much of themselves to the noble purpose of rescuing animals.