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Mission Statement

Mark & Shannon Martin organized D.R.A.R. in October of 2005 while rescuing in the streets of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. With the help of numerous volunteers they were able to rescue, house and transport of 8000 animals from the devastated city. D.R.A.R. was organized with the goal of helping abandoned and discarded animals and still continues to operate with these same principals in Athens, GA. Our goal is to offer support and shelter to animals of all shapes and sizes.


We currently fund a local feral cat initiative. "Cat Man" Bill Khoelke tirelessly works to trap, spay/neuter, house and relocate many feral cat colonies throughout Athens, GA. He is a champion for these kitties and we offer him our sincerest gratitude. Often times your donation goes directly to "Cat Man" to help him in his goals. D.R.A.R. also offers placement services to a number of local veterinarians for their surrendered dogs and we enthusiastically offer our Athens, Carrollton, Marrietta and Montgomery locations to various animal rescue groups in hopes of placing their rescued animals. We have some great things planned for 2008-2009 including participation in changing current local ordinances for feral cat colonies in Athens. I will post more on the subject at a later date. We are also trying to organize a city wide "Pet Fair" where education will be the top priority.
D.R.A.R. also whole heartedly supports the Athens Area Humane Society. We donated a portion of our Athens store to help them develop a satellite outreach adoption location inside the city. We are proud to report that their euthanasia statistics have decreased dramatically this year. We hope we have helped. Our goal is to help generate funds for them, so in the very near future, they might build a newer, "bigger" shelter in which to take in dogs as well. With enough community support, we are sure this is an attainable goal. AAHS recently opened a low cost spay and neuter shelter in Oconee County. It is a fabulous location and an awesome service. If you are in need of neutering your pet, please let this be your first choice.



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