WJBF Facebook friends help find two homeless dogs new loving families

Annabelle with her new best friend.

UPDATE (Friday, 6:31pm): Both Annabelle and Callie have been adopted! Martinez Animal Hospital tells me they started receiving calls Thursday night shortly after their story aired. After considering multiple potential families, hospital employees settled on the ones pictured below. Martinez Animal Hospital, and I, would like to thank everyone who shared the story and helped find these two loving forever homes!

Annabelle and Callie with their new families
Annabelle and Callie with their new families

UPDATE (Friday, 10:45am): $200 PetSmart gift cards are now being offered to the people that adopt Callie and Annabelle from Martinez Animal Hospital. WJBF viewer Steve Schuey of DTL Energy Solutions is providing the donation and tells NewsChannel 6, “(Martinez Animal Hospital is) my vet and (they) are wonderful people.  I would love to help.” As of Friday morning, Callie and Annabelle are still available for adoption.

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MARTINEZ, Ga. (WJBF) — Martinez Animal Hospital has been caring for two homeless dogs for months, but now time is running out to find them a home.

“We want to find (them) a good home,” said Veterinary Technician Ashley Gobel. “(They don’t) want to be in a kennel any more.”

“They” are Annabelle and Callie, best buds that both need a home. With summer boarding season here, the hospital is running out of room–and time.

Annabelle (left) and Callie (right) have been living at Martinez Animal Hospital
Annabelle (left) and Callie (right) have been living at Martinez Animal Hospital

“They’ve just been here a long time,” said Gobel.

Callie arrived first on March 29. She is a one-year-old catahoula found wandering on Bobby Jones Expressway, pregnant. Three days later she gave birth to nine puppies.

"Callie" and her nine puppies born April 1, 2016. (Photo courtesy Martinez Animal Hospital)
“Callie” and her nine puppies born April 1, 2016. (Photo courtesy Martinez Animal Hospital)

“So we raised them, bottle fed them, adopted them out to wonderful families,” said Gobel. “Callie is just ready to go. She doesn’t have her babies any more and she’s ready. She’s so sweet and she does great around other animals. We’ve never had an issue with her.”

Then last month Annabelle, a one-year-old terrier mix, was brought in by a good Samaritan after nearly being hit by a car on Columbia Road.

“We haven’t been able to find her owner and now we want to find her a good home,” said Gobel. “Annabelle is a really goofy dog. She’s got a lot of energy. She loves to play. She loves other animals.”

The hospital has already taken care of most of the expenses associated with adoption. Both dogs have been spayed, vaccinated, treated for heart worms, and they are already house trained.

They also have one more thing in common: “They don’t want to be in the cages any more,” said Gobel.

To meet Callie and/or Annabelle, drop by Martinez Animal Hospital during normal business hours or call them at (706) 863-1223. You can also message the hospital through its Facebook page.

 

 

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