Angels Among Us Pet Rescue gala ensures ‘Happily Ever After’ for area animals

From left, Karin Wallace, Tina Walden, Ellen Stanley, Pam Richard, Lisa Zambacca, Tiffany Powers and LuAnn Farrell enjoy the 5th annual For the Love of Paws gala. (all the other photos, with exception of the one listed below, are courtesy of Kelly Berry Photography.)
Whitney Garrett Smith and Austin Smith with Yoda, formerly known as Maddux. (Photo courtesy of Mark Stanley)

Angels Among Us Pet Rescue held its 5th annual gala March 23 at the InterContinental Buckhead.

The “For the Love of Paws” gala incorporated a fairy tale theme, “Happily Ever After,” commemorating the rescue group’s 10-year anniversary.

The gala featured FOX 5 Atlanta Anchor Russ Spencer and featured music by the Celebrity All Star Band.

Some of Angels Rescue’s most noteworthy rescue dogs from 2018 were featured at the event. Celebrity pups included Pandorah, the pit bull, who was starved and left abandoned in an apartment complex, and Maddux, whose snout was tethered shut with a rubber band.

Both are now healthy and strutted their stuff to show how rescue not only saves, but transforms, lives.

During the gala, more than $41,600 was raised during a paddle raise that will be put toward a new vehicle to transport animals in need.

Sponsors of the event included BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Crush Event Design, Paper Daisies Stationery, Tito’s Vodka, Enhance Floors & More, VCA Hospitals, Joey D’s Oak Room, Kroger, Hollywood Feed, Simon D. Fine Jewelry, Simply Buckhead, Atlanta Pet Life and Green’s Beverages.

Proceeds from the event help fund efforts to further grow Angels Rescue with a future facility and the “Angel Wings” Transport Division, a program that will dramatically increase the number of dogs and cats saved from overcrowded shelters in Georgia, and continue the mission to “Rescue One Until There Are None.”

Established in 2009, Angels Among Us Pet Rescue is a 501c3 non-profit, volunteer-based organization dedicated to the rescue of dogs and cats from high-kill shelters in Georgia. Operating through a network of foster homes in the metro Atlanta area, Angels has rescued over 15,000 lives from high-kill shelters across Georgia.