Sweet Onion Animal Protection Society

Finding Homes, Saving Lives

SOAPS Awarded New Transport Van

The Sweet Onion Animal Protection Society is excited to be one of the recipients of a new animal transportation van awarded by the Atlanta Humane Society. SOAPS is one of eight organizations in the state of Georgia being gifted a new van through The Stanton Foundation’s Canine Transportation Van Grant Program. Each recipient will be presented with a 2024 Ford Transit 250 van, complete with rear heating and cooling systems, and adorned with custom designs and logos. The grant program focuses on supplying vans to animal shelters and rescue/foster groups with canine transportation initiatives, recognizing that safe, comfortable, and cost-effective transportation significantly enhances shelters’ and rescue groups’ capacity to save canine lives and help more dogs find their forever homes.

SOAPS 15th Annual “Spayghetti” Dinner

Thank you to everyone who joined SOAPS for our 15th Annual “Spayghetti” Dinner on February 27th! The spaghetti plates were available for drive-through pickup at the Vidalia Community Center from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. A huge “thank you” goes to everyone who participated in our biggest fundraiser of the year. We couldn’t do it without our sponsors, servers, those who purchase tickets, Mel Blount Youth Home, the incredible SOAPS volunteers, and J&B Rare 2 Well Done. Thank you for supporting SOAPS. Finding homes and saving lives is what we do!

Saving Lives, No Matter the Age

This fifteen-year-old little lady is Abbie, whose owner recently passed away. Abbie was a loved and pampered companion who is now in the final stages of congestive heart failure. She was sent to animal control, but SOAPS knew a cold, concrete kennel with other barking and distressed dogs was no place for this delicate little lady. We don’t know if she has days, weeks, or months to live, but we do know that remaining time should be spent getting the same attention and pampering she has received in the past. So, SOAPS stepped in and found her the perfect foster/hospice home to live out whatever time she has left. Finding homes and saving lives is what we do!

Happy New Year!

They came to us last year when they were injured and suffering. They came to us when their owners could no longer care for them. They came to us when they had been tossed out like pieces of garbage and they needed a safe place to have their babies. And nearly 1,500 of them got the medical care they needed, a place to live out the last years of their lives, a loving hand and warm bed, and for most, a forever home. SOAPS continues to find home and save lives because of people and businesses that continue to generously support us each year.

Rufus Returns: Story of the Month

Rufus was adopted as a small puppy from one of our rescue partners in Florida and lived with a family there for over a year. Coincidentally, the family moved to Vidalia and into a small apartment that was not suitable for a big, outgoing, goofy dog like Rufus. SOAPS and all our rescue partners have a policy of taking back any animal adopted if for some reason the family is no longer able to keep it. So Rufus finds himself “bunking” with the other SOAPS fosters until he returns to Florida or finds a home here. Meanwhile, even the youngest SOAPS volunteer knows that the foster dogs like Rufus enjoy some attention and treats!

Blessing of the Animals

Thanks to everyone who joined us in a life-affirming, critter-loving ceremony as we celebrated our pets and all God’s creation! The Blessing of the Animals was held on Sunday, October 2nd at 4 p.m. on the grounds of the Episcopal Church in Vidalia. Thanks also to everyone who donated to SOAPS.

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all!

Donations Always Appreciated!

Thank you to Pet Wellbeing for the recent generous donation of pet care products to our organization! If you’d like to learn more about donating to SOAPS, click here.


The Sweet Onion Animal Protection Society (SOAPS) is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose goal is to promote animal welfare through education, care, and placement of stray or unwanted animals. Additionally, SOAPS advocates sterilization as a means of pet population control, offers community awareness of pet health and safety issues, and strives to encourage humane care of all animals in Toombs County and surrounding counties.

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