Pet Adoption in Atlanta | Free adoption event this weekend

Lifeline Animal Project is celebrating its 20th anniversary and says they are experiencing a shortage of guest capacity in part due to COVID.

ATLANTA — The Lifeline Animal Project of Atlanta is hosting a major free adoption event this weekend to mark its 20th anniversary, and the organization said it couldn’t come at a better time with growing populations. of shelters in part because of COVID.

Free adoptions will be available over four days – starting tomorrow, Friday February 4 and running through Monday.

Adoptions can be made at any of the three shelter locations:

  • Fulton County Animal Services: 860 Marietta Blvd. Northwest, Atlanta
  • DeKalb County Animal Services: 3280 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd., Chamblee
  • Lifeline Community Animal Center: 3180 Presidential Dr., Atlanta

Anyone interested in watching animals in need of homes can do so here

Heather Friedman, director of marketing for Lifeline Animal Project, told 11Alive’s Dalia Perez that the 20th anniversary adoption event is very important due to the strain shelters are currently feeling.

She said that currently the Fulton County facility has 221 dogs when an ideal number would be around 150, while the DeKalb County facility has 478 dogs when capacity is usually around 218.

The anniversary, she said, “couldn’t have come at a more important time…we really need the support of our community.”

“The shelters are usually not so full in January,” she said. “It’s really rare and we’re seeing it across the country. A lot of shelters are struggling right now, so we really want to encourage our community to get out there. If they were considering adopting a pet, that would be really a wonderful time to bring an animal home.”

In addition to waiving adoption fees over the weekend, the shelter covered all costs for neutering and neutering the animals, microchipping them and getting them vaccinated. Those interested in bringing home a pet can also take the opportunity to foster a pet.

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The event, which is sponsored by the nonprofit Petco Love, will also include gift bags for the first 20 adopters at Lifeline’s three locations.

Friedman said shelter intake — the number of animals coming in — was up 12% from a year ago, and shelters also struggled with understaffing.

“We have a situation where more animals are entering our shelters every day than they are leaving,” she said.

She also wanted to encourage people who find lost animals not to immediately turn to shelters — to work where possible to locate owners.

“Most pets are currently within a mile of their homes, so we encourage neighbors to take a picture and post it on Nextdoor, on social media, to really try to reunite these pets with their families before bringing them into the shelters, which are already full to capacity,” she said.

Friedman directed anyone who loses or finds a pet to the Lifeline website for resources and help on what to do.

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