Let's make 2017 their year! The year for homeless animals in Atlanta. The year for incredible transformations. The year for thousands of Happily Ever Afters. The year we support our local county shelters. The year we end the euthanasia of healthy and treatable dogs and cats in metro Atlanta shelters. The year we make our county shelters "lifesaving shelters".
Are you IN?
Violet (known as Mariah at the shelter), came into our Fulton County Animal Services shelter scared and defeated. She was living in the woods with multiple other dogs when we were finally able to catch her. When she first arrived, she is what we would call a "semi-feral" dog.
If you don't follow us on Facebook or Instagram, you probably haven't heard about our #SpoilASenior Day! Each week, we spoil a senior from one of our shelters in Atlanta. These days are filled with Bully Sticks and Puppachinos and lots of kisses. We started this campaign to not only increase exposure for our much-deserving senior pets, but to also dispel common myths about senior pets: that they are too old or too sick to make a great family pet.
As we reach the end of 2016, we at LifeLine Animal Project are grateful for so many things. First and foremost, we are thankful for the generosity of so many loyal supporters like you!
One of our biggest advocates, our board chair Anisa Telwar Kaicker, along with her team at Anisa International, is demonstrating enormous faith in our work by offering an amazing match donation. Last year, she offered to match year-end gifts up to $25,000.
Dear Animal Lover and Concerned Citizen,
My first animal shelter job was at a limited admission, no-kill animal shelter in Clay County, Florida. Our staff “screened” and denied just about 75% of the people who applied to adopt our residents. We were very protective over the cats and dogs we rescued, rehabilitated and shed tears over. The reasons for these denials were exactly what some have expressed concern over… their financial situation, their home wasn’t “suitable”, their current dogs weren’t neutered/vaccinated, there was no history of heartworm preventative, or the cardinal sin of previously returning a shelter pet. I did this for seven years, and the community of potential adopters eventually disappeared. I don’t blame them. We housed about 30 dogs and 30 cats at that shelter. Most of them were there for several months and many of them were there for several years.
We have lots of different volunteer opportunities! From socializing cats to taking a dog out of the shelter for the day, our amazing volunteers go to great lengths to ensure the hundreds of animals in our LifeLine shelters are well taken care of and loved. Since November is #AdoptASeniorPet Month, we wanted to one of our very special Dog for the Day participants: Jamerra. Here's what her volunteer advocate had to say about their days out of the shelter:
1066 England – Dogs called Bullenbeissers were trained to hold down bulls. This eventually led to the “sport” of bull baiting and is thought to be where the terms “Pit Bull dog” and “Bulldog” originated. Bullenbeissers were then bred with Terriers, producing an intelligent and strong dog.
Black Friday has been traditionally revered as a day of shopping, full of discounted electronics, long lines and some much-needed retail therapy. However, in recent years, we've begun to change our views about this day of shopping.
When LifeLine’s DeKalb County Animal Services (DCAS) shelter received 304 birds from a hoarding case recently, we knew we needed a special person to manage the birds’ recovery and ongoing care while the court case was pending.
This person had to be an expert in bird care and rehabilitation, have experience managing volunteers, and able to put their current life on hold while they cared for the birds. We found this person in Wendy Wass who was initially brought in by DeKalb County Animal Services Enforcement for a week to care for the birds. LifeLine asked her to stay on as a contractor, and thankfully, she agreed to do so.