A guest blog by our Community Engagement Manager, Sarah Rosenberg
We were invited this past week to visit with a group of high school students at the Connections School of Atlanta. To many, this is considered a “special needs” school. To the Connections School, it represents an educational community that embraces neurodiversity and celebrates its students’ differences.
Sand Dee had a blast on his Dog for the Day adventures over the weekend! From King of Pops to the Atlanta BeltLine, he happily greeted everyone he met with a big ol' smile and lots of slobbery kisses! Check out his day full of fun below!
On February 25th, our Fulton County Animal Services officers, along with the Atlanta Police Department, found a seven-month-old puppy with duct tape covering its entire face, eyes and neck. She was found in the woods in terrible condition and immediately brought into our care. We named her Eve.
I am so very excited to announce our first ever capital campaign to bring a new resource to the community and build a new home for LifeLine. We are planning on opening the doors to a new LifeLine Community Animal Center in early 2019; a center that will go "beyond the shelter" by taking a holistic approach to address the root causes of animal homelessness.
Last Friday, March 23rd, we held a Cuddle Buddy contest on our Facebook page! We were on a mission: to find the cuddliest, snuggliest foster pet in the ATL and award them the Gold Medal in Cuddling! And so that's what we did...
Spring is on its way and we couldn't be more excited! When the weather gets warmer in Atlanta, that means our pups get out of the shelter more through our Dog for the Day, Sleepover and foster programs! We want to make sure we set our volunteers and dogs up for success this Spring and we need your help!
The Georgia State Senate is considering a harmful bill, S.B. 418, that would strip towns of their authority to ban the sale of cruelly-bred dogs in their local pet stores.
Most puppies sold in pet stores come from puppy mills, cruel breeding facilities that prioritize profit over the health and well being of animals. Dogs in these operations are often kept in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions without adequate veterinary care, food, water or socialization.
Over 240 localities across the nation—including 8 in Georgia—have enacted their own local laws to keep cruelly-bred puppies out of their pet stores and instead promote the adoption of dogs and cats from rescues, humane societies and shelters.
If passed, S.B. 418, would invalidate existing local bans, prevent other communities from passing similar laws, and roll back the progress we’ve made toward minimizing puppy mill cruelty in Georgia.
Please help stop this harmful bill by emailing your state senator today!
Saving every healthy and treatable animal that comes into our DeKalb and Fulton County shelters can be a costly undertaking. Although LifeLine receives funding from the counties to run the shelters, we must raise an additional $2 million to cover extended shelter care, community outreach programs, marketing programs and extensive medical costs.