Our rescue partners are #In4LifeLineLifeLine couldn't maintain our no-kill rates at our county shelters without the help of our rescue partners!

Rescue partners are key to a no-kill communityThere are many factors that have contributed to LifeLine successfully achieving no-kill rates at our county shelters. However, we would like to thank one group in particular without whom we would not be successful, our wonderful rescue partners.

Last year, we cared for 15,800 homeless animals in our shelters, and 4,875 of those animals were transferred to our rescue partners. Our rescue partners consistently take in a wide-variety of animals, including pets with behavior issues, pets who have been deemed unadoptable, very tough medical cases and many, many more!

For example, At DeKalb and Fulton County Animal Services of the 4,875 animals that our rescue partners took in 2015:

  • 44% had medical or behavioral issues;
  • 30% were bonded and needed to be kept together;
  • 15% were part of a package deal – for example, a partner would take a severe behavioral case along with a highly adoptable pet;
  • 9% were deemed highly adoptable (and usually part of a package deal);
  • and 2% were returned to their owner.

Although LifeLine has reached no-kill status at both our county shelters, we have not crossed the finish line, and we must work hard to remain no-kill. One way we’re achieving this is by letting rescue groups know when we are running out of space, and when specific animals need to get out quickly. Fortunately, our wonderful rescuers respond, and more lives are saved.

If your rescue group would like be “In” in and join LifeLine in our mission to make and keep Atlanta a no-kill city, please consider rescuing from our shelters. To learn more visit our DeKalb and Fulton County Animal Services rescue pages.

We also regularly transports animals out-of-state in order to save more lives. If you are with a rescue group or humane organization located out-of-state and would be interested in receivingsome of our pets, we would love to hear from you! For more information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We owe a debt of gratitude to all of the wonderful people who make up our rescue partners. We couldn’t save so many lives without you!

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