Adoption Process FAQ
Adoption Process FAQ

Looking to adopt a pet from a LifeLine shelter? Check out our Adoption FAQ's below! Our adoptions process includes all LifeLine locations.

Where can I find all of your available pets?

Our website is updated in real-time, so we always reflect the dogs currently available at each of our locations. You are also welcome to visit any shelter location and speak to an adoptions counselor about the type of pet you're looking for.

Where can I adopt a pet?:

You can view all of our shelter locations here. Be sure to also check out our off-site adoption events.

Where do your pets come from?

While our priority is to keep pets with their current families, LifeLine serves all of the neglected, abused or homeless pets in Fulton and DeKalb Counties. Our county shelters are open admission shelters, which means we take in pets within Fulton and DeKalb counties who come to our doors. This can include pets being relinquished by their owners, stray pets, and pets that were treated cruelly by their owners. Currently, we receive an average of 40-60 new pets each day.

What is the fee to adopt a pet?

The adoption fee for dogs is $85 and the adoption fee for cats is $65. For pets over the age of 5 years, the adoption fee is $40. For people 55 years old or older, cats and dogs can be adopted for $40. We waive adoption fees throughout the year, so be sure to stay up to date with our fee-waived promotions by following us on Facebook.

Do you offer any discounts for Veterans?

Yes, eligible pets may be adopted for free through our partnership with Pets for Patriots.

How old do I need to be to adopt a pet?

You need to be at least 18 years old to adopt.

What is required to adopt a pet?

Our shelters require the following:

  • Adopters must be at least 18 years old with a valid I.D.
  • All potential adopters will be asked to complete a preliminary questionnaire and meet with an adoptions counselor.
  • Meet and greets with resident pets are not a requirement, but is always encouraged. Our team members can assist you with the meet and greet to ensure the pet is a good fit for your family.

Are pets spayed/neutered prior to adoption?

Yes. LifeLine provides a complete medical examination, including spay/neuter, vaccination, canine heartworm or feline combo testing, and a microchip for every pet prior to adoption. This is a great value for adopters and ensures that adopted pets do not contribute to unwanted pets in our community.

Can I take my pet home the same day I finalize the adoption paperwork?

If a pet is already spayed/neutered, microchipped and vaccinated, they can go home with their new family the same day they are adopted. These pets will have a green kennel card on their kennel in the shelter. Pets that are not already spayed or neutered are still available for adoption, but need to stay at the shelter to be spayed or neutered by our veterinarian, at no cost to you. We will schedule this date and arrange a pick-up time with the adopter at the time of the initial adoption.

Can I adopt if I live in a state other than Georgia?

Yes, we do allow out-of-state adoptions. However, we are unable to provide transportation.

Why do you offer free adoptions?

LifeLine strives to implement and recognize best adoption practices at all of our shelters. Research and current LifeLine policies demonstrate that waived adoption fees do not reduce the value of the pet to the adopter. In fact, we have found that waiving fees allows the adopter to spend that money on things like pet supplies, food or vet care. We understand that placing pets with adoptive families is complex and our ultimate goal is to save lives. Each fee-waived adopter is screened by an adoptions counselor and required to meet adoption criteria.

Can I put a pet on hold?

No. Our pets are adopted on a first-come-first-serve basis and pets cannot be put on hold.

What is a "stray-hold"?

When a pet comes into our care as a stray, we hold the pet for three days (seven days if there's a known owner), to give the owners a chance to reclaim. During that time, the pet cannot leave the shelter, but the pet can be pre-adopted. Please check with an adoptions counselor at one of our shelters for more details about this process.

What is your return policy?

We allow adopters to return a pet at anytime during shelter hours. Learn more about re-homing your pet here.


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