The LifeLine Community Animal Center will ensure that Atlanta can maintain its status as a no-kill community—keeping more animals from being surrendered to public shelters in the first place, and allowing every adoptable animal that does enter the shelter to find a new forever home. This comprehensive facility will be a combination veterinary clinic and adoption center, centrally located to both Fulton and DeKalb Counties near the intersection of I-85 and I-285 in northeast Atlanta.
Offering all of the services of a typical veterinarian’s office—dental work, minor surgery, x-ray, ultrasound, pharmacy, and diagnostics, blood, and other lab work—the new clinic will allow LifeLine to serve an additional 5,000 owned pets its first year of operation, with the capacity to ultimately serve up to 20,000 animals annually.
The new clinic will allow us to offer high volume spay-neuter services and other affordable veterinary services to pet owners and also to rescue groups, increasing the health and adoptability of homeless animals throughout Atlanta. We will also expand our veterinary teams, and extend our hours and days of operation to better serve the public.
LifeLine’s transformation of Atlanta into a no-kill community means the county shelters need to serve as welcoming adoption centers, with the goal of attracting and creating new families for these animals. This is very challenging to achieve in the current county shelters.
A hospitable layout in our own private adoption center will facilitate more adoptions of Atlanta’s most vulnerable animals, allowing us to double our private sheltering capacity and greatly increase the number of pets we can place in homes.
A unique housing configuration will minimize the transmission of disease and increase overall animal health by reducing stress. By using single-run housing, animals will not face one another and will be grouped in smaller numbers, allowing for cleaning efficiencies and more staff time for socializing the animals. The space will create a warm and inviting adoption-friendly environment that is expected to increase adoptions by over 2,000 animals annually. The public will be easily welcomed into the facility and animal greeting areas will encourage bonding between the animals and future pet owners. LifeLine will be able to place and save more pets, making room for more at-risk animals from the county shelters and continuing its strategic work with rescue groups.