Where will the Community Animal Center be located? – 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.
What does this mean for the clinic/shelter in Avondale? – All clinic and shelter operations at 129 Lake Street will be relocated to the new Center on Presidential Drive.
What about the Cat Adoption Center on Ponce, near the Farmers Market? – We have not decided definitively, but we believe we will maintain some sort of presence at that location.
How will the new Community Animal Center support LifeLine’s work at the Fulton and DeKalb County shelters? – Currently, our Fulton and DeKalb shelter vet staffs often have to rely on outside vet care, as the county shelters do not have fully equipped clinics onsite (x-ray, etc.). Moving forward, all of those external services (aside from specialist care) will be handled at the new Community Animal Center clinic, representing a major cost-saver for LifeLine. Additionally, the new Center’s shelter will provide additional sheltering capacity for the LifeLine-run Fulton and DeKalb shelters, freeing up much needed space at both county facilities.
Why is this facility being built before a Fulton County shelter? – The new Community Animal Center will be a LifeLine owned and funded facility. While we are hopeful to see a new shelter in Fulton sometime in the near future, that decision has to be made by Fulton County and will require a significant funding commitment from Fulton County.
What veterinary services will be available at the Center’s clinic? – The new clinic will offer all of the services if a typical vet’s office – minor surgery, dental work, x-ray, diagnostics and other lab work.
Will the facility be open 7 days a week? – Yes. Our new adoption center will be open 7 days a week. Spay/neuter services will be available Mon-Thurs, and the new veterinary clinic will see clients Mon-Sat.
What is the project timeline? – Renovation of the existing building on the property will begin sometime this spring, with the hope of completion happening around the beginning of 2019.
How was the location chosen? – We needed a special property – large enough, appropriately zoned, within the perimeter, and affordable – and it took two years to find it!
Why are we just announcing the project publicly now, if fundraising has been going on for a while? – Capital campaigns traditionally begin with a silent phase, during which fundraising conversations happen with key funders. Before a campaign is taken public (and shared with a broader base of donors, volunteers and clients), an organization wants to make sure that it will hit its goal. We crossed that threshold late last year and are excited to be sharing the news now.
Can I stretch my gift over time? – Yes, we are giving donors the opportunity to stretch their gifts over the next three years, into 2020.
Is there an opportunity to tribute my pet with my gift? – Yes, there are naming opportunities still available within the facility.
How much is a meaningful gift? – In order to, ultimately, get the new Center built, it will really require support from many, many LifeLine donors (new and old). Every gift will be meaningful and will be put to good use. We will also need donors to continue supporting our ongoing work on behalf of the 40+ new animals that come into our care every day.
Will volunteers play a role at the new Center? – Absolutely!
How much money has been committed to date? - With the help of some key donors, including individuals, community funders and national foundations, we are proud to report that we have secured over $3.2 million in pledges toward the project! As this is our first capital campaign, we are thrilled with the result thus far. But, we’re not finished yet.
Is LifeLine planning to increase clinic fees to help pay for the operating costs of the Community Animal Center? – No. LifeLine remains committed to providing low-cost, high-quality care and services to Atlanta’s pets.