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Keep up with all things LifeLine right here on our blog.  From news to helpful information, we’re sharing our knowledge about training, animal care, resources and so much more from our experts. 

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Animal Care

How To Manage Your Pet’s Separation Anxiety

Pet separation anxiety can be a significant issue, causing distress and behavioral problems. Here are some common triggers and symptoms your pet may be facing, and tools for pet owners that will help!

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Spotlight

Seasonal Spotlight: Volunteers

We are excited to kickoff 2024 with the first volunteer spotlight of the year! Volunteering is for everyone. No matter your age or background, you can make a difference in the lives of shelter pets in our city!

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Black and white dog with blue eyes, may not be the assumed breed and helps us understand myths about breed labeling.
General

Myths About Breed Labeling

There are often preconceived notions made about dogs based on their looks which means the reality is that it can be challenging to place the pet in the home they deserve.

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General

Our Top Moments of 2023

LifeLine faced incredible challenges in pursuit of a lifesaving mission this year. Here is a recap of our top moments of 2023.

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General

Home Free: Reuniting Pets & Families

LifeLine Animal Project is making it easier to reunite lost pets with their families! Our new Home Free Program will help more lost pets get back home by waiving reclaim fees.

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General

State of the Shelters

Throughout the year, stay informed about the state of the shelters, and how you can get involved and make a difference.

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General

Urgent Dogs in LifeLine Shelters

Given that this year has been one of the most difficult in LifeLine’s history, our teams have been forced to make heartbreakingly difficult decisions on a shorter timeline when it comes to dogs in urgent need of placement.

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Spotlight

Seasonal Volunteer Spotlight

Summers are often the most challenging time of the year. We would not be able to do this work without such supportive LifeLine volunteers.

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General

Myths About Fee-Waived Adoptions

By waiving pet adoption fees, we have found that people are inspired to adopt and we want to clear up misconceptions surrounding fee-waived events.

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General

Pets Positive Impact on Mental Health

A pet becomes an integral part of your life, as a friend, a family member and, most of all, a companion that can have a great impact on your mental health and wellbeing.

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Volunteer

Seasonal Volunteer Spotlight

These individuals have shown up for our staff, pets in our care, other volunteers, and our community members time and time again. Continue reading to learn more about these lifesaving volunteer and foster heroes!

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Animal Care

Safety Tips: Dog Bite Prevention

Nearly 5 million people report dog bites each year in the U.S. In this blog, we will cover some basic information to help prevent dog bites and keep the community and their animals, safe.

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General

Our 10 Favorite Moments of 2022

Lifeline’s impact this year is one we are extraordinarily proud of, as we faced some of our greatest challenges to continue helping people and pets in Atlanta. To wrap up this year, we wanted to share our top 10 moments of 2022!

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Volunteer

Seasonal Volunteer Spotlight

These individuals have shown up for our staff, pets in our care, other volunteers, and our community members time and time again. Continue reading to learn more about these lifesaving volunteer and foster heroes!

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Community Cats

Hero for Community Cats

Eliana is a hero for community cats! This dedicated young woman has inspired a whole community of TNR volunteers with her efforts to help cats and kittens in DeKalb County.

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General

Our Pet Safe Plants List

Whether you’re a new pet or plant parent, you might not be aware that many plants are poisonous to dogs and cats. So, we’ve compiled a list below of pet safe plants for your household.

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General

Straw For Paws

Each winter, LifeLine’s Pets for Life team and volunteers deliver warm straw, pet food and other pet supplies to as many families in need as possible.

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General

Our 10 Favorite Moments of 2021

Over the past year, we’ve managed to make a lasting impact in so many different ways. So we took a moment to reflect, and here are our top 10 favorite moments of 2021.

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Community Cats

How to Build Community Cat Houses

With colder temperatures settling in, community cats are looking for places to keep warm. Thankfully, you can help by building community cat houses!

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A cute kitten snuggling in front of a throw pillow that says merry everything
General

Pets and the Holidays

The holidays are filled with family, gifts and goodies for many, but they also bring new challenges for your pets. From food to meeting new people, we’ve compiled some tips for your pets and the holidays.

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A LifeLine vet tech cares for small kittens in the clinic
Staff

Vet Tech Appreciation Week

This week is vet tech appreciation week! We’re taking a quick moment to thank our vet techs for everything that they do for Atlanta’s animals.

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General

There’s No Place Like A Home

As we look ahead to the future of animal welfare, LifeLine joins a growing national effort to see more pets in homes, and out of the shelter, than ever before.

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Volunteer

Seasonal Volunteer Spotlight

This season, we’re highlighting LifeLine’s hardworking volunteers and fosters during one of our busiest summer seasons ever.

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a dog and his owner kayaking down a river
General

Dog Friendly Spots in Atlanta

Atlanta is a fun city with so much to explore. With so many great places to hang out, see which ones are dog-friendly so you can bring your pup along!

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General

LifeLine’s Day of Giving

Our goal is to raise $25,000 in just one day to help the thousands of pets that we care for each year. We need your help!

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News

150 Rabbits Need Help

LifeLine was alerted to an urgent situation involving animals in dire need. Around 150 rabbits needed immediate care and rehoming.

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Volunteer

Seasonal Volunteer Spotlight

This season we’re highlighting volunteer and foster duos! So many couples, friends and families contribute to LifeLine’s mission.

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Animal Care

Bringing a New Dog Home

You’ve adopted a new dog! This new love in your life is excited to become your new best friend. Follow these tips for a smooth transition into your home.

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Community Cats

How to Trap-Neuter-Return

Trapping a community cat may seem intimidating, but it’s actually very easy! With our step-by-step guide, you can learn how to safely trap community cats.

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Community Cats

Myths About Community Cats

With a lot of misconceptions about outdoor cats within the community, here are our recommendations for humanely managing them.

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General

The Community Animal Center Turns One!

One year after opening our Community Animal Center, we have a lot to look back on, from filling the gap for affordable vet care to freeing space at our county shelters.

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Volunteer

Seasonal Volunteer Spotlight

Our volunteers are an integral part of our lifesaving mission, and our staff and shelter pets are so grateful for their time and dedication!

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Animal Care

Caring For Your Pet After Surgery

It’s great that you spayed or neutered your pet! We compiled some frequently asked questions about how to care for your pet after their surgery.

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volunteer, Mika, with a grey smiling dog
Volunteer

Volunteer Highlight: Mika

Not only has Mika helped our LifeLine tremendously, but she has also contributed to the animal welfare sector within her own academic research.

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News

How LifeLine Prepares for COVID-19

With uncertainty about COVID-19 on the horizon, we’ve adjusted our policies to keep everyone safe. Here is one central place to read our COVID-19 policies.

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Animal Training

How to Crate Train Your Dog

Teaching your dog how to use a crate is a useful tool as a pet owner. Crates can be used while riding in your car, when going to bed, or as a general safe space for your dog.

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Animal Care

Pet Safety Tips for Hot Weather

Warmer months are an exciting time to explore the outdoors. But hot weather can be dangerous for your pets. Follow these tips to ensure safe summertime fun.

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volunteer, Deb, hugging a dog who is kissing her
Volunteer

Volunteer Highlight: Deb

From making flyers, to helping adopters find their perfect match, Deb is always there to help. We’re so happy to have Deb as a LifeLine volunteer!

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General

I’m In for Atlanta’s Pets

Our mission is to make Atlanta a sustainable no-kill community, by saving every healthy and treatable animal that comes into our care.  That’s where you, our community, comes in. Are you in?

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a family of three smiling outside the shelter with their newly adopted dog
General

7 Myths About Shelter Pets

Although shelter pets can make the best family pets, there is often a stigma attached to them. Don’t be deceived! We dismiss 7 of these myths about shelter pets.

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Animal Care

Breaking Down “BSL”

BSL stands for Breed Specific Legislation, where laws are passed pertaining to a specific dog breed or breeds. But how effective is BSL?

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General

Reducing Dog Bites

From addressing roaming dogs to breed-specific legislation, reducing dog bites is important to keeping Atlanta safe.

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