How LifeLine is Preparing for COVID-19

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By now, you have heard a lot about COVID-19 (coronavirus) and the uncertainty surrounding it. LifeLine believes that the best plan of action is to be prepared, so we are following the latest recommendations from the CDC and working with sheltering leaders across the nation to ensure the community, the animals in our care and the teams that care for them stay healthy.


What You Need to Know:


  • Masks are required at all locations. We are limiting the total number of guests in our buildings and social distancing is practiced. Hand sanitizer will also be provided throughout the shelters, and sick employees have been instructed to stay home.

  • Owner Surrenders: With limited capacity in our shelter, we need to make sure more animals are leaving than entering so that we don't run out of space.  Owners are encouraged to hang on to their pets for the next four weeks. If you need help rehoming a pet, please visit our rehoming web page for more tips.

  • Stray Animals: If you find a stray, consider becoming a friendly finder and fostering the pet until shelter operations resume.

  • Clinic Operations: Public spay/neuter surgeries at the Community Animal Center and College Park Spay & Neuter Clinic have resumed. Our Pet Wellness Vaccine events at the College Park Spay & Neuter Clinic are still temporarily suspended.

  • Good Human Gala: Our inaugural Good Human Gala is postponed. Our top priority is to care for Atlanta's animals in our shelters and community. During this time, funds are critical to help us purchase supplies for our new foster homes and continue to be the lifeline for Atlanta's animals. Please consider making a donation today.

  • Volunteer Orientations: All volunteer orientations are temporarily cancelled. If you are interested in volunteering to help us remotely, please click here and let us know.

  • According to the CDC, there is no evidence that companion animals can spread COVID-19. However, handwashing after being around animals is always advised.


 How You Can Help

We still need your help to find homes for animals at our open admission county shelters. To help us maintain a safe environment during this critical time, we are limiting the number of people in our buildings which may lead to longer wait times. We appreciate your patience with the process and your commitment to saving our homeless animals.

Donate: During this crucial time, funds are more critical than ever to help us keep operations flowing and to purchase needed supplies. Please consider making a donation in support of the animals in our care.

Adopt: Take a look at our available pets on our adoption page, and send us an email about a specific pet that you are interested in. Our Adoption Team will reach out with next steps!

Foster: Due to the overwhelming response from our community, we are asking those interested in fostering to complete our foster questionnaire. We will reach out to you once we have a dog that is ready to be fostered. Fosters are needed for medium to large adult dogs (40-60lbs) for four-to-six weeks. Click here to learn more about our foster program.


Protect your Pet

If you do not already have one, create an emergency plan for your pet. Make sure pets are wearing identification, have crates and extra supplies and food. Also, identify a caregiver who can help take care of your pet in case you become ill.

For more information on COVID-19, please follow the updates from the CDC and check out the frequently asked questions provided by Petco.




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Founded in 2002 and now managing DeKalb and Fulton County Animal Services, LifeLine Animal Project is the leading non-profit organization working to end the euthanasia of healthy and treatable dogs and cats in metro Atlanta shelters. Together, we will make Atlanta a no-kill community.

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