Whether you love them or you hate them, everyone has an opinion about them. "Pit bull type dogs" have become a highly contentious subject over the past few years. And just recently, Delta, a company in our own back yard, decided to ban them as service dogs on their flights.
We take a very different stance from Delta on "pit bull type dogs.” Because we see every single animal that comes through our shelter doors as an individual, we evaluate each of them based on known behavior, not assumed breed. And we welcome with open arms the thousands of dogs with big, blocky heads who come into our care.
Still on the fence about "pit bull type dogs"? Check out a few facts:
I write you this letter with both an open and a broken heart. I understand that a negative experience may have led you to arrive at the decisions that you have made, but I hope you will take this opportunity to see things from another point of view.
May was another great month for Atlanta's homeless animals! We held our Healthy Pets DeKalb event at Wade Walker Park, where we provided free vaccinations, spay/neuter vouchers, microchips, pet supplies and more to DeKalb County residents. We hosted a fee-waived adoption event over Memorial Day weekend, where we celebrated 189 happily-ever-afters. And we launched our #Squats4LifeLine campaign, where we challenged Atlanta to do 10 squats for LifeLine or donate $10!
As Sumeet is leaving our organization for another adventure, we wanted to share with you one of our most dedicated volunteers. Sumeet has been instrumental for our organization, from dog-walking to fostering cats from a hoarding case. But our favorite thing about Sumeet is his ability to approach difficult situations with a smile. You will never meet a more friendly or compassionate person, and for that, we are so thankful. Read more about Sumeet's story in our latest volunteer profile:
Spring and summer months are our highest intake months of the year! Our county shelters receive an average of 40-60 animals per day, especially mamas and their puppies and orphaned kittens! And while we are so happy they found us, we need your help keeping them safe from illness. Here are five ways you can help during puppy and kitten season:
In case we haven’t had the pleasure of meeting, I am the Rescue Coordinator at LifeLine's DeKalb County Animal Services and also have the privilege of being Otter’s foster human mom and raiser. My job, in regards to Otter, right now is to ensure that he is a happy, healthy, confident puppy. Otter comes to work with me every day and comes home with me every night. We train at home, in the office, at grocery stores, malls, doctor’s offices and anywhere else in public we get the chance. While we are regularly working on his obedience and task training, he is a puppy before all else and has every right to express normal puppy behavior. As his confidence and distraction awareness increases, we will continue to introduce different commands and tasks for him to learn until he is ready to be placed with his family as a working service dog.
Big Valley was adopted from our DeKalb location four years ago. He came into our care as a cruelty case; he had been shot and had wounds all over his body. We were thrilled when Anthony, his wife and his six grandkids decided to adopt Big Valley! We knew it was a perfect match from the start.
But now, Anthony and his family need our help. Due to financial hardships, they lost their home and were forced to move into temporary housing without Big Valley. We agreed to hold Big Valley for the family until they could get back on their feet and find affordable, pit bull friendly housing.
Anthony and his family come up to our shelter every week to visit him. They bring him treats and walk him and give him lots of love. And they shed tears every time they have to leave him.
This is Big Valley's family, and we want to do everything in our power to keep them together.
My husband and I are fortunate to have many wonderful friends and family members. And they know we are the proud Dads of Arlie, Atticus and Foster. And most importantly, they know all three are rescue pups, homeless when we brought them home.