Community Cats Program Director
Gin Taylor received a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and a master’s degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she taught British Literature before moving to Atlanta. Here, Gin discovered that 40% of the animals entering metro Atlanta shelters were considered feral cats, most all of whom were euthanized. And she realized that large-scale spay/neuter and outreach efforts were necessary to eliminate the euthanasia of not only community cats, but also owned pets in our area.
Gin quickly left her teaching career behind and joined LifeLine in 2004 to help build, develop, and support LifeLine’s programs. At the time, this included the first clinic, communications, grants and development, and especially community outreach programs. Combining a solution-driven, community-based approach with compassion for both people and animals, Gin developed and continues to lead Georgia’s first and largest TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) program which has sterilized over 50,000 community cats at LifeLine’s Spay & Neuter clinics and an estimated 50,000 more at greater Atlanta clinics. Gin says one of the most rewarding aspects of her job is providing program development consults to help others create and develop grassroots TNR and outreach programs in their own areas. Gin lives in Peachtree City with her husband, two children, and four special, wobbly cats who have cerebellar hypoplasia.