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How LifeLine Prepares for COVID-19

By now, you have heard a lot about the global pandemic and the uncertainty surrounding it. LifeLine believes that the best plan of action in preparing for COVID-19 (coronavirus) is to follow the latest recommendations from the CDC.  In addition, we worked with sheltering leaders across the nation to ensure the community, animals and our teams stay healthy. Here is how we are preparing for Covid-19.

Preparing for COVID-19

All locations require masks.

We limited the total number of guests allowed in all of our buildings and we practice social. Hand sanitizer is available throughout the shelters, and sick employees are to stay home.

Shelter capacity is limited.

With limited capacity, we need to ensure more animals leave than enter our shelters. Pet owners are encouraged to hang on to their pets. Our blog contains helpful information about pet training that may solve common pet issues. Check out our rehoming tips if you need support to keep your pet. Also, our Community Support team can provide assistance with rehoming resources.

Lost pets

With limited shelter capacity, we encourage those who find lost pets to become a Friendly Finder. This is a 5-day short-term foster program that helps keep pets healthy while trying to reunite them with their owners.

Clinic services are appointment-only.

Public spay/neuter surgeries at the Community Animal Center (CAC) and College Park Spay & Neuter Clinic are by appointment only. The CAC is not seeing walk-in appointments so that we can ensure everyone’s safety. Monthly Pet Wellness Vaccine events at the College Park Spay & Neuter Clinic are temporarily suspended. Visit our pet care page to see our full list of services and prices.

Good Human Gala is postponed.

Our inaugural Good Human Gala is postponed until April 2022. Our top priority is to care for Atlanta’s animals in our shelters and community. During this time, funds are critical to help us serve as a lifeline for Atlanta’s animals. Please consider a donation today.

Volunteer orientations are suspended.

In-person volunteer orientations are suspended until further notice. But you can still help us! We have remote volunteer opportunities. Visit our volunteer page to learn more about our program and to join our mission.

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. Due to the limited number of people in our buildings, wait times may be longer. We appreciate your patience with the process and your commitment to saving our homeless animals.


Funds are critical to keep operations flowing and to purchase needed supplies.


Browse adoptable pets online, submit an electronic adoption inquiry and we’ll reach out with next steps.


Help by fostering a pet, for any period of time. Our greatest need is for medium to large adult dogs.

Preparing for COVID-19: Protect Your Pet

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

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

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