Pets are a part of our families, and we know that it takes love in addition to sufficient resources to give them the care they need. LifeLine Animal Project further understands that in order to address the needs of both pets and people in our community, we must involve the entire community. Our “I’m In” campaign is only one component of our efforts toward collective engagement. We have long-recognized that community outreach – targeted efforts to support pets at risk – is most desperately needed in Atlanta’s under-resourced neighborhoods. That is why LifeLine is here.
Where support is limited, a pet can end up being deprived of care. With many families struggling to make ends meet, the care of the animals they love can slowly fall on the priority list. Our animal control officers and shelter staff work in the neighborhoods, close to the people who want to provide the best care for their pets to better understand what resources need to be available. LifeLine understands that building trust lays the foundation for open communication and collaboration with pet owners of all socioeconomic backgrounds.
LifeLine also recognizes that education is not enough. We assess all the needs of the community, provide strategic community outreach and even offer free spay and neuter services for pets in qualified households. Our low-cost vaccinations often mean pet owners no longer have to choose between caring about and caring for their pets.
- Breeding of dogs and cats without proper plans for long-term placement.
- Unaltered male dogs are responsible for 70-76% of all dog bites.
- Dogs of any breed kept on chains are proved more likely to bite and ordinances prohibit chaining dogs in most communities.
- Dog fighting encourages anti-community activity – gambling, backyard breeding and intense animal cruelty.
- Studies say up to 46% of violent crimes among youth start with the "red flag" of animal abuse.
- Millions of taxpayer dollars each year go to managing these problems, rather than solving them.
- Low and no cost spay/neuter.
- Coordination of pet wellness programs with local vets and animal welfare groups.
- Biannual “Healthy Pets” days, serving an average of 400 pet owners through free vaccinations at each event.
- Educational programs and materials regarding spay/neuter benefits and the human/animal bond.
- Coordination and building of free fence construction and other visual community improvements.
- Donations of pet food for owners in need.
- Increased public safety.
- Decrease in stray and abandoned dogs and cats in the community and county shelters.
- Decreased complaints and actual events of cruelty to and neglect of pets.
- Fewer dogs on chains and in potentially dangerous situations.
- Increased community pride, knowledge, independence and involvement.
Can the challenges be solved? Yes. But we can only do it with your help. LifeLine is making a difference through compassion, collaboration, education and action. Our power is in doing this together, for the animals who need us all. Together, we will make Atlanta a no-kill community.