ATLANTA, GA – November 9, 2017 LifeLine Animal Project has stopped using breed labels to identify dogs at its shelters, including DeKalb County Animal Services, Fulton County Animal Services and the LifeLine Dog House & Kitty Motel. Instead, the organization is helping potential adopters learn about each dog by focusing on the dog’s personality, behavior and how well he or she fits into their lifestyle to create better matches for adopters and dogs.

According to numerous studies, including one in The Veterinary Journal, breed labels are frequently inaccurate and have negative impacts such as breed discrimination and a higher rate of dogs being returned to shelters. One reason why breeds are so often mislabeled, is because only one percent of a dog's DNA determines how the dog will physically look, so there is no accurate way to assess the dog’s breed without papers or a DNA test. 

LifeLine believes that a dog’s label or physical appearance is not an indication of their personality, their behavior, or their suitability for a particular adoption placement, and that removing breed labels gives potential adopters a chance to connect with a dog without being inhibited by breed.  To learn more about LifeLine Animal Project, please visit

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LifeLine Animal Project

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.

LifeLine Animal Project is an IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax-deductible.

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