We have crossed the critical threshold at our Fulton County Animal Services shelter with your help, and are closing in on our goal in DeKalb County!
When LifeLine Animal Project took over DeKalb and Fulton County Animal Services in 2013, our mission remained unchanged: to save the lives of healthy and treatable animals in county shelters. We had no idea how long it would take us to get there managing shelters for two of the largest counties in Atlanta, but we dove in and got to work!
Now, just two years later LifeLine Animal Project has made history! We obtained no-kill levels at our Fulton County Animal Services (FCAS) shelter in November, December and January!
This is the first time ever in Atlanta where an open-admission animal shelter (one where no animals brought in are turned away) has achieved no-kill levels, defined as saving 90 percent or more of the animals coming in.
FCAS saved an amazing 90 percent of animals brought into the shelter during November, December and January!
And LifeLine’s DeKalb County Animal Services (DCAS) has also achieved wonderful results. DCAS has sustained an over 85 percent save rate in December and January. We are confident that LifeLine at DCAS will reach the no-kill level for all shelter animals by the end of 2016.
How have we achieved our success so far? We have wonderful adopters who open their hearts and homes to our dogs and cats. We have a terrific team of employees who love animals and are dedicated to saving them. We have an awesome group of volunteers who spend much of their free time helping out with whatever is needed at our shelters, working offsite events, speaking to groups, fostering animals, and much more! We have great rescue partners who pull many, many animals, including the critically injured.
And we have wonderfully generous donors who make our lifesaving programs a reality.
Additionally, LifeLine’s Catlanta trap-neuter-return (TNR) program for stray and feral cats, has saved thousands of cats who would have been otherwise euthanized. Catlanta has sterilized more than 29,000 cats in order to humanely control free-roaming cat populations. Other programs, such as our “Dog for a Day” program, special monthly promotions, and offsite housing for some of our cats, have created more exposure for the animals, resulting in an increased number of adoptions. And owner retention counseling have provided many pet owners with resources so that they could keep their pets.
However, we cannot sustain these lifesaving rates without your continued support and the support of our community. Please help us spread the word and ask your friends, colleagues and neighbors to do the following:
1. Adopt a homeless animal from one of our shelters;
2. Spay/neuter, microchip, and vaccinate their pet;
3. Support LifeLine by making a tax-deductible donation;
4. Volunteer at our shelters, vaccine clinics or by fostering a dog or cat;
Thank you for helping us achieve our no-kill goal at FCAS and for achieving great success at DCAS! We could not do it without you! With your continued support, Atlanta will become a lifesaving model for cities everywhere!