Adoption Process FAQ

Looking to adopt a pet from a LifeLine shelter? Check out our Adoption FAQ's below! Our adoptions process includes all LifeLine locations.

Where can I find all of your available animals?

Our website is updated in real-time, so we always reflect the dogs currently available at each of our locations. You are also welcome to visit any shelter location and speak to an adoptions counselor about the type of pet you're looking for.

Where can I adopt an animal?:

You can view all of our shelter locations here. Be sure to also check out our off-site adoption events.

Where do your animals come from?

LifeLine serves all of the neglected, abused or homeless animals in Fulton and DeKalb County. Our county shelters are open admission shelters, which we means we take in any animal that comes in our doors, including owner surrenders, stray animals and cruelty cases. Currently, we receive an average of 40-60 new animals each day.

What is the fee to adopt a pet?

The adoption fee for dogs is $85 and the adoption fee for cats is $65. For people 55 years old or older, cats and dogs can be adopted for $40. We waive fees throughout the year, so be sure to stay up to date with our fee-waived promotions by following us on Facebook.

Do you offer any discounts for Veterans?

Yes, eligible pets may be adopted for free through our partnership with Pets for Patriots. Learn more or sign up here.

How old do I need to be to adopt a pet?

You need to be at least 18 years old to adopt.

What is required to adopt a pet?

Our shelters require the following:

  • Adopters must be 18 years old with a valid I.D.
  • All potential adopters will be asked to complete a preliminary questionnaire and meet with an adoptions counselor.
  • Meet and greets with resident animals is not a requirement, but it's always encouraged. We have staff on hand that can assist you with the meet and greet to ensure its a good fit.

Are animals spayed/neutered prior to adoption?

Yes, LifeLine provides a complete medical examination, including spay/neuter, vaccination, canine heartworm or feline combo testing and a microchip, for every animal before adoption. This is a great value for adopters and ensures that adopted animals do not contribute to unwanted pets in our community.

Can I take my pet home the same day I finalize the adoption paperwork?

If a pet is already spayed/neutered, microchipped and vaccinated, they will be able to go home with their new family the same day they are adopted. These pets will have a green kennel card on their kennel in the shelter. Pets that are not already spayed or neutered are still available for adoption, but need to stay at the shelter to be spayed or neutered by our veterinarian, at no cost to you. We will schedule this date and arrange a pick-up time with the adopter at the time of the initial adoption.

Can I adopt if I live in a state other than Georgia?

Yes, we do allow out-of-state adoptions. However, we are unable to provide transport.

Why do you offer free adoptions?

LifeLine strives to implement and recognize best adoption practices at all of our shelters. Research and current LifeLine policies demonstrate that waived adoption fees do not reduce the value of the animal to the adopter. In fact, we have found that waiving fees allows the adopter to spend that money on things that really matter, like pet supplies, food or vet care. We understand that placing animals with adoptive families is complex and our ultimate goal is to save lives. Each fee-waived adopter is screened by an adoptions counselor and required to meet adoption criteria. 

Can I put a pet on hold?

No. Our pets are adopted on a first-come-first-serve basis and pets cannot be put on hold.

What is a "stray-hold"?

When a pet comes into our care as a stray animal, we hold the pet for three days (seven days if there's a known owner), to give the owners a chance to reclaim. During that time, the pet cannot leave the shelter, but the pet can be pre-adopted. Please check with an adoptions counselor at the specific shelter for more details about this process.

What is your return policy?

We allow adopters to return a pet at anytime during shelter hours. Learn more about re-homing your pet here.


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