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PET LOVERS

LifeLine Animal Project

photography courtesy LifeLine Animal Project

Changing the Face of Animal Welfare

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hat started as a grassroots effort to end euthanasia of animals in county shelters has blossomed into the leading animal welfare nonprofit and largest sheltering organization in Atlanta. Founded in 2002, LifeLine Animal Project has made history by achieving no-kill levels at open-admission shelters – saving 90% or more of healthy, treatable animals. Such remarkable results can be attributed to LifeLine’s holistic communitydriven approach to the city’s animal welfare issues. That includes dealing with pet overpopulation through its two LifeLine Spay & Neuter Clinics, where it has performed over 105,615 free or low-cost spay and neuter surgeries; and managing DeKalb and Fulton County Animal Services, where it has implemented innovative programs like “Dog for a Day,” which allows people to give a dog a break from the shelter and expose him to more potential adopters. In spite of the fact that each county shelter takes in an average of 20 pets a day, LifeLine has increased adoptions by 300%, and saved 70% more lives in just four years. It also operates a private rehabilitative shelter. At the heart of LifeLine’s outreach is its commitment to help families keep their beloved pets in their homes. So far in 2017, the organization has provided over 1,100 free vaccines to pets living in communities in need through its Healthy Pets events. It has also participated in more than 55 events this year to cover topics of pet education, animal cruelty, bite prevention and safety. The Petco Foundation recently awarded LifeLine with the “Lifesaving Impact Award” at its “Celebration of Love” awards gala for achieving a nearly 90% save rate despite taking in more than 16,000 animals in 2016. LifeLine Animal Project employee Karl Booker received the “Unsung Hero Award” for his dedication to tirelessly working to save the hardest-to-place dogs at Fulton County Animal Services.

Join LifeLine in making Atlanta a lifesaving city: adopt or foster a pet, donate to support programs or volunteer your time. To learn more, visit LifeLineAnimal.org or follow LifeLine on Facebook and Twitter. 40



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