Since its inception in 2002, LifeLine Animal Project has worked to assess the needs of Atlanta’s animal welfare community and to provide innovative, strategic resources in support of its mission to end shelter euthanasia of homeless animals.
To this end, LifeLine operates two low-cost, high-volume spay and neuter clinics - one in College Park and one in Avondale Estates. These clinics also offer low-cost vaccinations and provide services to 13,000 animals a year.
Additionally, LifeLine runs Catlanta, a feral and stray cat assistance program. To date, this program has spayed or neutered over 30,000 cats!
Out of the Avondale facility, LifeLine operates the Dog House, a boarding facility for homeless dogs and animals being transported to rescue organizations in other states and the Kitty Motel, a shelter facility for cats. Recently, a cat adoption facility was opened in the Scottdale neighborhood of DeKalb County.
In 2012, LifeLine submitted bids to manage the city of Atlanta’s two public shelters; Fulton and DeKalb County Animal Services. This decision came with the realization that, if the organization’s ultimate goal was to end euthanasia in Atlanta shelters, it needed to actually RUN those shelters and make some dramatic changes in them. LifeLine was awarded the contracts and assumed management of the two high-volume open admission shelters in 2013. At that time, only 38% of the animals at Fulton County Animal Services were getting out alive and only 60% at DeKalb County Animal services were getting out alive.
LifeLine made many widespread operational and philosophical changes to prioritize lifesaving at these facilities and in December, 2015, attained the no-kill threshold at Fulton County Animal Services for the first time! In April, 2016, the no-kill threshold was attained at DeKalb County Animal Services, again, for the first time.
But, there is still much work to do!
With an average of over forty animals a day entering the counties' open-admission shelters, LifeLine is proud of the lifesaving work that has been accomplished.
The LifeLine team is committed to employing every compassionate strategy possible to make and keep our no-kill city and we can't do it without you!
On Georgia Gives Day this year, we are counting on you to generously support LifeLine Animal Project and our mission to achieve a no-kill Atlanta.
Please visit LifeLineAnimal.org to learn more about our work and the many ways that you can get involved.