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Atlanta has everything you’ll need to find and fall in love with a new, furry family member. Rescue a puppy or kitten that has been abandoned or mistreated; not only will you gain a friend for life, but you’ll also provide a loving home for a needy animal.

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Price:  $275-$325 for dogs and $125 for cats.
Hours: Tues to Fri –11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday – noon to 5:00 p.m. 

This no-kill shelter regularly canvases animal control facilities to save cats and dogs from being unduly euthanized. The animals are handled with love and care, treated, vaccinated and spayed or neutered. To date, Atlanta Pet Rescue & Adoption Inc. has placed more than 9,000 cats and dogs in loving homes. The shelter houses about 40 dogs/puppies and 10 cats/kittens at a time.

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Price:  $175-$225 and $75-$100 for cats and kittens
Hours: Mon – noon-4:00 p.m. Tues to Fri – noon to 6:00 p.m. Sat and Sun – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

PAWS Atlanta just celebrated its 45th anniversary, and its dedication to matching adoptable pets with loving owners is stronger than ever. Founded in 1966, PAWS Atlanta is a private, nonprofit no-kill animal rescue organization that provides love, nutrition, medical care and basic training for homeless pets until permanent, safe homes are found. In addition to pet adoption services, PAWS Atlanta also provides low-cost vaccinations, spay and neutering services, and education.

Price: $85 to $125 for cats and kittens and $175 to $275 for dogs

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FurKids is Georgia’s largest cage-free, no-kill animal shelter for cats and dogs. Each year, FurKids rescues, shelters, stabilizes, rehabilitates and places about 600 pets into loving homes. Nearly 300 volunteers help care for 275 cats each day and an additional 120 cats and dogs in its extensive foster care network. To adopt an animal from FurKids, visit an adoption center at the following PetSmart locations: Northlake/Tucker, Perimeter, Smyrna, Mall of Georgia, Midtown, Roswell, or Sandy Springs. Adoption centers are open during store hours.

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Price: $125
Hours: Sat – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; third and fourth Sunday of the month from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Good Mews, in Northeast Atlanta, provides a no-kill, cage-free shelter for homeless, abused or abandoned cats and kittens until a loving home is found. Since 1988, it has paired 5,000 cats and kittens with new owners. The 2,350-square-foot shelter includes a dedicated room with shelves and cat trees for kittens. There’s even a TV and DVD player, which provide entertainment for the furry residents.

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Price: $200 to $300 for puppies and dogs; $90 to $120 for cats and kittens.
Hours: Daily – 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The Forsyth County Humane Society is one of the city’s few no-kill shelters in the area. The shelter is run by volunteers and receives no funding from the state or local governments. The facility is open seven days a week for adoptions and houses up to 25 dogs and 35 cats, who roam freely in comfortable rooms. In addition to adoptions, the Humane Society of Forsyth County also offers low cost spay and neutering programs for cats and dogs.

Jackie Kass is a freelance writer from Atlanta with more than twenty years of writing experience. Her work can be found at

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