ATLANTA, Ga. (CW69 News at10)
(November 10, 2020) Although Thanksgiving may be anything but normal this year, you can still host a special guest for the holidays through LifeLine Animal Project’s “Home for the Pawlidays” program, from November 20 to November 27. Participants will take a dog home from the shelter for seven days and will be provided with everything they need to care for the dogs, such as food, a bowl, a crate and an “adopt me” bandana or harness. A total of 50 dogs will be participating from LifeLine shelters which include DeKalb County Animal Services, Fulton County Animal Services and the LifeLine Community Animal Center.
According to LifeLine Public Relations Director Karen Hirsch, there are numerous benefits for both human and canine participants alike. “People who participate in Home for the Pawlidays get to experience the love of a dog over the holidays, which can be a lonely time for many, while doing something really positive for the pups,” she says. “Not only are they giving the dogs a needed break from the shelter, but they’re also providing them with more exposure to potential adopters simply by taking them on walks.”
At the end of their Pawlidays week, dogs typically return to the shelter recharged, and bring new insights into their personalities with them (provided by their Pawlidays hosts). These insights help staff to better match the dogs with potential adopters. However, not all of the dogs make it back to the shelter. Last year, 42 percent of the dogs who were taken “Home for the Pawlidays” were either adopted or fostered long term. For more information or to sign up, please visit LifeLineAnimal.org/homeforthepawlidays.
ABOUT LIFELINE ANIMAL PROJECT
A nonprofit founded in 2002, LifeLine Animal Project provides lifesaving solutions to end the euthanasia of healthy and treatable animals in county shelters. LifeLine manages DeKalb and Fulton County Animal Services, where it has sustained lifesaving rates above 90%, and operates two high-volume spay and neuter clinics. LifeLine’s Community Animal Center features an adoption center and a full-service, low-cost veterinary clinic to help make pet care accessible to all. LifeLine provides services to over 40,000 animals annually and has performed nearly 140,000 free and low-cost spay/neuter surgeries to date, including 40,000 outdoor cats through its Community Cat program, metro Atlanta’s first and largest trap-neuter-return assistance program. LifeLine’s community outreach initiatives improve the quality of life for pets and people in the Atlanta area For more information, please visit LifeLineAnimal.org or follow LifeLine on Facebook and Twitter.