ATLANTA, Ga. (CW69 News at 10)


LifeLine Offering Free Adoptions September 13 – 19 with $10,000 Grant From Best Friends

As Atlanta metro animal shelters continue to take in a high numbers of pets daily, two of the city’s leading animal welfare organizations, LifeLine Animal Project and Best Friends Animal Society, are teaming up to Clear the Shelters with free adoptions at all LifeLine shelters September 13 – 19.  The waived fee is made possible, in part, thanks to a $10,000 grant from Best Friends Animal Society, and adoptions include the pet’s vaccinations, spay/neuter and microchip.

“We are excited to partner with Best Friends on this Clear the Shelter initiative,” says LifeLine’s Fulton County Animal Services Director Lara Hudson. “With up to 60 animals arriving daily at our county shelters, staff shortages, fewer animal transports due to COVID restrictions and more people in financial crisis needing to surrender pets, it has been a brutal summer.  So it’s especially impactful to have Best Friend’s support now.”

“Best Friends is happy to provide a grant to LifeLine Animal Project to help find Atlanta area pets homes,” said Fraily Rodriguez, Director of Lifesaving Centers – East, Best Friends Animal Society. “If you’ve been considering adopting, now is the time due to a decrease in pet adoptions in shelters across the country coupled with a seasonal increase in animal intake. Add in a dramatic decrease in staff levels at shelters, which is causing reduced operations and a lower capacity for animals, and you can understand why shelters are struggling. We hope the Atlanta community will step up now for the animals.”

All of LifeLine’s shelters are participating in fee-waived adoptions, including Fulton County Animal Services, 860 Marietta Blvd NW, Atlanta; DeKalb County Animal Services, 3280 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd, Chamblee; and the LifeLine Community Animal Center, 3180 Presidential Drive, Atlanta. To view animals available for adoption, for directions to the shelter and for shelter hours, please visit

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 no-kill levels and operates two LifeLine Spay & Neuter Clinics. LifeLine provides services to over 40,000 animals annually and has performed nearly 150,000 free and low-cost spay/neuter surgeries to date, including 50,000  stray/feral cats through its Community Cat program, metro Atlanta’s first and largest trap-neuter-return assistance program. LifeLine’s community outreach improves the quality of life for animals in the community and helps prevent pet overpopulation.  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.  For more information, please visit or follow LifeLine on Facebook and Twitter.