DeKalb Animal Services Pet of the Week: Rita

Part of DeKalb County Animal Service’s mission is to provide a humane environment for DeKalb County’s homeless pets while placing them into loving, permanent homes.

Lovely Rita is ready to love you! Credit: Special
Lovely Rita is ready to love you! Credit: Special
By Karen Hirsch

Although our city practically shut down during the two recent winter storms, LifeLine Animal Project still had many animals needing care at our three shelters (LifeLine’s shelter and Dekalb and Fulton County Animal Services shelters). Thanks to the commitment of some very special employees, they all received the care they needed.

Even before the storm, some employees worked extra hard caring for Atlanta’s animals and trying to protect them from the cold. Knowing the storm was approaching, LifeLine’s outreach team worked fervently, delivering dog houses and hay to animals needing shelter and persuading pet owners to bring their animals inside.

And when the first storm hit, many employees spent the night at the shelters, knowing there was no human food available, but wanting to make sure the animals were cared for. These employees handled animals still recovering from spay/neuter surgeries, cleaned cages, fed dogs and cats, cleaned the kennels and barns and worked double shifts, since other employees were unable to drive into work.

And when the second storm hit, employees were at it again! A Fulton County Animal Services Kennel Supervisor spent three nights sleeping on an air mattress and brought in air mattresses for other employees; the DeKalb County Animal Services Kennel Supervisor walked three miles on ice to make it to the shelter early in the morning; and LifeLine’s Cat Rehabilitation Director Mickie Blair walked two miles on ice to LifeLine’s shelter to reach her beloved cats.  LifeLine is proud that we have a wonderful team of employees who will always be there to care for the animals!

DeKalb County Animal Services Pet of the Week: Rita

Single, Mixed Breed Puppy Seeks Valentine of Any Size, Shape or Breed to Cuddle

About me: I’m a seven-month-old female who weighs about 30lbs., and is sweet, cute, loving and calm. Best of all, as part of the ‘My Furry Valentine’ special, I’m only $14 during the month of February!  You’ll still be screened to ensure I’m going to a good home.

Likes: Being close to my human; playing with toys; playing with other dogs; snuggling and belly rubs.

Dislikes: Not having a mommy or daddy to call my own.

Looking for: A person or family to love me.

First Date: Play yard at the shelter.

To Meet Me: Drop by the shelter, email adoption@dekalbanimalservices.com or call (404) 294-2165. To view my friends who are available for adoption, visit www.dekalbanimalservices.com.

About DeKalb County Animal Services

Managed by LifeLine Animal Project, DeKalb County Animal Services provides humane care for animals at the shelter, veterinary care, pet adoptions, pet reclaim services, pet registration services, volunteer opportunities and foster care. To learn more, please visit www.dekalbanimalservices.com.


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