Monday, November 12, 2012
Pet adoption options at LifeLine include no-fee adoptions for veterans all year and, through Nov.18, cat lovers can adopt a new feline friend for only $9.
Up to 80,000 puppies, adult dogs, cats and kittens are euthanized in shelters in the metro area each year, making Atlanta one of the biggest "kill cities" in the nation. Why? The reason is singular, stark and heartbreaking. These thousands of pets are killed simply because they don't have homes. Not only can you save two lives when you adopt a pet from a shelter (the life of the dog or cat you adopt and the life of a homeless animal who gets the space that your new pet once occupied) but at LifeLine Animal Project this month, there are extremely affordable options for adoption. Veterans and current enlisted military can always adopt for free at LifeLine as part of their Pets Helping Vets program and, up until November 18, cat lovers can …
Monday, July 16, 2012
The life of an un-neutered tomcat is a carefree love 'em and leave 'em lifestyle, right? Not always. This cat dad stuck around to care for his kittens.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Ralph Ellis
Monday, July 16, 2012
Zen is one cool cat. He's also very unusual in that he's a paws-on dad to his three young cat children. Animal rescuers are accustomed to coming across stray mother cats with kittens. Female cats that are not spayed and un-neutered male cats can create multiple litters in a year, every year, starting at a young age. It's an ongoing population explosion that animal advocates work to stem because there simply aren't enough homes for all the cats born annually. It usually goes like this: un-fixed cats mate, female cat gets pregnant, male cat goes his merry way. Only sometimes it doesn't go like that. LifeLine Animal Project recently rescued an abandoned cat with three kittens and upon inspection found they had an anomaly: a "Mr. Mom" male cat…
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Want to foster a tiny furball in your home for a few weeks? LifeLine Animal Project would appreciate your help.
Knock, knock. Who's there? Kittens. Lots and lots of kittens! There are so many cute young cats at LifeLine Animal Project this summer that the rescue and advocacy organization is hoping some kind hearted folks will open their doors to them and foster some for a short period. This caboodle of kittens at LifeLine needs some time in a home environment in order to build social skills and also the immunity they lack until they get a little older. The streets are a harsh place for baby animals, a place where they often don't survive. A shelter is so much better but when animals are very young they are very susceptible to disease. Many of the kittens available for adoption or foster are still in process of getting a series of preventative …
Monday, June 18, 2012
Being beautiful and well behaved doesn't protect a pet from becoming homeless. But it might help Petey find a new home.
Most of us have heard from friends, neighbors or co-workers about "problem" pets, the dogs or cats with behavioral or other issues that some owners either didn't know how to deal with or just didn't want to. In truth, many of these pets simply aren't shown patience and given the proper care, time and training. As a result some end up in shelters, on the streets or being shuttled off to a stranger via Craiglist or online ads. But what about the well-behaved pets? The good dogs? The sweet cats? Can they end up homeless too? Yes, they can. It can be because of an owner's life circumstances, finances, carelessness or neglect, but even the best behaved pets can end up in dire circumstances. Petey is good example. Petey (named after the Little …
Monday, June 11, 2012
Shakey the cat has a possible vestibular disorder that throws off his balance. He doesn't care one bit.
He's extremely friendly, quite orange, very curious, totally loving and a bit wobbly. When you walk into the room and he spots you, you can see in his eyes he's determined that you will pet him. Oh, you will pet him. Shakey the cat will make sure of that. However, it just might take him a little longer to get to you than it would take a normal cat. Shakey is a year-old rescued cat with an equilibrium problem. Otherwise healthy, he has adjusted just fine to the challenge of being, well, shakey. He sometimes has problems judging distance and he tilts his head as he looks at you, but it somehow just makes this outgoing cat all the more appealing. The fact that likes to "talk" to people also adds to his charm. He lives in the offices at …
Monday, June 4, 2012
A volunteer cat trapper rescued a puppy that someone left in a trash barrel.
Peyton the puppy is one lucky dog. The shepherd mix pup, who is just barely four months old, was discovered last month in a not-very-heavily travelled part of an Atlanta greenspace. He had been dumped into a park trash can by someone and left there. A cat trapper (community volunteer who traps feral cats for TNR programs) was scouting the area and heard odd noises coming from an oil-drum trash barrel just off the beaten path. What he found when he checked out the source of the unusual sounds was a young dog covered in trash, tar and grime. LifeLine Animal Project stepped in and immediately took the puppy and cleaned him up. He was put in a foster home until he could get all his vaccinations and was old enough to keep in their no-kill Dog …
Monday, May 21, 2012
Rescued dogs and cats can be teacher's pets in June when LifeLine waives all adoption fees for educators and school administrators in Georgia.
Georgia schools are quickly wrapping up another school year but LifeLine Animal Project in Avondale Estates wants to spend some of the dog days of summer honoring the teaching profession. To express appreciation for educators in Georgia, from pre-K to post-grad, the 10-year-old Atlanta nonprofit is waiving their standard $80-$120 pet adoption fees for teachers throughout the month of June and allowing them to adopt a pet for free. "We have several excellent volunteers at LifeLine who are teachers and we have a true appreciation for what these men and women do for society," said Deb Setzer, who serves as community outreach director for LifeLine and whose mother is also a teacher. LifeLine recently participated in after-school enrichment …
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Fundraiser is at Stars and Strikes on May 20.
- LOCAL CONNECTIONS
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Animal lovers throughout metro Atlanta can lend a helping hand to DeKalb County’s troubled animal control services on Sunday, May 20 when the county hosts the “Help DeKalb Animals” bowling fundraiser at Stars and Strikes. Commissioners Elaine Boyer, Stan Watson and Sharon Barnes-Sutton will host the fundraiser from 5 to 7 p.m. Everyone can bowl and enjoy the company of animals available for adoption at Stars and Strikes at 1741 Mountain Industrial Boulevard on the Tucker/Stone Mountain border. Proceeds from the event will go to pay for spaying and neutering of animals in DeKalb. The event is being co-hosted by LifeLine Animal Project, a multifaceted non-profit that works to save animals from euthanasia by promoting online adoptions, …
Monday, April 30, 2012
Pretzel enjoys people, other dogs, cats, watching TV, riding in cars and even taking baths.
Miss Pretzel came to LifeLine Animal Project's no-kill Dog House in Avondale Estates straight from the streets of Lithonia, where she was literally going door to door looking for something to eat. Dodging traffic and other dangers of life on the street, she was tired and hungry, both for food and affection. She likely had a home at one time but her owners could not be located. Like thousands of dogs and cats around the state, she was probably dumped or abandoned, left to live by her wits or die alone. LifeLine staff immediately decided that wasn't how the story was going to end for Pretzel, a sturdy young adult pit bull terrier with an excellent temperament. They decided she was too sweet and too smart to give over to tragic circumstances…
Friday, April 27, 2012
Linus is a very sweet and playful boy. He gets along with other cats, and is ready for adoption!
Here's Linus! This sweet boy is about two years old and is a gorgeous dilute orange tabby. He's just about the most loving guy you would ever meet! He loves to sit in laps when visitors come by and he never tires of a good head rub. Linus also loves other cats, and would do best in a home with a feline buddy. If you are looking for a sweet, funny and playful boy, consider Linus! He's current on his vaccinations, FIV and FeLV negative, neutered and microchipped. Learn more about Linus on the AARF website here, or stop by AARF Pet Central in Stone Mountain Village to meet him. * Linus is available for adoption through Atlanta Animal Rescue Friends, a non-profit animal welfare organization licensed by the Georgia Department of Agriculture.*