Fee-waived adoptions Friday, Feb 4th through Monday, Feb 7th! Adopt today »

April 14th through April 20th is National Animal Care & Control Appreciation Week!
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The DeKalb County Animal Services shelter remains open with enhanced safety protocols for our teams and visitors. DeKalb County Animal Services Officers will continue to respond to calls for service. For more information about the outbreak, including how you can support animals recovering in our care, please visit our FAQ page.

The DeKalb County Animal Shelter is out of housing space. We’re asking our community for help with stray pets so we can focus on emergency and critical situations. Animals in need will not and should not be abandoned. If you have found a healthy pet, please fill out a Found Pet Report.
If you need other assistance, please email pethelp@dekalbanimalservices.com.
Response time is delayed due to incredibly high volumes of animals and people in need of assistance.

Adopt a pet in July and choose your pet’s adoption fee! Our shelters are full of incredible pets waiting for homes, and to them, your love is priceless!
Click here to explore all our adoptable pets.

Residents in the area of Luxuria Court in Tucker should be aware that a RACCOON exposed to a family pet was captured on March 12, 2024. Test results later revealed the raccoon to be POSITIVE for RABIES.


When you adopt a pet, you save a life. And your life is changed for the better as well. In addition to unconditional love, having a pet brings many psychological, emotional and physical health benefits, too.

Certain dogs housed in our shelter have the most urgent need for a home. Please visit this page to learn more.

LifeLine embraces the Adopters Welcome approach originated by the Humane Society of the United States. This philosophy encourages conversation-based and open-minded adoptions, enabling us to find more homes for our shelter pets without unnecessary judgment.

Spotlight on Dog-Friendly Dogs!

These dogs enjoy the company of other dogs or have previously lived in homes with other dogs.

If you are having trouble viewing our adoptable pets widget above, please try viewing this page in a different browser, or clearing your cache.  You can also view all our adoptable pets via this direct link.

Other Ways to Adopt


LifeLine now offers FREE adoptions for all senior pets (7 years+) and long-stay dogs (100 days+). When you visit DeKalb County Animal Services, look for these promotional stickers on our kennel cards indicating an adoptable pet with a sponsored fee!

Senior cat free adoption
Senior dog free adoption
Free adoption 100 club


Our Foster to Family program is a great opportunity to bring a pet home for a two-week trial adoption. You’ll even get support from our foster team for those two weeks. This allows you time to ensure the pet is an excellent fit for your family!


Avoid coming to the shelter and browse pets who are available for adoption and currently living in foster homes. Foster parents can provide helpful information about their foster pet to you.


Sometimes situations change and loved pets need to find new homes. You can adopt a pet directly from their current guardians, preventing them from ever spending a night in an animal shelter.


LifeLine supports our U.S. military veterans by partnering with Pets for Patriots to help them adopt a new pet for free. Every Pets for Patriots member receives a fee-waived adoption, a pet gift card, discounts on pet care and so much more.

Working Cats

Working cats are community cats who are not suitable to be household companions and are happiest living outside. Although they are free-roaming, working cats still need shelter, food, water and vet care. Whether at your place of work or even in your yard, outdoor housing can provide community cats with a second chance at a good life.

Working cats provide organic, non-toxic pest control services free of charge! Cats are rodent specialists, but they also do an excellent job removing unwanted insects.

Working cats are a great match for areas with safe outdoor shelters such as barns, warehouses, garden centers or backyards with sheds. 

We recommend that two or more cats are relocated at the same time. Cats form strong bonds, and having a friend at the new site will increase the likelihood that the cats do not run away.

When you adopt working cats, a LifeLine employee will give you a simple but essential relocation protocol to follow to prevent the cats from running away. The protocol involves setting up a home base for the cats and keeping them contained to it for 3–4 weeks minimum. This process will help ensure that your cats adjust to their new home properly.

Yes. Some cats do not know how to hunt, and even those who are good hunters should be given cat food and clean water each day to ensure they’re getting enough to eat.

Working cats can be adopted at no charge and will be fully vaccinated and spayed or neutered. Email us for more information about adopting a working cat.

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We need your help daily to ensure we have enough humane housing for the animals in need. Adopt or foster and save a life!

Updates on our current dog population can be found here.


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