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April 10th through April 16th is Animal Care & Control Appreciation Week!
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CANINE FLU ALERT

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.

RABIES ALERT:
Residents in the area of Willow Lake Drive NE in Atlanta should be aware that a STRAY CAT was captured on November 28, 2023. Test results later revealed the cat to be POSITIVE for RABIES.

Community Cats

LifeLine’s Community Cat Program is metro Atlanta’s first and largest Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) assistance program. And, it is dedicated to humanely managing community cat colonies using TNR.

Community cats are free-roaming cats who can be feral from lack of human interaction. Before LifeLine brought TNR to Atlanta, community cats were routinely picked up, taken to county shelters and euthanized. Now, thanks to TNR, cats are trapped, neutered, vaccinated, ear-tipped (to identify them as neutered) and returned back to their neighborhoods. 

Why TNR?

TNR is the only effective method to humanely and dramatically decrease the number of cats. Trapping and removing the cats doesn’t work because new cats will move into the area and breed up to capacity. This is well-documented and called the “vacuum effect.” 

Additionally, relocating cats to a different area is animal abandonment, which falls under animal cruelty crimes in the state of Georgia. Less than 50% of relocated cats survive because they don’t know the dangers in the area and succumb to predators, car tires, starvation, etc.

POPULATION CONTROL

Community cats help control the rat and snake population.

SAFETY

Because cats are spayed or neutered and vaccinated, there is less fighting over mates, howling, marking and disease spread.

SAVES MONEY

TNR saves taxpayers over $3.5 million by keeping cats out of greater Atlanta shelters.

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trapping community

Join the LifeLine Community Cat Program Facebook group to connect with 1,500+ people trapping stray kitties throughout greater metro Atlanta. It’s a great resource!

Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinics in Atlanta

Community Cat Resources

The Community Cat Program assists neighborhoods by:

  • Loaning humane traps and providing easy trapping instructions for TNR
  • Providing education to caretakers and the public about proper cat colony management
  • Offering affordable spay/neuter services at the LifeLine Spay & Neuter Clinics
  • Referring clients to other low-cost and free clinic services
  • Maintaining data on more than 1,000 cat colonies in greater Atlanta


Our Community Cat Program is a resource, not a rescue. We will not remove cats from your property, but we provide the tools to help you humanely manage the cats. For more information on pricing and policy, please refer to our pet care page

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cat trapping instructions

Do you see community cats in need of trapping? Learn how to trap community cats, and we can provide low-cost and free spay/neuter services and resources.

request assistance

We can provide tools and support to effectively and humanely manage community cats. Start by submitting our help request form, and we will provide you with more information.

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