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April 10th through April 16th is 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 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.

Urgent Dogs In Need

Content Warning and Trigger Warning: Euthanasia of Companion Animals

Given the overwhelming number of dogs housed at DeKalb County Animal Services, our team is faced with making extremely difficult and expedited decisions regarding their pathway to a home. The dog profiles you see on this page have the most critical need of leaving the shelter behind, including dogs already on the euthanasia list, urgent dogs, and priority dogs.

Many of the dogs listed below have minor behavioral or health issues which, when paired with our extreme overcrowding, lead to deterioration in a shelter environment. Due to our space capacity and limited resources, we can no longer house them at the shelter and are seeking immediate placement with a foster or adopter where we know they will thrive.

To foster or adopt a dog you see on this page, please only contact urgent@dekalbanimalservices.com. We kindly ask for your patience as we work to respond to all adoption and foster inquiries received to this address. If for any reason you have not heard back from us within 24 hours, please send us a follow-up.


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