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Best Friends and APRA

On October 1st, 2016, Atlanta Pet Rescue and Adoption (APRA) will be joining Best Friends Animal Society, becoming Best Friends – Atlanta. The center will serve as a lifesaving hub for animals and also a base from which we can fill in gaps in local programming and build a coalition to help the metro-Atlanta area in its final push to no-kill. Best Friends already has centers in Los Angeles, New York and Utah. Now, with the joining of APRA, Best Friends- Atlanta can help strengthen the no-kill movement in the southeast as well. Together with quality animal welfare organizations throughout the country, we will bring no-kill to animals all across the nation. Together, we will Save Them All.

With this opportunity, the success and legacy of APRA will be able to continue well into the future, with greater reach and impact not only in the metro-Atlanta area but also throughout the southeast.  In the last 16 years, APRA – with your help – has saved over 19,000 animals, and now we will be able to do so much more.

Please join us in welcoming Best Friends to Atlanta!

We are happy to answer your questions. Please feel free to contact us comments@atlantapetrescue.org


Who is Best Friends

Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization focused exclusively on ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. A leader in the no-kill movement, Best Friends runs the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals, as well as lifesaving programs in partnership with rescue groups and shelters across the country. Since its founding in 1984, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in American shelters from 17 million per year to an estimated 4 million. By continuing to build effective initiatives that reduce the number of animals entering shelters and increase the number who find homes, Best Friends and its nationwide network of members and partners are working to Save Them All.

Best Friends is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Learn more at bestfriends.org.


Join us for Strut Your Mutt

Strut Your Mutt is no ordinary dog walking event. Join Team Atlanta Pet Rescue and Adoption and help us raise money to end the killing of pets in America’s shelters. This fundraising festival includes interactive games and activities for you, your dog and your whole family!  So, register today, spread the word and get your friends and family involved and break those sneakers in for a day of lifesaving milestones.

Strut Your Mutt, Saturday, September 24th, Historic Old Fourth Ward Park

JOIN or DONATE to Team Atlanta Pet Rescue and Adoption today!



About Us

Dogs and cats of all ages and breeds wind up at county-run animal control facilities all across the United States. Some are picked up as strays while others are surrendered by their owners for various reasons.  Either way, these animals’ chances for survival are slim.  This is where Atlanta Pet Rescue & Adoption makes a difference – at least in Georgia. We work with other rescue groups, shelters and animal control facilities all over the state to rescue highly adoptable dogs and cats.

We temperament test the dogs to ensure that the ones we pick have the potential to be great pets.  All of the animals we save are vaccinated, treated for parasites, microchipped, and spayed or neutered. Many require additional, expensive medical care such as treatment for heartworms, mange and other curable conditions including broken bones.  Those animals with special needs, whether physical or psychological, receive extra care in a nurturing environment to prepare them for adoption.

We pride ourselves on our enrichment program, which sets us apart from most shelters.  Socialization is important for dogs and cats, so our pets spend their days in communal pens with access to the outdoors. Dogs also get individual “quiet time” for their maximum well-being.  And positive reinforcement training keeps the dogs mentally challenged, making them more adoptable and helping them transition into new homes more easily.

Our adoption program also is unique in that we do everything possible to ensure that adopters understand the responsibility of pet ownership and choose the dog or cat best suited to their lifestyles.  Our commitment to our adopters and pets doesn’t end there as we provide post-adoption support for as long as it is needed.

Of course, we wouldn’t have been successful in saving more than 18,800 dogs and cats without our staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to care for our animals from intake through adoption.  In addition to basic care, they provide much-needed affection and maintain high standards for shelter cleanliness.