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, 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, are placed in foster homes where they 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.
We believe in the healing power of the animal-human bond so we support programs benefiting the elderly, at-risk youth and injured soldiers transitioning to civilian life.
Of course, we wouldn’t have been successful in saving more than 16,000 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.