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January 30, 2017

3 No-Kill Animal Shelters and Pet Adoption Centers in Atlanta, GA


If you live in Georgia, the Atlanta Humane Society is an excellent place to adopt a pet, learn about animal care, and volunteer your time.  But AHS isn’t the only animal shelter or dog adoption center in the Atlanta area.  There are many other quality organizations that are worth checking out, too.  To help you get started finding the right match for you, our Atlanta dog sitters have compiled a list of three great, no-kill dog shelters and animal welfare organizations located in Atlanta or the surrounding communities.  

3 No-Kill Cat and Dog Adoption Centers Located in or Near Atlanta, GA  

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There are numerous animal shelters in and around Atlanta, so you have plenty of options if you’re thinking about adopting a dog, fostering a dog, or simply volunteering your time.  Each organization has a different culture and set of policies, so just make sure that you feel comfortable with the organization before you make any major commitments.  It can be tempting to grab the first cute puppy or cat you see; but once you compare a few organizations, you might discover that you “click” better with one than the other.   

With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of your options.  Our list is compiled alphabetically, and only features shelters with no-kill policies.  

Furkids Animal Rescue & Shelters  

Furkids describes itself as “Georgia’s Largest Animal Rescue and No-Kill Shelters.”  Furkids is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization.  

  • Features 
    • No-kill policy 
    • Cage-free policy  
    • Has both dogs and cats 
    • Newsletter  
    • Thrift store with proceeds going toward Furkids programs 
    • Volunteer opportunities, including unique opportunities for teens and children under age 18  
  • Contact 
    • Phone, Cats – (770) 613-0880 
    • Phone, Dogs – (678) 624-1003 
    • Email, Adoptions – adopt (at) furkids (dot) org 
    • Email, Donations/General – info (at) furkids (dot) org 
    • Email, Fostering – foster (at) furkids (dot) org 
    • Email, Volunteering – volunteer (at) furkids (dot) org 
  • Location – Multiple, see complete list here (includes Alpharetta, Atlanta, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Smyrna)  
  • Hours – See specific hours for each location  

PAWS Atlanta  

PAWS Atlanta, a 501(c)(3) organization, is a no-kill pet adoption center that also provides veterinary care, behavioral training, and other services to pet owners and dog lovers located in and near Decatur.   

  • Features 
    • No-kill policy 
    • Animal education summer camps for kids  
    • Animal fostering  
    • Dental services  
    • Free-roaming cottage for cats  
    • Newsletter  
    • Pet food bank  
    • Pet matching services for seniors  
    • Spay and neuter services 
    • Vaccinations  
    • Volunteer opportunities  
    • Walking trails and off-leash areas on premises  
  • Contact 
    • Phone – (770) 593-1155 
    • Email – info (at) pawsatlanta (dot) org 
  • Location – PAWS Atlanta  
                           5287 Covington Highway  
                           Decatur, GA 30035 
  • Hours  
    • Monday to Friday – 12:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.  
    • Saturday to Sunday – 10 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.  

Best Friends Animal Society (Pet Adoption Center)  

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According to its website, “For over 30 years, Best Friends Animal Society has been running the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals and building effective programs that reduce the number of animals entering shelters.”  Together with Atlanta Pet Rescue and Adoption (APRA), Best Friends, which is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, locally operates a pet adoption center in Atlanta.   

  • Features 
    • No-kill policy 
    • Action Network to contact government officials about changing animal legislation  
    • Initiatives to fight puppy mills  
    • Initiatives to fight policies that endanger or discriminate against Pit Bulls  
    • Mobile updates available  
    • Numerous events and benefits, including “Strut Your Mutt,” workshops, and the Best Friends National Conference  
    • Spay and neuter education  
    • Volunteer opportunities  
  • Contact – (404) 815-6680 
  • Location – Best Friends Pet Adoption Center 
                           4874 South Atlanta Road
                           Atlanta, GA  30339 
  • Hours  
    • Tuesday to Friday – 12:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.  
    • Saturday to Sunday – 11:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.  

And don’t forget: in addition to these three wonderful organizations, AHS is another great option for adopting, fostering, or volunteering, too.   

Dog Walkers and Cat Sitters in Atlanta, Buckhead, Smyrna, and More 

We’re glad you’re exploring the exciting possibility of adopting a pet, fostering a pet, or simply donating your time or money to help save the life of a puppy, kitten, dog, or cat.  Once your new best friend is settled into your house, please feel free to contact Critter Sitters for all of your dog sitting, dog walking, or cat sitting needs.  Our dedicated team of experienced, caring, reliable pet nannies features:  

Don’t see your town or city on the list above?  Don’t worry – we cover a huge service area including dozens of communities large and small throughout the Atlanta metro area.  

To learn more about the pet care services Critter Sitters provides, or if you’d like to book your first appointment, give us a call at (404) 973-2541.  Carol, our Manager of Customer Relations, will help schedule you for your free initial consultation.