Dekalb animal shelter passes no-kill resolution

On Nov. 7 the Dekalb County Commission adopted a “no-kill” resolution for the Dekalb Animal Shelter.

No-Kill status means a shelter will save 90% of the animals in its care.

Public Relations Director of LifeLine Animal Project Karen Hirsch helped to push the adoption of the no-kill resolution.

“The 10% typically represents animals who are severely injured, sick, too aggressive to adopt out or ordered to be put down by a judge,” said Hirsch.

“A no-kill community is one that believes that every healthy, adoptable dog and healthy cat should be saved and that its focus should be on saving as many lives as possible through pet adoption, spay/neuter, trap-neuter-return and other community support programs,” said Hirsch.

LifeLine Animal Project took over Dekalb animal shelter in 2013 before the shelter was county run. Lifeline took charge with the goal of eventually achieving no-kill status.

“We could tell that a no-kill resolution was something the community and Lifeline both really wanted, so when it was finally passed we were ecstatic,” said Hirsch.  

Dekalb County is the first county in metro Atlanta to pass a resolution like this. The only other county to adopt this resolution in Georgia is Columbus. Dekalb Animal shelter estimates the resolution will be in full effect by Dec. 31, 2018.

Dekalb county animal shelter takes in 25-30 animals each day. Once the no-kill resolution is in full effect the shelter will save over 9,000 animals every year.

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