DeKalb animal shelter in desperate need to find homes for at least 150 dogs

Adoption fees are reduced to just $23 in January
DeKalb County Animal Services desperately needs the community’s help to find homes for at least 150 dogs.
Published: Jan. 25, 2023 at 10:53 AM EST
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CHAMBLEE, Ga. (Atlanta News First) - When Denise Carter was looking for a dog for her family, it didn’t take long when she got to Dekalb County Animal Services.

“He was the only dog in the kennel not barking,” she said.

That made ‘Crunchy’ stand out.

“We just left his name as Crunchy because the first thing he did was grab all of my Ugg boots and throw them in the air,” she said.

Her kids fell in love, and she couldn’t imagine life without him now.

“Crunchy is just family,” said Carter.

Lifeline Animal Project, which manages the Dekalb County shelter said they need more dog parents like Denise Carter, because they are well over capacity. The shelter was built in 2017 to house about 450 dogs. There are almost 600 dogs being housed now.

“With shelters always having issues with overcrowding, I thought, one, I could help alleviate that, and two, be able to give a dog a home,” said Carter.

“Anybody that has worked in the animal welfare community can say for sure this is absolutely the most dire situation we’ve ever been in,” said Lane Johnson, placement manager at Dekalb County Animal Services.

Euthanasia is the last resort, and it’s not what Lifeline wants to do, but it’s not off the table. That is how dire the need is. Johnson said if you can’t adopt, you can foster for a little while.

“I kept a small dog in my house over Christmas time, that helps,” said Johnson.

Adding to the troubles, after an outbreak of the canine flu affected all three lifeline shelters, the county had to open up temporary shelter in midtown. Adoption fees have been reduced to $23 in for the month of January.

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Posted by Dekalb County Animal Services on Tuesday, January 24, 2023