Animal rescue

Local animal rescue organizations face challenges –

As the cost of living rises in a booming economy, officials from local animal protection and rescue organizations say they face a number of challenges and are trying to come up with creative solutions to help the animals. homeless pet.

In June, officials from Lifeline Animal Project, a nonprofit organization that operates animal services in Fulton and DeKalb counties, released an update on the status of their shelters and how they are “coping to the aftershocks of the pandemic”.

“For animal shelters, the challenges include overcrowded and understaffed facilities, higher admissions and fewer adopters, and a substantial decrease in rescue transfer support,” Lifeline officials said. . “In the Atlanta metro area, we have had to restrict admission at various levels due to severe overcapacity at the county’s two shelters.”

To help reduce overcrowding at shelters, Lifeline officials said they are trying to “change the response when it comes to lost or stray animals” and are asking neighbors and community members to help each other out. find the owner of a lost animal instead of immediately turning an animal over to a Lifeline shelter.

“If we as a community could shift our focus to support each other in creative and practical ways, shelters wouldn’t be overcrowded with lost animals missing their families or abandoned animals looking for a new one. hearth,” officials said. “There will always be a need for shelters to help animals in emergencies and victims of animal cruelty, but the real safety net for pets is a caring community – neighbors helping each other. “

A list of resources is available at that officials ask residents to use before bringing an animal into their facilities.

Kristie Wilder, executive director of iWag, a nonprofit dog rescue organization whose mission is to develop programs, products and services that help end the homeless animal crisis, said the Most animal welfare organizations experience the same difficulties.

“We’re seeing much lower adoption rates now than we’ve seen for at least 10 years and we’re seeing much higher abandonment rates,” she said. “Anyone who has a physical location also faces issues of labor shortages and supply shortages.”

In addition to these challenges, Wilder and his team are also looking for a new location for iWag.

“The building housing our existing Decatur shelter (at 715 E College Ave.) has been sold and will be demolished and redeveloped this fall,” Wilder said in a statement posted on iWag’s website.

“Unfortunately, we encountered unexpected obstacles during the development of our new refuge. Right now, a new Decatur location is up in the air.

To help find homes for the remaining dogs in their care before the August 31 deadline, iWag is offering free basic adoptions and deep training discounts — both worth $399.

“We currently have about 30 dogs that we are looking to find homes for, but it’s a moving target every day,” Wilder said. “We have special dogs that need special homes, so we’re asking anyone who might be interested in adoption to start with our application to make the process quick and easy.”

For those who can’t adopt but want to help local animal welfare organizations, Wilder recommends fostering, volunteering, donating and spreading the word in the community through social media platforms.

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