Animal shelter

Metro Atlanta animal shelter is overcrowded, here’s how you can help ’empty the shelter’ – WSB-TV Channel 2

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — County animal shelters are in crisis.

“Adoptions have slowed considerably; it could be due to the housing and rental crisis and inflation across the county and pets in shelters are staying longer,” said Brittany Schlacter of the Bissell Pet Foundation.

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Paws Atlanta shelter manager Laura Mckelvey said Channel 2 Action News they are constantly full.

“The worst thing about all of this is that our county shelters are really struggling so Dekalb as everyone knows at this point really needs a lot of help, Fulton needs a lot of help , but we couldn’t help them because our shelter is also full,” Mckelvey said.

To help with overcrowding, the Bissell Pet Foundation is hosting its longest-running National Summer Adoption Event “Empty the Shelters” July 11-July 31. The event reduces adoption fees at shelters from zero to $25 per animal.


“We’ve helped more than 96,000 pets find loving homes,” Schlacter said.

Two hundred and eighty shelters in 42 states are participating, including seven shelters here in Georgia. Mckelvey says Paws Atlanta in Decatur has already seen an increase in adoption applications.

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“Every time we do the empty the shelter event, we find that we’re able to double our adoptions or we’re able to get out long term,” McKelvey said. “It’s just a positive event.”

If you can’t adopt a dog right now, you can help local shelters by volunteering or adopting a pet.