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Animal shelter plans to top 80 percent save rate in DeKalb
by Christine Fonville
June 17, 2014 10:08 AM | 4016 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
July 1 will mark the one-year anniversary of LifeLine Animal Project’s takeover of the operations of the DeKalb County Animal Services shelter and Rebecca Guinn, CEO and founder of the nonprofit, said the shelter has seen some challenges but also many successes.

Most importantly, Guinn said, the facility has seen a dramatic increase in adoptions — more than 300 percent — at the shelter and a decrease in euthanasia of pets.

“Our goal is always to increase the number of animals who leave the shelter alive and through working with various rescue groups and by running promotions and programs, we’ve been able to get people’s attention and have them be more aware of the shelter,” she said.

For example, throughout June the shelter is offering a Dog Days of Summer adoption special where cats and dogs older than six months are $25 and the fees include spay or neuter surgery, vaccinations and microchipping.

Although Guinn said the nonprofit uses creativity and collaborations to get people into the shelter, the facilities themselves were a big a challenge when the organization first stepped in.

“It’s an older building that was constructed in the 1980s and it has a lot of issues, but we’re always working to improve the quality of care the animals receive at the shelter,” she said.

Making sure every animal is vaccinated during the intake process and separating puppies, who often times have more vulnerable immune systems, from adult dogs are just a few steps the nonprofit has taken to ensure the facility is a cleaner, healthier environment.

Now, Guinn said, the organization’s goal is to keep increasing the number of animal lives saved in the county and keep more pets out of the shelter.

“We want any animal that comes into the shelter healthy to leave alive,” she said. “We currently have a save rate of about 80 percent and we want that number to grow next year. We also want to prevent more animals from coming into the shelter by providing the community with low-cost or no-cost spay and neuter programs as well as providing other resources, like pet supplies and counselors to try and keep a pet that already has a home with its family.”

To learn more about the shelter, visit

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