Is It Too Hard To Adopt A Pet In Metro Atlanta?

Metro Atlanta has a lot of worthwhile organizations and groups that find good homes for needy pets.

Ruffus Rescue is an all-volunteer dog rescue group that holds a dog adoption event most Saturdays in Virginia Highland. Brookhaven's Citydog Market hosts pet rescue and adoption organizations during most summer weekends.

LifeLine Animal Project, which operates a no-kill shelter in Avondale Estates, waived its $80-$120 adoption fees earlier this year members of Girl Scouts. Later, the organization did the same for teachers and educators.

Most recently, the founder of Buckhead's Anisa International cosmetics company has promised to match every dollar donated to LifeLine up to $25,000, before Dec. 31.

And the holiday season also brings up the question of whether its a good idea to give a pet as a gift. Giving a puppy or a kitten, or even an older animal, as a gift during the holiday season may sound like a great idea to some, but it may not be in reality.

But some people think that adopting a pet in metro Atlanta is a hassle, with too much paperwork and screening, not to mention often-high adoption fees.

So Patch wants to know: do you think its too hard to adopt a pet these days? Or are these organizations simply doing all they can to make sure our furry friends find the best home possible? Did you bring a new pet into your home over the holidays? Click on the link below and share your opinions in the comments…

See the original post here: Is It Too Hard To Adopt A Pet In Metro Atlanta? – North Druid Hills-Briarcliff, GA Patch

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Fenris, Tuiren, Socks & Scylla

I think some groups make it nearly impossible to adopt the animals in their care. One group refused to even consider adopting to me because I lived 30 minutes outside of their “service” area. I also think these “groups” are the reason puppy mills thrive. I know one woman who really wanted to adopt because she wanted to save a dog. But the rescue groups were so demanding and inflexible that she gave up and purchased a dog from Petland. One group refused to even talk with her as she didn’t have a local veterinarian. Since she didn’t have any… Read more »

8 years ago

It is a problem. I think it’s time there was a voluntary agency that offers accreditation to rescues. That way there can be some nationwide standard of operation. I think that would also help when people choose to financially support rescues. And it may help with the problem of rescues crossing over and becoming hoarding situations.

8 years ago

I think it’s important that shelters do screening of potential adopters to try to ensure they will provide their pet a good forever home, as long as some flexibility is allowed. Most people will be good pet parents, but there are some to be careful of. The special low prices to increase adoptions are fantastic, hope that continues. Just because someone is low income, they can usually provide a loving home too in most cases.I support all efforts to increase adoptions, spay/neuter and decrease euthanasia. Adoptions for holiday promotions are great, pets should not be surprise gifts though, make sure… Read more »