DeKalb County Commission adopts ‘No Kill’ resolution for animal shelter

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt November 10, 2017

A dog at the DeKalb County animal shelter. File photo by Ellie Ritter

The DeKalb County Commission passed a “No Kill” resolution for its animal shelter during its Nov. 7 meeting.

The county hopes for the shelter to achieve no kill status by Dec. 31, 2018. According to a press release from Best Friends Animal Society, “By doing so, DeKalb became the second county in the state of Georgia and the first county in metro Atlanta to pass a No Kill resolution.”

Being “no kill” means the shelter saves 90 percent of the animals in its care.

“This is an exciting time for Atlantans who care about shelter pets. DeKalb County is committing to a positive outcome for at least 90 percent of the pets in their care, which is the national benchmark to be considered no kill,” Best Friends’ Mid-Atlantic and Southeast Regional Director Marc Peralta said in a press release. “It’s the goal of Best Friends to make America no kill by 2025 and this region is key to making that happen.”

Karen Hirsch, a spokesperson for the LifeLine Animal Project which managers DeKalb’s shelter, said, “We are thrilled that DeKalb County has made the progressive move of becoming the first county in Metro Atlanta to approve a No-Kill Resolution. The passage of this resolution further supports our goal to make Atlanta a no-kill city for shelter pets.”

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