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DeKalb County animal shelter plans to put down 150 dogs due to overcrowding, asks community for help

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — The LifeLine Animal Project asked the public to consider adopting a furry friend this week due to extreme shelter overcrowding in DeKalb County.

LifeLine said 150 dogs need to find homes in the next seven days, or they will have to be euthanized due to the lack of space in the shelter.

As of Tuesday, officials said there were 593 dogs at the DeKalb County shelter.

“We are heartbroken that we are out of options to ensure the well-being and safety of the dogs, staff, and volunteers,” LifeLine wrote on Facebook. “We are at a point in DeKalb where we have no room to humanely house the dogs, nor space for incoming pets in need.”

LifeLine said the shelter requires the following:

  • Adopters and foster homes, especially for medium to large-sized dogs
  • Volunteer support for finding homes for each dog
  • Staffing for animal care

Adoptions are $23 in January at any LifeLine location, including their pop-up shelter in Midtown Atlanta.

Click here to learn how to adopt a furry friend or volunteer.

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