Pets are Family: Community Programs to Keep Pets Out of the Shelter

March 2020 by Rebecca Guinn

Audience: Executive Leadership, Shelter/Rescue Staff & Volunteers, Veterinary Team

Video Length: 47:15

Rebecca Guinn, Lifeline Animal Project CEO, talks about current community programs in Atlanta focused on keeping pets and people together. In this presentation, she shares stories about how past experiences and initiatives have shaped some of the most innovative ideas for community programs in the country. Leave with ideas to take back to your own community.

This presentation was recorded at the 2020 American Pets Alive conference.

About Rebecca Guinn

In 2002 Rebecca left behind a successful law career to start LifeLine Animal Project. There she implemented a long-term strategy to redefine metro Atlanta's practices and philosophies regarding caring for companion animals. In 2013, LifeLine was awarded the management contracts for Atlanta's Fulton and DeKalb County animal shelters, where the organization has more than doubled lifesaving rates. Under Rebecca's leadership, LifeLine also operates its own No Kill shelter, which focuses on animals with special medical or behavioral needs.

LifeLine's community cat program, the first and largest organized trap-neuter-return assistance program in Atlanta, has sterilized and vaccinated over 37,000 community cats. As an extension of this program, LifeLine also provides free vaccines, spay/neuter, and other assistance to thousands of pets belonging to low-income Atlantans. Additionally, two LifeLine spay and neuter clinics comprise the largest spay/neuter provider in Georgia, having performed over 120,000 surgeries to date.


 

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