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Atlanta has everything you’ll need to find and fall in love with a new, furry family member. Rescue a puppy or kitten that has been abandoned or mistreated; not only will you gain a friend for life, but you’ll also provide a loving home for a needy animal.

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Atlanta Pet Rescue & Adoption Inc.
720 14th St.
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 815-6680

Price:  $275-$325 for dogs and $125 for cats.
Hours: Tues to Fri –11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday – noon to 5:00 p.m. 

This no-kill shelter regularly canvases animal control facilities to save cats and dogs from being unduly euthanized. The animals are handled with love and care, treated, vaccinated and spayed or neutered. To date, Atlanta Pet Rescue & Adoption Inc. has placed more than 9,000 cats and dogs in loving homes. The shelter houses about 40 dogs/puppies and 10 cats/kittens at a time.

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PAWS Atlanta
5287 Covington Hwy.
Decatur, GA 30035
(770) 593-1155

Price:  $175-$225 and $75-$100 for cats and kittens
Hours: Mon – noon-4:00 p.m. Tues to Fri – noon to 6:00 p.m. Sat and Sun – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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PAWS Atlanta just celebrated its 45th anniversary, and its dedication to matching adoptable pets with loving owners is stronger than ever. Founded in 1966, PAWS Atlanta is a private, nonprofit no-kill animal rescue organization that provides love, nutrition, medical care and basic training for homeless pets until permanent, safe homes are found. In addition to pet adoption services, PAWS Atlanta also provides low-cost vaccinations, spay and neutering services, and education.

Humane Society of Forsyth County
4440 Keith Bridge Rd.
Cumming, GA 30041
(770) 887-6480

Price: $200 to $300 for puppies and dogs; $90 to $120 for cats and kittens.
Hours: Daily – 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The Forsyth County Humane Society is one of the city’s few no-kill shelters in the area. The shelter is run by volunteers and receives no funding from the state or local governments. The facility is open seven days a week for adoptions and houses up to 25 dogs and 35 cats, who roam freely in comfortable rooms. In addition to adoptions, the Humane Society of Forsyth County also offers low cost spay and neutering programs for cats and dogs.

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