By Collin Kelley

LifeLine Animal Project officially took over the service contract for Fulton County animal services last month. The decade-old non-profit is well known in the community for its no-kill shelter and clinic in Avondale Estates.

LifeLine will provide enforcement and take over running of the county animal shelter for at least five years. The organization’s goal is to make Fulton’s shelter a no-kill as well.

“LifeLine will create an animal services program dedicated to saving lives,” said Rebecca Guinn, executive director and CEO of LifeLine.  “With community support and volunteers, we will focus on local, collaborative, high-volume, and high-impact solutions, while still providing hope for life and love for every animal entering our care.”

With Fulton County’s euthanasia rate one of the highest in the nation, LifeLine wants to follow the example set by other large cities like Los Angeles and Austin that have moved to the low or no-kill model.

With the new responsibilities for Fulton County, LifeLine is also hiring for a number of positions. Check out to see the listings.

Since its inception, LifeLine has provided 55,000 spay and neuters to metro area animals, and in 2012 nearly 4,000 pets received low or no cost vaccinations.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.