Screen Shot 2014-05-23 at 4.40.12 PMBecause of an influx of animals to Fulton County Animal Services (FCAS) and DeKalb County Animal Services (DCAS), the shelters are overrun with dogs, cats, puppies and kittens. FCAS is waiving the adoption fee on all adoptable animals from Friday, May 23, to Monday, May 26. Similarly, DCAS is offering reduced adoption fees of only $20 for dogs over six months and $10 for cats over six months until the end of May.

According to FCAS Director Lara Hudson, her shelter is beyond its comfortable capacity. “This shelter was originally designed to house only 80 animals at a time, but can comfortably house about 250,” says Hudson “Today we are housing 350 dogs and cats, so we are asking the community to step in and save lives by adopting dogs and cats free of charge.”

DCAS Shelter Director Susan Feingold says that besides needing the public to adopt their wonderful dogs and cats, they also need help fostering underage kittens. “We’ve had so many kittens too young to adopt come into our shelter that would do much better in foster homes,” she says. “The public can help us by fostering kittens for a few weeks.”

Adopters at both FCAS and DCAS will receive a dog or cat that has been spayed or neutered, has had all vaccines and is microchipped – a $200 value. To view animals available for adoption, or for the shelter’s address and phone number, please visit the shelter or visit for FCAS or for DCAS.

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.