There are Humane Societies and other pet friendly organizations throughout the north metro Atlanta area. Here are just a few that are worth checking into, whether you’re looking to adopt, donate or volunteer.

Atlanta Humane Society

981 Howell Mill Road NW, Atlanta, 30318
1565 Mansell Road, Alpharetta, 30009

It is the mission of the AHS to improve animal welfare in the Southeast by providing quality animal services including preventative initiatives, education, advocacy and adoption. The AHS is also focused on providing spay/neuter for pets to put an end to companion animal homelessness and pet overpopulation, performing more than 12,500 surgeries in 2015.

Cherokee County Humane Society

5900 Bells Ferry Road, Acworth, 30102

For the past 13 years, the Cherokee County Humane Society’s primary source of revenue has been their thrift store on Bells Ferry Road. In 2015, the group saved, altered, adopted and vaccinated over 2,000 animals.

Humane Society of Cobb County

148 Fairground Street SE, Marietta, 30060

The Humane Society of Cobb County’s (HSCC) mission is to promote humane welfare and responsible animal guardianship through educational community outreach, shelter, and spay/neuter programs. Their “Recipes to the Rescue” is a fund-raising project that makes a great gift.

DeKalb Animal Services

845 Camp Road, Decatur, 30032
Animal Shelter: 404-294-2996; adoptions: 404-294-2165,

Managed by LifeLine Animal Project, a nonprofit organization, the group promotes pet adoption and provides affordable spaying and neutering, among other services. Since taking management of DeKalb County Animal Services and Fulton County Animal Services in 2013, thousands of lives have been saved and adoptions have been increased by 300 percent.

Fulton County Animal Services

860 Marietta Boulevard NW, Atlanta, 30318
404-613-0358; adoptions: 404-613-0357,

LifeLine Animal Project takes a holistic approach to improving the standard of care for animals in Atlanta through the management of county shelters, adoption programs, spay and neuter clinics and community outreach efforts.

Gwinnett Humane Society

3370 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville, 30044; 770-798-7711,

Among the nonprofit’s accomplishments is the Pat-A-Pet program. It provides pet therapy to residents of assisted living and nursing home facilities, improving the quality of life and promoting the joys of living with companion animals.

PAWS Atlanta

5287 Covington Highway, Decatur, 30035

Founded in 1966, PAWS Atlanta is a private, not-for-profit animal welfare organization that was originally known as the DeKalb Humane Society. It provides love, nutrition, medical care and basic training to enrich the lives of homeless animals until permanent, safe homes can be found.

Kathy Dean is a freelance writer and editor based in metro Atlanta.