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Helping Those Who Cannot Help Themselves at the Atlanta Pet Rescue

By Elisha Neubauer

Every county has a pet shelter, so why is there a need for other, third party shelters and rescues? Unfortunately, it is sad to say, there is actually a dire need. In fact, there just aren't enough facilities able to come to the aid of these homeless creatures. More animals wind up in county-run shelters than can be managed, all across the country. While some have a chance at a forever home through adoption, many face slim chances of survival. This is where Atlanta Pet Rescue comes in.

Rachel Pomberg, Director of Communications and Development for Atlanta Pet Rescue, sat down with us to share a little bit about the facility and the work it strives to do right here in the Atlanta area. "Atlanta Pet Rescue and Adoption (APRA) is a non-profit, no-kill shelter dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating dogs and cats so they can be adopted into safe and loving forever homes," she begins.

She tells us that more than ninety thousand companion pets are euthanized every year- just in the animal control facilities here, in the Metro Atlanta area. As if that wasn't a scary enough number, approximately four million are euthanized nationwide! "APRA was established in 2000 and since then we have rescued over nineteen thousand animals and continue to rescue and adopt out over nine hundred a year," she states.

Pomberg tells us that the Atlanta Pet Rescue operates seven days a week, all year long. Quite impressive, by any standard. Obviously, this creates a dire need for volunteers, and they're always looking for more! "Our volunteers help us in so many ways," she boasts. "From answering the phones and greeting potential adopters, to assisting us with rehabilitating our pets by providing socialization and training, to supporting our adoption program by facilitating off-site adoption events- the list goes on!"

We can tell just from talking with Pomberg exactly how much the volunteers mean to the facility, as she continues to explain how much they rely on those who lend a hand. "We are so grateful for the support we receive from our volunteers and new members are always welcome," she tells us.

When it comes to adopters, they're equally as appreciated. Without adopters, the program wouldn't work. The staff and volunteers of Atlanta Pet Rescue like to really take their time with potential adopters, to help them understand the brevity of pet adoption. It also helps them to ensure the right pet is paired with the right family. "Pet adoption is life-long, through the good and the bad," she details. "An adopter must consider the long-term, not just the now. We advise that when considering adopting a pet that one considers it as they would a family member- something they won't discard."

While the Atlanta Pet Rescue cannot accept strays or abandoned animals directly from the public, they are able to help point you in the right direction. "By law in the state of Georgia, any stray or abandoned animal must be remanded to the animal control facility of the county in which it is found," Pomberg affirms. "This is to ensure that efforts are made to locate the possible owner of the animal before it is pulled by a rescue organization or adopted by another family."

The facility does work with other rescue groups, shelters and animal control facilities all over the state to rescue highly adoptable dogs and cats from county-run shelters in order to help the process of finding forever homes for these down on their luck animals. "We temperament test the dogs to ensure that the ones we pick have the potential to be great pets," their website states. All of the animals we save are vaccinated, treated for parasites, microchipped, and spayed or neutered."

For more information on becoming a volunteer, donating, or adopting, you can visit the website www.atlantapetrescue.org for links, contact information, and more.

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Elisha Neubauer is a freelance editor, ghostwriter, book reviewer, and author. She is...

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