Best Friends in Atlanta

Best Friends in Atlanta

An Update to Best Friends in Atlanta (May 2021)

The Atlanta program has transitioned out of our facility to a fully virtual foster-based model.

Our office can now be found at:​
1692 Oak Street SE
​Marietta, GA 30060
*by appointment only, no pets onsite

We are excited to announce that Best Friends programs in New York and Atlanta have combined forces to create a new collaborative East Coast corridor solution to lifesaving. This collaboration has been supporting lifesaving work through COVID-19, and will grow to support lifesaving programs all along the East Coast. To learn more about this change focused on sustained lifesaving impact, please read Julie Castle’s blog post.

Best Friends works collaboratively with Atlanta-area shelters, animal welfare organizations and individuals to save the lives of pets in shelters in the region and all across the country. Join this lifesaving work today.

For up-to-date COVID-19 information about adopting, fostering or volunteering, please visit our COVID-19 Updates page.

Foster with Best Friends in Atlanta

Fosters wanted! Fostering is one of the biggest ways you can have an impact on a pet’s life. Best Friends’ Atlanta foster program saves lives every day and it’s easy to get started. Sign up to foster today!

Adopting a Pet

At this time, all of our animals are currently residing in foster homes. Adoptions will take place remotely through an online meet & greet request form and video-conference meet-and-greets.*

To adopt a new pet:
• Search our available pets
• Complete the meet & greet request specifying the particular pet you are interested in meeting.
• An adoption counselor will contact you directly to schedule a virtual meet-and-greet. Please note, meet & greet requests are reviewed on a first-come-first-served system.
• Following the virtual meet-and-greet, the adoption can be finalized and arrangements will be made for you to officially pickup your new best friend!

*We can only facilitate in-person meet and greets for adult dogs if requested or necessary.

Adoption Prices:
Adult Dogs – $50
Puppies – $100
Adult Cats – $25
Kittens – $50

If you adopt a pair of kittens or cats, you only pay one adoption fee!

Interested in learning more about a specific animal or have a general adoption question? Email our adoptions team at

Looking to meet even more pets? Find a network partner near you.

Volunteer Opportunities

Best Friends Lifesaving Dog and Cat Transport Program

Best Friends in Atlanta works collaboratively with animal shelters across Georgia and the Southeast to save the lives of homeless dogs and cats by transporting them north to increase their adoption opportunities. This program fills a critical role in reducing shelter overpopulation in the Southeast and is an extension of our work being done in Atlanta and the Southeast region. This program is growing and has many opportunities to get involved, including temporary fostering of transport animals, vehicle set up, and driving assistance. For more information, please email or visit our volunteer page.

Cobb County Community Cat Program

The Community Cat Program has transitioned to Good Mews Animal Foundation. Please contact them for help with TNR or cat-related issues in Cobb County. They can be reached at or 770-262-0514.

Questions? We’re here to help. Please feel free to contact us at

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Lowndes County Statistics

Did you know that we are the only rescue that can pull cats from the Lowndes County Animal Shelter? That means that our efforts to spay/neuter, adopt, foster, among other programs are crucial to saving the lives of hundreds of cats every year! In our thirty years as an organization, our main focus has been to spay and neuter. One of our biggest projects in the recent years has been our TNR program (Trap-Neuter-Return). The numbers don’t lie. The more animals we are able to spay/neuter, the less must enter the shelter, causing a decrease in the amount of animals euthanized in the county shelter every year. Because of this hard work and our efforts to end overpopulation, the city of Valdosta will one day be no kill!

What is no kill? A no kill community means that more than 90% of the animals that enter a shelter make it out alive. In short, it means that animals are given a chance to survive and find a furever home rather than be euthanized for space or due to behavioral issues.

What does it mean to spay and neuter? The word ‘spay’ refers to the sterilization of female pets. The term ‘neuter’ be used to describe the sterilization of either female or male pets through the removal of reproductive organs.

What is TNR? Trap-Neuter-Return is an effective and humane way of controlling the feral cat population by capturing them (trapping), spaying/neutering, giving a rabies vaccine (Neuter), and releasing back to where they came from (Return).

Through three different programs (TNR, low cost spay/neuter, and citizen assist spay/neuter) as well as community engagement and education, we have seen a decrease in the amount of cats entering the shelter, and the amount of cats being euthanized in the shelter. Cats are self sufficient animals.

Unless they are too young, or sick or injured, there is no need to take them in. They can live their whole lives happily outside (and even happier if they are spay/neutered).

Check out our statistics below for a glimpse of the impacts our efforts have had!

Lowndes County Animal Shelter annual statistics: cats euthanized versus cats out alive

Cats Euthanized201720182019
1st Quarter23816188
2nd Quarter494701345
3rd Quarter432550269
4th Quarter337408160
Yearly Totals15011820862
Cats Out Alive201720182019
1st Quarter87120229
2nd Quarter16318212
3rd Quarter1698280
4th Quarter1215241
Yearly Totals540151962



Lowndes County Animal Shelter cat euthanasia and cat intake versus The Humane Society of Valdosta/Lowndes County’s trap-neuter-returned cats

  2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
TNR Cats 113 600 488 332 269 919 1310
Euthanasia 2144 1442 1436 1563 1501 1161 862
  2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
TNR Cats 113 600 488 332 269 919 1310
LCAS Cat Intake 2781 2225 2085 2180 2061 1972 1775

**Please note: The Humane Society of Valdosta/Lowndes County is NOT a kill shelter. We are a rescue who works with the Lowndes County Animal Shelter (a kill shelter) to save as many animals as possible from being killed. these numbers show that spaying and neutering does make a difference, as it dramatically decreases the population of homeless animals**

Thank you everyone who has made a nomination for our Animal Welfare Heroes, 2022 Contest

Thank you everyone who has made a nomination for our Animal Welfare Heroes, 2022 Contest

I wish to thank everyone who has made a nomination for our Animal Welfare Heroes, 2022 Contest.

In reviewing the nominations, I have a few observations. Many nominations do not explain why they are nominating someone. This is important. Please amend your nomination if this applies to you.

Also, we will need the telephone number and email address of the person nominated. In many cases, we do not have this information. Please provide it.

At the end of the contest, on March 1, 2022, we will be contacting nominees to encourage them to provide additional details to us for the benefit of our three independent judges. I want everyone to have a fair opportunity in this contest. We also hope to later tell the stories of these nominees in the media.

If you should need assistance supplementing your nominations, please send an email to, and copy me with your email at

Finally, I wish to thank everyone for participating in this contest. It is seldom that our Animal Welfare Heroes receive recognition, and this contest aims to publicize the efforts of those who work diligently to save the lives of innocent animals.

As a reminder, you can nominate five different individuals for this contest.