[accordion] [acc_item title=”How do I identify and report animal cruelty?”]It is important to know what constitutes cruelty in the eyes of the law before proceeding with any actions to fight it. Click here for more information.[/acc_item] [acc_item title=”What is the main difference between the Atlanta Humane Society and the many organizations that solicit funds from me through the mail like Humane Society of the United States, PETA, American Humane Association, etc.?”]The Atlanta Humane Society operates a shelter which receives and houses animals with a trackable adoption program and deals directly hands-on with animals and their problems. AHS efforts provide immediate and critical services such as sheltering for the unwanted, abandoned, abused, and injured on a regional scale. The Atlanta Humane Society is your local Animal Care and Community Center, and your financial support is vital to our success.[/acc_item] [acc_item title=”If I make a gift to a national organization like HSUS, American Humane Association or PETA, does the AHS receive a portion of my gift?”]No. There is no national organization which financially supports local shelters. The AHS is like over 3,000 other humane shelters in this country in being a non-profit independent organization which takes in funds to provide services and programs for their individual communities. Supporting your local shelter supports your community.[/acc_item] [acc_item title=”Where does the money come from to support the animal welfare services and programs provided by the Atlanta Humane Society?”]The AHS does not receive federal or local governmental funding nor United Way funding. Support of the hospital and two campuses is from individuals, corporate and business gifts and private foundations. We are a 501c(3) non-profit organization and the majority of our funding is from individuals. Funding is in the form of cash donations, bequests, trusts and endowments, and fees. Our tax ID number is 58-0685900. As a 501 (c ) (3) non-profit corporation, the Atlanta Humane Society is required to file an annual 990 form with the IRS. In order to provide complete transparency, Atlanta Humane Society is providing our constituency with our most recent filing.[/acc_item] [acc_item title=”Does the Atlanta Humane Society sell animals for scientific experimentation?”]Never. We are a safe haven for the sick, homeless, and abused. Under no circumstances are our animals utilized for experimentation or research.[/acc_item] [acc_item title=”How does the Education Department help the animals?”]The Education Department provides informative programs to schools and community groups on a number of topics. One purpose of the Education Department is to promote Responsible Pet Ownership in an effort to reduce the number of homeless animals and increase awareness of pet overpopulation. The Department also serves as a troubleshooter to help people communicate and work out problems with their pets rather than surrender their pets. We offer an extensive SmartHeart pamphlet series to answer many commonly asked questions.[/acc_item] [acc_item title=”Is the Atlanta Humane Society a "no kill" shelter?”]The Atlanta Humane Society is one of the largest private, nonprofit animal shelters in the Southeast United States, placing approximately 8,000 animals each year. AHS is committed to finding homes for all adoptable pets. We do not euthanize adoptable animals, and there are no time limits for the animals once they are in our care. We only humanely euthanize those animals suffering from significant medical issues or that pose behavior concerns. We are proud to be a part of the solution to ending pet homelessness and overpopulation in the Southeast United States.[/acc_item] [/accordion]