We understand that life is full of situations beyond our control, and facing the decision to rehome your pet is difficult. The Atlanta Humane Society is here for you whether you are looking for resources to help you keep your pet at home or are having to surrender your pet. Below, you’ll find resources and assistance for you during this time.
Resources for Pet Parents
If you’re facing the difficult decision of rehoming your animal, we’ve compiled a list of resources for you that may help you get through this time with your animal. View our pet parent resources that can help you keep your pet at home.
Rehoming Your Own Pet
Shelters work very hard to create welcoming environments for the animals and their visitors, but nothing is the same as a home. Animals behave differently at home as they are more comfortable and able to show their personalities to potential new families. When pet parents go this route, they oftentimes find an alternative home for their pet with family or friends. We recommend utilizing Rehome by Adopt-a-Pet to rehome your animal.
Surrendering Your Animal
If you’ve exhausted all other resources and are looking to rehome your animal through the Atlanta Humane Society, we offer owner surrender appointments at our Atlanta location. Please note that we carefully manage our intakes to ensure that the animals in our care are housed humanely and given as much time as it takes to find the perfect forever home. Because of this, you may find a bit of a wait for an appointment. Many families find success by scheduling an appointment and then working through the steps to rehome on their own at the same time. If you find a wonderful home for your pet before your appointment time, simply call us. Visit our owner surrender page for more information on surrendering your animal to the Atlanta Humane Society.
Found a lost pet?
In compliance with the Georgia State Department of Agriculture ordinance, the Atlanta Humane Society is not able to accept stray or abandoned animals. All stray or abandoned animals must be taken to the animal control facility in the county in which the animal was found to give the possible owner an opportunity to reclaim his or her lost pet. If you have lost your pet, please reach out to your local county shelters below and post your missing pet on Petco Love Lost, a national lost and found pet database:
- Fulton County Animal Services
- DeKalb County Animal Services
- Gwinett County Animal Shelter
- Cobb County Animal Control
- Forsyth County Animal Control
Found a cat outdoors?
Community cats are unowned, free-roaming cats that may or may not be friendly towards people. While a community cat might look the same as a lost, stray pet cat, community cats survive by avoiding close human interaction.
Unowned feral and community cats are eligible for a free spay/neuter surgery through the Atlanta Humane Society’s TNR (trap-neuter-return) program. Click here for more information on community cats and our TNR program.
Are you a community cat caregiver?
If you need assistance or other resources to care for your colony, please contact our Resource Center for more information at 404-875-5331.