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Transfer Program

PARTNER TRANSFER PROGRAM PROTOCOL

Atlanta Humane Society’s goal is to save as many animals as possible and place them into loving, forever homes.   In an effort to best protect and serve the animals, our communities, and our organization, AHS has established a Transfer Partner Protocol.  These guidelines for accepting animals work to ensure the safety, health and well-being of our adoptable animals.

AHS BEGINS TRANSPORT OF DOGS TO OTHER STATES

Due to lower demand for large breed dogs, many of the dogs at AHS could have waited for months for a forever home.  The decision to transport these dogs is to help not only save many lives at once by transporting them to other shelters but also to create space to help more dogs.  The transported dogs all have great personalities and are loving, happy dogs ready for their forever homes.

For AHS, transporting dogs creates space to take in dogs who would be found on the streets and potentially at risk of euthanasia at smaller and rural shelters due to lack of space. Transporting animals out of Georgia is not a solution to the problem of pet overpopulation; it’s a way to manage the current issues while we combat it on the front end by increased spaying/neutering.

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WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU, OUR TRANSFER PARTNER

  • A current copy of your license from The Georgia Department of Agriculture (applicable for shelters in Georgia), or, for shelters outside of Georgia, your state license or 501(c)3.
  • A copy of your Transfer Partnership Information – please keep the Transport Department updated with any contact information changes.
  • Notification to AHS of any disease issues at your facility within the past 12 months.
  • All partners located out of the state of Georgia are required to have an Interstate Health Certificate within 10 days prior to transport, and must bring this with every animal.
  • All partners located out of the state of Georgia are required to have proof of Rabies Vaccine for all animals over 12 weeks of age. Each animal must come with signed rabies certificate and a rabies tag.
  • Completed Transport List must be emailed to the Transport Coordinator no later than 24 hours prior to transport.
 
In addition to the above, we also require the following for CANINES:
  • Every canine must be considered healthy, friendly, and at least 8 weeks old, and will be evaluated for such by the AHS Admission Department upon arrival. 
    • Illness symptoms may include, but are not limited to: sneezing, coughing, ocular or nasal discharge, lethargy, bloody stool, hair loss.
  • Every canine must be vaccinated against Parvovirus and Distemper at your intake.
  • Every canine 6 months and older should be heartworm negative unless arrangements have been made with AHS prior to transport.
  • Every canine 6 months and older should be able to pass an industry-accepted behavior evaluation, either at source or upon intake at AHS.
 
In addition to the above, we also require the following for FELINES:
  • Every feline must be considered healthy, friendly/easily handleable, at least 8 weeks old, and weigh at least 2 pounds. All will be evaluated for such by the AHS Admission Department upon arrival.
    • Illness symptoms may include, but are not limited to: sneezing, coughing, ocular or nasal discharge, lethargy, bloody stool, hair loss.
  • Every feline should be FeLV negative. FIV+ may be considered on a case-by-case basis but arrangements must be made with AHS prior to appointment.
  • Felines must be vaccinated at your intake with FVRCP.

The guidelines above can be changed at any time by AHS Management. Partners will be notified immediately if changes are made. Animals that do not meet these requirements may be declined upon intake.

WHAT AHS CAN OFFER TO OUR TRANSFER PARTNERS

  • AHS will “reimburse” your organization with one Distemper/Parvovirus (DHPP) vaccine per canine accepted.
  • AHS will “reimburse” your organization with one Canine Bordetella (intra-nasal) vaccine per canine accepted, if administered at source shelter upon intake.
  • AHS will “reimburse” your organization with one FVRCP vaccine per feline accepted
  • Membership into the AHS Pet Food Bank providing free pet food and supplies (when available)
  • Help our Transfer Partners reduce euthanasia and save lives of adoptable animals within your community.

Transfer Partnership Information – PDF

Sample Behavior Assessment – Excel

Transport List (Static) – PDF

Transport List (Can Edit) – Excel

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us anytime:

AHS Transport Department
[email protected]
404.974.2880