• Claudine Wilkins

Resources to Benefit Companion Animal Welfare in Georgia

This resource guide is compliments of Debra Berger of HSUS. We thank her for gathering all this information together and letting us share it with you. Click here for a downloadable pdf

National Organizations:

American Humane

From natural disasters to animal cruelty investigations, American Humane is on the front lines protecting animals and saving lives in times of crisis. Program list in link.

Animal Sheltering + Rescue Essentials (HSUS)

Animal Sheltering’s Shelter and Rescue Essentials has the latest articles from Animal Sheltering magazine, publications, policies,assessment tools, guidelines, connections and other resources to support the lifesaving work of shelter and rescue professionals


- Shelter Assessment (Free Tools):

- Best Practices Guide:

- Pets For Life Toolkit:

- SHELTER ALLY PROJECT; contact for details

- Municipal Pet Policy Toolkit

The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement (formerly SAWA)

The Association is the only international society of leaders actively leading and managing community animal shelters/animal control agencies.


ASPCApro provides training, research and resources to help animal welfare professionals save more lives. Includes:

- ASPCA index free Webinars:

- ASPCA Cruelty tool kits:

Best Friends Animal Society

- Lifesaving Center in Atlanta

- Become a Network Partner, apply for grants

- Community Cat Handbook

Maddie’s Fund

Maddie's Fund ® is a family foundation created in 1994 by Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl, who have endowed the Foundation Since then, the Foundation has awarded more than $208.9 million in grants toward increased community lifesaving, shelter medicine education, and pet adoptions across the U.S. Includes:

- Maddie’s Fund Webinars:

- Maddie's Pet Forum 24/7:

National Link Coalition; The Link between Animal Abuse and Human Violence

A multi-disciplinary, collaborative initiative to increase awareness and address public policy, programs and research. We serve as the National Resource Center on The Link between Animal Abuse and Human Violence

Red Rover

RedRover helps animals rescued from disasters or neglect, domestic violence victims seeking safety with their pets, and animals with life-threatening illnesses. We use innovative solutions to prevent cruelty.


- Red Rover Relief : preserving the human-animal bond by providing

financial assistance, resources and support to low-income

individuals and survivors of domestic violence and their pets, so

families can escape together and stay together

- Red Rover Responders : an emergency safety net for animals,

offering shelter and care when and where they need it most. With

the help of 4,000 volunteers, we provide vital emergency

sheltering assistance for animals displaced by natural disasters and

rescued from other crises, such as puppy mills and hoarding


- Red Rover Readers : providing educators the tools they need to

teach children empathy skills. Through stories, children’s

awareness of emotions and others’ perspectives expands, inspiring

them to make the world a better place.


Grants and Funding Resources:

- Maddie’s Fund:

- Petco Foundation:

- Petfinder Foundation:

- PetSmart Charities:

- Grant List, Animal Sheltering:

- Grant Funding Sources:

- Philanthropy News Digest:


- Animal Grantmakers:

- Foundation Center:


Georgia Based Resources

Ahimsa House

Ahimsa House is dedicated to addressing the link between domestic violence and animal cruelty. We offer services and assistance to victims of domestic violence with pets in Georgia and work to raise awareness of this connection in communities throughout the state

Animal Law Source

This site provides a collection of legal cases and statutes, comprehensive content, resources, best practices, news, training and other information for legal, law enforcement, veterinary, animal sheltering fields and more. The mission at Animal Law Source is to change how we care for animals by uniting local communities through education.

Atlanta Humane Society

The mission of the Atlanta Humane Society is to improve animal welfare in the southeastern United States by providing quality animal services including preventative initiatives, education, advocacy and adoption of animals into permanent loving homes. Additionally, AHS provides transport within Georgia, responds to rescue and emergency needs, and offers cruelty response, and Cruelty Response

Fix Georgia Pets

Fix Georgia Pets works across Georgia by funding targeted spay/neuter programs in

communities across the state. We partner with clinics, shelters, and rescues to develop

programs that will stop pet overpopulation and help end senseless euthanasia in their


GA Department of Agriculture, Animal Protection Division

This Section enforces the humane care of animals and regulates anyone who produces, sells, boards, grooms, offers for adoption, or exchanges pet animals, including birds.

GA Pet Coalition

The GEORGIA PET COALITION (GPC) is the “voice for the animals” at the GA legislature working with legislators and lobbyists to help protect our pets

Georgia Pet Foundation

Georgia Pet Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed to administer funds from a new spay/neuter license tag. In April of 2016, Governor Deal signed legislation that approved the new tag. Georgia Pet Foundation receives $19 ($20 for renewals) of each tag purchased. GPF then provides grants to eligible organizations for targeted spay/neuter programming across the state.

Georgia Spot Society

The Georgia SPOT (Stopping Pet Overpopulation Together) Society, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to reducing the number of animals impounded and killed in Atlanta area animal control facilities. SPOT website includes Resource list of Georgia Shelters, Rescue Organizations, and Spay Neuter options.

Homeless Pets Club

Homeless Pet Clubs (HPC) gives students, civic leaders, and business owners the opportunity to share their love of animals by promoting animal rescue, responsible pet ownership, adoption of shelter animals, and animal welfare.


HSUS works in Georgia to support animal welfare legislation and policy , fight animal cruelty in all forms, and engage citizens to promote the protection of animals.

HUHA, Helping Us Help Animals

HUHA collects a wide range of supplies, as well as administrative items to assist animal

welfare orgs. Bottom line, if you are helping animals and need help, we are here to

help you!

League of Humane Voters

LOHVGA works to get candidates elected to public office who will enact animal-friendly


LifeLine Animal Project

The LifeLine Spay & Neuter Clinics are low-cost, high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter

clinics serving metro Atlanta since 2005. Performing more than 100,000 spay and neuter

procedures, the LifeLine Spay & Neuter Clinics are vital to in reducing the number of

unwanted pets entering Atlanta area shelters.

The Animal Protection Society

With your help, we continue to be the game-changers who are leading the fight to protect animals and end animal cruelty. For the past 3 decades, TAPS has pioneered the way we fight animal cruelty and work in our communities and with the next generation through our educational and awareness programs. Through our Animal Law Source™ program we continue to be “the statewide resource” for all Georgia prosecutors, law enforcement, animal control officers, judges, veterinarians, animal shelter staff and the public. Every day, we assist in animal related cases including boots on the ground in puppy mills cases

and offer resources through our website, webinars, trainings, and our annual Animal Protection Conference and Expo. We teach "the link” between animal abuse and human crimes (child abuse, domestic abuse and elder abuse), draft laws to protect animals, educate those whose job it is to protect animals and unite those from all facets of animal advocacy to work together to stop animal abuse.

The Georgia Coalition of Hope for Dogs and Cats

A collaborative effort of organizations interested in providing more positive outcomes for pets in Georgia. The Coalition can provide mentorship for organizations interested in implementing national best practices to save more pets and connect with other

organizations doing the same.



- ASPCApro, Transport Best Practices: (Sample Agreement)

- Atlanta Humane Society:

- ASPCA Nancy Silverman Rescue Ride

- Pilots and Paws:

- Puppy Pipeline:


Humane Education Resources

See Red Rover Readers, Above

Humane Education Programs, compiled by Georgia Center for Humane Education

Maddie’s Tail Wag from Maddie’s Fund, FREE Activity Books for young children (Pre-K to K) in English and Spanish



Campaign to Access:

The Shelter Pet Project https://theshelte+rpe

The Shelter Pet Project is the result of a collaborative effort between two leading animal welfare groups, the Humane Society of the United States and Maddie’s Fund, and the leading producer of public service advertising (PSA) campaigns, The Ad Council. Our goal is to make shelters the first place potential adopters turn when looking to get a new pet, ensuring that all healthy and treatable pets find loving homes. Amazing adoption stories start in shelters. Start a Story. Adopt.

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