On Saturday, Aug. 11, from 9 am to 2 p.m., Decatur's Shoal Creek II Park will be going to the dogs (and cats) in a big way at Healthy Pets DeKalb Day.
The event is sponsored by Fix Georgia Pets and LifeLine Animal Project, a 10-year-old animal rescue and advocacy non-profit located in Avondale Estates that routinely reaches out to metro area communities to help pet owners who might not otherwise be able to afford preventative health services for their companion animals.
They operate two low-cost spay and neuter clinics (in Avondale and College Park) and they hold Pet Wellness Days twice monthly at these clinics, supplying pet vaccinations and health testing to the public at well below market cost.
Through their Community LifeLine initiative they reach directly into area neighborhoods to help people and their pets build stronger and healthier communities.
“Nearly 70,000 pets die needlessly in Atlanta each year,” says Debbie Setzer, community outreach director for LifeLine. “Our goal is to significantly decrease the number of abandoned and stray animals that end up in shelters, increase companion animal health and improve community safety. There are components that help repair and build healthy neighborhoods and Community LifeLine is dedicated to supplying those components.”
At the "Healthy Pets DeKalb" event LifeLine will have the following available for DeKalb County dog and cat owners:
- Free rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats.
- Free canine distemper/parvo shots for dogs.
- Free feline distemper vaccinations for cats.
- Over 200 vouchers for free spay or neuter surgeries for pets at one of LifeLine's Spay & Neuter Clinics (with information on available free pet transport to and from the clinics).
- Free dog and cat food (courtesy of Pet Buddies Food Pantry).
- Free materials on pet health/safety, training and dog bite prevention.
Veterinarians will be on site to administer all vaccines. Pre-registration for pets is not required.
Vaccinations and vouchers for free spay/neuter are given on a first come, first served basis. LifeLine staff requests that pet owners bring dogs on a leash and that cats be safely contained in a carrier.
A translator will be available for Spanish speaking pet owners, if needed.
Shoal Creek II Park is located at 3643 Glenwood Road in Decatur.
Major funding for the free event is provided by Fix Georgia Pets.
"We are so grateful to Fix Georgia Pets for their sponsorship of the 'Healthy Pets DeKalb' day," says Rebecca Guinn, LifeLine's founder and executive director, "We are delighted to be able to provide this opportunity for the pets of DeKalb county and the people who love them."
Funding for some of the free spay and neuter surgeries is also provided by Atlanta ResponsiBully Coalition.
Other local pet and people friendly businesses and non-profits will also be on site at the event; among them will be Ahimsa House, Frogs To Dogs trainers, DeKalb County Animal Services. and a representative from Best Friends Feral Freedom program.
For more information pet owners can e-mail community@LifeLineAnimal.org or call 678-883-2FIX (678-883-2349).