(ATLANTA, Ga.) This year, the LifeLine Animal Project in DeKalb County is allowing individuals to adopt a pet specifically for the holiday. The “Home for the Pawlidays” program will run from Nov. 19-26 and will match hosts with dogs from the shelter.
For Thanksgiving, we usually bring home our favorite dishes, desserts and maybe a bottle of wine. But, what if this year, you brought home a four-legged friend to keep you company during the holiday?
According to LifeLine's Fulton County Animal Services Foster Supervisor Michelle Harmon, there are many benefits to this program.
"People participating in Home for the Pawlidays get to experience the love of a dog over the holidays, which can be a lonely time for many while doing something great for the pups," she said in a statement. "Not only are they giving the dogs a needed break from the shelter, but they're also providing them with more exposure to potential adopters simply by taking them on walks, sharing pictures and providing information they learn about the pets."
The program allows the foster parent to host the dog for up to seven days. All the necessary supplies like food, bowl, crate and harness will be provided by the shelter staff. All the host needs to provide is love and care for their temporary pet.
LifeLine will have a total of 50 dogs from shelters across the county including DeKalb County Animal Services,` Fulton County Animal Services and the LifeLine Community Animal Center.
At the end of the Pawlidays week, hosts return their dogs to their shelters. If individuals are not able to host a dog, they can support the shelter by donating supplies like leashes, collars and crates for foster parents.
If a host wants a long-term commitment with a pet, LifeLine will have a fee-waived Black Friday adoption during the weekend of Nov. 26 29.