“In early March, when it became clear the novel coronavirus pandemic would effectively shut down much of Atlanta, LifeLine Animal Project leaders feared a dire scenario was brewing for Atlanta’s abandoned, confiscated, and stray dogs and cats. The timing, after all, was terrible.
As Atlanta’s largest animal services provider, managing shelters and low-cost clinics in the city and DeKalb County as well as providing both counties’ animal control, LifeLine officials envisioned facilities being forced to shutter as staff fell ill, just as the highest animal intake months were unfolding. Between 40 and 60 dogs typically stream into LifeLine’s facilities every day, joined in warmer months by up to 10 litters of kittens per day. Lifeline spokesperson Karen Hirsch foresaw ‘a crisis of animals’ on the horizon.”