Homeless Dogs Spending Thanksgiving With Families Thanks To Shelter Program

The holidays…a time to eat, laugh and enjoy the company of friends and family. Thanks to Atlanta’s LifeLine Animal Project, this year select homeless shelter dogs will have the chance to partake in the joy of the Thanksgiving holiday in a home, rather than in a kennel run.

The Home for the Pawlidays initiative means that 20 lucky pups from Fulton County Animal Services and DeKalb County Animal Services will be spending the holiday in a temporary foster home, enjoying a much needed break from life at the animal shelter. LifeLine Animal Project explains the simple (and awesome) concept on its website:

Our shelter pups don’t want to spend Thanksgiving alone, and with your help, they won’t have to! Give them a reason to be thankful this year by fostering a homeless pet for just one week – from November 18th through November 25th.

Foster families don’t have to do anything more than provide love and care for the week – all of the pet supplies, veterinary care (and support!) are provided.

The temporary holiday fostering program is more than fun time away from shelter life. Lifeline Animal Project explained how the dogs’ brief time away from the shelter facility helps facilitate adoption:

Even temporary fostering is a win for us, as it gets the dog out of the shelter for a week + we’re able to learn more about the pet in the process! Learning how an animal does in the family home environment is instrumental in being able to get them adopted 

The Home for the Pawlidays initiative is new to these participating animal shelters, but the concept isn’t a total first…last year, Tennessee’s Hawkins County Humane Society featured a Home for the Holidays event which helped shelter cats and dogs get a welcome reprieve from shelter life. Every year, more and more animal shelters are coming up with creative ways to help the homeless pets who are in their care. Get on board by contacting your local shelter to see how you can help!

Learn what it takes to be a Thanksgiving foster parent at this link to the LifeLine Animal Project website.


Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at Examiner.com for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.