About Us

Everyone deserves a home for the holidays! Cats and dogs 8 years and older have waived adoption fees ($0) until December 31. Help us place 20 senior cats and dogs in loving homes. Apply now!


Samantha Shelton and Yin Yin

Furkids was founded in 2002 by Samantha Shelton after she found a stray mother cat with kittens and was unable to find a shelter that would take them in. She was spurred to action because of the challenging pet overpopulation problem that exists in Georgia. Today, Furkids is proud of the following facts:

  • We operate Georgia’s largest no-kill cage-free cat shelter, housing 275+ cats per day.
  • In 2011, Furkids began managing SmallDog Rescue and caring for hundreds of small dogs yearly at another shelter location in Alpharetta, GA. 
  • Hundreds of additional cats and dogs are cared for in our extensive foster care network.
  • We operate a house exclusively for FIV+ cats.
  • Day-to-day operations across the organization are carried out largely by over 400 volunteers.
  • Since our inception, we have rescued over 8,000 animals.
  • We spay/neuter every animal that we rescue.
  • We offer volunteer opportunities for children and teenagers.
  • Proceeds from our successful thrift shop help with the cost of caring for our animals.
  • We partner with 13 area PetSmart and Petco stores to adopt out our cats, housing an average of 180 cats at these locations.
  • We have earned 8 consecutive Best in America Seal of Excellence awards by Independent Charities of America.

    “A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal.” Proverbs 12:10a

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