About Us

We want you to kick off the fall with a new friend! Between Sept. 12-22nd cats and kittens over 6 months old will have $0 adoption fees for qualifying applicants.   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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