Furkids houses over 1,000 rescue cats and dogs in our rescue program. Once you have located the animal you would like to adopt (online or through a PetSmart/Petco adoption center), the first step towards adopting is to fill out an adoption application. Our volunteers work hard to respond to all adoption applications as soon as possible. Below are some of the frequently asked questions regarding our adoption policies and procedures. If you have any further questions regarding our adoption policies or procedures, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Our Adoption Fees for Cats:
Cats 6 months+ are ALWAYS ADOPT ONE, GET A BUDDY FOR FREE!!!
- $85 for one or two adult cats (6 months of age and older)
- $125 for one kitten (under 6 months of age), $200 for two, $250 for three, $300 for four
- $175 for one adult cat and one kitten
- $0 for senior cats (5 years and older), FeLV+ and FIV+ cats
- Individuals over 62 years of age will receive 15% off adoption fees
- Pricing for individuals in the military (with valid ID) is $0 for cats 6 months and older, and 50% off kittens under 6 months.
- SEE CAT ADOPTION PAGE FOR SPECIAL PROMOTIONS
Our Adoption Fees for Dogs:
- $300 for puppies 6 months and under
- $275 for adult dogs
- $75 adoption fee for senior dogs (8 years and older).
- Individuals over 62 years of age, military and first responders (EMT, firefighter, police) may adopt a dog for 15% off the traditional adoption rate beginning January 4, 2016.
- SEE DOG ADOPTION PAGE FOR SPECIAL PROMOTIONS
What is included in the adoption fee?
The adoption fee includes testing, complete (up to their current age) medical care, vaccinations, microchip, and spay/neuter. We will also give you, or mail to you, a copy of the animal’s medical records, which you can give to your vet.
All animals have the following vetting included in their adoption fee:
Combo test for cats/heartworm test for dogs
Earmite treatment (if needed)
What are your adoption policies & procedures? (There are some exceptions to these rules.)
You must be at least 21 years of age to apply.
Your current animals must be up to date on rabies and spayed or neutered.
Adoption applications may take up to 24 to 72 hours to process.
Our kittens (6 months and younger) require an animal companion in the home in most cases.
Please note that some of our cats and kittens are a part of a bonded pair, which cannot be separated.
Applicants are required to sign a binding adoption contract.
Where do all of these cats and dogs come from?
Most of our animals arrived abandoned and homeless, many are from kill shelters on their last day and others are from owners who can no longer care for them.
How many animals does Furkids save a year?
In 2014 we rescued 1,724 cats and 681 dogs totaling more than 2,405 animals saved.
How many animals does Furkids adopt out each year?
Our average for the last three years is approximately 1,500 per year.
How much does it take to run Furkids?
Our operating budget is approximately $1,200,000 a year. Atlanta Magazine compared Atlanta’s top animal shelters and Furkids was noted to have the lowest percentage of our budget dedicated to administrative expenses. Also noted was that for every $1,000 we accept in donations, we place more pets into permanent homes than virtually every other organization, and we care for more animals on a daily basis than any other shelter.
How does Furkids raise the money to operate?
The majority of revenue comes from donations from individuals. The rest comes from our fundraising efforts (our thrift store and special events) and a small portion comes from our adoption fees.
How old do I have to be to volunteer?
Furkids welcomes children of all ages to volunteer in various roles. If you are under 16, you will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian each time.
My group wants to volunteer. Whom do I contact?
Furkids provides a great opportunity for large groups. Please contact our Volunteer Manager at email@example.com and she will explain the volunteer options and schedule your visit.
What are the hours of your shelter?
We are open seven days a week to volunteers. A staff person usually arrives by 8:00 a.m. and the last staff person leaves around 8:00 p.m. Medical volunteers are usually at the shelter until later in the evening. If you want to work an evening shift, please be sure to coordinate with our Volunteer Manager to ensure that someone will be on hand to assist you.
Where is the shelter located?
Our cage-free cat shelter is located off Buford Highway, two miles outside of the perimeter (I-285) at 2650 Pleasantdale Rd. Suite 8 Atlanta, GA 30340. Our dog facility is located off McFarland Road in Alpharetta at 1520 Union Hill Rd. Alpharetta, GA 30005. The cat shelter is open to the public Mondays 11-4, Tuesdays 11-4, Wednesdays 11-6, Thursdays 11-6, Fridays 11-4, Saturdays 12-4 and Sundays 11-4. The dog shelter is open to the public Monday-Wednesday 10-5, Thursday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 11-4
What will be my duties as a shelter caretaker?
We have approximately 300 cats in our shelter. We need help providing fresh food and water in the rooms, cleaning the litterboxes, sweeping and mopping, cleaning in the kitchen, etc. We also need help socializing with the cats. There are also opportunities for special training to care for the cats in our quarantine and isolation areas.
How long will my training take?
Training and orientation usually take approximately two hours.
How do I schedule my volunteer time?
If volunteering at our shelter, our Volunteer Manager will be responsible for confirming your place on the schedule. If volunteering at an adoption center in one of our PetSmart or Petco locations, your time will be coordinated by the volunteer adoption center manager for that particular location.
Whom do I contact if I cannot keep my scheduled volunteer commitment?
We appreciate as much notice as possible. Please call the shelter number or email our Volunteer Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What do I do if I notice a cat is sick or appears ill?
Please report the cat to the shelter staff immediately or if you are volunteering at an adoption center, please contact your volunteer adoption center manager.
Why are there cats in cages in some rooms of the shelter?
We introduce cats into the rooms at the shelter through a cage so we can take the introduction slowly. We also keep cats in the hallway in cages if they are semi-feral and need taming down or if they are on a special watch.
Does Furkids have dogs? If so, where are they?
Yes, we have more than 100 dogs in our program and they are kept at our Alpharetta facility, Sadie’s Place or in a foster home.
For additional information on low cost spay and neuter, feral cat assistance, and many other local assistance programs please visit our Resources page.