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DeKalb County Needs A New Animal Shelter
  • Petitioned Jeff Radar

This petition was delivered to:

Dekalb County Commissioner - District 2
Jeff Radar
Dekalb County Commissioner - District 4 *UP FOR RE-ELECTION
Sharon Barnes-Sutton
Burrell Ellis
Dekalb County Commissioner-District 5 *UP FOR RE-ELECTION
Lee May
Dekalb County Commissioner - Super district 7
Stan Watson
Dekalb County Commissioner - District 1 *UP FOR RE-ELECTION
Elaine Boyer
Dekalb County Commissioner - District 3
Larry Johnson
Dekalb County Commissioner-Super District 6 *UP FOR RE-ELECTION
Kathie Gannon

DeKalb County Needs A New Animal Shelter

    1. Advocates For  DeKalb Animals
    2. Petition by

      Advocates For DeKalb Animals


The citizens of DeKalb County trust that our local government provides the highest quality care for the animals that end up at our county shelter. The problem is that the County does not provide even the basic necessities to the employees much less the animals of our shelter. DeKalb County has one of the oldest shelters in the state; it euthanizes over 60% (around 5,000 adoptable animals) a year and another 10% die or aren't accounted for.  The shelter is dirty, filled with mold, standing water, contains roaches, rodents, and is plagued with poor insulation, poor air quality and sick animals.

Did you know that in 2010, there were 16 officers in the field and now there are only 8 officers working in the field? Why? Because the County CEO and Commissioners have not given the funds to Animal Control to replace them.  Officers in the field are indispensable in the fight against animal cruelty, neglect, and in preventing the serious public safety issues that arise from our rampant over population of dogs and cats.

Only one person handles ALL the adoptions, volunteers, web postings, etc. The kennel itself only has 9 officers to feed, clean, exercise, and socialize 400 animals of every day of every year!  These conditions and outcomes are tragic and should be addressed immediately.

Adding insult to injury, the CEO’s budget proposal for 2012 shows a 12% reduction in resources for Animal Services, a reduction much larger than other departments -from $3.2 million to the current proposal of $2.7 million.  While some might cite a need to reduce expenses in the County as a rationale, Animal Services is already understaffed and under-resourced, the principle reason conditions and outcomes are so poor.  This cut almost enters the realm of silly in that the entire budget for Animal Services is 1/2 of 1% of the entire county budget.  Given the extraordinary needs in this area, outsized reductions are ridiculous!

Something must be done...IT IS TIME! Speak for the animals!  Sign this petition asking that (1) the budget be restored to the 2011 level,(2) the operation changed to focus on finding homes rather than euthanasia and (3) to build a new shelter in 2012!

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 3,000 signatures
    2. Rally in front of DeKalb CEO's office on Monday, July 16th at 11:30

      Advocates For  DeKalb Animals
      Petition Organizer

      CEO Ellis is already stalling on the new shelter that he promised to break ground on within the year in an interview with WSBTV in March. The CEO’s office has also backtracked on a promised permanent AC unit for the current shelter. Unkept promises are disgraceful and disheartening – just like our current shelter. Please contact us at advocates4dekalbanimals@gmail.com if you plan to attend the rally or would like more information on this petition.

    3. DeKalb animal shelter scrambles to keep animals cool

      Advocates For  DeKalb Animals
      Petition Organizer

      CBS Atlanta did a nice segment on Animal Services and what the employees and animals are dealing with there. The shelter is still without a permanent AC unit. They are using a temporary HVAC unit to keep the dogs and cats cool in this heat!

    4. DeKalb Animal Services Task Force Final Report Made Public

      Advocates For  DeKalb Animals
      Petition Organizer

      WSBTV has done a great segment on DeKalb animal Services and the DeKalb Animal Task Force's Final Report. Please check out the link and see the full report on the link!

    5. Reached 2,500 signatures
    6. CBS Atlanta

      Advocates For  DeKalb Animals
      Petition Organizer

      Great report about our efforts by our local reporter, Mike. Hopefully more to come!

    7. Hit 1000 signatures in less than a week!

      Advocates For  DeKalb Animals
      Petition Organizer

      We are so very happy and so very proud of all of you for signing this very important petition. Please continue to pass around - and updates on Commissioner /CEO Meetings will come soon. Again, thanks so much for caring about the welfare of our animals in DeKalb.

    8. Reached 1,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Gayle Moran CHAMBLEE, GA
      • over 1 year ago

      Animals are helpless without our help and caring.We wouldn't be in this mess if owners would take responsibility for their pets and have them spayed or neutered. With the downfall of our economy I'm sure this is happening less and less. I feel veterinarians should take this into consideration and reduce the costs of their services for these procedures.

    • Donna Branscome STONE MOUNTAIN, GA
      • over 1 year ago

      Animals are living & feeling creatures that sould be treated kindly.

    • Joyce Goodbread LILBURN, GA
      • over 1 year ago

      Animals are so innocent and have no Department of Family and Childrens' Services to protect them.

    • Marlene Odishoo TUCKER, GA
      • over 1 year ago

      I have been to the shelter. No animal should have to be in those conditions . the commissiors should go over there sometime and smell the stench.

    • Chymeka Gibbs VALDOSTA, GA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I am a dog lover and they do not have their own voice. We are the only voice for our animal friends.


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