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LifeLine Animal Project Awarded Fulton County Contract

One of the DeKalb-based animal center's supporters is located in neighboring Buckhead.


LifeLine Animal Project, based in Avondale Estates, has been awarded a substantial contract to provide services to Fulton County by the Fulton Board of Commissioners.

The non-profit, no-kill organization aids dogs and cats through its Community LifeLine program, an active outreach initiative providing services such as low-cost spaying and neutering to pet owners who might not otherwise be able to afford them.

Details of the contract are being worked out. "We are still negotiating the start date," LifeLine's Public Relations Director Karen Hirsch told Patch.

"We approach this with great gravity and responsibility," Hirsch continued. "We know that it will take the continued support of all our allies, volunteers, educators and visionaries to create a (Fulton) county animal services devoted to lifesaving." 

One of Lifeline's major business supporters is located in neighboring Buckhead. Anisa Telwar, founder of the Buckhead-based Anisa International cosmetics company, promised to match every dollar donated to the organization – up to $25,000 – before Dec. 31

Another supporter is Therra Gwyn, a former LifeLine employee and a Patch contributor. "I've seldom seen (an organization) with more heart and guts than LifeLine," she told Patch Thursday. "They simply do not give up. It's stunning. They have long experience looking at the multiple and complex issues in animal welfare and applying solutions that heal. If something doesn't work, they try another tact. If more work is needed, they do more work. I love this about them."

LifeLine Community Outreach Director Debbie Setzer said the organization saves about 500 animals each year from euthanization at Fulton and DeKalb county animal shelters and has spayed and neutered 55,000 cats and dogs since it was founded.

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