Troubled DeKalb Animal Shelter Taking Action

Fundraiser is at Stars and Strikes on May 20.

Animal lovers throughout metro Atlanta can lend a helping hand to DeKalb County’s troubled animal control services on Sunday, May 20 when the county hosts the “Help DeKalb Animals” bowling fundraiser at Stars and Strikes.

Commissioners Elaine Boyer, Stan Watson and Sharon Barnes-Sutton will host the fundraiser from 5 to 7 p.m. Everyone can bowl and enjoy the company of animals available for adoption at at 1741 Mountain Industrial Boulevard on the Tucker/Stone Mountain border.

Proceeds from the event will go to pay for spaying and neutering of animals in DeKalb.

The event is being co-hosted by LifeLine Animal Project, a multifaceted non-profit that works to save animals from euthanasia by promoting online adoptions, promoting low cost spay and neuter programs and offering low cost vaccinations.

Tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for children and include bowling, a game package and light refreshments.

DeKalb has a beleaguered animal services department. A special task force recently highlighted problems including a 67 percent euthanasia rate at the shelter; a dark and dirty animal services facility; and significant lack of adoptions.

“This fundraiser is a first step toward raising awareness of our animals’ needs in DeKalb,” said Boyer. “So many four-legged creatures who cannot speak for themselves need care and our fundraiser will help make sure we stop the cycle of overpopulation.”

Those who attend the Help DeKalb Animals fundraiser are encouraged bring donations of dog leashes, collars and laundry detergent.

Purchase tickets to the event or contact ecboyer@dekalbcountyga.gov

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