Best Friends in Atlanta


Come visit us!

Temporarily closed to the public - by appointment only

**All staff, volunteers and visitors must wear a mask when entering the center**

Best Friends Lifesaving Center
4874 South Atlanta Road
Atlanta, GA 30339

By appointment only:
9 a.m. - 4 p.m .

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To help further protect our community, we have made the decision to temporarily restrict all public access to the Best Friends Lifesaving Center in Atlanta, effective Saturday March 21 at 5 p.m. (or until all available animals have left the building). While we are temporarily closing our center to the public, we are not closing to lifesaving. All pets remaining at our center will continue to receive continuous care by our staff, and many will be placed into foster care. Best Friends will continue to support our shelter and rescue community in Atlanta and across the country. You can help support pet lifesaving efforts in Atlanta by signing up for emergency fostering at

For all information relating to adopting, fostering or volunteering, please visit our COVID-19 Updates page



Working together to save animals

Best Friends in Atlanta works collaboratively with area shelters, animal welfare organizations and individuals to save the lives of pets in shelters in the region. The Best Friends Lifesaving Center is a lifesaving hub for animals and a base for local programming and coalition-building to help the metro-Atlanta area in its final push to end the killing of dogs and cats in shelters, while strengthening the movement in the Southeast. Together, we will Save Them All.

Adopt a pet 

Starting Sunday, March 22 all adoptions are by appointments only. Please note; most of our animals are currently in foster care. To schedule a meet in greet with their foster parent click here

You can check out all our adoptable dogs and cats here. Interested in learning more about a specific animal or have a general adoption question? Email our adoptions team at

Or, adopt from one of our local Best Friends Network Partners. Click here for a list of Network partners near you.

We are happy to answer your questions. Please feel free to contact us at

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Best Friends Lifesaving Dog and Cat Transport Program

Best Friends Animal Society in Atlanta works collaboratively with animal shelters across Georgia and the Southeast to save the lives of homeless dogs and cats by transporting them north to increase their adoption opportunities. This program fills a critical role in reducing shelter overpopulation in the Southeast and is an extension of our work being done in Atlanta and the Southeast region. This program is growing and has many opportunities to get involved, including temporary fostering of transport animals, vehicle set up, and driving assistance. For more information, please email

Upcoming Events

In light of government guidelines we are postponing all events scheduled at this time. Please visit back in May for updated information. 

Cobb County Community Cat Program

The Community Cat Program has transitioned to Good Mews Animal Foundation. Please contact them for help with TNR or cat-related issues in Cobb County. They can be reached at or 770-262-0514

Who is Best Friends?

Best Friends Animal Society is a leading national animal welfare organization dedicated to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America's shelters. In addition to running lifesaving programs in partnership with thousands of animal welfare groups across the country, Best Friends has regional centers in New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Salt Lake City, and operates the nation's largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals. Founded in 1984, Best Friends is a pioneer in the no-kill movement and has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters nationwide from an estimated 17 million per year to around 625,000. That means there are still more than 1,700 dogs and cats killed every day in shelters, just because they don’t have safe places to call home. We are determined to bring the country to no-kill by the year 2025. Working collaboratively with shelters, rescue groups, other organizations and you, we will end the killing and Save Them All. To check out our community lifesaving dashboard and for more information, visit

Best Friends is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Together, we can Save Them All.