Two weeks ago, 456 people from one of Atlanta’s most underserved neighborhoods lined up, some for hours, for rabies shots and other free services for their dogs and cats. Almost half of the pet owners signed up to have their animals spayed or neutered, another 91 for the weekly dog training classes. The outreach was the work of Pets for Life, a program of the Humane Society of the United States that offers pet care to four low-income and underserved communities nationwide. The Atlanta chapter, with its two employees and 50 volunteers, is located on Hollywood Road in northwest Atlanta and serves the Center Hill community. “Many of our volunteers come in here with preconceived ideas that the people in our community don’t care about their pets,” said Rachel Thompson, coordinator of Pets for Life Atlanta. “But they love their animals just as much. It’s a matter of helping the people at the other end of the leash.”
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For more information on Pets for Life, or to volunteer, visit humanesociety.org/petsforlife.