Pet Adoption In and Around Atlanta

Getting a pet can be a big decision and never taken lightly. First, you have to determine whether you want a dog, cat, or something that may require a cage (bird, snake, lizard, hamster, etc.). Then comes the hard part…choosing which one will be the best fit for your family.

Pet Adoption In and Around AtlantaNo matter which type of animal you decide on, check out this list of places for pet adoption in and around Atlanta. 

Be sure to visit the websites to see the best option for your family, and to check pet adoption fees, and requirements.

Atlanta Human Society

981 Howell Mill Rd NW Atlanta 30318

For more than 149 years, has remained steadfast in its mission to stand strong in defense of the vulnerable. Atlanta Humane Society believes the relationship between humans and animals has deep significance and, together, they know that Atlanta can take action against animal cruelty, neglect, and displacement. The Atlanta Humane Society aims to better lives, instill compassion, and uplift our whole community by connecting homeless animals with good homes and providing neglected animals with safe spaces.

Best Friends Animal Society 

1692 Oak Street SE Marietta

Best Friends works collaboratively with Atlanta-area shelters, animal welfare organizations, and individuals to save the lives of pets in shelters in the region and all across the country. Adoptions take place remotely through an online meet & greet request form and video-conference meet-and-greets.

PAWS Atlanta

5287 Covington Highway Decatur 30035

PAWS Atlanta follows an adoption process to ensure that each cat or dog is placed in a safe and loving forever home. Due to COVID-19, PAWS has developed new procedures to keep animals, adopters, and staff as safe as possible. Please set up an appointment with their adoption counselors by emailing your completed adoption application to [email protected]. They will ask questions, discuss possibilities, and send you photos and videos of available pets to determine the best fit for your family.

Petland Dunwoody

4733 B Ashford Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody 30338

Petland Dunwoody is a local family-owned and operated pet store that has been operating since 2000 in Dunwoody, GA. Visit their state-of-the-art store and enjoy their pets! They have puppies, kittens, reptiles, birds, small animals, betta fish, and other pets for you to experience.


5354 McGinnis Ferry Rd, Suite 202, Alpharetta 30005

125 Ernest W Barrett Pkwy NW, Suite 108, Marietta, 30066

Puppyland’s number one priority is finding our puppies their fur-ever, happy homes. With this, they promise a lifetime of support and commitment to these puppies. When a puppy goes to its new home, it is with the intention that it will be there for a lifetime. Be sure to check both locations!

Fulton County Animal Services

860 Marietta Blvd NW, Atlanta, 30318

DeKalb County Animal Services

3280 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd, Chamblee, 30341

Both the Fulton County and DeKalb County Animal Services are managed by LifeLine Animal Project, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission of ending the euthanasia of healthy and treatable animals in county shelters. LifeLine Animal Project is the largest animal welfare organization in Georgia. LifeLine embraces the Adopters Welcome approach originated by the Humane Society of the United States. This philosophy encourages conversation-based and open-minded adoptions, enabling us to find more homes for our shelter pets without unnecessary judgment.


If you are looking for something other than a dog or cat, be sure to check out your local Petsmart. You can find a variety of birds, fish, gerbils, and more!

If you aren’t quite ready for the commitment of a full-time pet, many of the places listed above also have a fostering option. Be sure to read up on the best option for you and your family on the websites.

Did we miss any great pet adoption or fostering options? Let us know in the comments below!