Furkids, Inc.

Cause Area

  • Animals
  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Seniors


PO Box 191102Atlanta, GA 30340 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Furkids is a 501(c)(3), charitable, non-profit animal shelter located in Atlanta, Georgia. We are Georgia's largest no-kill, cage-free animal shelter.

Furkids mission is to:

  • To provide a cage-free, no-kill shelter for our rescued animals where they can experience the best care in a loving environment until they are adopted.
  • To find permanent, loving, homes for our rescued animals.
  • To inform the public about pet overpopulation, promote sterilization and provide information for low-cost high-quality spay/neuter organizations.


Furkids is Georgia's largest no-kill, cage-free animal shelter.

Furkids was founded in 2002 by Samantha Shelton. Ms. Shelton was compelled to start a no-kill shelter after finding a stray mother cat and kittens and was unable to locate a shelter to take them in. She was spurred to action because of the challenging pet overpopulation problem that exists in Georgia.

Furkids' Main Goals:
  • To provide a cage-free, no-kill shelter for our rescued animals where they can experience the best care in a loving environment until they are adopted.
  • To find permanent, loving, homes for our rescued animals.
  • To inform the public about pet overpopulation, promote sterilization and provide information for low-cost high-quality spay/neuter organizations.

Furkids began as a network of foster homes conducting adoptions primarily through the Petsmart Perimeter location. In 2003, we were invited to partner with a second Petsmart adoption center in Smyrna. We moved into a third Petsmart location in Midtown Atlanta in 2006 and in 2007, Petsmart Northlake invited us to take over their adoption center. In 2008, we moved into the Mall of Georgia Petsmart.

From rescuing 216 animals in our first year to 831 as of 2007 year end, we have always provided the best food, medical treatment and social environment for the animals in our care. At the end of 2004, Furkids secured the lease of a 5,000 sq. ft. facility. In April of 2006, renovations were complete and we officially opened the largest cage-free cat shelter in Georgia. Our shelter allows us to increase the number of cats and kittens rescued and provide a colorful, cage-free, one-of-a-kind environment for our cats. Our dogs remain in foster homes until adopted. We are also one of the only shelters in the Southeast that has a room dedicated to cats with Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) with a capacity for 20 cats.

Furkids is inspected and licensed annually by the Georgia Department of Agriculture and further adheres to additional recommendations from the Humane Society of the U.S. All of Furkids animal care procedures exceed state requirements.

A unique organization that is run almost entirely by volunteers, Furkids has three full-time employees and two part-time employees. Over 100 volunteers take care of our animals weekly. Trained adoption counselors provide adopters with professional, individualized assistance to help them match an animal to their unique needs, and Furkids serves as a resource to the adopter for the life of the animal. Over 5,000 animals have found permanent homes through our rescue and adoption efforts. Furkids has grown significantly over the past four years. More than 200 animals are cared for each day by our volunteers. Since 2002, Over 5,000 animals have been saved. More than 5,000 people a month visit our website, and Furkids fields, on average 50 phone calls and emails per day.

As a 501(c)3 organization, Furkids' annual budget is approximately $300,000. Furkids has been confirmed as one of the top charities in America, by Independent Charities of America. All money to support the shelter comes from individual donors and is tax deductible under IRS code.

Furkids' Statistics: Furkids is a limited-access shelter with the capacity for 200 cats at one time. Dogs are cared for in foster homes. As one animal is adopted, another is rescued. All animals adopted from Furkids are sterilized. Of all the animals that came to Furkids since its founding, only 21 percent were already spayed or neutered. As of 2009 year-to-date, Furkids has rescued and adopted over 5,000 animals. Of these, 48 percent were female; 52 percent were male. Approximately 800 animals per year are rescued, sheltered, sterilized, rehabilitated and placed in permanent, loving homes.

Furkids' Long-Term Goals:
In order to help the community further, Furkids would like to have our own stand alone shelter which would include a low-cost, high-quality spay/neuter clinic open to the public.

A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal. Proverbs 12:10a


Would you recommend Furkids, Inc.?
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by Jasmine H. (February 8, 2021)
i know a lot of people who like working with dogs and doing volunteer work
by Roberto L. (January 16, 2018)
Staff and volunteers in charge could use some re-training on basic people skills. Me and my family have been volunteering with the dog shelter for four years now. On 1/14 I went as usual with my wife on my son, while my wife did cleaning of the premises, my son and I walked dogs and tallied their time out. We normally walk between 3-5 dogs each time between 20-30mins each. On this day after the 3rd dog, an older blonde-botoxed lady with an arm brace out of a sudden blasted that no-one under 18 was permitted in the facility under no circumstance and that they could loose their license. I was shocked by the comment, specially since I have seen this lady before. She mentioned that the volunteer policy changed 6 months back. I am glad there were HS students (under 18) present and heard her. She just ridiculed herself and the institution, but at the same time broke my sons heart. From now on, there is one less family (friends, neighbors, etc) who will no longer volunteer or donate.
by Izabel P. (December 22, 2016)
I love working with animals, I had two babies of my own a Great Pyrenees (6 years old) and a Maltipoo (12 years old). However I went through a hardship and we lost our home. So I had to take them to a family friends ranch in Lawrenville, while I found a home. However that week Oso ( great pyrenees) decided to dig a hole and escape with Blezi ( Maltipoo). Long story short, I went to the the area they were in searched for them for two days, put signs up and no sign of them. I contacted the local dog pound and no luck. I do miss them very much, I've thought of getting a new baby, but I am not ready. So that's why I am interested in providing my services to you guys at least I will have some interaction with furry kids.
by Pamela L. from GA (February 26, 2016)
When I called to arrange an appointment to stop in know one there knew what I was talking about and did not follow up with me.
by Elizabeth J. (June 12, 2013)
FurKids is all about the cats. The staff, volunteers and visitors are all focused on making sure these animals are safe and well cared for. Since none of us could take all these cats into our own homes, being able to work with other dedicated individuals to ensure their well-being is an amazing experience. The ultimate goal is that all these animals find their forever homes and there are programs in place to help socialize the ones who need a little more help learning to trust people. I've worked with FurKids for about a year and a half now and make it a priority in my schedule. FurKids happily takes as much or as little time as you have to offer, and I've always felt like a valued member of this amazing team.
by Bill J. (June 11, 2013)
I have been volunteering with Furkids for about a year and a half at the shelter as well as the FIV house. Its a wonderful experience socializing with all types of cats and taking care of their living environment. You go at your own pace while you're there. The staff is always around to help needed. You can work with the volunteer manager on scheduling your time. They are very flexible. Having been there a while, I enjoy helping the new volunteers get started. And of course, there are the cats. I love every one of them.
by jeannine a. (June 11, 2013)
I have been a volunteer with Furkids for 10 years. I am constantly impressed by the professionalism of the organization, motivated by the high quality of volunteers and touched by the devotion everyone has to homeless animals. Nothing in life is perfect, but for my volunteer time, Furkids gives me great satisfaction that I'm making a difference.
by Amy L. from Norcross, GA (June 10, 2013)
While Furkids saves many cats' lives, it is a hard place to volunteer. The stress between the employees and the founder, and to a lesser extent between the staff and volunteers is quite obvious. There are some cats that would be better off being put to sleep due to their medical conditions and the amount of pain they are in; however, Furkids is a no kill shelter so these animals are "treated" as best the employees and volunteer medical team can manage. I put in a number of hours at Furkids but unless the founder/management changes the morale, it's not somewhere I'd want to volunteer again.
by Christina S. from PA (September 10, 2012)
One might expect that an organization that cares so much for animal welfare would also show compassion for human beings, particularly toward its volunteers upon whose contributions it relies. Sadly for me this was not the case. While I am still an animal lover, based on my experience with Furkids I would be cautious to volunteer for an animal rescue again. I volunteered with them for quite some time and there were many things I enjoyed, but in the end I was left with an overwhelmingly negative image of Furkids. I am grateful for the work they do, but I would not recommend this organization to a friend.
by Joyce R. (September 8, 2011)
I have volunteered in the office for 2 years. I am so impressed with the people who work there and also the volunteers who come weekly. The employees have always made me feel a part of the organization and I always feel that they value the little bit that I am able to help them. I also enjoy interacting with the other volunteers. The cats (the main reason I volunteer) are well cared for. I do not pretend to know the names of most of the cats at Furkids, but I bet there are some employees and volunteers who do. Until they get their "forever homes" Furkids is a great place for these cats.
by Laura M. from Atlanta, GA (September 8, 2011)
Furkids has the largest FIV+ no-kill shelter in the southeastern US. My volunteer time is mostly with the FIV cats at their stand-alone location; I've been there for about eight months now, working with the cats on a weekly basis. I recently took over the "team leader" position for the FIV House, and I wouldn't have done that if I didn't love the cats, the people I work with, and the job so much. It's so rewarding to learn about this disease and discover that the cats can live normal, healthy, happy, and LONG lives with this condition. The cats are fantastic, and the Furkids organization is really top-notch in its dedication and care. I highly recommend this volunteer position.
by Suzanne B. (September 8, 2011)
I wanted to start volunteering in January and sent several applications to organizations around town. Furkids was the friendliest and most flexible with my schedule (and location). I enjoy the variety of the work to be done and spending time with the cats.
by Thad D. from Berkley, MI (September 6, 2011)
Furkids provides me with a real sense of purpose and accomplishment. I know that every little bit helps the shelter staff and the cats. It's not glamorous work but everything I do there benefits the cats directly, and that's what matters.
by Ida M. (September 5, 2011)
Great organization. Great mission. Great people. Great animals. Many different opportunities for volunteering -- cleaning, socializing with cats, fostering cats, administrative work, special events, and much more. Your volunteer time with Furkids will be what you decide to make of it. I have been volunteering with Furkids since January of 2011. I clean at both the remote adoption centers and also at the main shelter -- where I get to spend a lot of good quality time with some great kitties and people. I also do some web site work for them -- which is fun. If you love cats and want to meet some amazing people and make friends, then you will enjoy volunteering at Furkids. I highly recommend it. Lots of hours are available for volunteering -- help is needed every day of the week, mostly during the hours of 9am to 5pm.

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