5 unique nonprofits working for Atlanta animals

There’s a variety of ways to volunteer at these organizations
Illustration by Ryan Chapman
Illustration by Ryan Chapman

Ahimsa House
Often shelters for domestic violence victims don’t allow pets. Ahimsa House provides safe haven for those animals through a statewide network of foster homes and boarding facilities. What you can do: Foster pets, transport animals, and perform administrative work.

Good Mews
This Marietta shelter has been a feline refuge for more than 25 years. The cage-free environment allows adoptable kitties to roam and exercise. What you can do: Coordinate adoptions, feed animals, clean the facility, handle public relations.

Daffy’s Pet Soup Kitchen
Many animals end up in shelters when their owners can no longer afford to care for them. Daffy’s provides needy owners with free pet food. What you can do: Raise funds, work at the organization’s thrift store.

Pets for Vets
The Georgia chapter of this national organization pairs rescued dogs with veterans, particularly those suffering from PTSD and depression. What you can do: Update social media, write newsletters, plan events.

AWARE Wildlife Center
The Atlanta Wild Animal Rescue Effort in Lithonia rehabs injured and abandoned wildlife of all species, including owls, ducks, foxes, turtles, and bobcats. What you can do: Care for animals, answer the wildlife hotline, and maintain the facilities.