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Atlanta United new service dog in training

Meet King, Atlanta United’s next service dog-in-training

King is a typical wiggly, cuddly, energetic 12-week-old Labrador Retriever puppy with a big mission—to become a service dog for a veteran or first responder. He takes the mantle from Spike, who was recently released from the service dog program due to a minor medical issue.
Running with your dog

How to be sure that afternoon jog is as good for your dog as it is for you

Want to start running with your dog? Here's some tips from local experts to keep them happy and healthy.
Fernando Little Bear

Naming restaurants can be a bear—but these Atlanta restaurateurs found inspiration in animals

From heraldry to symbolism, many eating establishments have hung out shingles that refer to familiar animals. In times and places when most people were illiterate, anyone could recognize a pub that was named the Fox and Hound, for instance, and illustrated accordingly.
21 great pet-friendly hotels, patios, coffee shops, bars, and more in metro Atlanta

21 great pet-friendly hotels, patios, coffee shops, bars, and more in metro Atlanta

Looking for a fun place to take your pet? Here's a roundup of Atlanta's pet-friendly hotels, restaurants, coffee shops, bars and breweries, dog parks and trails, and shopping districts.
Pandemic pet adoptions

Pandemic pets and the humans who love them

Sheltering in place can get lonely. Atlantans fostered pets in record numbers last year, and we adopted dogs, cats, reptiles, birds, and all sorts of creatures to keep us company. It was the start of many beautiful relationships.
Off the Chain Georgia

Georgia nonprofit Off the Chain builds enclosures to keep dogs from being tethered

At the core of the group’s work is the conviction that a suffering dog isn’t always the victim of willful neglect or malice—sometimes a pet’s owner simply isn’t aware of the harmful side effects or doesn’t have the resources to properly provide for it.
How to find calm in a year of chaos

How to find calm in a year of chaos

We like to consider this package akin to a free counseling session, and although these articles are not a substitute for one-on-one therapy, we hope it’s a start.
LifeLine Animal Project foster

Finally some good news: Atlantans are adopting so many pets that one rescue group can hardly keep up

In a month-long period ending April 13, LifeLine had tallied 925 adoptions and 946 foster placements (1,871 animals total) at its three facilities, trouncing the tally for the entirety of March and April last year by about 200 pets.

Spike, Atlanta United’s service dog-in-training, is a very good boy

Spike radiates cute and shows off his floppy ears and custom Atlanta United kit daily on social media. But for all the adorable Instagram fodder, Spike has a higher calling. He's training to become a service dog through America's VetDogs, a New York–based nonprofit that places dogs with disabled veterans and first responders.

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