In animal shelters all over the country, dogs are going to be spending the Thanksgiving holiday alone. These pups are waiting for their forever homes, hoping to find a safe place to land. In Georgia, one animal shelter is looking to change that for a special group of dogs in their facility. The Lifeline Animal Project is a nonprofit organization that runs several shelters in Atlanta. This year, they launched a new program for twenty dogs called, “Home for the Pawlidays.” These special dogs are getting a great opportunity: they are going to stay with people this Thanksgiving.
The Lifeline Animal Project organization is providing all the supplies and food needed for the dogs, the humans just need to provide their homes in return. The 20 dogs were handpicked by shelter staff as those who have either been at the shelter for a long time or who just really needed a break from the stress that comes from staying in an animal shelter. Each of the dogs is known to really be people focused and love the companionship of human interaction. So far, the program has been a huge hit with dogs and humans alike.
These lucky pooches have spent their time cuddling, visiting parks and just enjoying humans. The hope is that these dogs will be adopted after this time in people’s homes. The Lifeline Animal Project reports that at least one woman has fallen in love with her dog and might adopt the pup permanently. Still others may come forward to either adopt or foster the dogs to give them a chance to find a good home with some training and love from their new human companions. Even if those dogs head back to the shelter, the time away will certainly make them feel better and more prepare for a permanent home when one comes along!