Southern Hope Humane Society is a non-profit 501c3 organization dedicated to finding good, permanent homes for homeless shelter dogs and cats. Southern Hope became incorporated in March 1993 and was formerly known as Paulding Volunteer Animal Rescue. On March 21, 2003, Southern Hope was awarded an interim contract to manage the Fulton County Animal Services shelter, located at 860 Marietta Blvd in Atlanta and on July 1, 2003 Southern Hope was awarded the permanent contract.
Prior to our being awarded the contract to manage the Fulton County Animal Services shelter, the previous humane society did not allow the public in to the shelter in order to adopt any animals, thus the shelter had an extremely high euthanasia rate, over 80%. Since taking over the shelter, Southern Hope has opened the doors to the public and has implemented an adoption program which has drastically reduced the euthanasia rate. Fulton County Animal Services also works with licensed rescue groups throughout the area in order to give even more animals HOPE. Southern Hope has implemented numerous outreach and educational programs which has reduced the number of homeless pets and has educated the public about responsible pet ownership.
All of the animals adopted from the Fulton County shelter and Southern Hope Humane Society are spayed or neutered, microchipped, given a rabies shot, vaccinated, de-wormed and heartworm tested (dogs) and combo tested (cats), prior to release to the new owner. Southern Hope also places dogs and cats from the shelter into our Southern Hope foster program. The pets placed in our foster homes are given individual attention, medical care and a loving environment. Because of the individual attention each pet receives, potential adopters know in advance whether a foster program pet is housebroken, if it gets along well with other pets or children and other important information.