Originally, Ahimsa House maintained a central shelter for animals at a secret location in metro Atlanta. In Fall 2006, we recognized the need to change our program model in an effort to operate more cost-effectively and to better serve victims statewide (see How We Help, below). In March 2007, Ahimsa House launched our redesigned direct services program, which houses animals via a network of foster homes and boarding facilities across the state.
To date (February 2017), Ahimsa House has provided over 63,300 nights of safe, confidential shelter for pets in need. In 2016, we took in 27% more animals than in 2015, and requests for our services went up by 34%. In 2016, we received over 16x the number of calls to our 24-hour crisis line than we did in 2007, the year our program decentralized.
It costs us approximately $240 to care for one pet, though most cases involve more than one pet. Often, our cost is much higher when victims have multiple animals, when we receive exotic or unusual species such as horses, and/or when animals require extensive veterinary treatment due to injury or neglect. We have only four staff members; everyone else is a volunteer.
Ahimsa House relies heavily on individual donations, grants, and corporate sponsorship. We are run almost entirely on volunteer labor and receive many in-kind donations of goods and services, making us highly cost-effective.
Mission: Ahimsa House is dedicated to addressing the link between domestic violence and animal cruelty. We offer services and assistance to victims of domestic violence with pets in Georgia and work to raise awareness of this connection in communities throughout the state.
Address: po box 8181 Atlanta, GA 31106