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Shelter Dogs Adorably Received A Week's Vacation For The Holiday

While most families were eating their Thanksgiving dinners last week, twenty shelter dogs in Georgia received the vacation of a lifetime.

We just can't with this adorable nugget! Adopt Roxie at our @fultonanimalservices location! #Repost @fultonanimalservices ・・・ I'm waiting to meet you. #adoptroxie #adoptme #fultonanimalservices

332 Likes, 14 Comments - LifeLine Animal Project (@lifelineanimal) on Instagram: "We just can't with this adorable nugget! Adopt Roxie at our @fultonanimalservices location! #Repost..."

Lifeline Animal Project started the “Home for the Pawildays” program which runs in shelters around Atlanta. During Thanksgiving, 20 dogs were given the chance to be “special guests in people’s homes” for a week, Karen Hirsch told Today. The nonprofit organization gave those families willing to open their homes to the pets food and supplies. This short-term foster program is to help the animals receive a break from being in the shelters.

Karen also noted in an email to HuffPost, “We choose the dogs who had either been at the shelter the longest or who needed to break from the stress of the shelter the most. All the dogs we chose are good candidates because they adore people.”

ZEUS _______________________________________________ This week for Thanksgiving I'm fostering this beautiful boy, Zeus through Lifeline Animal Project. However, JP and I have lovingly renamed him Goose for the time being because it's more fitting. He's literally just a big baby. I haven't heard him bark once, he doesn't seem to care for toys but he loves cookies, and he does well with other dogs. Zeus/Goose also does well on a leash but even without one he'll follow and stop at your side whenever you stop. This baby is shy at first but with lots of love and quality time he will be the perfect family dog. He's ready to cuddle up on the couch and binge Netflix whenever you are. If you or somebody you know could be a furever home for this sweet boy, he's available for adoption at the Dekalb County Animal Services in Chamblee, GA. #LifeLinePawlidays @lifelineanimal ????: @jpvanwert

110 Likes, 8 Comments - Gabrielle Orlando (@shawtyfaye) on Instagram: "ZEUS _______________________________________________ This week for Thanksgiving I'm fostering this..."

One woman, who was the recipient of one of the foster dogs, revealed on Instagram that she fostered a dog named Zeus. She boasted that she didn’t hear him bark, but noted he loves toys, cookies, and other dogs. Though he was shy at their family home at first, quality time spent on the couch helped to bring his true personality out.

I'm thankful I was chosen to be a part of @lifelineanimal Home for the Pawlidays program! #lifelinepawlidays

2 Likes, 1 Comments - Bullet (@bulletblackdog) on Instagram: "I'm thankful I was chosen to be a part of @lifelineanimal Home for the Pawlidays program!..."


The Lifeline Animal Project suspects that a few of the dogs may be adopted in the future. Since the program was a success, they are hoping to grow the trend of short-term fostering. Not only will this help people understand what it is like to own a dog, but it will also help the animal de-stress from being in the shelter.

If you are looking for short-term foster opportunities, please call your local animal shelter in order to inquire about possibilities. You never know, you may just find your new family member!


Sarah is a Hufflepuff living in NYC. When she is not traveling or talking to random animals, she is working as a script writer. Tweet her at @lumpyspacederp