Small paws, big impact.
Our Mission:
To reduce the flow of pets into shelters and prevent animal cruelty through innovative pet therapy, community-building, & humane education programs.
What We Do
Reduce the flow of pets into shelters
Prevent animal cruelty
Promote human-pet relationships
How We Do It
Innovative pet therapy
Humane education

Empathy, Kindness & Compassion

Atlanta Rescue Dog Cafe is an educational non-profit dedicated to the well-being of the community’s pets and people. Our innovative and engaging pet therapy, humane education, and community-building programs (now available virtually) emphasize such values as: empathy, kindness, and compassion.

Since 2018, we've reached more than 30,000 participants throughout the U.S., in more than 20 countries, and on six continents. More than 70% are children, and approximately 60% are in Title One schools and under-served communities.

Our "One Leash Project" has re-purposed nearly 7,000 pounds of climbing rope material into dog leashes. The leashes are provided for free to police officers and firefighters to help keep pets in homes, off the streets, and out of shelters.

We are a platinum-level Candid organization

Since 2019, we've received four platinum ratings by Candid (formerly Guidestar), the highest award from this independent nonprofit rating agency. Essentially, that means we have high impact, and are transparent, faithful to our mission, and responsible financial stewards with the funds we receive.
Conversation and Community
We're a "cafe" in the sense that a cafe is where conversation and community come together, and we're trying to generate conversation on what we - as a community - can do to promote positive human-pet relationships, prevent animal cruelty, and keep pets from ever entering shelters.

While our programs currently take place in educational, community, and corporate settings, our goal is to one day have a non-profit cafe with a dedicated educational space. And that would make us very happy.