Atlanta Rescue Dog Cafe is an educational non-profit with a unique mission: to contribute to the well-being of Atlanta’s pets and people to improve human-animal interactions, reduce the incidence of animal cruelty, and relieve the strain on local animal shelters. We achieve this goal by providing fun, interactive, and engaging educational programming for all age levels from pre-kindergarten on up, even for adults.
The CEO and Founder, Aaron Fisher, taught elementary school for seven years, spent more than 12 years volunteering and working in animal welfare, and has been working with at-risk youth since the early '90s (yes, he's that old). He first came to Atlanta in 1993 to attend Emory University, and his love for the city has only grown since.
The idea for this innovative project was born from these experiences. His students were often too young to volunteer with animals (but really wanted to learn more about pets). Yet, no single organization was primarily dedicated to educating the community about animal welfare, how to care for pets and be safer around animals. Our programming now reaches nearly 500 Atlanta students a month!
Despite so much good that's been accomplished for Atlanta's pets, the number of animals entering area shelters continues to increase, as does the incidence of animal cruelty. Few local rescue groups have the personnel to offer the educational resources to prevent animals from entering shelters in the first place. Simply put, we're not going to spay/neuter, shelter, or adopt our way out of the pet overpopulation problem. We address the root cause of these issues through innovative educational programs that focus on the critical aspects of prevention and healthy human-animal interactions.
Making an Impact
Our educational programs reach, on average, 500 students a month. Since the beginning of 2018, we've served nearly 5,000 Atlanta residents.
Through our innovative leash-making project, not only does the community learn about safe and effective humane animal practices; we have also prevented nearly 1,600 lbs. of material from going into landfills.
Atlanta Rescue Dog Cafe - helping people, pets, and the planet.
"I just wanted to let you know that I really loved your class today. It was educational and fun. I hope to do it again."
Makenna R., 11 years old
"While making leashes, we were able to experience math, writing, critical thinking, community building and had a lot of fun doing it! Aaron is terrific with the kids and imparts some very useful knowledge. Recommended."
5th Grade Teacher, Johnny P.
"I learned how to make a leash and more about pet responsibility and ownership."
Beck, 10 years old
"I learned why a dog should have a collar or microchip and how to approach a dog respectfully."
Majority, 10 years old
"Aaron did such a great job catering to all of our different kiddos in our See Beautiful club at International Community School. You can definitely tell he has teaching experience!...He...went over the leash making directions very clearly for all of our different leveled learners and ESOL students. We definitely want to continue partnering with such an awesome organization!"
Katelynn V., Counselor at ICS, Decatur GA
"...the students and I loved your passionate inservice, highlighting our standards based estimation and measurement skills! Thank you for being an inspiration to future leaders... The kids adored you!"
Robin P., Gifted Education Specialist
"I love this program so much. It was worth coming out in the rain for."
Christopher, 4 years old
Atlanta Rescue Dog Cafe is so fortunate to enjoy the support of many organizations, businesses, and individuals. We know that "It takes a village," to effect change, and we couldn't achieve all that we do in the community without their generosity.
Because of the support of the above businesses and organizations, as well as generous individuals, we've been able to work with such amazing schools and groups as:
- Friends School of Atlanta
- In the City Camp
- Shallowford Elementary
- St. Martin's School
- Covenant House
- Congregation Or Hadash
- Huntley Hills Elementary
- Atlanta Fulton Public Libraries
- Kingsley Elementary School
- JCC Camps
- Georgia Tech
- Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts of Atlanta
- International Community School
- Cheatham Hill Elementary
- Bells Ferry Elementary
- Temple Sinai
- SarahCare Senior Care
- Green Acres Elementary
- Emory University
- Powers Ferry Elementary
- Congregation Gesher L'Torah
- DeKalb County Libraries
- Henderson Mill Elementary
- Eastvalley Elementary
- Inman Park Cooperative Preschool
- International Preschool
- Mount Paran Christian School
- Homeless Pet Clubs
- Jewish Kids Group
- Altruistic Day Care for Seniors (Tucker)
- Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta
- Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School
- Children's Museum of Atlanta
- Midtown International School
- The Westminster School
- and many other schools, organizations and businesses.
Please show these wonderful folks some love.
We love it when we get good press. Please check out the links below that highlight who we are and all the good we're doing in the community to promote responsible pet care, humane animal practices, and the importance of preventive education.
- Meet Aaron Fisher of Atlanta Rescue Dog Cafe - VoyageATL Magazine (January 2, 2019)
Atlanta Rescue Dog Cafe: Bettering the Community and its Animals Through Education - Her Campus, Emory University (September 26, 2018)
Program Aims to Teach Dog Safety to Kids - CBS 46 News (June 19, 2018)
Going to the Dogs—Nonprofit Offers Tips on Responsible Animal Care - The Champion (July 31, 2018)
Nonprofit Helps People, Pets, and the Planet - Atlanta Jewish Times (June 28, 2018)
Coffee & Canines: Q&A with Aaron Fisher of Atlanta Rescue Dog Cafe - Georgia's Own (July 10, 2018)
MLK Service with Many Smiles - January 15th - Atlanta Jewish Times (January 16, 2018)
- Local Nonprofit Seeks to Improve Human-Animal Interaction - Ponce Press (March 6, 2018)
- Community Arts Live – Good Gracious Show (our very first podcast; we're on at about minute 31!)