Southern Animal Rescue was founded in November 2008 by sisters Kristin McKnight and Lauren
McKnight, Chamblee Abernethy and John Rigney. Between 2010 & 2011, Leslie Curry, Liz Kroll, Cara
McKinney and Nikki Rentz, all long time animal rescuers, joined our team. We are animal lovers and
advocates and all have cats and dogs of our own, as well as regularly foster rescued animals.
Our mission is to rescue and re-home abused, neglected and homeless dogs and cats in metro-Atlanta,
to educate pet owners to properly care for their animals and to reduce the number of feral cats and
kittens through the humane practice of TNR (trap-neuter-return) [to learn more about TNR, click here.
We are active and vocal advocates for abused and abandoned pets in our local communities and with our
State law makers. We believe that rescue alone will never save enough lives nor bring about a long-term
solution to Georgia's pet overpopulaton crisis. In all that we do, we strive to create communities where,
one day in the not-so-distant future, our rescue work is no longer required.
We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and run by all non-paid volunteers. Your donations go directly
toward veterinary care for the animals we rescue.
Since November 2008, we have:
- rescued over 500 cats, kittens, dogs and puppies
- successfully trapped and released over 100 feral cats
- managed and cared for four feral cats colonies around Atlanta