CEO, LifeLine Animal Project
Rebecca Guinn left behind a successful law career in 2002 after visiting a county shelter where the majority of animals had been euthanized. Thinking there had to be a better way for a community to address its homeless pet population, she founded LifeLine Animal Project and implemented a long-term strategy to redefine metro Atlanta’s practices and philosophies regarding caring for animal companions. In 2013, LifeLine was awarded the management contracts for Atlanta’s Fulton and DeKalb County animal shelters, where the organization has increased livesaving rates by more than 87 percent and positioned Atlanta to become a no-kill community.
Under Rebecca’s leadership, LifeLine also operates its own no-kill shelter, which focuses on animals with special medical or behavioral needs; Catlanta, the first and largest organized trap-neuter-return (TNR) program in Atlanta, which has sterlized and vaccinated more than 35,000 community cats; and Community LifeLine, an outreach effort that provides free vaccines and spay/neuter to thousands of pets belonging to low-income Atlantans. Additionally, two LifeLine Spay & Neuter Clinics together comprise the largest provider of spay/neuter services in Georgia, with more than 106,000 surgeries performed to date.
A licensed attorney, Rebecca drafted state legislation that banned the use of gas chambers in Georgia shelters, and revised animal ordinances in both Fulton and DeKalb Counties. She is active in the Animal Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia and a member of The HSUS Companion Animals Advisory Council.