Brookhaven residents can now adopt pets for free through LifeLine Animal Project.

At an Aug. 9 meeting, Brookhaven City Council approved an agreement with LifeLine, which operates the DeKalb County Animal Services site at 3280 Chamblee Dunwoody Road. Through the agreement, Brookhaven agrees to sponsor LifeLine’s adoption fees for pets adopted by Brookhaven residents.

“Brookhaven and LifeLine have a long history of working together to encourage and facilitate the adoption of unwanted, stray or abandoned animals,” Mayor John Ernst said in a press release about the agreement. “We have encouraged LifeLine animal adoptions at the start of every city council meeting since I became mayor.”

The agreement goes into effect after a kick-off event Aug. 18 at the DeKalb County Animal Services location, according to the city’s website. The event starts at 11 a.m. Regular adoption fees are $85 for dogs and $65 for cats, according to the Brookhaven website. This fee covers neutering or neutering the animal, vaccinations, microchipping and other screenings.

“Brookhaven is stepping up a notch, and I hope other local governments will step in and build similar partnerships to promote the adoption of these deserving pets,” said Rebecca Guinn, CEO of LifeLine Animal Project, in the press release.