Adoption & Rescue Process

Adoption Process for Individuals:

  • Visit the dog or cat shelter and fill out an application for the pet of your choice. You can also FAX your application to Animal Control at 706-613-3545. (If you have a scanner, you can use a free online FAX service, such as faxzero.com)
  • Application is reviewed by Animal Control staff for approval.
  • Return to Animal Control at the designated date and time to complete adoption paperwork.
  • If pet is already spayed or neutered, they can go home with you.
  • If pet is not yet spayed or neutered, Animal Control will bring them to a local vet, and you will take them home from the vet after paying the spay/neuter bill.
  • Adoption fee for dogs and cats is $50.

This is a brief description of the adoption process. For complete adoption info call Animal Control (dogs: 706-613-3540; cats:706-613-3887) or go to the Animal Control website.

For Rescue Groups:

  • Rescue groups must have a GA Dept. of Agriculture rescue license. (Outside groups may coordinate rescues with a local rescue group.)
  • FAX a current copy of the license to Animal Control, along with a Rescue Transfer Form and a list of people authorized to pull animals on the group’s behalf.
  • You may specify your group as a ‘last resort’ rescuer for an animal.
  • Your group is responsible for keeping in touch with AC on the adoption/rescue status of ‘last resort’ rescues.
  • AC is unable to ‘hold’ pets for rescue groups.

This is a brief description of the adoption process. For complete adoption info call Animal Control (dogs: 706-613-3540; cats:706-613-3887) or go to the Animal Control website.