Adoption Policy

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ANIMAL SERVICES HOURS

KENNEL: Monday through Friday 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for visiting adoptable animals

OFFICE:  Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for calls and service requests


The adoption fee for kittens and puppies is $20.00 and $25.00 for dogs and cats. When adopting an animal from Animal Services, you must sign an agreement to take the animal to a Veterinarian of your choice within seven days of adoption. The Animal Control Shelter does not have a veterinarian on the premises.

The customers will also be required to sign an agreement to have the animal spayed or neutered. This is a State Law in Georgia which became effective in July 1994.

Once all of the paperwork is completed, you will have a wonderful new addition to your family! 

"Choosing the Right Pet for You"

Choosing the right pet requires some research that will prove to be both educational and an enjoyable challenge. You need to learn about the physical traits of different breeds as well as their diverse personalities. It is best to choose a pet that is suited to your personality, lifestyle, and environment. Local veterinarians can be very helpful. They are familiar with many different breeds and can answer your questions regarding the suitability of a particular breed to your lifestyle and environment.

Asking the Right Questions

What kind of temperament does this particular breed have? This is a primary concern. Some breeds were developed with specific functions is mind. Some are bred to hunt and some were bred to guard herds of animals. The more information you can find out about your pet's origin can tell you how well it will accept visitors into your home or how well it will behave around children.

What size will it be when it is full grown? This is especially important if you live in an apartment. Some breeds require a lot of exercise and a large area to run.

How much coat care will your pet need? Some breeds require frequent grooming by you or regular visits to a groomer.

Will you have time for training your dog? Some breeds are better suited to specific types of training. A well-mannered dog makes the best companion.

What about health issues in a specific breed? These are important considerations that must be resolved before choosing a particular breed. All pets need occasional health care.

Make sure you have a clear sense of the responsibilities of owning a pet. Becoming a pet owner is a long-term commitment. Be certain your chosen pet will suit your environment and way of life.

Health Issues
Prevention of fleas and ticks can be time consuming, but the results are well worth the effort. There are dips, one-spot applications, sprays, pills, powders, shampoos and collars. Contact your veterinarian for the right product for your pet.

Grooming your pet is essential whether your pet is low maintenance or a breed that requires regular visits to a groomer. Consult with your veterinarian concerning special shampoos for skin problems.

There is an endless variety of well-balanced pet foods on the market. Talk to your veterinarian about what kind and how much is appropriate for your pet's age and condition. Make sure your pet has plenty of fresh, clean water at all times.

Preventative health care will add to the quality and length of your pet's life. Prevention costs are often less than treatment, so make sure your pet visits your veterinarian at least once a year for its annual shots and a thorough examination. Puppies and kittens must have a series of vaccinations administered by your veterinarian. Older pets require annual vaccinations that are given by your local veterinarian. A heartworm preventative can keep your pet healthy and save you money in the future.

All cats and dogs in the state of Georgia are required to have a current rabies vaccination that can only be administered by a licensed veterinarian.

Keep your cat inside. Outdoor cats can become lost, stolen, injured or killed.  Cats who are allowed to stray are exposed to fatal infectious diseases, including rabies. Also, cats prey on wildlife 

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