Hours of Operation
Sunday: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday: 1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Thursday: 1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Friday: 1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
The Douglas County Animal Shelter has many cats and dogs for adoption. Please visit our shelter during operating hours or view the Petfinder list of pets at our shelter to see pictures of many of our pets online. The adoption fee for all dogs and cats is $35.00 Cash or Check ONLY. All adopted animals must be spayed or neutered within 30 days by state law.
If you have lost a pet in Douglas County, please come to our shelter immediately to look for the pet and continue to come every three days until the pet is found. We picture many (but not all) of the pets in our shelter on the Petfinder list of pets at our shelter --- but you will still need to come to our shelter in person at least every three days to see if he/she is here. Also please note that we name most of the pets when they enter our shelter so your lost pet may be pictured on Petfinder with a different name.
"Pets in Urgent Need of Adoption"
Adoptions by people and placements through rescue organizations are often far outnumbered by the drop-offs at the Shelter and pick-ups by Animal Control.
The Douglas County Animal Shelter will post the "Pets in Urgent Need of Adoption" list here on the County web site each week, usually on Tuesdays. These are animals who need to be adopted or rescued. It does not mean that non-adoption of these animals will result in automatic euthanization the week following the posting. Photos and descriptions of the animals are shown in the downloadable documents to the right of this narrative. Citizens are requested to post these photographs and descriptions on personal web pages, social media, etc., in efforts to help the adoption or rescue of these animals.
If you see a stray animal or a case of animal cruelty/neglect, call the Animal Shelter at 770.942.5961 during business hours. If it is an after hours emergency, call 911 and an Animal Control officer will be dispatched. Please give a good description of the animal and a good location for it.
Giving Up Your Own Pet
Douglas County Animal Control does not accept unwanted pets. It is recommended that if you’re planning to move to always inquire as to if the new landlord allows pets. If not and you plan to re-home the animal, owners are urged to advertise the animal themselves to ensure that their pet is going to a good home. Leaving the animal with a rescue or humane organization should be your very last resort if you have to give up a pet because of the volume of animals they receive. You may call the animal shelter for contact information for the various rescue and humane organizations. You can also Google “Atlanta Rescue Groups” for additional information. There is a local directory for metro Atlanta rescue groups at www.spotsociety.org. Owners can search either by dog or cat rescue, and can search for groups that rescue specific breeds as well.
If you find an animal after Shelter hours, please take it to:
Westside Animal Clinic, 875 Thornton Road, Lithia Springs, GA 30122
and they will scan it for a microchip at no charge.
Monday - Friday: 6 p.m. - 8 a.m.
12 noon Saturday - 8 a.m. on Monday
Holidays: open 24 hours
We love rescue groups and appreciate everything they do! If you are with a rescue group please consider rescuing one of the wonderful pets at our shelter! Please fill out this application form prior to rescuing from our shelter.
The Douglas County Animal Shelter also has many volunteer opportunities. Please fill out our volunteer application (downloadable document to the right of this narrative) if you would like to volunteer at the Douglas County Animal Shelter.
Spay and Neuter
There are too many unwanted pets in Douglas County and not enough homes to go around --- be a responsible pet owner and spay or neuter your pet! Low cost spay/neuter options in our area include:
Douglas County Animal Control is always in need of donations! We can use canned kitten and puppy food, bleach, flea prevention, paper towels, dry kitten food, nutracal and kitty milk (from pet supply store), leashes, collars and cat litter.