Animal Control

  1. Animal Shelter Dog Area Quarantine until Sep. 16

    The quarantine is due to the presence of canine parvovirus identified in some stray puppies. No volunteers or visitors will be allowed in the dog area. Owner surrenders will not be allowed. Owner reclaims will be allowed with advisement during this time. Read on...
  2. Animal Shelter Update and Animal Control Operations Review

    Update on the Animal Shelter quarantine during July 2019 and information about the Best Friends Animal Society review of Animal Control operations. Read on...
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If you have an emergency, such as an animal bite, a seriously sick or injured animal, or an animal trapped inside a living space of a home, call 706-613-3540 during business hours or 911 after hours.

Starting Sunday, June 10, the shelter will be closed on Sundays to visitors and animal drop-offs. We will continue to schedule adoptions and reclaims by appointment. Volunteers who have completed a volunteer orientation class may come on Sundays. We will return to normal shelter hours as soon as possible.


Athens-Clarke County Animal Control protects the public safety and health from at-large and dangerous animals and protects animals from inhumane treatment. Animal Control provides the following services for citizens:

  • Adoption or reclaiming of impounded and surrendered dogs, cats and other domestic animals
  • Enforcement of the Athens-Clarke County Animal Control Ordinances
  • Information regarding lost or found pets
  • Investigations of allegations of animal cruelty
  • Public education on a variety of topics related to animals
  • Public safety from dangerous or seriously sick or injured animals and at-large dogs

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