Animal Control

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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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