At the October 1, 2019 Regular Session voting meeting, the Athens-Clarke County Commission unanimously approved an agenda item that established the Animal Services Department as an independent department reporting directly to the Manager’s Office. Read on...
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 Services protects the public safety and health from at-large and dangerous animals and protects animals from inhumane treatment. Animal Services 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 Services 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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