The Animal Control Division of the Athens-Clarke County Central Services Department is implementing two temporary changes due to current staff vacancies in part-time Animal Control Officer and Animal Caretaker positions. The changes will be in effect until sufficient staff for these positions are hired and trained in the coming months.
Field service hours for Animal Control Officers have been reduced to Mondays to Fridays from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. instead of until 6:00 p.m. Emergencies such as an animal bite, a seriously sick or injured animal, or an animal trapped inside a living space of a home can be reported outside of these hours and on weekends by calling 9-1-1.
The Animal Control Shelter will be closed on Sundays to the general public beginning Sunday, June 10. The shelter will function similar to how it currently operates on Wednesdays by continuing to schedule adoptions and reclaims by appointment on Sundays, as well as allowing volunteers on Sundays who have completed an orientation class.
As of June 10, the shelter will be open to the general public on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and for trained volunteers and scheduled appointments for adoptions, reclaims, and animal surrenders on Wednesdays and Sundays.
Reducing operations on Sundays is expected to also assist with space considerations for surrendered animals. All animals adopted from the shelter must be neutered or spayed, if not already, when adopted. Surgeries cannot be scheduled on weekends, so a number of animals that are adopted Thursday through Sunday remain at the shelter until Monday morning when they are transferred to the Athens Area Humane Society for surgery. Many rescue groups also pick up transferred animals on Monday as well. Closing Sunday to the general public will also allow Animal Control to defer some animal surrenders until Monday when more room is often available.
For more information about the Animal Control Division of the Central Services Department, visit www.accgov.com/animalcontrol or call 706-613-3540.