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Owner surrender

Unfortunately, there are times when pet owners find themselves unable or unwilling to care for their pet. Pet owners are encouraged to attempt to rehome their pet though family, friends, or rescue organizations before bringing it to the shelter.

Pets surrendered to the shelter by their owner are immediately available for adoption.


Owner surrender pets must meet the following criteria:

  • Pet must be current on vaccinations administered at least two weeks prior to surrender (must provide paperwork from a licensed veterinarian)
  • Pet cannot have any health issues
  • Pet must pass a temperament evaluation by an animal control officer
  • The owner must show proof of ownership
  • At peak seasons, the shelter may not accept surrendered pets due to lack of space

An appointment is preferred to surrender a pet at the shelter. If space is available and the above criteria are met, complete the Owner Surrender Appointment Request Form and upload a photo of your animal (photo is required). You will be contacted to schedule an appointment.

  • This is an open-admissions shelter, meaning most animals are accepted.
  • We attempt to find appropriate adoptive homes or rescue groups for all animals in our care.
  • Animals may be refused or euthanized if they are injured, diseased/infectious, aggressive, and, as a last resort, to prevent overcrowding in accordance with Gwinnett County’s Animal Welfare Ordinance Section 10-36.
  • This is a serious decision based on staff experience, training, and knowledge, and often in consultation with other resources.
  • We strive to provide a safe and healthy environment for all animals.

For questions about surrendering your pet, call the shelter at 770.339.3200 during regular business hours.