Gwinnett Animal Shelter

GCAWE Center Closed Friday, July 3 and Animal Intake Closed Saturday, July 4

The Gwinnett County Animal Welfare & Enforcement Center will be closed Friday, July 3, 2015, in observance of the Independence Day holiday. The Center will re-open on Saturday, July 4, 2015 for regular operating hours.

Saturday, July 4, 2015 the Animal Intake section of the Center will be closed.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Field Operations will continue on regular schedules both dates.

Commissioners Approve Changes To Animal Control Ordinance

The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners approved changes to the Gwinnett County Animal Control Ordinance during its public hearing on June 23, 2015. These changes are related to tethering, cruelty, and neglect and will take effect beginning July 1, 2015. Under the revised ordinance, outdoor tethering is prohibited unless certain conditions are met. These conditions include, but are not limited to, the following: the owner or adult custodian of the animal must be outside with the animal at all times; the animal must be visible to the owner; single-point tethering is prohibited; a trolley system tether is the only approved form of tether; and only one animal may be attached to each trolley system.

The attached document includes the changes to the ordinance approved by commissioners on June 23.

New Gwinnett County Animal Control Ordinances Go Into Effect July 1

On March 17, 2015 the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners replaced Chapter 10 of the Gwinnett County Code of Ordinances, entitled “Animals”  and replaced it with a new Chapter 10.  The new Chapter 10 will go into effect on Wednesday, July 1, 2015.  Below is a listing of some of the new changes to the Ordinance.  To see a complete listing of all the changes, see the link below. 

Adequate Space – Sufficient space for dogs is now determined by the size of the dog.  A visual estimation will be made to determine compliance.  Up to 30 pounds requires 120 square feet of space, 31 – 60 pounds requires 150 square feet of space and over 60 pounds requires 250 square feet of space.

Eligible Litters – Means a group of two or more animals born at the same time, from the same mother, that are under six months of age and their ownership is not known.

10-29(c)(1) – The only form of acceptable tether is by a trolley system, fixed point tethering is prohibited.  This section also defines what a trolley system is and what is required.  Between the hours of 10:00pm and 8:00am tethering outdoors is prohibited.

– Hold time for stray animals has been reduced from five (5) days to three (3) days that the shelter is open.  Any incoming eligible litters will be available immediately for adoption or rescue.

10-35 – Title of section changed to “Reclaim of Impounded Animals” to clarify the ordinance if an owner is known.  This section adds a provision for mandatory microchipping of a stray animal reclaimed from the shelter on the first offense of impound.

10-36 – Stray animals will not be eligible for euthanization until day six (6) if ownership is not known. 

10-39(d) – Livestock obtained from the shelter may be sold for profit or used for consumption.  Consuming livestock that have been tranquilized or darted is prohibited.

10-45 – Added ferrets to the list of animals that require a rabies vaccination.

10-51 – Barking dog complaints can be brought forward by two neighbors living at different addresses or by one individual with supporting evidence, such as a video tape.  The original rule of the letter being mailed and a ten (10) day period is still required.

10-56 – Selling or giving away of animals in front of or on private or public property, other than the animal owner’s property, is prohibited without the property owners written permission.

Article II of the Ordinance was replaced in its entirety and replaced with the Responsible Dog Ownership section.  This was previously the Dangerous Dog Ordinance.  Numerous definitions were also changed to comply with this new Ordinance.  This Ordinance was changed so to come into compliance with the State Of Georgia’s Responsible Dog Ownership Law.

Click here to view a complete version of the new Gwinnett County Animal Control Ordinance.

Should you have any questions, please call the shelter at 770.339.3200 during business hours.

Animals available for adoption

Deceased Animal Removal

We are pleased to announce that deceased animal removal will now be completed each week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  A part time Animal Control Officer has been hired by the Gwinnett County Police Department to complete this task each week on a regular basis.  On weeks that include holidays, the days for pickup will be moved around to ensure that pickup is being completed at least three times a week. 

Deceased animals are picked up from the curb of the roadway or right of way, only.  The Officer is not permitted to go onto any private property to remove animals, even with the owner's permission and cannot go into wooded areas.  This is due to the large truck used to pick up animals potentially damaging landscaping.  If the animal is small enough, it can be placed into a plastic bag and left curbside to be removed.

To report an animal that is deceased and needs to be picked up on a county or city roadway, please call the Gwinnett County Police Department Communications Division at 770.513.5700 24 hours a day. 

Just as a reminder, we do not pick up animals that are on state roadways as these are handled by the Georgia Department of Transportation.  State roadways in the county usually have names and a state route number associated to them, such as Loganville Highway (Highway 78), University Parkway (Highway 316), Scenic Highway (Highway 124), Lawrenceville Highway (Highway 29), Buford Drive (Highway 20), Buford Highway (Highway 13/23), Grayson Highway (GA Highway 84), Beaver Ruin Road (GA Highway 378), portions of Peachtree Industrial Boulevard/Peachtree Parkway (GA Highway 141), Lawrenceville Suwanee Road (GA Highway 317), Duluth Highway (GA Highway 120) and others.

To report deceased animals on state roadways, please call Georgia Department of Transportation at 404.631.1990 during regular business hours. 

Gwinnett Animal Shelter Hours and Location
Click here to view the shelter hours of operation and location.

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Gift Certificates For Adoption Fees!!

Many times during the holidays people will want to get a pet for a friend or a family member, but which one to choose??  Giving the gift of a pet can make a child’s wishes come true!!  Instead of gifting an animal, we are happy to provide the new option of purchasing a gift certificate for adoption fees which can be given as a gift!!  This way your loved ones can come in and pick their new family member to make sure it’s just the right fit!!  Gift Certificates are now available year round in the front office of the shelter, they cannot be purchased on line or over the phone.  Please contact the shelter for more details at 770.339.3200!! 

Need Advice?
Click here for numerous Pet Behavior Tip Sheets.  These tip sheets cover many common problems of pet ownership and are provided by The Humane Society of the United States.  Topics include Barking Issues, Housetraining Your Pet, Fearful Cats, Kitten Development, Selecting The Right Pet For Your Kids, and many more topics. Check it out!

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Spay and Neuter Information

Rabies Alerts

No current rabies alerts.

What does a rabid animal look like?

Rabid animals may act tame. They may also display strange or unusual behavior. They may act aggressive, avoid food and water, foam at the mouth, or have trouble moving. Stay away from any unknown animals, especially wildlife. Report any animal acting unusual to Gwinnett County Police Animal Welfare and Enforcement at 770.339.3200.

How can I help protect myself and my family from rabies?

  • Make sure your pets get their rabies shots regularly
  • Keep your pets on your property
  • Do not leave garbage or pet food outside. Food left out may attract wild or stray animals
  • Stay away from wild, sick, hurt, or dead animals. Do not pick up or move sick or hurt animals. If you find a wild, sick, or hurt animal, call Gwinnett County Police Animal Welfare and Enforcement at 770.339.3200.
  • Do not keep wild animals like raccoons, skunks, foxes, and coyotes as pets. It is dangerous and also illegal
  • Teach your children not to go near, tease, or play with wild animals or strange dogs and cats

Contact Information
Chip Moore, Manager

Monica Peete, Open Records Requests Only

Rescue Officer


To report an animal bite: Call 911 for medical attention first. The 911 operator will call us about the animal. To report cruelty cases or an injured, sick, or vicious animal call us at 770.513.5700.

To file a complaint (barking dogs, etc.) call 770.339.3200 during regular office hours.

Pet Listings
To see pictures of some of the many dogs and cats who need a good home right now, click in the left navigation bar.

Lost Animals
To reclaim your lost pet from the Shelter, bring identification (drivers license or Georgia ID) and proof of ownership, such as vet records.

Lost or Found
To report a lost or found animal, please visit to make the report.  A notice will be emailed to the shelter if the location entered is within Gwinnett County and the notice will also be posted at the shelter.

Please remember that it is still your responsibility to come to the shelter and look for your lost pet. Strays are held for a minimum of five days and then may be offered for adoption, rescue, or, in extreme cases, euthanized. The website and the lost/found directory are only updated Monday through Friday so it is preferable that you visit the shelter to look for your pet.

Please always insure that your pet is properly identified with a collar and tag and/or a microchip!

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