Gwinnett Animal Shelter

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

The Gwinnett County Animal Shelter will be closed to observe Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 26th, and Friday, November 27th

Normal operating hours will resume on Saturday, November 28th.  

Adopt a Shelter Pet for Only $20 During December, 2015

Give a Shelter Pet a Loving Home for the Holidays … for a total cost of only $20!

It's the season of giving, the perfect time to find a loving home for a shelter pet.

During the month of December, you can adopt a pet from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter for only $20! 

The $20 fee covers the full cost of the adoption.  It includes having your adopted pet neutered or spayed, micro-chipped, and vaccinated.  For only $20, he or she will be ready to go home with you.

Help us reach our goal of helping each animal in the shelter find a loving home before the New Year!

This $20 special won't last forever.  As of January 1, 2016, our regular prices will once again apply.

Animal Welfare & Enforcement Center Hours - Effective August 31, 2015

In an effort to provide better service to you and to have more animals find forever homes, the Gwinnett County Animal Welfare & Enforcement Center will change operating hours on Monday, August 31, 2015 to the following schedule:

Kennel Hours:  Monday through Saturday 11:00am – 4:00pm (Closed Sunday)

Office Hours:  Monday through Saturday 8:30am – 4:00pm (Closed Sunday)

Animal Intake:  Monday through Friday 11:00am – 3:30pm (Closed Saturday & Sunday)

The hours for field operations remain the same at 7 days a week from 8:00am until 10:00pm.  Should you have any questions, please call the shelter during office hours at 770.339.3200 and press option 7 to reach the front office.

New Procedure For Owner Surrendered Animals

Starting Monday, August 31, 2015 we will be making appointments for citizens wishing to surrender their personal animal to the shelter.  You will need to complete the form below and upload a picture of your animal.  A picture of your animal is required. 

The Rescue Coordinator will contact you within 48 hours to notify you of what your appointment time will be.  The Rescue Coordinator will also provide advice on how to keep your pet if possible.  The appointment times will be when Animal Intake is open, Monday through Friday from 11:00am to 3:30pm each day.  Should you have any questions, please contact the shelter at 770.339.3200 during regular business hours.

For the next three months owner surrendered animals will be accepted at Intake, however persons with appointments will be given priority.  After the three month period, appointments will be required to surrender an owned animal to the shelter.

Owner Surrender Appointment Request Form

New Option For Reporting Deceased Animals For Removal

We are pleased to announce you now have TWO options on ways to report deceased animals that need to be removed from the roadway.  You have the option of making a report over the phone by calling 770.513.5700 or you can now send an email directly to the Center!!  Simply send an email to  In your email please include the main street the animal is on, the street numbers or the closest intersecting street, the specific location of the animal, any landmarks nearby and your name/telephone number should we need to call with a question to assist locating the animal.  This email address will be checked on regular pick up days. 

Deceased animal removal is 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. 

Animals available for adoption

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

Support the Animal Welfare & Enforcement Shelter

Support the Animal Welfare &
Enforcement Shelter with a tax-deductible contribution

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!

Volunteer at the Animal Shelter

Spay and Neuter Information

Rabies Alerts


On October 2, 2015 a raccoon was picked up from the area of Kettlewood Drive in Lilburn.  That raccoon was tested and returned POSITIVE for the rabies virus. If you or your child have been bitten or scratched by any stray animals in this area, or if you know of anyone handling this animal please call 770.339.3200.  Should you encounter any wildlife that is acting strangely in this area, do not approach the animal and immediately call 770.513.5700 to have a unit dispatched to your home. 

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
Charles Johnson, Acting Manager

Rescue Officer

Deceased Animal Removal


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 three (3) 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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