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Animal Shelter Closed February 15, 2016

The Gwinnett County Animal Shelter will be closed on Monday, February 15, 2016, to observe President’s Day.
The shelter will resume normal operating hours on Tuesday, February 16, 2016.


Animal Welfare & Enforcement Center Hours

Following are the routine hours of operation for the Gwinnett County Animal Welfare & Enforcement Center:

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)

Field Operations: Service continues to be provided 7 days a week, from 8:00am until 10:00pm. 

For more general information about the Gwinnett County Animal Welfare & Enforecment Center, please call the Center during regular office hours at 770.339.3200.  Press option 7 to reach the front office.


Procedures For Owner-Surrendered Animals

Citizens who wish to surrender their personal animal(s) to the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter must have an appointment in order to do so.   This is a change to our prior procedure; an appointment will be required in order for any animal to be accepted from its owner. 

To request an appointment, complete the form below and upload a picture of your animal.  Please note: a picture of your animal is required.

You will be contacted by the Rescue Coordinator within 48 hours of the receipt of your request.  The Coordinator will notify you of your appointment time and will also offer advice about ways you might possibly be able to keep your pet. 

Appointment times will be scheduled during hours when the Animal Intake area is open for regular business: Monday through Friday, from 11:00am to 3:30pm each day. 

If you have questions regarding this procedure, please contact the shelter at 770.339.3200 during regular business hours.


Owner Surrender Appointment Request Form


Options For Reporting Deceased Animals For Removal

We are pleased to announce you now have TWO options to report deceased animals that need to be removed from the road(s).  You have the option of making a report by telephone, by calling 770.513.5700, or you may send an email directly to the Animal Welfare & Enforcement Center. 

An email should be sent to: PDDeadAnimalRemoval@gwinnettcounty.com.  In the email, please be as specific as possible about the animal's location.  Please include as much information as possible, including the main street on which the animal is located, the street number (when known), or the closest intersecting street, any nearby landmarks, and your name/telephone number, in case we need to contact you with a question to assist with locating the animal.  This email address will be checked on regular pick-up days. 

Deceased animal removals are completed weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  A part-time Animal Control Officer is assigned to complete this task each week on a regular basis.  On weeks that include holidays, the days for pick-up will be adjusted, to ensure that the service continues to be offered at least three times a week. 

Deceased animals can only be picked up from the curb of the roadway or right of way.  The Officer is not permitted to go onto private property to remove animals, even with the owner's permission, and he/she cannot go into wooded areas.  This is to prevent the large truck that is necessary for the pick-up of animals to avoid potential damage to 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. 

As a reminder, we do not pick up animals that are on state roadways, as those are handled by the Georgia Department of Transportation.  State roadways in the county usually have names and a state route number associated with 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). etc.

To report deceased animals on state roadways, please call the 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.

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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

Rabies

We are currently unaware of any active cases involving rabid animals in the Gwinnett County area.  However, it's important to remain vigilant and to remember that, if you encounter wildlife behaving in an unusual or strange manner, you should not approach the animal.  Instead, call 770.513.5700 and request professional assistance.  A until will be dispatched to your home to investigate the situation.

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
Charles.Johnson@gwinnettcounty.com

Rescue Officer
AnimalRescue@gwinnettcounty.com

Deceased Animal Removal
PDDeadAnimalRemoval@gwinnettcounty.com

Emergencies

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.

Complaints
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 www.helpinglostpets.com 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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