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Animal Shelter Holiday Closings

The Gwinnett County Animal Shelter will be closed on the dates listed below to observe holidays during the months of December and January: 

Christmas Holidays
Friday, December 23
Monday, December 26

Please note: the shelter will be open during regular business hours on Saturday, December 24.

New Year's Holiday
Monday, January 2

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
Monday, January 16

The staff of the Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement Unit would like to wish you a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season, surrounded by family, friends, and love.

We look forward to continuing to work with the wonderful residents of Gwinnett County in 2017... and beyond!

December Adoption Special

As most of us enjoy the holidays spending time with family and friends, let's not forget about the less fortunate who have no homes or families to care for them. 

In the spirit of this season of giving, the Gwinnett County Welfare and Enforcement Unit would like to help some of the less fortunate animals and people.  We will be offering low-cost adoption specials for shelter dogs and cats throughout the month of December. 

  • Adopt one dog, puppy, cat, or kitten for only $30.
  • Adopt two cats or kittens for only $40.

These special adoption fees include the costs for vaccinations, microchips, and spaying/neutering your new pet.

Donate five canned goods to help fill the shelves at local food banks and receive an additional $10 discount off of these already low-cost adoption fees.

It's a wonderful time of year to share the spirit of giving. Share your home and your love with a new pet, while helping local food banks assist people who are in need. 

If you have questions about the December adoption specials, please contact the Animal Welfare and Enforcement Center during regular business hours at 770.339.3200.  Select option 7 to speak with the front office staff.

Volunteer at the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter

If you would like to donate some of your time to help care for animals at the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Barbara Kettles.  To schedule time(s) to volunteer, send an email to:

Listed below are links to more information about the Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement Unit's Volunteer Program and the form that must be completed, in order to become a volunteer at the shelter.

Animal Shelter Volunteer Flyer

Gwinnett Animal Shelter Volunteer Form

The animals and the staff of the Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement Unit would greatly appreciate your time and assistance.

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

Donate Supplies to Help Animals at the Shelter
All types of donations are welcome and appreciated by the Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement Center.

Below is a list of items that are always beneficial to the shelter:
  • Canned food for kittens, cats, and dogs (pate only; no salmon)
  • Cat carriers: medium size, hard plastic
  • Large orthopedic dog beds (washable)
  • Frontline flea control for dogs and cats
  • Cardboard cat scratchers
  • EZ Nabber 16”
  • Cat Traps
  • Towels
  • Blankets

View 2015 Changes to the Animal Control Ordinance
The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners approved changes to the Gwinnett County Animal Control Ordinance in 2015. These changes relate to tethering, cruelty, neglect, boarding, and the keeping of livestock. To help you understand the revisions, the Animal Welfare and Enforcement Unit compiled a list of frequently asked questions. These are located on the unit’s FAQ page.

You can also click here to view the updated ordinance.

Animal Welfare Routine Hours of Operation

Listed below are the routine hours of operation for the Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement Unit. To allow us to effectively serve you, please consider these hours when planning a visit to the animal shelter.   
Animal Shelter: Office               
Monday through Saturday, 8:30am to 4:00pm 

Closed Sunday

Animal Shelter: Kennel

Monday through Saturday, 11:00am to 4:00pm
Closed Sunday

Animal Intake Hours

Monday through Friday, 11:00am to 3:30pm
Closed Saturday and Sunday

Field Operations
Provided Monday through Sunday, 8:00am to 10:00pm

For more information about the Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement Unit, please call the animal shelter at 770.339.3200 during regular office hours.  Select option 7 to speak with a member of the front office staff.

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:  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

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!

Spay and Neuter Information



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

Curt Harrell, Animal Welfare and Enforcement Manager

Cindy Wiemann, Animal Welfare and Enforcement Assistant Manager

Deceased Animal Removal

Rescue Officer

Volunteer: Email to request specific dates/times to volunteer at the shelter


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.

Non-Emergency Situations 
During regular office hours (see above), contact the animal shelter, at 770.339.3200.  If the shelter is closed, you may call the non-emergency phone number for the Gwinnett County Police, 770.513.5700.  An Animal Control Officer will then be notified.

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 note that it is your responsibility to go to the shelter to look for your lost pet(s). Strays are held for a minimum of three (3) days and may then be offered for adoption, rescue, or, in extreme cases, euthanized. The website and the lost/found directory are updated Monday through Saturday, so it is preferable that you visit the shelter to look for your pet.

To assist with identifying animals, please ensure that your pet is properly identified with a collar and tag and/or a microchip.

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