Gwinnett Animal Shelter

Animal Advisory Council hosts public hearing on ordinance changes

The Gwinnett County Animal Advisory Council will host a public hearing on proposed changes to the Gwinnett County Animal Control Ordinance. The hearing will be held Thursday, March 5, 2015, at 7:00pm at the Gwinnett Animal Welfare and Enforcement Center, 884 Winder Highway in Lawrenceville. The attached document includes the recommended changes to the ordinance. Click here for a complete document of the ordinance with the recommended changes.


Pardon Our Dust!!

Over the course of the next few months there will be ongoing construction at the shelter as we recoat the floors and walls inside our kennel areas.  During this time we are temporarily moving our large puppy section to a different part of the building.  To see one of these dogs when you come into the shelter, please inform the shelter staff that you are there to see one of our large puppies!!  Also on the website, these dogs will be posted with a PEN number beginning with ‘SD’.  The other remaining runs of dogs will also change locations in the kennel as the construction progresses, please look for signs to direct you where each size dog is.  Thank you for your patience as we work to bring a better environment for the homeless pets we care for at the Gwinnett County Animal Welfare & Enforcement Center!!


Animals available for adoption

Gwinnett Animal Shelter Hours and Location
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Tip of the Month - New Year's Resolution Time!!

What are your New Year’s Resolutions?  It’s that time of year again when many people will decide on several things that they want to change over the next year and make their New Year Resolutions!!  Many of these resolutions can include your pets as you work towards your goal!!  Resolutions come in a variety of forms, but have you ever thought about your pet’s thoughts for the New Year?  Here are some ideas on how to include your four legged family members to achieve success!!

1. Lose Those Extra Ounces!!  The number one New Year’s Resolution for most of us is to get back into shape!!  Everyone has that goal in mind, so set out with Rover and achieve it!!  In losing extra weight, exercise is the key!!  Gwinnett County has many dog parks where you AND your pet can work away those extra ounces!! If you already visit a dog park and have friends that meet regularly, make a group resolution and start an exercise group for your friends and their pets too!!  Running or walking on one of the many tracks one of the county parks is also a great idea to work away those extra ounces!!

2.  Eat Healthier!!  Another resolution that goes along with losing weight is eating better!!  Eating healthier is also very important to the overall wellbeing of your pets.  A bad diet can not only add to obesity in many animals, but it can also contribute to dental problems and many other health issues.  As you seek to find a better diet for yourself, also consider finding one for your pet!!  Look for more fruits and veggies for you, then check your pet’s food and seek out healthier options.  In no time you’ll see that both of your coats are shinier and you will both have more energy!!

3.  Go Back To School!!  Continuing education has always been a noble persuit.  It takes time and energy, as well as a lot of dedication.  It can help you make new pathways in your professional and personal life!!  Just like you, every dog and cat wants to learn more!!  Consider as you further your education, furthering your pets!!  There are many training programs available for agility classes, obedience classes or good owner classes!!  If you and your furry friend follow through and you get your degrees, you will both have a bright future ahead!!

4.  Travel More!!  Seeing more of the world around us is always an exciting adventure!!  Seeing other parts of the nation or even other countries expands your knowledge and enjoyment of other cultures and ways of life!!  Have you ever considered taking a trip with your dog or cat?  Some animals also enjoy travel just as much as their human companions.  Seeing a new place is always a lot of fun for your pet as they experience new smells, sights and sounds!! 

5.  Spend More Time With Family!!  One of the most important things to a pet is family.  We often get wrapped up in day to day life and forget that our pets long for us to spend time with them.  Spending more time with your family and pets is a great way to increase happiness in everyone’s life!!  Make extra time as often as you can to do the fun things in life, when 2015 begins to come to an end you’ll appreciate it when you look back!!


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
Chip.Moore@Gwinnettcounty.com

Monica Peete, Open Records Requests Only
Monica.Peete@gwinnettcounty.com

Rescue Officer
AnimalRescue@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 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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