Gwinnett Animal Shelter

Come To The "Clear Us Out" Event This Weekend!!

Come one, come all to the “Clear Us Out” event at the Gwinnett County Animal Welfare & Enforcement Center!!  On April 10, 2015 the main shelter on Winder Highway was closed for a voluntary quarantine due to an unknown illness, which was later determined to be common kennel cough.  Ever since that day the staff have been on a mission to get all the dogs that were quarantined back up to premium health and today we can say, mission accomplished!!

During the time the main shelter has been closed, pleas were put out to the rescue community to take all the dogs in the quarantined shelter and they have done an amazing job!!  However, the main shelter still has 27 dogs in the building that must be out by the end of the day on Sunday, April 26!!  We need the main shelter on Winder Highway completely empty so that a deep sanitation can be completed in the following days.

The dogs at the main shelter have become very special to the staff during the quarantine period and we want to see each of them go to their forever home!!  Each of the 27 remaining dogs have been spayed/neutered, vaccinated (DHPP, Rabies and Bordetella), microchipped, behavior assessments completed and heartworm tested!!  Each of these dogs have also been on a 14 day regimen of antibiotics to ensure that they are in the best health possible!!  These remaining 27 dogs will be available for adoption this weekend at the Winder Highway facility!!  These dogs will all be available for a “Clear Us Out” adoption fee of only $60.00, which includes all listed vet treatments!!  Photographs of all 27 dogs will be uploaded to this website and can be seen under the "Dogs Available For Adoption" section. 

The main shelter on Winder Highway will only be open on Saturday, April 26 from 11:00am to 6:00pm and Sunday, April 27 from 1:00pm to 4:0pm.  The main shelter on Winder Highway will not be accepting any strays, those should be taken to the temporary facility at 632 Hi Hope Road.  The temporary facility will also be open for owner reclaims, holds and adoptions of the animals in that shelter on Saturday, April 26 from 11:00am until 4:00pm only.   We are in the process of uploading pictures of all the animals at the temporary facility.  Because of space restrictions, owner surrenders are still not being accepted at this time. 

After Sunday, April 26th the main shelter on Winder Highway will be closed again for the cleaning process.  All operations will continue at the temporary shelter on Hi Hope Road.

For any questions, please call the shelter at 770.339.3200. 

Come “Clear Us Out”!!


Temporary Animal Shelter Now Open

Temporary shelter operations have been moved to the former Gwinnett County Animal Shelter, located at 632 Hi Hope Road in Lawrenceville.  The temporary facility will be referred to as the Hi Hope temporary shelter and will accept stray animals from the public beginning Saturday, April 18.  Animal adoptions are available during normal hours at the temporary shelter and the animals available will be listed on this website under “Dogs Available For Adoption.”  Owners wishing to surrender their pets will not be accepted at this time; however owners may re-claim their pets at the temporary shelter. 

The phone number for the Hi Hope temporary shelter is the same as the current main number, 770.339.3200, and operating hours will remain the same.  Office hours are 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and kennel hours are 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

Dogs held at the shelter on Winder Highway will not be available for adoption.  Those dogs that have not completed the stray hold prior to the quarantine will remain on the website until Saturday, April 18.  Residents who are unsure if they have a dog at the shelter should call 770.339.3200 for further instructions.  Dogs will be identified on the website to show if they are at the Hi Hope Shelter or the Winder Highway Shelter. 


Animal Shelter Closed Until Further Notice for Voluntary Quarantine

 

On April 10, 2015, the Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement Center voluntarily closed for quarantine due to an outbreak of illness in sheltered dogs. Symptoms were pneumonia-like and included coughing and sneezing. One dog died as an apparent result of the illness. Currently, a total of 23 dogs at the shelter are experiencing symptoms, but are responding well to antibiotic treatment with doxycycline. 
The University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine has been working to determine the cause of the outbreak. Testing is currently underway on four affected dogs. Partial results for one dog have come back negative for Bordetella, more commonly known as kennel cough. The dog also tested negative for all strains of canine influenza. Testing did indicate signs of pneumonia, for which the cause is unknown and under further study. The center is waiting on lab cultures to determine the original cause of the pneumonia. There is no current timeframe on the final results. As soon as they are received, the Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement Center will issue another update.
The shelter will remain closed until further notice as all animals inside are still undergoing treatment. A long-term secondary shelter has been secured and will be open to the public soon. All routine shelter operations will be available in the secondary facility. This includes any owner reclaims and adoptions of animals that entered shelter care after April 10, 2015. Please check back here for updates on the secondary facility including the hours of operation and address.    
On April 10, 2015, the Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement Center voluntarily closed for quarantine due to an outbreak of illness in sheltered dogs. Symptoms were pneumonia-like and included coughing and sneezing. One dog died as an apparent result of the illness. Currently, a total of 23 dogs at the shelter are experiencing symptoms, but are responding well to antibiotic treatment with doxycycline. 

The University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine has been working to determine the cause of the outbreak. Testing is currently underway on four affected dogs. Partial results for one dog have come back negative for Bordetella, more commonly known as kennel cough. The dog also tested negative for all strains of canine influenza. Testing did indicate signs of pneumonia, for which the cause is unknown and under further study. The center is waiting on lab cultures to determine the original cause of the pneumonia. There is no current timeframe on the final results. As soon as they are received, the Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement Center will issue another update.

The shelter will remain closed until further notice as all animals inside are still undergoing treatment. A long-term secondary shelter has been secured and will be open to the public soon. All routine shelter operations will be available in the secondary facility. This includes any owner reclaims and adoptions of animals that entered shelter care after April 10, 2015. Please check back here for updates on the secondary facility including the hours of operation and address.

 

For more information about the illness, please click here. Email animalwelfare@gwinnettcounty.com for other questions.


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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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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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