Shelter adoption is an exciting and economical way to add a loving pet to your family. The Animal Welfare and Enforcement shelter takes in approximately 6,000 stray, abandoned, and surrendered animals annually. When animals arrive at the shelter, their health, condition, and temperament are evaluated. Healthy and even-tempered animals are available for adoption to good homes.
Household frequency of adoption may be restricted to ensure animals are going to appropriate homes.
All stray animals are scanned for a microchip so they can be reunited with family if at all possible. Animals with microchips or an owner info tag are placed in an ownership hold for 10 calendar days to allow owners time to reunite with their pet.
Animals of unknown ownership or voluntarily surrendered are held for three days in which the shelter is open to the public. During this time, families and individuals over 18 are encouraged to visit and interact with the animals. Families are encouraged to bring current pets for the visit to check compatibility. When planning to adopt your chosen furry family member, an adoption hold should be placed, but the adoption can only take place after the hold expires. Holds can be placed in person during shelter hours.
After the holding period expires, animals that don't already have an adoption hold are available for rescue or public adoption. Rescue organizations are required to be licensed with the State of Georgia Department of Agriculture and provide permission for individual pulls, per animal in advance.
The animal will be scheduled for spay or neuter surgery, microchipped, and vaccinated. After surgical recovery, the pet goes immediately to the adoption floor to be available for adoption and go to their forever home in most cases.
- This is an open-admissions shelter, meaning most animals are accepted.
- We attempt to find appropriate adoptive homes or rescue groups for all animals in our care.
- Animals may be refused or euthanized if they are injured, diseased/infectious, aggressive, and, as a last resort, to prevent overcrowding in accordance with Gwinnett County’s Animal Welfare Ordinance Section 10-36.
- This is a serious decision based on staff experience, training, and knowledge, and often in consultation with other resources.
- We strive to provide a safe and healthy environment for all animals.