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ANIMAL ADMISSION

Because we run an open-admission shelter and contract with local government to provide animal control services, we accept every cat and dog brought to us that was either found running-at-large in Thomas County or is being surrendered by a resident of the same.  For animals found elsewhere, or being surrendered by non-residents, we ask for a $50 per animal/litter surrender fee to help defray the high costs of care.

Please note:  Acceptance of animals from surrounding counties is done on a case-by-case basis and is HIGHLY dependent on the current level of intake from our own county.  We suggest you call before making a long drive.

Please also note:  We do not accept equine or farm animals, but may be able to refer you to a Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) licensed equine rescue.  Other small animals and/or exotics will be evaluated for admission on a case-by-case basis; please call ahead for consideration.

We understand that sometimes it may be necessary to give up a pet, and we will do our very best to place yours into a new home.  However, we strongly suggest that you use us as a last resort.

Before deciding to give up your pet, please make sure you are aware of all the possible solutions to the problems you may be experiencing.

  • If your pet has a behavioral issue, please consider consultation with a veterinarian or an animal trainer.  Behavioral issues may often be the result of a health problem and can be corrected with the assistance of your veterinarian.  Others may take the advice of an experienced trainer and a little time and patience on the part of you and/or your family to correct.
  • If your landlord doesn’t allow pets, please contact us for a list of pet-friendly housing alternatives.
  • If you cannot afford to spay or neuter your pet(s), please consider our SNIP Thomasville program.  It affords significant discounts on sterilization surgeries and is utilized by hundreds each year.

REHOMING YOUR PET ON YOUR OWN

If you decide to give up your pet and find a home for him yourself, please read the following tips.

Talk to trusted friends, family members, co-workers, neighbors, and your veterinarian, as they may know someone who might be interested in taking your pet.

Read these informative articles about re-homing from the ASPCA and HSUS.

SURRENDERING ANIMALS TO TTCHS

Please be certain that the decision to surrender your pet to us is your final one.  We will do our very best to find your pet a loving forever home, but we are unable to answer your inquiries after you leave your pet with us.  So please do not contact us for this reason.  If you have any doubts about surrendering your pet(s) to us, please DO NOT do so.

Personnel are available for admissions: Tuesday-Friday 8am-6pm
  Saturday 10am-4pm
  • Please bring your pet’s veterinary records, medication(s), and any other relevant information.  All dogs must be leashed, and all cats must be in carriers.  We prefer that puppies and kittens be at least 8 weeks of age at the time of surrender.
  • Please fill out an owner surrender form including as many details as possible to bring to the shelter with your pet.  This information will be very helpful to us.  If you do not bring the form with you, we will ask that you fill one out at the shelter.
  • scanning for microchipYou will be asked to sign the surrender form in our presence, present a valid photo ID showing your current address, and answer important questions about your pet’s behavior and the reason(s) for relinquishing.
  • For animals found running-at-large in Thomas County we will ask you some basic questions such as time/date/location found and owner’s name (if known).  Every attempt to find their owners will be made, including but not limited to, scanning them for microchips, advertising in the local newspaper, and comparing them against lost animal reports that have been, or will be, filed.  It they are not reclaimed, and after the legal holding period has expired, adoptable animals will be made available to the public.

Note:  Leaving animals at our facility without having personnel to admit them, or throwing them out on any other public or private property or public right-of-way, is considered abandonment.  In the State of Georgia this offense is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 12 months in jail and/or a fine of up to $1000.

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