Animal Control

Public Notice from Walton County Animal Control:

The animal control admin office and shelter are currently operating by appointment. Please contact animal control by phone (770-267-1322) or email (wcanimal@co.walton.ga.us), to schedule an appointment.

Animal drop-offs of strays and owner surrenders are available by appointment only. In order to avoid overcrowding and unnecessary euthanasia, animal control is asking owners to surrender pets only in urgent situations. Citizens who have taken a found pet into their custody are encouraged to post the pet on www.helpinglostpets.com and keep it until an owner is located. If you have lost a pet, search and post on www.helpinglostpets.com and the shelter will receive an automatic email of your report.

Animal pick-ups for adoptions, rescues, and reclaims are available by appointment only. The shelter will continue to post impounds on www.waltonpets.net and www.helpinglostpets.com as quickly as possible. Licensed rescues can schedule pick-ups by emailing the shelter. Citizens interested in adopting an animal should submit an adoption application and contact the shelter by phone or email to schedule an appointment. The adoption application can be found at https://www.waltoncountyga.gov/…/An…/Adoption-Application-43.

Animal Control Officers are available by calling 770-267-1322 during regular hours. After hours and on weekends, please leave a message and an officer will contact you. Please call 911 for animal bites, sick/injured animals, severe animal cruelty situations, or aggressive animals.

For more information regarding COVID-19 and County operations, please visit the Walton County website at https://www.waltoncountyga.gov/568/COVID-19-Updates.

Mission

To protect the public’s safety from stray, dangerous or diseased animals and to protect the animals of Walton County from inhumane treatment by timely and effective enforcement of the County’s animal control ordinances and state laws. It is also the goal of Animal Control to re-home the maximum number of adoptable animals that come into the shelter’s care.

Filing a Complaint

To file a complaint, contact the dispatch office at 770-267-1322. If you reach the voicemail, please leave a message and your call will be returned as quickly as possible. Emergencies should be reported to 911.

Animal Control Officer Availability

Animal Control Officers are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday for regular service calls (closed noon to 1 p.m. for lunch). Depending upon staffing, an officer may be available for regular service calls until 11 p.m. on weekdays.

Adoption

Walton County Animal Control is a government-run animal control facility. Because we are an open-intake "pound" for strays and owner surrenders, we are unfortunately not a "no-kill" shelter. But with your help, our goal is to be as "low-kill" as possible. When you adopt or rescue from our facility, you truly are saving a dog or cat from being put to sleep. Click the adoption info tab for more information.