ANIMAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT
helping the animals of macon-bibb
Interim Shelter Manager:
4214 Fulton Mill Road
P: (478) 621-6774
Welcome to Animal Welfare
Adoptions 478-621-6774, Community Service 478-621-6794
Animal Enforcement can be reached at 478-621-6791
Please come to Building A for any other customer service related issues other than listed below:
OWNER SURRENDERS AND OWNER RECLAIMS:
HOURS OF OPERATION:
MONDAY-FRIDAY 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
CLOSED: Saturday, Sunday, and Macon-Bibb County holidays
We accept cash, checks, debit, and credit cards.
Tuesday-Friday 11am-5pm and Saturday 11am-4pm (closed Sunday and Monday)
Our Adoption fee is $100.00 for dogs and $75.00 for cats. This includes your new family member’s spay/neuter, rabies vaccination, Bordetella, de-worming, vaccinations, and county tag.
Click here to download an adoption application: new adoption application
Need to know how to be in compliance and avoid a citation from Animal Welfare? Click this link: Animal Ordinance Summary
- Visit the vet for a spring or early-summer checkup. Make sure your pets get tested for heartworm if they aren’t on year-round preventative medication.
- Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water when it’s hot or humid outdoors. Make sure your pets have a shady place to get out of the sun, be careful not to over-exercise them, and keep them indoors when it’s extremely hot.
- Know the symptoms of overheating in pets, which include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. Symptoms can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees.
- Animals with flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. These pets, along with the elderly, the overweight, and those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.
- Never leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle. Not only can it lead to fatal heat stroke, it is illegal in several states!
- Do not leave pets unsupervised around a pool—not all dogs are good swimmers. Introduce your pets to water gradually and make sure they wear flotation devices when on boats. Rinse your dog off after swimming to remove chlorine or salt from his fur, and try to keep your dog from drinking pool water, which contains chlorine and other chemicals.
- Open unscreened windows pose a real danger to pets, who often fall out of them. Keep all unscreened windows or doors in your home closed, and make sure adjustable screens are tightly secured.
- Feel free to trim longer hair on your dog, but never shave your dog: The layers of dogs’ coats protect them from overheating and sunburn. Brushing cats more often than usual can prevent problems caused by excessive heat. And be sure that any sunscreen or insect repellent product you use on your pets is labeled specifically for use on animals.
- When the temperature is very high, don’t let your dog linger on hot asphalt. Being so close to the ground, your pooch’s body can heat up quickly, and sensitive paw pads can burn. Keep walks during these times to a minimum.
- Commonly used rodenticides and lawn and garden insecticides can be harmful to cats and dogs if ingested, so keep them out of reach. Keep citronella candles, tiki torch products and insect coils of out pets’ reach as well. Call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 if you suspect your animal has ingested a poisonous substance.
- Remember that food and drink commonly found at barbeques can be poisonous to pets. Keep alcoholic beverages away from pets, as they can cause intoxication, depression and comas. Similarly, remember that the snacks enjoyed by your human friends should not be a treat for your pet; any change of diet, even for one meal, may give your dog or cat severe digestive ailments. Avoid raisins, grapes, onions, chocolate and products with the sweetener xylitol. Please visit our People Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pets page for more information.
- Please leave pets at home when you head out to Fourth of July celebrations, and never use fireworks around pets. Exposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns or trauma, and even unused fireworks can contain hazardous materials. Many pets are also fearful of loud noises and can become lost, scared or disoriented, so it’s best to keep your little guys safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area of your home. Be prepared in the event that your pet does escape by downloading the ASPCA Mobile App. You’ll receive a personalized missing pet recovery kit, including step-by-step instructions on how to search for a lost animal in a variety of circumstances.
Vaccinations and Heartworm Preventative
Please discuss a vaccination schedule for your cat or dog with your personal veterinarian. Vets normally vaccinate puppies at 6 weeks, 9 weeks, 12 weeks and 15 weeks. This puppy vaccination covers parvo, distemper, corona virus as well as other viruses to which your puppy can be exposed. The puppy should receive the rabies vaccination at 12 weeks or 15 weeks. Vets normally vaccinate kittens at 6 weeks, 10 weeks and 12 weeks for feline viral rhinotrachetus (FVR), feline calicivirus (FCV) and feline panleukopenia (FPL). Rabies vaccination are done at 12 weeks. Feline leukemia and Feline Infectious peritonitis (FIP) are both fatal to cats and vaccinations are done at the 12 week age range. Adult cats need a booster, rabies, feline leukemia and FIP vaccination yearly. Please discuss feline leukemia and FIP with your vet. Adult dogs and cats require annual booster vaccinations as well as an annual rabies vaccination.
Adult dogs should be tested for heartworms each year by your veterinarian. Heartworms are transmitted to dogs and cats by mosquitos. This is a painful, debilitating and fatal disease and it can be prevented by monthly heartworm preventative. Heartworm preventative is a few dollars each month, but well worth protecting your pet. Treatment for heartworms is expensive and painful to your pet. Please check out the links below for vaccination information for dogs and cats.
Donations and Volunteers
We would greatly appreciate any donations of towels, blankets, pet food, pet supplies including grooming aids, toys, treats, collars and leashes. All Donations are tax deductible and goes directly to help the shelter and shelter animals.Come Visit Us!
4214 Fulton Mill Road Bldg B, Macon, Ga. 31216 Phone: 478-621-6791
Reports are not posted on Sundays, we are closed.
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Interim Office Manager–
478-621-6794 or firstname.lastname@example.org