Frequently Asked Questions

What to do if you lost your pet!

If you have lost your pet, it is important that you visit Bartow County Animal Control as soon as possible to check the facility for your animal. If Bartow County Animal Control does not have your animal at the facility, they can help you fill out a lost animal report and offer additional advice as to how you can search for your lost pet.

To help recover lost pets in the future, contact the Etowah Valley Humane Society for information about microchipping your pet!

May I bring a dog or cat to your facility?
No. All of our animals are retrieved directly from Bartow County Animal Control. They are the agency that picks up animals that have been abandoned, strayed, or surrendered by their owners. Our animals MUST have INTAKE papers from that facility. We pull them based on adoptability and space availability at our facility.

How much does it cost to adopt a dog or cat?
Our adoption fees are: $150 for cats and $175 for dogs. This includes spay/neuter, microchipping, shots, dewormer, capstar for fleas if needed, and immunizations. It also includes an initial visit to a veterinarian and a rabies vaccine. If the animal is old enough we also test for heartworms (dogs and cats), FIV (cats), and feline leukemia.

Can you give a history on the animal I am adopting?

Unfortunately, due to the nature of how most animals end up at Animal Control, we may not have the animal’s history.

Do you euthanize the animals?
We are as close to a no-kill shelter as we can get. The only time we euthanize is when an animal becomes aggressive or has a medical problem that is untreatable and extremely painful. At that time, it is actually more humane to have that animal euthanized.

Will you spay or neuter my pet?

We cannot provide this service at this time, but we do have a list of low cost spay/neuter services.

How long do you keep the animals before they go to rescue groups?
That varies by the animal’s adoptability, behavior, and the ability of the rescue group to accept an animal. Typically, it is our policy to hold an animal for up to 90 days before we find a rescue organization to take them.

Do you have a list of rescues?
There are many rescues in the area; you can search online for general animal rescue groups or for specific breeds.

Can you send someone out to check on an abused animal?

Unfortunately we are not authorized or staffed for this service. Please call Bartow County Animal Control at 770-387-5153, or call 911.

Can I put a request in for a specific breed?

Yes. We keep a book of specific breed requests, and we will let you know if that breed comes in to our facility.

Can you pull a specific dog or cat from animal control for me to adopt?
Yes. This requires a non-refundable fee of $100 in cash, certified funds, or in some cases, credit card.

Why is it essential to spay/neuter my pet?

There are many reasons for spaying a female dog or castrating a male dog other than preventing unwanted puppies. Neutered dogs tend to be healthier than fully intact dogs because they are not subjected to the hormone surges that can trigger some canine illnesses. Removing organs that usually become diseased in your dog’s older years can also help prolong your dog’s life. This is the most proactive step. Neutering is a simple surgery with a very quick recovery period. Besides preventing unwanted pregnancies, neutering a male will help mitigate certain problem behavior found in whole males, and it will help prevent certain medical conditions, too.

Benefits of spaying (females):

– No heat cycles, therefore males will not be attracted
– Less desire to roam
– Risk of mammary gland tumors, ovarian and/or uterine cancer is reduced or eliminated, especially if done before the first heat cycle
– Reduces number of unwanted cats/kittens/dogs/puppies
– Helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives

Benefits of neutering (males):

– Reduces or eliminates risk of spraying and marking
– Less desire to roam, therefore less likely to be injured in fights or auto accidents
– Risk of testicular cancer is eliminated, and decreases incidence of prostate disease
– Reduces number of unwanted cats/kittens/dogs/puppies
– Decreases aggressive behavior, including dog bites
– Helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier live

Myths and facts

There are many myths about canine reproductive needs. Chiefly among these are the suspicions that neutering turns a male into a sissy and spaying causes a female to get fat and to lament her lost capacity. The truth is that male dogs, especially those with a submissive personality, are usually better pets if they are neutered. They may have less desire to roam, to mark territory (including furniture), and, if neutered before sexual maturity, they may be less likely to exert dominance over family members. They may also be healthier pets: no testicles means no testicular cancer.

Spaying or neutering your pet prevents the suffering and tragic death of thousands of animals. Half of the pets taken to American animal shelters get euthanized, or killed. In fact, three to four million dogs and cats are euthanized each year in the U.S.–that’s roughly 10,000 per day–simply because there aren’t enough homes to adopt them.

Many healthy kittens and puppies are euthanized before reaching six months old. Yet some pet owners continue to allow their animals to breed. In fact, 34 percent of owned dogs and 15 percent of owned cats are still not spayed or neutered.

The most heart-wrenching result of our failure to spay and neuter is the fate of all the resulting unwanted animals. Only one in 10 animals born in the United States will get a good home that lasts a lifetime. Of the remaining unwanted pets, those that get euthanized in a shelter are often the lucky ones; others get abandoned or otherwise killed or disposed of. Stray cats and dogs on the streets usually live miserable and short lives, ending only when they die from cold, starvation, disease, or worse.

But it’s not just the animals who suffer due to our failure to spay and neuter. Capturing, impounding and eventual euthanasia costs taxpayers and private agencies some $2 billion each year in the United States alone. Our society seems to have adopted a distressing view of animals as disposable “goods” that can be dealt with only via the inherently disrespectful solution of euthanasia. The failure to spay and neuter is costing us all.