Upson County Animal Shelter
Our Featured Pet...
Our featured pets are all the pets up for adoption. We at the animal shelter believe that the common mutt needs a home just as that purebred.
We are looking for dedicated volunteers to bath, clean, walk, and play with our animals while they are here.
The adoption fee is twenty dollars regardless of the breed of animal.
Upson County reserves the right to refuse adoption or rescue of our pets to anyone.
We are very rescue friendly and are more than happy to work with any group as long as they have a valid Georgia Department of Agriculture license! Any rescue group, whether in or out of state, that takes pets from Georgia shelters, is required, by Georgia law, to have a rescue license issued by the Georgia Department of Agriculture's Animal Protection Division. Having tax exempt status is not the same as a license. For more information on obtaining a license, please call (404) 656-4914.
In order for our department to transfer animals to your rescue organization, we must have a current copy of your license on file. In addition to a copy of your license, the Ga. Dept of Agriculture requires the license holder to provide us with information regarding those in your organization who are allowed to use the license. We will not hold animals for rescue groups. If you see an animal/animals that you would like to rescue have arrangements made to just as an adopter would. All out of State Rescues' will have a Health Certificate performed by our veternarian before it leaves our custody. If old enough a Rabies Vaccination will have to be administered by our veternarian. You will be responsible for the cost of these services.
Who We Are
We are here to control strays and nuisance animals. When euthanizing animals, the process is performed according to state rules and regulations in a professional and humane manner.
You can help the community by helping to spread the news of spaying and neutering pets. Every pet isn’t for everyone so it is important to make a well informed and clear decision and not adopt because of emotional response. For example, adopting a cute puppy that would grow to be a large dog when you wanted a small inside dog would be a wrong decision and it would more than likely end up back at the shelter.
The animal shelter is the only place in Thomaston or Upson County that can legally house stray or escaped pets. If you keep someone’s pet even with good intentions you can be charged with theft. We are the only Animal Control Facility licensed by the State in Upson County. We do scan for microchips on all animals and call owners when a stray comes in with a rabies vaccination tag on its collar.
Adopting a friend
Adopting a pet is simple. Have a picture ID, be at least 18 years old, no felony convictions, choose a pet, answer a series of questions and sign the spay/neuter contract. All Upson County resident have 30 days to have the pet spayed or neutered. It is a misdemeanor if you fail to have the animal spayed or neutered.
All animals adopted by outside residents of Upson County will be neutered or spayed by a veternarian in Upson County before they leave the county. All bully breed dogs will be spayed or neutered before they leave the Upson County Animal Shelter. All Bully Breed Dogs will be spayed or neutered by a veternarian in Upson County. No Exceptions.
The Upson County Animal Control have the right to refuse adoption or rescue to anyone. S.O.P below
Effective June 17, 2013
The purpose of this policy is to establish Standard Operating Procedures for Upson County Animal Control and all rescue groups that wish to retrieve animals from Upson County Animal Control. Violation of this policy by a rescue group or volunteer is grounds for dismissal of its rescue privileges.
A. Rescue groups wishing to rescue animals both in state and out of state, must be a non-profit organization licensed by the Georgia Department of Agriculture and their application to rescue must be approved by the Upson County Animal Control Director. For rescue groups located out of state, the group must also meet all of the licensing requirements in the state in which they reside.
B. All rescue groups must have an application approved by the Upson County Animal Control Director (hereinafter “Director”). Any rescue application may be denied at the discretion of the Director. Each rescue group must submit a copy of its shelter license and a list of approved agents to pick up animals from the Upson County Animal Control Shelter on official GA DOA forms. Only the rescue license holder or an approved agent of the license holder may pick up animals from the shelter.
C. Upson County Animal Control will notify an applying rescue group if the approval or denial of its application and will do so within three (3) business days of the receipt of the application.
D. The license Holder will be required to email the Director the I.D number or numbers of the animal or animals that they are attempting to pull along with the license holder’s direct contact number and the name of the person and direct contact number authorized by the license holder to pull the animal in the license holders absence and the date specified for pick up included in the email.
E. A rescue group or volunteer may have its rights to pick up animals from Upson County Animal Control revoked at the discretion of the Director. The grounds for such revocation may include, but are not limited to, the following:
1) Failure to pick up animals on assigned pick-up dates and times;
2) Making slanderous statements about Upson County Animal Control. These statements may be made orally, by writing or otherwise;
3) Berating, threatening, assaulting or harassing Upson County Animal Control personnel;
4) Acting unprofessionally; and making visitors feel uncomfortable while turning in an animal or interjecting in Animal Control business such as conversations between Animal Control Staff and Citizens.
5) Using their DOA license to pull animals for unlicensed agencies or individuals.
4) Violating any of the other rules or provisions provided herein or of the Department of Agriculture or the OCGA 4-11 titled “Animal Protection Act”.
F. All rescue groups will have priority on animal rescues, and are to make arrangements to pick up all animals they intend to rescue prior to the day the animal is scheduled for euthanasia unless prior approval to pick the animals up at a later date has been given by the Director or his designee.
G. All rescues are to be coordinated through the Director or his designee.
H. All stray animals will be held at the Upson County Animal Control Shelter for the mandatory 72 hour impoundment period after arriving at the shelter, and no animal is to be released prior to the expiration of this time. The Director may authorize animals that have certain medical conditions to be released to a rescue organization prior to the expiration of the 72 hour holding period provided the receiving agency signs an agreement to make reasonable arrangements should a responsible owner for the animal come forward within the 72 hour hold window.
I. A rescue group may not place a hold on any animal prior to expiration of the 72 hour holding period. Once a hold has been placed on an animal, the animal must be picked up by the rescue group before the animal’s scheduled euthanasia date. No animal will be held past the scheduled euthanasia date unless the Director authorizes such additional holding period. Placing a hold on an animal will not prevent a private citizen from adopting the animal. All rescue groups placing a hold on an animal are urged to call Upson County Animal Control prior to picking up the animal to ensure that the animal is still available for rescue. All requests for a rescue hold to be placed on an animal by a qualified rescue must be submitted by 3:00pm any holds requested after that time cannot be guaranteed.
J. If a rescue group places a hold on an animal, Upson County Animal Control will place a hold card on its cage stating the name of the agency that is requesting the hold and the date by which the animal will be transported by the rescue group.
K. The number of animals that may be placed on hold for a particular rescue group is left to the discretion of the Director, also all rescue holds will only be honored for a period of 24 hours after which the animal may be euthanized or released to another rescue.
L. A rescue group’s request to place a hold on an animal may be denied at the discretion of the Director; in addition any animal exhibiting symptoms of contagious disease or other sickness will not be released to rescue.
M. No rescue group worker will be allowed to medicate or euthanize any animal in the Upson County Animal Control Shelter.
N. All rescue group members must sign in at the front desk of the Upson County Animal Control Shelter immediately upon entering the shelter.
O. Before leaving the Upson County Animal Control Shelter with any animal, a rescue group worker will notify Upson County Animal Control Staff. This notice is provided by bringing the Animal Identification Card and the hold card to the front desk of the shelter, assistance will be provided by UCAC staff when possible.
P. All animal control issues that arise are to be discussed with the Director. At no point is a rescue group worker permitted to discuss any such issues with any other Upson County Animal Control personnel or inmates working at the shelter. Such issues are to be discussed in private (i.e. the director’s office). At no point should any such issues be discussed in the presence of any other person present at the Upson County Animal Control Shelter.
Q. At no point are rescue group workers allowed to speak with an inmate working at the shelter. Inmates are not allowed to receive any item from a rescue group worker or volunteer. If a rescue group worker or volunteer has a problem with or sees an inmate acting inappropriately he/she is to contact the Director or closest UCAC staff immediately.
R. Rescues should bring their own leashes, kennels, or pet carrier to transport animals from Upson County Animal Shelter. Transporters should also have adequate help to help them load the animal or animals that they are rescuing from Upson County Animal Shelter.
S Any rescue group that comes to retrieve an animal in any unsafe conditions or unsanitary cages will not be allowed to pull animals from the Upson County Animal Shelter.
Come Visit Us!
Come visit us Monday thru Friday from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM and Saturday from 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM at 2371 Yatesville Hwy Thomaston GA 30286 and take home a friend today. We are not open on Holidays or Saturdays that fall in a holiday weekend.
Upson County Animal Shelter
2371 Yatesville Hwy
Thomaston, GA 30286
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