Animal Admission


In compliance with Georgia State Department of Agriculture ordinance, Atlanta Humane Society is not able to accept stray or abandoned animals. All stray and abandoned animals MUST be taken to the animal control facility in the county in which the animal was found to give the possible owner an opportunity to reclaim his or her lost pet. Stray and abandoned animals found in Fulton County must go to Fulton County Animal Services located at 860 Marietta Boulevard, Atlanta, GA 30318. You may contact Fulton County Animal Services at 404.613.0358.


There is a $40 surrender fee for bringing an animal to the Shelter. This fee helps offset the enormous cost of feeding, housing, and veterinary services we will provide to make your surrendered pet ready for adoption. You will be asked to present your valid Driver’s License or State ID to release an animal. Please contact the Animal Receiving Center to make sure we are able to accept your animal. Please call 404.974.2800 for our Howell Mill Campus or 404.974.2847 for our Mansell Campus. We make no guarantee of being able to accept any animal.


Admission of any animal into the Atlanta Humane Society is based on the animal’s health, behavior, and adoptability. Animals are admitted when space is available and an intake fee is paid. Animal admission is at the sole discretion of Atlanta Humane Society management.


Animals adopted from the Atlanta Humane Society will be admitted under any circumstances, provided the intake fee is paid. There is no time limit on our return policy.