Veterinary Center

AHS Veterinary Center

The Atlanta Humane Society operates a full service animal hospital providing a range of general and surgical services including spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchips, dental work, heartworm and flea prevention for dogs and cats. All these service are available to the public.

Our team of veterinarians and animal healthcare professionals are committed to providing compassionate service at a reasonable price. We believe a strong relationship between veterinarian, pet and owner is key to happy, healthy, pets. We’d love to be your pet’s primary healthcare provider!

The AHS Veterinary Center is conveniently located in West Midtown Atlanta on the campus of our Howell Mill Road adoption center. Parking to the AHS Veterinary Center can be accessed from Edgehill Avenue.

By choosing the AHS Vet Center, you help Atlanta Humane Society save the lives of more animals. All proceeds from the AHS Vet Center help fund important mission work. Atlanta Humane Society serves 30,000 animals every year including the adoption of 11,000 animals into loving forever homes.

Spay and Neuter Services

The Atlanta Humane Society provides affordable spay and neuter services for owned cats and dogs in Georgia thanks to the financial support and subsidization from generous partners. For more information about AHS’ low-cost spay and neuter program, and to schedule your appointment, please visit our Spay and Neuter Services page.

Low-Cost Spay & Neuter

Request an Appointment

Appointments are scheduled M-F, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Request an appointment for a range of general and surgical services including spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchips, dental work, heartworm and flea prevention for dogs and cats. For Low-Cost Spay & Neuter, please visit our
Low-Cost Spay & Neuter page.


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Payment Options

The AHS Vet Center accepts both cash and most major credit and debit cards. We do not accept personal checks. Payment is due at the time service is provided.

Care Credit

Every day, we strive to provide compassionate service at reasonable price. However, we understand the cost of veterinary care can still be expensive. In order to help with the financial challenges of pet ownership, we have partnered with Care Credit. This service provides easy access to low cost financing for veterinary care. Learn more.

Petly Plans

Petly Plans are affordable monthly payments that allow you to budget your pet’s preventive care services over the year, rather than paying in one lump sum. These preventive care plans were created by veterinarians to help make taking care of your pet convenient and affordable. Petly Plans allow you and your vet to customize a plan to meet your individual needs and budget. Learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions

A microchip is often called “the I.D. that cannot be lost.” It is a small computer chip the size of a grain of rice that is commonly implanted in the pet near the shoulder blades. It is implanted with a special syringe and the procedure only takes a few moments. It may sting the pet momentarily, but this goes away quickly, and the benefits of having your pet micro-chipped far outweigh the few seconds of discomfort (the procedure is much like giving vaccinations to the animal). The chip is designed to attach itself inside the skin and it can be left in place for the rest of the animal’s life without harm.
If a pet who has been implanted with a chip is found and taken to a shelter or veterinarian who has a scanner, the scanner will detect the presence of a chip and the shelter or vet can call a registry to find the owner information. It is imperative that owners of chipped animals make sure their registry information is complete and updated as needed. (The agency that microchips your pet will either send in your registry info for you, or will give you all the info you need to send it in yourself).

Because of micro-chipping, animals have been reunited with their owners even after years of being lost, and at great distances. It is not foolproof, as there are several brands of chips and scanners, and all are not compatible yet. The AHS uses 24 PetWatch and our scanners can read the common chips on the market.

Vaccines for pets work like vaccines for humans. A vaccination against a certain virus is actually a small, slightly altered dose of the virus itself. Your pet’s body reacts to the vaccination by building up antibodies. These antibodies circulate in the bloodstream and protect your pet against a real infection. These antibodies weaken and die after time. Therefore, an annual revaccination, or “booster” shot, is necessary every year to continue the protection. With these injections, your veterinarian can help you and your pet avoid the pain, anxiety, and cost of many serious infections. And for some diseases, there is no treatment — only the prevention offered by vaccinations. Vaccinations are a necessary, inexpensive insurance. Even pets who live indoors can be exposed to infectious diseases and should be vaccinated regularly.
Surgical sterilization is surgery requiring anesthesia. Because older pets may react negatively to anesthesia, there should be caution when altering, although the benefits of spaying and neutering in general far outweigh the negatives. If the optimal “window” for altering the pet is missed, the surgery can still have beneficial effects up to a certain amount of years. Dogs and cats do not experience “menopause” like humans and can reproduce throughout their life span. However, they do become less fertile as they age. Often, by this time, unspayed females will have experienced complications due to the fact that they are unspayed. Depending on the animal’s age, it still may be beneficial to have it spayed in the later years. Discuss your concerns or questions with your vet.
As soon as you get him home! Every time you are interacting with your dog, you are training him to do something. It is always easier to build good habits from the start than to let bad habits become the norm for your dog.
No dog inherently “knows” how to fit into a human household; all dogs (regardless of age, size or breed) must be taught proper “house skills” and etiquette. It isn’t difficult, but it takes some patience. You do NOT need harsh physical methods to train your dog! We can show you the most humane way to train.

Any age or breed can be taught, and the earlier you begin, the better it will be for you and your pet. Think of yourself as the team captain, and your dog as the newest team member to a sport he has never played. It is up to you to teach him the rules so that you can “win” together, as a team.

We also have written training information to help you with many aspects of bringing home a new dog or puppy, including booklets about crate training. Call 404.974.2899 to request one.

But even if you don’t come to our classes, take your pooch to a recommended class somewhere to get him properly socialized to other dogs, people, and new situations, or find a competent trainer to come to your home and help you. The importance of proper socialization cannot be overemphasized.

Spaying and neutering have many benefits for the altered animal in addition to reducing the numbers of unwanted pets. Altered pets generally live longer, have fewer health problems related to reproduction, are easier to train and live with, and have less desire to roam (and be hit by cars or lost).
Altered male dogs and cats are less likely to engage in frustrating urine marking behaviors, and tend to be less aggressive; the vast majority of serious dog bites are inflicted by unaltered male dogs. Altered females do not go into season (“heat”), saving lots of frustration for their owners. Unaltered pets have a higher incidence of preventable reproductive cancers, and the chances of these cancers occurring increases as the pet ages.

In addition to these benefits, having an altered pet means peace of mind for the responsible owner, who knows his or her pet will never contribute to the pet overpopulation crisis. If your pet was adopted from AHS, he or she has already been altered. If your pet did not come from us, we do perform spaying and neutering by appointment only in our Clinic.

Heartworm disease is a serious infection caused by a parasite that lives in your pet’s heart. While there is no vaccination for heartworm disease, there are tests and medication to help protect your pet from this potentially fatal disease. It is also easier, safer, and less expensive to prevent this disease than to treat it after your pet becomes infected. See your veterinarian for more information on this important issue.