The Animal Care & Control Shelter is a division of the Rockdale County Department of Recreation & Maintenance. Rockdale County and the City of Conyers are served on an equal basis. The division provides field services, loan of cat traps, and receives unwanted/surplus dogs and cats. The shelter offers pet adoption and serves as a community resource for information regarding animals. The shelter also serves as a quarantine facility for biting animals, under the direction of the Environmental Health Department.
1506 Rockbridge Road
Conyers, Georgia 30012
|Hours of Operation:|
|Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.|
|Saturday (Once Monthly) 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.|
|January 18||February 15||March 21|
|April 18 – Closed due to COVID-19||May 16||June 20|
|July 18||August 15||September 19|
|October 17||November 21||December 19|
Click here to view October 22, 2019 Animal Control Ordinance Changes
Due to the seriousness of rabies and because it is such a preventable disease, Georgia State law and Rockdale County’s Animal Control Ordinance require all dogs and cats to be vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian and this vaccine be kept current for the lifetime of the animal. Vaccinating your companion animals against rabies helps protect them from the disease. Also, a vaccinated domestic pet population provides a buffer zone between wildlife rabies and humans.
On June 16, 2020, Animal Control received a report concerning a dog that came into contact with a fox around the 1500 block of Walnut Street. The fox was killed and was picked up by Animal Control for rabies testing. The Georgia Public Health Laboratory released positive rabies test results on June 17, 2020. On June 18, 2020 Animal Control received another complaint that a person was attacked around the 1600 block of Walnut Drive on Monday (June 15, 2020) by a fox just down the street from the fox that was picked up. The person is undergoing post exposure rabies treatment and the dog will be placed in quarantine for 4 months or will be euthanized.
Rockdale County Animal Care and Control in conjunction with Rockdale County Board of Health Department is issuing:
45-day Rabies Alert, as required by the Georgia Rabies Control Manual, for the area of Walnut Street and Walnut Drive in Conyers.
During this alert, residents living within this area should make sure that all of their companion animals have a current rabies vaccination. If not, vaccinations should be made current as soon as possible. Additionally, residents should be vigilant of the behavior of not only their own pets, but of surrounding wildlife (e.g. foxes, skunks and raccoons) that are acting in an unusual manner.
For more information contact Rockdale County Animal Care and Control at (770) 278-8403.
Low Cost Vaccine Clinic
EXCITING NEWS! We have secured a NEW location to hold the clinic for JULY.
WHEN & WHERE
Date: Saturday – JULY, 18, 2020
Time: Clinic Hours: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: EBENEZER UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
2533 Stanton Road, SE
Conyers, GA 30094
We will be in the back parking lot (behind church) – see map below
In an effort to protect both our volunteers and customers, we will follow restrictions and social distancing guidelines set forth as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
** Masks will be required for both volunteers and customers **
FORMAT OF CLINIC:
This format will be implemented so there is 1 customer per station throughout the clinic.
- As you arrive, you will be assigned a number and asked to park and remain in your vehicle until your number is called.
- When your number is called, please bring your pet(s) to the pre-paperwork staging area (1 at a time).
- From there, you will be called to receive and fill out your paperwork.
- After all paperwork has been completed, you will be advanced to Forms Check to Payment and then to Vaccine(s).
Following this process will help keep customers moving through with one customer at each station at all times.
2020 Vaccine Dates:
|January 18||February 22||March 14|
|April 18 – Cancelled due to COVID-19||May 16||June 20|
|July 18||August 15||September 19|
|October 17||November 14|
- Rabies: $12 each
- Parvo/Distemper: $15 each
- Bordetella Nasal: $15 each
- Canine Influenza: $20 each
- Rabies & Parvo/Distemper $25
- Rabies, Parvo/Distemper & Bordetella $35
- Rabies: $12 each
- Feline Distemper: $15 each
- Rabies & Distemper: $25
Other Services Available
- Canine Heartworm Test: $10
- Feline Leukemia/Aids: $20
- Feline Leukemia Vaccine: $15
- Canine or Feline Micro Chip: $22 each
Note: CASH ONLY! No checks or credit cards accepted at the shot clinic. All pets must be leashed and under control. For more information, call HARI at 678-964-4274, or email HometownAnimal@gmail.com
Pets Available Now
Rockdale County’s animal shelter also works in conjunction with various local rescue groups to promote pet adoption. The staff recommends visiting the Shelter in person to find the perfect pet for your family. You may also wish to browse Rockdale County Animal Care and Control for a brief description and a photo of animals available for adoption at the Rockdale shelter.
Reclaiming Impounded Dogs
If the owner of an impounded dog can be reasonably ascertained, every effort will be made to contact the owner. However, many dogs are impounded without identification. It is imperative that the owner of a missing dog visit the shelter at least weekly in an effort to find a lost dog. Owners may call the shelter and inquire as to whether their dog has been impounded. However, it is in the best interest of a missing dog that owners visit the shelter because many dogs have very similar characteristics. Impounded dogs may be reclaimed at the shelter: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Select Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The fees to reclaim a dog are as follows:
|Impoundment||Impoundment Fee||Additional Mandates|
|Second (In a 12-month period)||$45.00||Pet will be microchipped and registered|
|Third (In a 12-month period)||$60.00||Pet will be spayed/neutered|
$5.00 Per night board/ $10 night for quarantined
$12.00 Prepayment for legally required rabies vaccine, if not current.Owners must have a photo identification to reclaim an impounded pet. Impounded animals brought to the shelter as strays are held for 72 hours for an owner to reclaim
Specialized License Plates
Dog and cat sterilization license plates are now available at your local tag office. The purchase of the special license plate is voluntary and $24 of each tag sale goes to the program. All donations to the Dog and Cat Sterilization Fund (DCSF) are completely tax-deductible. Frequently Asked Questions About the Program:
- How Can I Support the Program? 1. Buy a Dog & Cat Sterilization License Plate 2. Make a tax-deductible contribution to the fund 3. Ask your employer to match your contribution 4. Help educate others about sterilization and the dog and cat license plate program 5. Honor/remember someone with a contribution
- How Do I Get a Dog & Cat Sterilization License Plate Now? As with other specialty license plates, the Dog and Cat Sterilization License Plate is available at your local tag office in Georgia. Plates can be purchased for an extra $25 at any time, regardless of birthday.
- Why Does Georgia Need a Dog & Cat Sterilization Program? Dog and cat overpopulation is a tragic problem in all areas of Georgia. Each year thousands of healthy, friendly dog and cats are euthanized in Georgia’s animal shelters because people have allowed them to stray and breed. There are not enough homes for them all. Sterilization (spaying & neutering) is the solution to dog and cat overpopulation. It reduces: Number of stray dogs and cats; dogs and cats housed and euthanized in shelters; city/county tax burden for animal control; destruction of property and livestock; health risk and bad behavior; car accidents; wildlife and habitat destruction; spread of disease like rabies; and injuries to people and other animals.
- Can I purchase a dog and cat sterilization license plate early? Yes, by surrendering your current plate to your county tag office. The fee will be $25 for the license plate. Registration renewal fees and taxes will be due on or before the last day of the registered owners renewal period.
- I renew my plate by mail. How do I get a dog and cat sterilization license plate by mail? Simply notify your county tag office in writing on your renewal form that you wish to purchase a dog and cat sterilization license plate and include an extra $25.
- Can I also order personalized vanity writing on my dog and cat sterilization license plate? No, vanity writing is not available on any specialty license plates.
How Will the Dog and Cat Sterilization Program Work? The Dog and Cat Sterilization Program will:
- Help pay participating veterinarians for dog and cat spay and neuter procedures
- Provide educational materials about the benefits of sterilization
- Promote the sale of dog and cat sterilization license plates.
Licensed and accredited veterinarians who choose to participate in the program will receive a subsidy payment from the Dog and Cat Sterilization Fund. Purchasing the license plate is voluntary. It is an easy way to fund this important program and the great looking license plate will show others that you care about helping animals. Georgia Department of Agriculture Dog and Cat Sterilization Fund P.O. Box 337043 Atlanta, GA 30334-7043 www.agr.state.ga.us 1-800-282-5852 or 404-656-3667 Humane Association of Georgia www.humaneassociationofgeorgia.com 404-827-0603 478-745-4099 Georgia Veterinary Medical Association www.GVMA.net 678-309-9800
The Rockdale County Animal Care and Control Shelter receives many calls regarding common issues for residents and pet owners. Below are some frequently asked questions, along with the answers. I found a yellow card on my door. What does it mean? The yellow cards left by a Rockdale County Animal Control Officer are used to advise that a complaint has been made on a dog at the residence and that the occupant/pet owner is being warned about a possible violation of a certain area of the Animal Control Ordinance. To find out details about the complaint, contact the Animal Control Shelter. Warnings do not have to be issued before a citation is given, but when possible Animal Control Officers will advise citizens of a violation and ways to correct before court action is taken.