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The mission of the Habersham County Animal Care and Control Department is to enforce state laws and county ordinances pertaining to animal control and management; promote the health, safety and welfare of all animals in Habersham County; help educate the community in responsible pet ownership.

The Habersham County Animal Care and Control is staffed by paid employees and volunteers who receive and care for an average of 213 animals monthly. Most of these animals are dogs and cats.

Habersham County's animal shelter is named for architect John B. Gesbocker. Known as "Jack" to most people, Mr. Gesbocker only donated his professional services and supervised construction of the shelter himself.

He and several community leaders shared a vision in which the community would take primary responsibility for assuring humane care for its stray, unwanted and impounded animals.

Mr. Gesbocker's strong belief in the importance of humane care of animals drove him to have the shelter completed and the FOHCAS shelter management and care agreement in place while fighting one last battle against cancer. Mr. Gesbocker achieved that goal. He remained active in FOHCAS until shortly before his death in early 1999.

Adoption Process


We welcome visitors to the shelter and love to show off our wonderful dogs and cats. A prospective adopter can cuddle the kitties or walk the dogs. Once you have found the pet of your choice, you will need to fill out an application. Once the adoption process is complete we will microchip the pet and your new dog or kitty will be ready to go. Most of the dogs and cats over 4 months old are already spayed/neutered and fully vaccinated. If you choose a pet that is not altered, we will schedule the surgery and it will be ready for its new family within a week.

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Contact Information

Animal Care and Control
Mailing Address: 555 Monroe Street Unit 20 Clarkesville, GA 30523
Location: 4231B Toccoa Hwy, Clarkesville, GA 30523
Phone/Fax: 706-754-3533/706-754-0044
Fax: 706-754-0714
Hours of Operation: Sunday & Monday: Closed
Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday: 10am-5pm
Saturday: 10am-2pm (Adoptions Only)

Madi Hawkins, Animal Care and Control Director - Email:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday:
Animals may be brought in by the public up until 4 p.m. only

Location: 4231B Toccoa Hwy. Clarkesville, GA 30523


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