Animal Care & Control

The Habersham County Department of Animal Care & Control (HCACC) promotes and protects public safety and animal care through sheltering, pet placement, education, and animal law enforcement.

HCACC promotes responsible pet ownership, compassion toward animals, and safe human-animal interactions.

Habersham County Animal Control Officers enforce the Habersham County animal ordinance and are responsible for the following:

  • Stray animal pickup
  • Rabies enforcement
  • Cruelty or neglect of animals
  • Leash law violations
  • Excessive animal noise

Please note that at night and on weekends, Habersham County animal control officers handle emergencies only.  Emergencies consist of police assists, animal bites, etc. We strongly advise that you do not falsify claims to receive service immediately or after hours.

You may also request service by filling out the Reporting a Stray Animal or Problem Form.

The Animal Care & Control Department does not service the City Limits of Baldwin.

Emergency and Animal Bites:  Dial 911

Within the City of Baldwin:   Contact the Baldwin Police Department at 706-776-5256.

Animal Control does NOT:

  • Pick up any deceased animals from roadways or private property.
  • Pick up owner surrendered animals. All owner surrendered animals must be brought to the Habersham County Animal Shelter.
  • Capture/trap or remove nuisance wildlife. Please contact the Department of Natural Resources at 770-918-6401.
  • Administer any Veterinary Services to the public. We do not have a vet on staff. Please contact a licensed Veterinarian with any health-related issues your pet may be having. We are also unable to provide any medical advice.  
  • Offer euthanasia as a service. Animal must be surrendered to the Habersham County Animal Care & Control. Please see Surrendering Your Pets information page for details.


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.

As the agency responsible for animal-related public safety, our mission is achieved through shared county values including professionalism, responsibility, compassion, commitment, integrity, accountability, and community partnerships.

HCACC is staffed by paid employees who receive and care for an average of 250 animals per month, most of which are dogs and cats. HCACC staff also manage the animal shelter and animal control.