DeKalb County Animal Services and Enforcement has two divisions:
The Animal Services Division is managed by LifeLine Animal Project, a non-profit organization whose programs strengthen the entire animal welfare community by promoting homeless pet adoption, providing affordable spay/neuter services, increasing public awareness, and advocating for lifesaving public policy. The animal services division provides humane care for the animals at the shelter, veterinary care including spay/neuters, pet adoptions, animal reclaims, volunteers, foster homes and rescue group coordination. Since taking over management of DeKalb County Animal Services (DCAS) and Fulton County Animal Services in 2013, thousands of lives have been saved and adoptions have been increased by 300% at DCAS alone. Read more about how we’re transforming Atlanta into a no-kill community here.
The Enforcement Division is handled by the DeKalb County police department. This division enforces local and state laws regarding animals including handling complaints about animals, rabies control, vicious and dangerous animals and cruelty or neglect of animals.
If you are looking to adopt a dog, cat, puppy or kitten in the Atlanta area, please visit our shelter to see our wonderful pets for adoption!
Registering your pet is a way to insure that Animal Control Officers contact you if your pet becomes lost. Additionally, your pet's license fee helps all lost pets receive shelter and medical care while waiting to be reunited with their owners.
Several ordinances have been revised in order to help improve animal welfare in DeKalb County. This Public Service Announcement gives details about the major changes which took effect March 15th. You can see a video about those changes here.
You can also read more about the current ordinances under our Field Enforcement section of our website.
DeKalb County Animal Control Officers enforce County animal ordinances and fight animal cruelty. Animal Control Officers are available Monday-Friday, 8am - 6pm. Animal Service Officers are on duty or available for emergency responses 24/7.