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Here are the answers to a few of our most asked questions. Please feel free to contact Animal Control at 706-236-4545 with any further questions or concerns.

Office Information

What are your hours of operation?
Monday - Friday                  10am - 6pm (except Wed)
Wednesday                         CLOSED
Saturday and Sunday         1pm -5pm
Where are you located?
Animal Control is located at 431 Mathis Road, Rome, GA 30161 where the bypass and Hwy. 411 meet.

Adopting a Pet
How much does it cost to adopt a pet?
The cost for a cat is $35 and for a dog is $40.
Where do the animals come from?
Lost animals and pets surrendered by their owners make up the majority of the animals received at the shelter. Many of these pets are excellent companion animals that have been abandoned by their owners for reasons unrelated to the pet's behavior. Click here to read the Top Ten Reasons for Pet Relinquishment in United States. We are committed to finding loving homes for as many of these animals as possible.
How many pets do you adopt?
Every day animals at Floyd County Animal Control find new homes. In 2004, the shelter found homes for 725 cats and dogs, 209 were taken by local rescue groups, and 197 were returned to their owners. We are proud of our efforts and are committed to doing everything we can to increase this number every year.
If I adopt a dog or cat, am I required to have it fixed?
Yes. It is a state law that all animals adopted from shelters in Georgia be spayed or neutered. Floyd County is committed to ending pet overpopulation and considers spaying and neutering the number one solution to this tragic problem. State law and county ordinance also requires all dogs and cats be vaccinated for rabies and wear the tag. All shots should be administered as recommended by your veterinarian along with heartworm, flea and tick preventative.
When I adopt a pet from Animal Control, how much does it cost to have it spayed or neutered?
We cannot answer that question since fees for services vary from vet to vet. We recommend you call around to get prices for this service.
General Information
Is there a leash-law in the county?
There is not a "leash-law", but there is a "restraining-law" which states that you may be outside with your animal off leash, provided that you have verbal control over your animal. If you are not physically outside with your animal, then it must be restrained to your property. This law applies to dogs as well as cats. The "leash-law" does apply within the Rome city limits. Click here to read more about county ordinances.

My animal is missing. Have you picked it up?
We would rather not tell you "yes" or "no" to this question because your description of your animal may differ from ours and because we have so many animals. We suggest that anyone who is missing an animal should come to Animal Control and see if it is here.
Less than 2% of cats and 15% of dogs who enter shelters are returned to their owners. To ensure that your pet is returned to you quickly should he/she become separated from you, we urge everyone to have a microchip implanted on your pet or keep an ID tag and collar on their pet at all times.
Help! I've lost my pet. What do I do?
First remain calm. Then search everywhere possible, inside and outside, for your pet right away - look under bushes, in tight corners, in your neighbor’s house and garage, etc. Search further around the neighborhood than you expect your pet to roam. Check with all your neighbors as someone may have seen your pet or even taken him/her in for safety.
There are several options when trying to find a lost pet, here are some suggestions:
  • Check the Lost & Found section of our Web site. Put up "lost" posters where the pet went missing – you can find a downloadable poster in the Lost & Found section of this Web site.
  • Place a "lost" advertisement in the newspaper.
  • Check frequently with animal control and with the Rome/Floyd County Humane Society. You may want to bring a color photo of your pet to the shelters to help with identification.
  • Don't give up-it may take time to locate your pet. And when you do, please make sure that he/she has up-to-date tags on his/her collar. Consider getting your pet a microchip implant for more permanent identification.