1. Where can I look at animals that are currently available for adoption?
- Visit PAWS at 99 North Avenue, Rome, GA 30161 during our walk-in hours.
- Click here to view our animals online.
2. Where do you get your animals?
- The majority of our sheltered animals were either lost or surrendered by their owners.
3. If an animal was surrendered by its owner, won’t it have behavioral problems?
- Not necessarily. Many of our pets are excellent companion animals that have been abandoned for reasons completely unrelated to their behavior.
- You can always visit with our animals in one of our play areas and get to know them before making the decision to adopt. Click here to read about the Top Ten Reasons for Pet Relinquishment in United States.
4. I want to adopt an animal. What do I do?
- If you’re younger than 18 years of age, consult with your parent or guardian. You must be over 18 years of age to adopt.
- Make sure you don’t have any Animal Control violation citations within the past two years.
- If you rent or lease, make sure you have written permission from your landlord to possess a pet on their property.
- Be prepared to schedule, pay for, and follow through with all vaccinations and sterilization of the adopted animal within a set time period.
- Be ready to pay the $40 dog or $35 cat adoption fee using cash, check, debit, Visa or MasterCard.
- Have your driver’s license and physical address on hand.
- Visit our facility at 99 North Avenue, Rome, GA 30161 and follow our standard adoption procedure.
5. How much does it cost to adopt an animal?
- $35 for a cat and $40 for a dog.
6. 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. State law and county ordinance also requires all dogs and cats be vaccinated for rabies and wear the proper tags.
- It is very important that all shots are administered as recommended by your veterinarian, along with heart-worm, flea and tick preventatives.
7. How many animals do you adopt out?
- We adopt out on a daily basis.
- In 2016, we found homes for 2,751 cats and dogs, and returned 266 lost pets to their owners. Our live release rate was over 86%.
8. How much does it cost to spay/neuter an animal?
- Sterilization fees vary from vet to vet. It is recommended that you call around to find the best price for the procedure.
9. Is there a leash law in Floyd County?
- There is a restraining law which requires that you be outside with your animal when it is off leash, provided that you have verbal control over your animal. If you are not physically outside with your pet, it must be restrained to your property. This law applies to dogs and cats.
- There is also a leash law that applies within Rome city limits. Click here for more information.
10. How can I start an animal rescue group?
- Click here to get to know Floyd County’s standard operating procedures.
11. Help! I’ve lost my pet.
- On no! Less than 2% of cats and 15% of dogs that end up in shelters are returned to their owners. It’s important for you to act as quickly as possible so this doesn’t happen to you.
- If you call to try to describe your pet over the phone, we won’t be able to give you an answer as we have dozens of animals in our facility. However, we do want to help! Come out to our facility in person and take a look to see if your pet is here. We’ll gladly point you in the right direction!
- We advise that you have a microchip implanted and keep an ID tag and collar on your pet at all times to ensure its quick return to you in a case of separation. Follow these pet safety tips to ensure the well-being of your pet.
Here are some additional tips to help you find your pet:
- Ask your neighbors if they’ve seen your pet. It’s possible someone could have taken it in for protective purposes.
- Call the veterinarians in your area to see if your pet has been seen.
- Check the Lost & Found page on our website. Here, you can put up “lost” posters. We even have a downloadable poster template you can use.
- Place a “lost pet” advertisement in the local newspaper and check the “Found Pets” section every day.
- Check with local schools about announcing your pet’s description and missing status over their public address systems.
- Place “lost pet” signs in grocery stores, on street posts and at other places like laundromats.
- Print a colored photo of your pet and keep it with you at all times to help with identification.
- Check with us and the Rome/Floyd County Humane Society frequently. We hold pets for three days before they are made available for adoption.