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  • The City of Grovetown, 103 Old Wrightsboro Road, Grovetown, Georgia 30813-3015
  • Phone: 706-863-4576

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Animal Control

Columbia County Animal Care and Control Department provides animal control services for the City of Grovetown. This department is responsible for all animal control operations, including nuisance complaints, animal cruelty investigations, animal attacks, handling of rabid animals, dead animals, injured animals, the animal adoption program, and taking care of the animals at the Columbia County shelter.

The City of Grovetown requires dogs to be under their owner's control at all times. This means they must be on a leash or confined to their owner's property. Dogs that run loose are subject to impoundment, and their owners are responsible for impoundment and boarding fees.

Leash laws exist to protect yourself, your dog, and others. Loose dogs can be taken by strangers, hit by cars, shot, attacked by wildlife, or worse. They can damage property, chase vehicles and small children, bite people, and attack other animals. Multiple loose dogs, though they may be friendly individually, may become aggressive in packs. It's dangerous for your dog, you, and other people if you let your dog leave your property without being attached to you by a leash.

The animal control department makes every effort to reunite lost pets with their owners. If your pet is missing, please call 706-541-4077 immediately. Also, put a Lost and Found ad in the newspaper, and put up signs in your neightborhood. Pet owners are required to keep rabiesto keep an identification tag on their pet at all times! Also Click Here to check the Lost and Found page.

Each year, more than 6,000 animals are taken to the Columbia County Animal Care and Control shelter at 6337 Columbia Road in Appling. While some of these animals are surrendered to the shelter by their owners for various reasons, the vast majority are picked up as strays. Fewer than 600 of these are claimed by their owners, but hundreds more could be returned to their homes if owners know what to do.

  • If your pet is missing, call the shelter and ask if there are any animals that match the description of the one you are missing. If not, request that your pet be added to the Lost and Found database. Please be as descriptive as possible when giving your information to the staff.
  • Check back with the shelter twice a day (mid-morning and afternoon) daily to see if your pet has been picked up.
  • Visit the shelter on a regular basis, everyday if possible, to see if your pet is there. Business hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Please remember that you can’t wear open shoes e.g., sandals, clogs, flip flops, etc. in the kennel area due to the sanitation processes.)

The shelter holds animals for five days to give the owners a chance to claim their pet and then animals are put up for adoption.

To report a stray animal or problems with animals call 706-541-4077.