Animal Control

On Tuesday, July 19, 2022, Animal Control Director Shawn Morris announced that the Animal Control Department's animal shelter is closing due to several employees testing positive for COVID-19. During this closure, the building will be cleaned and properly decontaminated prior to resuming business. The shelter will be closed on Tuesday, July 19, 2022, and will not reopen for business until July 25, 2022. Animal Control will be accepting emergency calls at 770-464-0310. Call response times are expected to be a little longer as Animal Control navigates its staff shortage. Updates will be made to inform the public of any changes regarding Animal Control operations. 

Animal Control Officers are available by calling 770-267-1322 during regular hours. After hours and on weekends, please leave a message and an officer will contact you. Please call 911 for animal bites, sick/injured animals, severe animal cruelty situations, or aggressive animals. See the Animal Control Info page for more. 


To protect the public’s safety from stray, dangerous or diseased animals and to protect the animals of Walton County from inhumane treatment by timely and effective enforcement of the County’s animal control ordinances and state laws. It is also the goal of Animal Control to re-home the maximum number of adoptable animals that come into the shelter’s care.

2021 Dog Euthanasia Rate Chart
2021 Cat Euthanasia Rate Chart