The mission of the Oconee County Animal Control Department is to assist, protect and educate the public on animal care, welfare issues, and to enforce the Oconee County Animal Control Ordinances.
To enforce Oconee County Animal Control Ordinances and issue citations accordingly; pick up stray and abandoned animals; promote animal adoption programs in the community and on the internet; work closely with rescue and other agencies; trap stray dogs and cats; investigate reports of animal cruelty and neglect; visit schools and teach responsible pet ownership; bite prevention and recognition of Rabies and animal behavior; rescue sick and injured animals; assist the Rabies Control Officer.
Animal Control does not respond to wildlife calls. Please see FAQs - #2.
Catlyn A. Vickers, Director
Crystal Berisko, Adoption Rescue Coordinator
Cherilyn Williams, Road Officer
1171 Branch Road
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
Saturdays, 11 am to 1 pm, beginning March 29, 2014
Closed on Sundays and Holidays
If it is an emergency, please dial 911. For your convenience, this is a listing of animal problems that may arise and the appropriate agency or department for you to contact.
|Nuisance, running at large, or welfare||706-769-3956|
|Adoption Inquiry||706-769-2953 (Officer Berisko, Adoption & Rescue Coordinator)|
|Surrender or Reclaims||706-769-3956|
|Animal - injured or critically ill (owner unknown), any animal bite, or trapped||706-769-3956 After hours, please dial 911|
|Stray livestock or injured wildlife||706-796-5665 (Sheriff's Office)|
|Dead animal removal||
706-769-3912 (county only, must be by the road)
|Wildlife Removal and Relocation||
706-202-6696 (White's Wildlife Removal, Richard White)
Please review the County Ordinance's requirement for barking, vocalizing, and other Animal Nuisance complaints.
Section 1-5-4: Animal Nuisance
An Owner of an animal shall at all times control such animal so as to prevent it from creating a nuisance; however, no person may be charged with a violation of this Ordinance as a result of excessive barking or other vocalizing unless a warning has previously been issued by an Animal Control Officer within thirty (30) days of the charge of a violation, and unless a complainant has signed a written statement giving the address of the Owner, a description of the animal, a description of the offense, and the date, time, and location of the offense.
- damages the property of another;
- disturbs trash or other refuse;
- runs at large frequently or while in heat or in a county recreational park;
- defecates or urinates on the property of another unless same is promptly removed;
- chases vehicles or threatens, attacks, or interferes with person, other Domestic animal, or livestock on public or private property; or
- disturbs the peace of any person by loud, persistent, or habitual vocalization.
Shelter Wish List
If you would like to donate, whether by volunteering or items, please contact the shelter at 706-769-3956. Any help is gratly appreciated. Animal Control will accept:
- Canned dog food
- Dog eyewash
- Any type of treats
- Esiblac milk replacement
- Blankets and sheets
- Adams Flee spray
- Knotted rawhides
- Any other item you may wish to donate to the shelter
To report an injured animal, during business hours (8 am to 5pm), call the shelter at 706-769-3956. If it is after 5 pm, call 911. Keep away from the animal. If the animal is in pain, it may bite. Animal Control Officers have special training and equipment to help an injured animal without further injuring the animal and without the Animal Control Officer getting injured. The best way you can help is to call the professionals.
Animal Control does not remove wildlife. If you see sick or injured wildlife, contact Oconee County Sheriff’s Dispatch to have the animal dispatched at 706-769-5665.
If you see a snake, do not attempt to kill it, leave it alone, and stay away. Venomous snakes may strike, and it is illegal to kill a non-venomous snake in Georgia.
To view the snakes of Georgia, please visit: http://srelherp.uga.edu/snakes/index.htm.
If you are having a problems with wildlife; skunks, raccoons, foxes, coyotes, snakes, squirrels, etc., contact an animal removal company or the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). See the phone list above
To aid in helping you find your pet, you may wish to do the following:
Look under “Quick Links” and click on “Adoptable Pets/Applications.” The shelter places all healthy animals on the page.
If, after reviewing the page and your pet is not at the shelter, you have completed the form and your pet has not returned after 24 hours, please feel free to contact the Animal Shelter daily between 4 and 5 pm when Road Officers are returning, to the shelter, with impounded animals.
Contact the area newspapers. If available, the paper will donate space for lost animal reports at no charge.
All allegations of animal neglect or welfare concerns are investigated. If you have an Animal Neglect or Welfare concern, go to “On Line Forms” and click “Complaint Form/Written Statement,” or contact the shelter at 706-769-3956. Please feel free to contact the shelter for any Neglect or Welfare concern. Let’s err on the safe side.
If an animal is experiencing the following problems:
- No food and/or water
- Unsanitary conditions
- No shelter
- Poor physical condition
- Inside vehicle, showing signs of stress, immediately contact the shelter or call 911
- In the back of a vehicle (Animal Control continues to observe residents driving around the county with unconfined animals in their pickup beds. Do not let your dog ride in an open truck bed unless it is properly confined as defined in the Animal Control Ordinance)
For more information on Incorrect Tethering as defined in the Ordinance, go to “Quick Links” and click on “Ordinance:”
Section 1-5-3: Tethering
Protect your family and your pets from the rabies virus:
Keep your pet current on its vaccination.
Keep your pet under control
Sterilizing your pet will help reduce unwanted pregnancies causing pets not to be properly cared for or vaccinated regularly.
Call Animal Control at 706-769-3956 to remove all stray or seriously ill animals from your neighborhood; keep potentially unvaccinated animals from your family and pet.
Daytime activity of otherwise nocturnal animal is occasionally a sign of sickness. However, during spring and early summer, while offspring are being born and raised, it is not rare to find wildlife active during the day, especially on overcast days or on wooded lots. Remove bird feeders, pet food, and access to other types of food or water to decrease the chances of wildlife interaction with people and pets.
If you see wildlife, contact dispatch, 706-769-5665, or an animal removal company.
Prior to reclaiming your pet, you must provide proof your pet is current on its rabies vaccination. Contact your veterinarian and request a faxed copy of your pet’s rabies certificate. The shelter’s fax number is 706-769-2933.
Owners are responsible for all boarding and impound fees and fees are due at the time of reclaim.
If your pet is not current, you are required to purchase a pre-paid rabies voucher from a veterinarian. The cost will vary by each clinic.
You will have 3 business days to vaccinate your pet. If you elect not to comply, a citation may be issued.
For reclaim fees, please refer to “Quick Links” and click on “AC Departmental Fees”. If you have trouble, please contact the shelter.
Fees start on the first day the animal is impounded.
All animals, without a rabies tag on the collar, will receive the following:
- Distemper vaccination
- Bordetella – kennel cough vaccination (dogs only)
If your animal isn’t microchipped, it will receive one upon reclaim.
For a fee, Oconee County citizens may surrender their animal. In most cases, healthy surrendered animals are offered for adoption. However, space is limited and the County cannot guarantee any surrendered animal will be held for adoption. For more information, contact Animal Control at 706-769-3956.
If you are surrendering your pet to be euthanized, the fee includes cremation and returning your pet’s ashes.
If your pet weighs:
Your fee is:
12) Do you accept volunteers at the Animal Shelter?
The shelter encourages individuals and groups to volunteer at the shelter. After a brief orientation, volunteers may play with the cats and kittens, walk puppies and dogs or play in the interaction pens, and even bathe the animals to make them more adoptable. For groups of 5 or more, please call ahead and schedule an appointment with Officer Crystal Berisko, Adoption and Rescue Coordinator. Volunteers 16 and younger must be accompanied by a supervising adult.