All Animals turned into the shelter as a stray with no form of identification will be held for three full business days, including Saturdays. On the fourth business day, if unclaimed, the animal will then become legal property of the Humane Society’s Mountain Shelter. If an owner comes forward after the three day holding period, the owner will then have to go through the standard adoption process to reclaim the animal, which will include sterilization of the animal.

If an animal is reclaimed before the three day stray hold is up, a fee of $15 will be charged to help cover the cost of intake and care of the animal. Per the state of Georgia, all domestic animals are required to be vaccinated for rabies. To reclaim an animal from the Mountain Shelter, proof of current rabies must be provided upon pick up. If proof of rabies cannot be provided, the owner will have 15 days to take their pet to the vet for a rabies vaccination and send in proof of vaccination to the Mountain Shelter. If proof of vaccination is not provided within 15 days, Animal Control will be notified and owner will be subject to a fine of $150.00

If an animal with identification is turned into the Mountain Shelter, the animal will be held for five business days and every effort to contact the owner will be made. If the animal is reclaimed during the five day period, a fee of $25 will be charged to cover the cost of intake and care of the animal. On the sixth business day, if unclaimed, the animal will then become legal property of the Humane Society’s Mountain Shelter. If an owner comes forward after the five day hold, the owner will have to go through the standard adoption process to reclaim the animal, which will include sterilization of the animal.

All owners reclaiming a pet will be required to show proof of ownership. Examples of such proof include: Photo of pet with the owner or veterinary documentation. Any other form of ownership proof will need to be approved by the Shelter Manager.