Animal Control Division Chief

Joey Kastner

White County Animal Control

Contact Us:

680 Industrial Blvd.
Cleveland, GA. 30528

706-219-2689 - Phone

Shelter Hours:

Monday - Friday 8 am to 5 pm Saturday 10 am to 2 pm

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We are pleased to host Project Catsnip on November 9th, 2020 and December 16, 2020

Project Catsnip offers low cost spay and neuter for cats. For more information and to reserve your spot Click Here

White County Animal Control is pleased to announce we are a recipient of the Georgia Department of Agriculture Spay/Neuter Grant. Funds are available to assist low income families with spay and neuter surgery for their pets. For more information contact us at 706-219-2689

Animal Control FAQ's


Does White County have a leash law?
White County has a Running at Large Prohibited; duties of animal owners – Article ll, Sec. 10-31.

My pets are indoor animals, do I still need to have them vaccinated for rabies?
Yes, Sec. 10-103 State law requires all dogs and cats be vaccinated for rabies by the age of 3 MONTHS. Although the majority of rabies cases occur in wildlife, your pets can be infected when they are bitten by rabid animals. We recommend visiting your veterinarian on a regular basis to keep your pet healthy and protected from disease and parasites.

Can I buy the rabies vaccine and administer it myself?
No. Sec. 10-103 State law requires the rabies vaccine be administered by a licensed veterinarian.

My neighbor's dog is fed but very thin, he has an old truck to crawl under for shelter, can anything be done to help this poor dog?
Yes. It is always best to phone Animal Control and report any concerns you have about the welfare of an animal. We can evaluate the situation and determine the best course of action to be taken.

Is there a way to keep the male dogs from my female dog when she is in heat?
Yes. Spay your dog. If you are unable to afford the cost of the surgery contact us we can give you phone #'s of organizations that offer low cost spay and neuter surgery, and we also host clinics throughout the year. There are many reasons to have your animal altered, we will be happy to give you information on the benefits of spaying and neutering. White County does have an ordinance Sec. 10-46 that does require any unsterilized dog, cat or ferret to be confined at all times.

Is it ok to leave my dog in the car for a few minutes while I run into the store?
No. Sec. 10-43 With all four windows cracked one inch, the temperature inside a car will be:
125 degrees within 20 minutes in 93 degree weather, 140 degrees within 20 minutes.
102 degrees within 10 minutes in 85 degree weather, 100 degrees within 10minutes.
100 degrees within 10 minutes in 72 degree weather, 116 degrees within one hour.
A dogs body temperature is 101-102 degrees, if it rises to 106 degrees dogs can suffer brain damage and death.

If I get a mean dog to protect my house and put the dog on a heavy logging chain, if the dog gets loose and hurts someone can I be held liable?
Yes. Any pet you have that damages property or injures another animal or a human could result in criminal and / or civil action against the owner. A dog on a chain will not be able to stop someone from entering your house a criminal would know how to get around the dog. The cost to care for the dog and the potential liability far exceed the cost of a monitored alarm system. Sec. 10-37

If I take unwanted animals to a shelter they could be put to sleep, is it better to turn them loose somewhere so they will have a chance?
No. The chance they will be hit by a car, die from disease or starvation, terrified by people trying to chase them off, attacked by other animals or humans, or die a bad death is greater than the chance they will be put to sleep humanely at a shelter. It is also against the law. Section 10-33

Who do I contact about bear, coyote, or snake problem?
Department of Natural Resources www.gadnr.org