If you are thinking of adopting a pet and you live in Augusta, Georgia or the CSRA, please consider adopting from an animal shelter, humane society, or animal rescue shelter. Thousands of animals are euthanized each year in the CSRA. Adopting a loving friend from a shelter will not only provide you with a furry companion and provide the animal with a loving home, but you will also save a life in the process.
All of my adopted pets have come from either the street (strays) or from shelters. Shelter pets and those who adopt them are all special breeds. Thank you for making a choice to give life to an animal who probably would not have otherwise had a shot.
In addition to rescuing pets, shelters are always in need of volunteers to help care for the animals on a daily basis, and also to help with pet adoption fairs. Since each organization has their own requirements, please check with them for current information.
Keep in mind that, as non-profit groups, many of these animal shelters are limited by the type of licensing and inspection certificates they hold — what this means is while they do take in homeless animals, they are not always able to take in all strays or animals surrendered by the owner.
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Each shelter or group has its own section, complete with contact information, links, telephone numbers, adoption information, fees, and what those fees include.
It’s probably best to avoid dropping in unannounced unless the shelter has hours stated for that purpose. Call first if necessary, visit during listed hours, or attend adoption events. Dogs and cats like schedules, too, and the shelters often have set visiting times for a reason — they are dedicated to the care of the animals, and spend their days exercising, cleaning, getting check ups, socializing, eating, napping, and so on. Just like human babies, furry babies need schedules, too.
Rescuing Animals and Maintaining A Pet Shelter is Hard Work
I’ve met many of the workers and volunteers at the shelters and rescue groups, and I can attest first-hand to the loving care and dedication these people devote to providing care for the animals and to finding loving homes. They are a tireless group, working 365 days a year to provide for the animals’ emotional and physical needs.
Shelter and animal rescue groups are always in need of volunteers and donations. Donations can include everything from financial to support to supplies such as food, towels, cat litter, laundry soap, bleach, blankets, non-rawhide dog biscuits, shampoos,and other items needed for the animals’ care. Contact each group to find out their particular requirements and needs (many of them have volunteer and donation lists).
All the organizations listed are non-profit, and many of them subsist solely on private donations , community fund drives, and the labor force of volunteers. All donations and adoption fees go to the care of the animals to provide for personality assessments, their daily needs, medical care, spay /neutering, shots, deworming, and in some cases may include micro-chipping.
Most of the organizations also have pictures (or links to pictures) and/or videos of the pets on their site. (All pets may not be listed, as adoptions and rescues happen often.)
Animal Shelters and Rescue groups in the Augusta, GA area and the CSRA
Augusta Animal Services / Animal Control
4164 Mack Ln.
Augusta, GA 30906
Augusta Animal Services is committed to the welfare and safety of animals and pets, and provides community education on responsible ownership and local laws. In addition, they are dedicated to investigating animal cruelty and stray animal cases, and enforcing local animal laws. They provide shelter and care to animals, however, this is a kill shelter. For that reason, it’s important to consider this shelter and save a pet from euthanasia.
Augusta Animal Services is desperate to see the end of euthanasia, which is often caused by overcrowding, insufficient ability to care for animals and owner irresponsibility. Let’s help the shelter put an end to this heartbreaking practice by adopting these animals and being good stewards to pets, and encouraging others to do the same.
Remember, it’s OK and even encouraged to spend time with a pet before you adopt, but sometimes, time is of the essence. Since this is a kill shelter and they are also responsible for county animal control, the task of providing for and adopting out these pets can be daunting. Please donate time and money to Augusta Animal Services. The employees share a passion for helping animals, but are often the victim of limited resources. I have seen the anger and pain of these workers who care so much for these outcast animals, and I hope you consider Augusta Animal Services as a first option.
Hours: Monday – Friday 11AM – 5PM; Closed Saturday and Sunday (Donations of items and financial donations may also be dropped off during those hours.)
Fees: Adoption fees include feline distemper combo for cats; deworming; Parvo/Distemper combo and Kennel Cough vaccine for dogs; rabies vaccination certificate; and spay / neuter certificate (accepted at 21 local veterinarians) The shelter also requires proof of sterilization in the form of a return certificate. This is a local mandate enforced to ensure safety of animals and to lessen the amount of animals who end up in a shelter or euthanized.
Dog, male : $75 Dog, female: $85 Cat, male: $65 Cat, female: $65
The shelter also investigates abuse and neglect complaints, and on their site lists fees for impounding animals and animal related offenses, boarding fees, vaccination and euthanasia fees, disposal, and rabies quarantine and observation fees.
Augusta Animal Services Animal Search
The CSRA Humane Society
425 Wood St.
Augusta, GA 30904
The CSRA Human Society is a no-kill shelter providing permanent homes for pets through adoption; they sponsor a spay/neuter program, and provide educational resources to the community, helping make us all more responsible pet owners.
The shelter is licensed, inspected annually, and has a mission to ensure the health, safety, welfare, and loving adoption of animals.
Some adoptions may require a home inspection and canine adoptions may require a fenced yard.
Hours :Wednesdays from 5:30PM to 7:30PM and Saturdays from 11AM to 4PM. They also have adoption events, so be sure to check out to find out when and where the pet adoption fairs will be held.
Fees: Adoptions fees cover : spay / neuter, first shots, micro-chipping, first de-worming, heart-worm test for dogs, and for cats the feline leukemia and FIV.
Fees: Cats: $125 Dogs: $125 to $175
Please check out their website and / or their Facebook page for more information and to see the pets available for adoption, and be sure to sign up for the shelter’s newsletter. They have pictures and some videos available.
CSRA Humane Society Pet Search
HeartSong Animal Rescue
220 Millbrook Road
Martinez GA 30907
Heartsong is registered with the state of Georgia and is licensed with the GADA.
They are dedicated to continued effort and successes in rescuing animals, and to finding permanent, loving homes for the animals in their care.
Heartsong also has animal fostering opportunities, and according to their website they often have animals besides dogs and cats.
Please be aware that Heartsong accepts cash only.
Hours: You can find Heartsong cats and kittens daily at PetSmart on Robert C. Daniel Parkway in Augusta, and general adoptions for all animals every Saturday from 11AM to 3PM or later.
Fees : include spay or neuter; vaccinations; microchip): Dogs and Puppies: $125.00 Cats and Kittens: $85.00
Check their site for pets for adoption, or go to PetFinder.Com
Columbia County Humane Society(CCHS)
P.O. Box 204771
Martinez, GA 30917
At this time, CCHS does not have a permanent shelter, though they are working toward that goal. They are committed to saving lives by providing loving foster homes and care for foster animals until loving adoptive homes can be found. They also help local shelter and animal control by taking some of their animals and providing them with foster homes.
Volunteers are always needed; donations are always needed, too, and can be dropped off at Petco in Evans on Saturdays from 11AM-3PM.
Columbia County Humane Society holds weekly pet adoption sessions at Petco on Saturday from 11:00AM-4:00PM. The store is located in Mullins Crossing, 4209 Washington Road, Evans, GA.
Please check the website for available pets and pet adoption requirements or inquire with the shelter. They will put you in touch with the pet’s foster family.
Fees: There is an $95 adoption fee, or $115 if a microchip is included. (Fee includes spaying/neutering or a spay/neuter certificate, rabies and other vaccinations, and two months of pet insurance)
CCHS also has a trial period where you will have time to acclimate your pet to its new environment, make sure you are a good fit for the pet, and will take back any animal adopted from them so that no pet is ever abandoned due to an adoption not working out.
They are non-profit and licensed by Georgia Department of Agriculture; donations are tax deductible; volunteers are welcome.
Inquire about the society’s low-cost spay/neuter clinic.
CCHA Online PetFinder
PO Box 6816
North Augusta SC 29861
Molly’s Militia is dedicated to saving animals from shelters and rescuing them from euthanasia. Since Molly’s only deals with shelter animals, they offer references to other animal welfare groups and shelters in the CSRA.
Fees vary and animals are placed in foster homes, so please go to Molly’s Pet Finder page for more information on how to contact the foster parent to the rescue dog or rescue cat you want to adopt.
Adoptions include worming, spay/neutering, vaccines, flea/tick prevention, and microchip (upon request). Rabies vaccine and heartworm preventatives are provided for adult dogs, and cats are provided the FDVR vaccine. Adoptions also include a free grooming session, tags and certificates, and free special treats for your new pet.
Adoptions are held at PetSmart in Aiken, SC and in Augusta, GA on Saturdays from 10AM – 4PM.
Molly’s Militia can also arrange for out-of-state adoptions.
They are always in need of donations, volunteers, and foster homes.
Molly’s Militia Online Pet Search
Other animal organizations around the CSRA, whose functions range from providing shelter and fostering specific breeds, to acting as foster homes and aiding other shelters with adoptions are:
Augusta Animal Rescue Friends
Boxertown – Georgia Boxer Rescue
Georgia Pit Bull Rescue
Old Fella Burke County Animal Rescue
Save The Animals Rescue Society
CSRA Happy Tails
All God’s Creatures Pet Rescue and Adoption
Parrot Rescue and Refuge – Feathered Friends Forever
And enjoy your new friend! By rescuing an animal from a shelter, donating, volunteering, or even just spreading the word about the need, you’ve saved a life!
Your furry best friend is out there, waiting for you!