FAQ

Dear fellow pet lovers, 

Have you ever had a question about the Humane Society? Well, this is the perfect blog post for you! Here at the Humane Society of Valdosta/Lowndes County, we pride ourselves on speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves and educating our community. We are located at 1740 W Gordon St, Valdosta, GA 31601. Our hours are from Mon.- Fri. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and we are open by appointment only. Appointments can be reserved during office hours Mon.-Fri. 9 am to 2 pm by phone, email, or private messaging the Humane Society’s Facebook page. 

Why and How to adopt from the Humane Society?

Adopting from the Humane Society is a simple process. We strive to get Lowndes County to a NO Kill status. By adopting from us, you are supporting our cause and efforts to assist these helpless animals. All the animals we receive are from the Lowndes County Animal Shelter, so every adopted animal helps combat overpopulation and makes us one more step to saving more lives.

First, visit our Adoptables page to see the sweet animals that are available for adoption. We love to meet the applicants in person and complete an in-person interview. This is the time you will meet your potential companion animal. If you are approved, you will have to pay the $100 adoption fee and take your furbaby home. Every animal adopted from us is fully vetted, microchipped, and spayed/neutered. 

Are you the shelter, can I surrender my pet to you? 

Even though we work with the Lowndes County Animal Shelter, we are NOT the shelter. We cannot accept strays. However, if you are wanting to re-home or surrender your pet, we will meet with you and try to help you. 

I found a dog wandering around, can you help me?

Animals are considered property in the state of Georgia, and you are required by law to notify the shelter and attempt to find the owner first. Another option is taking the animal to a vet or shelter to have them scanned for microchips.

There are cats in my yard, what can I do? 

Community cats are self-sufficient and do not pose a threat to the community. However, if they are feral, meaning they live outdoors without an owner, then you can contact us about getting them spayed/neutered. Unaltered cats are those who keep having babies. You can tell if they have already been altered or spayed/neutered if they have a tipped ear. Keep in mind that if you feed the cats they will stay.

For more FAQs please click here. We love to answer your questions and inform the community about how we can make Lowndes county reach NO Kill status. 

Frequently Asked Questions

We are NOT the shelter. If you find a stray, you are required by law to notify the shelter and attempt to find the owner. If you are trying to re-home or surrender your pet, We will gladly meet with you and attempt to help you. However, we can only accept animals based on capacity.

1740 W Gordon street
Valdosta, GA  31601

Monday-Friday 9AM-2PM or by appointment

Our building is open to the public, but we ask that you schedule an appointment in advance so we can insure we have a volunteer present to provide the best service. 

We cannot take in strays. In the state of Georgia, animals are considered property and you are required by law to notify the shelter of the stray. You can also take the dog to a vet or shelter to have them scanned for a microchip, try putting up signs, and post/check groups on Facebook.

Please keep in mind that community cats are self-sufficient and pose no threat to the community. If you believe they are feral or keep having babies, you can contact us about getting them spayed/neutered (if they are already altered, you can tell by the tipped ear). If you feed them, they will come. 

We strongly discourage the declawing of cats and do not declaw the ones we adopt out. Please consider other options such as scratching posts, toys, interactive feeding and exercise, nail caps, and regularly trimming nails. We also encourage you to research the affects of removing a cats’ nails before removing them. It is often very painful for them, and if they get out of your house they have no way to protect themselves.

Every cat is born litter box trained. It is an instinct because they naturally want to go in a designated area where they can bury it away from their food and sleeping areas. If you think your cat is not “litter box trained” you may want to consider trying a different kind of litter or moving the box to another location.

It is our mission to get Valdosta to no kill status. In order to do that, we need to end overpopulation. Dogs and cats can multiply very quickly, causing thousands to end up in the shelter and get euthanized every year. Spaying and neutering can also help with behavior and aggression, and prevent cats from spraying. Please see our list of programs for more information on getting your pet altered more affordably.

As we currently only have an adoption program for cats and kittens, our adoption fees are only $100!

We have an application that each adopter must fill out. We typically require an in person interview which allows you to meet your future furbaby as well. If your application is approved, you will have to pay the $100 adoption fee and you will get to take your baby home! Please note, we approve adoptions by committee and cannot guarantee the promptness at which you will be approved or denied. We do our best to process them as quickly as possible, but you may not be able to apply and take your baby home in the same day.

Every animal adopted from us comes fully vetted with microchip and spayed/neutered. We are an organization working tirelessly to get Valdosta to be a no kill community. By adopting from us, you are supporting our cause and our efforts to find homes for homeless pets. We also typically pull animals directly from the shelter, so every adoption gets us one step closer to pulling even more from the shelter and saving even more lives.

We do not currently have any dogs for adoption. We suggest going to the Lowndes County animal Shelter, USA Rescue Team, or BARC Humane Society to find a dog to adopt.

There are many different ways to signal an animal has been altered such as tattoos or tipped ears. Sometimes, vets will tip ears or the shelter will tip cat ears in case the cat does end up living outside. But typically, a tipped ear means the cat is feral and fixed.

Because we only have cats in our adoption program, we do not take animals to PetSmart every Saturday.

Absolutely! please contact us so we can set up an appointment!

We adopt out cats pretty quickly, sometimes several in one week, or empty the building through our transport program. Because of this, the cats do not often stay long (sometimes just a couple of days) so if you are interested in adopting, please do not hesitate! Get your application in!

Do you still have questions? We are here to help! Please contact us directly and we will be happy to assist you.

Contact Us:
1740 W Gordon St.
Valdosta, GA 31601
229-247-3266
info@humanesocietyofvaldosta.org

The Humane Society of Valdosta in Lowndes County serves as the parent organization for programs that advocate and take action to benefit those who cannot speak for themselves. Our ultimate goal is to merit a “No Kill” status for our community and stay the course in providing homes to homeless pets.

Hours Of Operation

Mon: 9am – 2pm
Tue: 9am – 2pm
Wed: 9am – 2pm
Thu: 9am – 2pm
Fri: 9am – 2pm
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed

Or by appointment

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