Frequently Asked Questions

Where do our animals come from?
    Animals enter AHS in one of 3 ways:

        Albany Control – The City of Albany and Dougherty County
        Concerned Citizens – People will bring in animals they have found or have appeared at their homes.
        Owner Surrender – Animals that are no longer wanted by their owners.

Why does Animal Control bring them to you?
    We provide the care and housing of the animals they pick up and impound. We contract with the City of Albany and Dougherty County governments to provide these services.
How long do you hold animals before putting them in adoption?
    When an animal is brought in by Animal Control or a Concerned citizen, it is deemed a Stray and is held for a minimum of 3 days after the day it was brought to the shelter. This allows owners time to contact AHS to retrieve their lost pet. If no owner comes forward, the animal becomes the property of AHS.
    If an animal is surrendered by its owner, we still hold for 24 hours in case an owner changes their mind.
Why would an animal not be moved to adoption?
    Each animal is evaluated for general health and temperament. If these test are not passed, we look for alternative shelters that are better equipped to care for these issues. If no alternatives are found, humane euthanization is our only option.
Where does the shelter get its funding?
    AHS is a 501(c)(3) – Non profit organization. The money received from the City & County contracts only cover the cost to house the animal for a few days, thus our only income to provide additional care is through donations from our supporters and friends.
How long does an animal stay in adoption?
    Until a forever home is found. Once an animal is moved from animal intake to adoption, it remains there until adopted.
What can I do to help?
    Donation is the easiest, but we do have volunteer programs to help out at the shelter or other events. Spay & neuter your pets.
What is the Sunshine Fund?
    This is a Spay & Neuter Assistance Program. We assist in the spay and neuter of pets in Dougherty county. Funding is based on need and applications must be sent in to the shelter for approval to receive a voucher.