Walton County Sheriff Office

Adoption Information

All of our adoptions are $40! Adoptions include vaccination (DA2PPv dogs; FVRCP cats), deworming, a voucher for $15 towards a rabies vaccination, and information on discounted spay/neuter. There is no additional charge if an animal is already spayed/neutered. Heartworm and combo testing may be possible upon request if donated tests are available.

Please see our Directions/Hours page for information on visiting the shelter or adoption/rescue appointments.

Adoption Process
Apply for Adoption
- Applications (see below) can be completed at the shelter, emailed or faxed. Adoptions are generally first-come-first-serve of approved applications but the shelter has the discretion of selecting applicants regardless of order received.
Before applying to adopt an animal, please be ready to process the adoption and pick up the animal as soon as you are approved. Extended hold times are not possible in an open-intake shelter without putting other animals at risk. If you are not yet ready to adopt, please do not apply.
Process the Adoption - Once your application has been approved, the office is open to process adoptions Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 5 pm (closed for lunch noon to 1 pm), and select Saturdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The adoption fee is $40 (exact cash, check or credit).
Have your pet Spayed/Neutered -
GA State law requires all pets adopted from animal shelters be spayed/neutered. If the pet you are adopting is not already spayed/neutered, you must sign a contract to have it done within 30 days or by sexual maturity. This is not only the responsible thing to do, but it is required by GA State Law. Several generous local veterinarians have agreed to perform surgeries on pets adopted from animal control at a discounted rate. You must provide the shelter with the receipt from the veterinarian once the surgery is complete. ARREST WARRANTS ARE ISSUED FOR THOSE WHO FAIL TO COMPLY WITH THE STERILIZATION REQUIREMENTS!


Out-of-State Adoptions
If the animal you are interested in adopting is already spayed/neutered, and you have a way of picking up or transporting the animal, begin by applying (application below).  Because of several previous problems, we no longer do out-of-state adoptions unless the animal is already spayed/neutered.  If the animal is not spayed/neutered, please contact a GA licensed rescue to pull to dog for you and adopt through their agency.  We may give priority to Georgia adopters and rescues over out-of-state applicants.


ADOPTIONS ARE AT THE SHELTER'S DISCRETION AND WE HAVE THE FREEDOM TO ACCEPT OR REJECT ANY APPLICATION FOR ANY REASON, WHETHER STATED OR NOT.  WHILE WE GENERALLY PROCESS APPLICATIONS FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVE, AND GENERALLY PLACE ADOPTION APPLICATIONS BEFORE RESCUES, IT IS ALSO OUR DISCRETION TO CHOOSE THE ORDER OF APPLICANTS OR TO CHOOSE REPUTABLE RESCUES OVER ADOPTERS FOR ANY REASON.

Adoption Application

IF SUBMITTING VIA FAX OR EMAIL, PLEASE ALWAYS CALL 770-267-1322 TO CONFIRM YOUR EMAILED APPLICATION WAS RECEIVED!!! Applications emailed on weekends are received on Monday. You may also apply in person on select Saturdays open to the public.  Before applying to adopt an animal, please be ready to process the adoption and pick up the animal as soon as you are approved. Extended hold times are not possible in an open-intake shelter without putting other animals at risk. If you are not immediately ready to adopt, please do not apply. Applications may be emailed by copying and pasting the application below into an email (wcanimal@co.walton.ga.us ). You may also print and fax to 770-267-4033 or deliver in person.

WALTON COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL ADOPTION APPLICATION

Animal Name and ID#:
The first four questions are for residents outside of Georgia only. (Georgia adopters, please continue to the following section.)

Have you read the out-of-state adoption procedures?
Are you willing to pre-pay for this pets spay/neuter (if not already done)?
Are you willing to drive to Georgia? If not, what arrangements will you make for pick up?
Do you acknowledge the shelter gives priority to in-state applicants and rescues?

Adopter's Information:

Adopter’s Full Name:
Street Address:
City, State, Zip:  
Home/Cell Phone: 
Work Phone:
Where are you employed?
How long have you lived at the above address?
Are you 18 years of age or over? 
Do you live in a house, apartment, condo, mobile home, duplex?
Do you own your residence?
If you rent, does your lease allow pets?
What is your landlord's name/company and phone #?
How many people live at your residence?
How are they related to you?
Do all these people know that you plan to adopt a pet?
What are the ages of any children in your household?
Why do you want to adopt this pet (companion, watchdog, hunting dog, breeding, other)?
Are you adopting this pet as a gift? If yes, for whom?
Have you ever adopted from Walton County Animal Control? If yes, when? Where is that pet now?
Have you ever turned in an animal to any Animal Control Shelter? If yes, why?
Have you ever been warned or cited for a violation of Animal Control Laws? If yes, explain.

About your current and previous pets:

List Past and Present Pets you have owned. Please list the pets name, breed, and if you no longer own, state what happened to the pet. 
Do your current pets live indoors or outdoors?
Are their vaccinations up to date? 
Are they spayed or neutered? 
What is the name of your Veterinarian or Veterinary Clinic?

Concerning the Pet you wish to adopt:


How long will the pet be left alone during a day? 
Who will be the primary caretaker of your pet? 
Do you want to have your new pet spayed or neutered?  
Are you willing to have your new pet spayed/neutered if required?  
Will your new pet live inside or outside?
Where will your new pet sleep?
How will your dog/cat be kept? (i.e. indoors, fenced yard, chain, pen)
Is any portion of your yard completely fenced?
Is there a doghouse?
If kept on a chain, for how long each day?
Will you allow an authorized representative of the Walton County Animal Control to inspect the animal and premises where the animal is being kept?   
Food, veterinary, and other costs are usually greater than $1,000 per year.  Are you willing and able to meet these costs?
Are you willing to go to the expense and trouble of taking your new pet to a veterinarian for full preventative and medical care AT LEAST once a year?
Do you understand the shelter cannot fully know nor be responsible for any health, temperament or other issues of the pet you wish to adopt and does not provide refunds of adoption fees?
Do you understand that you must provide proof of spay/neuter for your adopted pet (if not already done) before the contract deadline and can face criminal charges for failing to do so?
Do you understand that adoptions are at the full discretion of the shelter and reserves the right to decline any application for any reason and may also select the order of applicants or choose reputable rescues over adopters?