Rescue Intakes

The Humane Society of Northeast Georgia (HSNEGA) is a selective admission facility, meaning we take in animals surrendered by owners as well as animals from other licensed shelters and rescue groups across northeast Georgia and the southeast.

Shelters and rescues wishing for HSNEGA to consider their adoptable animals for intake should call 770-532-6617 or email to ask about space and coordinate a time for evaluation. Please understand that HSNEGA cannot accept every animal immediately. We do not euthanize to control the number of animals at our facility, therefore, we will accept intakes from other shelters and rescue groups as space allows.

Intake of any animal into HSNEGA is based on the animal’s health, behavior, and adoptability. HSNEGA’s intake guidelines for shelter and rescue animals include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • All animals must be weaned, eating solid food, and at least 8 weeks old
  • Puppies should be at least 3 pounds; kittens should be at least 2 pounds
  • All canines 6+ months must undergo a heartworm test and may be declined due to a positive test
  • All felines must undergo a feline combo test and may be declined due to a positive test
  • All felines and canines must be free of any visible skin issues such as ringworm or mange
  • All felines and canines cannot exhibit any aggressive behaviors toward other animals or humans
  • All felines and canines cannot exhibit any signs of other illness such as coughing, nasal discharge, etc.

Once an evaluation is coordinated, please plan on spending at least 30 minutes at the shelter and allow additional time if bringing multiple animals. Please also bring any vetting paperwork/ records available for the animal(s) being considered for intake. Please note that HSNEGA makes no guarantee of being able to accept any animal, and animals which do not pass our evaluation process/ meet our intake guidelines may be declined for intake.

Because HSNEGA does not euthanize based on space or duration of stay, our intake guidelines ensure the animals in our care are as mentally and physically healthy as possible so that they can find a life-long home quickly. If you have any questions regarding our intake guidelines, please contact the shelter at 770-532-6617 or

Low-cost Spay/Neuter

The Humane Society of Northeast Georgia’s Spay/Neuter Center provides low-cost, high-quality surgery for all pet owners with no residency restrictions. The Spay/Neuter Center has reopened but with modified hours.

Spay/neuter surgeries are by APPOINTMENT ONLY. All surgery appointments at HSNEGA’s Spay/Neuter Center require a $35 NON-REFUNDABLE deposit.

Wellness Clinic

HSNEGA’s Wellness Clinic provides basic vaccines and pet prevention products to assist pet owners with the care of their animal(s). HSNEGA also strongly encourages pet owners to develop a relationship with a full-service veterinarian to ensure the best health for your pets.

For the safety of your pets and the public, all dogs must be on leashes/in a carrier and all cats must be in carriers when entering our facility. HSNEGA also reserves the right to refuse service to animals we believe are generally unhealthy, aggressive, or pose a risk to our staff and/or other animals.

Please note: HSNEGA accepts payment for services (Wellness Clinic, Spay/Neuter Center, Adoptions) via cash or credit/debit card; payment via check is only accepted for donations. HSNEGA does not accept American Express.


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At HSNEGA, we want to remember the amazing rescues that come to stay with us. All of the animals pictured on this site have been with us at some point. Some have already found their forever homes, but some may still be here at HSNEGA! The Humane Society of Northeast Georgia is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization (Federal Tax ID #58-0678817) and has received top recognition from the following charity rating organizations:

Best of Georgia, GreatNonProfit & GuideStar Seals