Who We Are

What We Value

The Georgia SPCA opened its doors in March 2007. We are a private non-profit 501(c)3 organization formed and operated for the purpose of reducing pet overpopulation by rescuing and finding homes for homeless dogs and cats and educating the public about responsible pet ownership. Animals that we rescue and place come primarily from animal control facilities in metro-Atlanta and surrounding counties, as well as through owner surrenders when the owner has exhausted all alternatives and is forced to consider turning their animal over to an animal control facility. When asked by law enforcement, we have also accepted animals rescued from abusive, cruel or negligent situations, subject to space/foster availability.

Since opening, we have saved over 11,000 dogs and cats and placed them in loving homes! All animals are fully vetted, spayed or neutered, up-to-date on age-appropriate vaccinations, disease tested and placed on appropriate preventatives, dewormed and microchipped.

The Georgia SPCA is a limited admission shelter. We do not euthanize animals because we need the space or because they have “run out of time.”  We save as many healthy and treatable animals as space and financial resources allow.  We euthanize only when an animal is so aggressive that it cannot be handled safely or when a medical condition cannot be treated. In the rare instances when euthanization is necessary, the decision is made in consultation with our veterinarian, and the animal is euthanized humanely by a veterinarian.

Important to Know

  • We are not a law enforcement or government agency, and are not authorized to investigate or intervene in reported instances of animal abuse. We strongly advise anyone suspecting or witnessing animal abuse or cruelty to report it directly to the Animal Control agency in the county of residence or observed behavior.

  • As a private 501(c)3 non-profit organization, we are not affiliated with any other organization (such as the ASPCA), and we receive no funds from any other agency. Therefore, we depend onindividual and corporate donations, corporate sponsorships, fees, fundraising events, merchandise sales and grants to fund our operations. We also rely heavily on volunteers to carry our message, foster our animals, and perform many tasks around the shelter and at off-site events.

Where Does Our Money Come From?

  • Fees come from adoptions, events, low-cost vaccination clinics and sales of low-cost spay/neuter vouchers, and we have recently added a grooming service. We run a high-end resale shop for home décor (Sadie's),  which is stocked exclusively with donated items and staffed by volunteers. All proceeds support the animals in our care.

  • In addition to various smaller events throughout the year, we hold two major annual fundraisers, both of which have become increasingly successful: 

  1. Run for the Rescues, in the Spring, features a 5K run (a Peachtree Road Race qualifier), a fun run, and a day filled with fun pet-related events, demos, vendor booths, and adoption opportunities featuring our own adoptable animals, as well as animals in the care of other local animal rescue groups. Individuals and groups in the community have been very successful raising funds by soliciting pledges. One super-supporter has run the race for four years, raising nearly $50,000 for the Georgia SPCA!

  2. Each year, we present a Gala event featuring dinner, dancing, a silent auction, and an opportunity to learn more about the Georgia SPCA and what we do.

  3. For both of these major events, we depend on the support of corporate sponsors.  They are critical partners in helping us achieve our mission throughout the year.

  • We apply for and receive grants from philanthropic foundations and organizations.

  • We rely heavily on individual donations, and offer many options for giving.  For example, donations can be designated for a specific purpose, such as our Compassionate Hearts Fund, which allows us to provide medical treatment for animals who require care beyond our routine adoption readiness vetting.  Or, you may choose to make a donation in honor or memory of a special person or animal in your life.  We welcome donors to become members of our Constant Companions Club, a group of committed animal lovers who  make monthly donations to help insure that we have the funds needed to continue rescuing homeless dogs and cats.  We are also able to accept bequests, allowing donors to leave a legacy that will help rescue homeless animals for many years to come.

Our Educational Mission

  • We promote responsible pet ownership through educational presentations to school and civic groups, and through events such as our Summer camps for children in grades 3-6.

  • We speak to civic organizations about our mission and are active in the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce.


Milestones in the History of the Georgia SPCA:

  • December 2007:  Took 3 of the pit bulls seized from the Michael Vick dog-fighting ring (the only rescue group in Georgia to do so) and placed them into loving homes

  • 2008: Helped close a Jackson County, GA puppy mill, with over 300 animals taken (the largest dog seizure in Georgia history)  

  • 2009: Partnered with law enforcement to shut down 2 dog fighting rings in Talbot Co. and Montgomery Co., GA, rescuing 63 dogs

  • July 2010: Took in more than 25 dogs/puppies seized from a local puppy mill

  • March 2011: Expanded the shelter from 2,000 sf to 5,500sf, entirely with donated materials and labor, allowing for additional quarantine rooms, an indoor meet-and-greet area, 5 new large dog kennels and 40 new small dog kennels

  • March 2011: Held our 1st Run for the Rescues

  • June 2011: Held our first monthly on-site low-cost vaccination clinic

  • July 2011:  Named "Small Business of the Month"  by the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce

  • April 2012: Georgia SPCA’s Executive Director appointed to the Gwinnett County Animal Task force, formed to develop short- and long-term strategies to increase adoptions, improve animal welfare and protect human safety

  • December 2012:  Chosen as the featured non-profit for the "Special Edition Networking Gwinnett" Christmas event.

  • June 2014: Held our first "camp" for children in grades 3-6 for children to learn about becoming responsible and caring pet owners, through games, arts and crafts, and guest speakers. 

  • March 2014: Expanded our space by 5,000sf, providing space to hold our low-cost vaccination clinics, children's camps and other events.

  • December 2015: In 2015 we vaccinated over 1,800 animals at our low cost vaccine clinics, bringing the total number of animals receiving our services since  2011 to over 7,000.