Volunteers and fundraisers are more important than ever.  Pets are being relinquished because the owners have lost their jobs and in some cases even their homes.  The county shelter must make do with less because of reductions in the county budget.  PAWS will need to make up the difference to save the lives of healthy animals.  We need your help.

Anyone looking for a pet can find information and see pictures of pets available for adoption from the Lumpkin County Animal Shelter on this website.  Click on the dog picture. Information about even more animals is available at or at

Only some 20 to 25% of the animals that come into our shelter are adopted.  Others are transferred to other shelters, reclaimed by their owners or euthanized.  Education about spay/neuter is the only way we will be able to reduce the numbers of unwanted pets.

Advantages of protecting your pets by spay/neuter

Spay and neuter are safe and painless operations when done by a licensed veterinarian.  PAWS and the Lumpkin County Animal Shelter can provide information on veterinarians that perform the procedure at reduced rates.  If you need help, call 706-867-7297.

Spaying virtually eliminates the development of breast or uterine cancer in female pets.  Males that are neutered avoid the dangers encountered by roaming as well as development of health issues.

Responsible pet ownership means ensuring your pet is not part of the uncontrolled breeding that results in more than 6 million dogs and cats being euthanized each year in our Nation’s shelters.

Education efforts

PAWS volunteers are available to present information about responsible pet ownership in schools or for any group.  To arrange a presentation, call 706-867-7297.

Students and others learn about animals and  the shelter when they volunteer.  There are many ways to help including  playing with cats and walking the dogs.  Time spent in the shelter is a great benefit to both the volunteers and the animals.

Later this month, a Girl Scout Troup will visit the shelter.  This will be a great learning experience for them.  We’re looking forward to it and we hope they are.

Our fundraisers:

  • PAWS t-shirts can be purchased for $15.00.
  • Walk for Daniel’s Feet –Saturday March 27, 2010

You and your dog will have an opportunity to help raise money for PAWS.  Registration begins at 10:30 in the parking lot of Dahlonega Methodist Church (across from the Smith House).  The walk will be through and around the Square from 11:00 12:00.  Free food at the end.

Walkers who have raised a minimum $25 donation will receive a Daniel’s Feet t-shirt.

For more information:  Mike McCormack, 706-864-4149,

Join PAWS:

One of the best ways to directly help the animals is by joining PAWS Humane Society.  Our dues and donations provide support for the county shelter.  Dues are:  adult $25, student $10, family $35, supporting $50, patron, $100, golden $500.

PAWS is a 501 (c ) (3).  All gifts and donations are tax deductible.  Please make checks payable to PAWS Humane Society and mail to 130 Dogwood Court, Dahlonega, Georgia 30533.

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