Animal Control

  • Polk County Animal Control Recognized for Canine Donation


    The Polk County Animal Control Department was recognized for their donation of a very talented canine to the National Detector Dog Training Center program. See her Story Below:

    Marlee’s Story...

    Marlee was abandoned, alone, and on the streets for some time. She was rescued by the Polk County Animal Control Department where she would stay for a while, her fate uncertain.

    Who knew this unassuming dog had what it takes to protect and serve our country. Many are chosen, but few serve. A representative from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Detector Dog Training Center made a visit to the Polk County Animal Control Department looking for a few good noses. They found Marlee! Her keen sense of smell made her a great candidate for the program if she could only make the cut! After weeks of training, she was accepted into the program because of her willingness to learn and the ability to distinguish scents.

    Detector Dogs are an important part of our border security. They patrol the airports to keep out invasive species of animals such as the brown snake from Guam, exotic animals such as parrots, other birds and reptiles, and foods from other countries smuggled in illegally. Introducing a non-native species into our country is not only illegal, but can be quite deadly and can eradicate native species.

    Thank you Marlee for the great job you do! We are also thankful for the men and women of the Polk County Animal Control Department.

  • TOUCHDOWN! Polk County Animal Shelter partners with ASPCA® and Animal Planet® for Puppy Bowl
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    TOUCHDOWN! Polk County Animal Shelter partners with ASPCA® and Animal Planet® for Puppy Bowl 2018

    CEDARTOWN, GA, JANUARY 25, 2018 –

    Polk County’s Animal Shelter has been selected by the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) and Animal Planet® as one of only 200 shelters nationwide to receive a Puppy Bowl “Tailgate Party in a Box”. Spoofing the “Big Game”, this event is designed to help shelters promote adoptions and increase awareness.

    To celebrate, the shelter will be selecting MVPs (Most Valuable Pets!) to showcase throughout the promotion. Our selected MVPs will qualify for reduced adoption fees and special pet supply gift packages. The adoption fees for MVP cats will be $5 and MVP dogs will be $20. Adopters will still be required to provide proof of spay/neuter and rabies vaccinations as age appropriate and as required under Georgia law. Instructions and discounted services information will be provided by the shelter with approved adoptions. Follow our social media outlets for additional announcements during the promotion period. On Facebook, see pages ‘Polk County, GA Animal Adoption and Recovery Shelter’ and ‘Shannon Hicks’.

    Please visit the Polk County Animal Shelter to find your MVP (Most Valuable Pet!):

    Mon     10am - 4:30pm

    Tues    10am - 4:30pm

    Weds   10am - 5:30pm

    Thurs   12pm - 4:30pm

    Fri        10am - 4:30pm

    Sat       1pm - 4:00pm

    Sun      CLOSED


    The ASPCA® was established in 1866 and is one of the largest, most active humane organizations in the world. The organization’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals through education, legislation, rescue, funding and emergency response.

    Animal Planet® is a television channel focused on educational & entertaining programming about the natural world.

    Puppy Bowl XIV
    ® is a feature presentation that showcases adoptable puppies from rescue organizations around the United States. Kittens are featured at the half time show. The event spoofs the “Big Game” and will be broadcast Sunday, February 4, 2018 at 3pm EST. 

  • Office Hours
    Monday, Tuesday & Friday: 10:00AM - 4:30PM
    Wednesday: 10:00 - 5:30PM
    Thursday: 12:00 Noon - 4:30PM
    Saturday: 1:00PM - 4:00PM

    **Please note we are closed the last Saturday of each month 

  • Contact Information
    Polk County Animal Control
    1215 Veal St.
    Cedartown, GA 30125 Phone: 770-749-8908
  • Pets for Adoption
    Adoption Fees: Dogs - $40 Cats - $25

    Polk County Animal Control has stray and adoptable animals that are available during regular business hours.

    Sec. 10-24. - Retention of animals; adoption of animals.

    Animals brought to the shelter by either citizens or staff shall be retained according to the following guidelines:

    (a) Animals which appear to be adoptable via breed or condition, or appear to have had reasonably good care, or in good health, or having collars or exhibiting other signs of ownership shall be retained for a minimum of five working days, beginning the day after being turned in or picked up, before being placed for adoption or humanely destroyed.

    (b) Animals which are judged to not be adoptable, or are sickly in appearance, or are malnourished, or having no collar or other signs of ownership shall be retained for a minimum of three working days, beginning the day after being turned in or picked up, before being placed for adoption or humanely destroyed.

    (c) In rare cases of animals being near death or judged unsalvageable, or diseased to an extent of posing a great harm to other animals in the shelter, or at a stage in life or health condition whereby it would be inhumane to continue their suffering, the animal control director, with the concurrence of the shelter's veterinarian, may determine the appropriate time of retention.

    (d) The animal control director has the right to deny/refuse any adoption at his discretion.

    (e) The county board of commissioners shall determine adoption fees by resolution.

    (f) Unclaimed animals shall not be released to laboratories for experimentation or similar organizations for similar purposes.

    (Ord. of 12-2-2003, § XXV; Ord. of 6-2-2009(1))

National Guard and Volunteers at Polk County Animal Control


National Guard Members

Local Army National Guard members and supporters volunteered at the Polk County Animal Control Shelter Tuesday, March 29th. The volunteers assisted in walking the dogs, giving baths, spring cleaning at the shelter, and any other needed volunteer tasks.  
 This event was organized by Polk County native National Guard Recruiter Sgt. Allison Davenport, Polk County Animal Shelter Director Jeff Crawford, and Friends of PCAC. Sgt. Davenport was accompanied by Pvt Taylor Haas, Pvt Jimmy Davis, Ana Anguiano, and Jeremy Atwood.
 National Guard Members

 SGT. Davenport

 Sgt. Davenport stated, "We want Polk, Haralson, and Floyd counties to know the National Guard and local supporters are here to support the community in any way we can. It is a privilege to be able to support and better the communities where I was born and raised."
If anyone is interested in getting more information about the National Guard contact Sgt. Davenport at 404-640-2255 or Sgt. Rico Jones at 678-215-3418.