Whether your pet is furry and friendly, a scaly friend that resides in a habitat or a companion of the hoofed variety, it is important that you take the steps necessary to care for your pet.
A rabies vaccination-IT'S THE LAW
Proper shelter and protection from the elements
Constant access to fresh, clean water
An annual vet exam
Please contact Lowndes County Animal Welfare with any questions regarding proper pet care. At the very least, pets must be cared for in accordance with local ordinances and state law. If you are having difficulty with behavior, housebreaking, grooming, barking, socialization, general health, parasites such as fleas or other matters, it is important to address them before the health of your pet or the happiness of your family suffers. Lowndes County Animal Welfare may be able to put you in touch with local resources that can help, 229-671-2760 or email Animal Welfare.
Our friends at the ASPCA have additional information regarding pet care, you may find helpful.
Taking proper care of your pet is not only the right thing to do, it's required by law. Each year, violators of Lowndes County and the City of Valdosta's Animal Welfare Ordinance (make active link), appear in court to face cruelty and neglect charges. Failing to take proper care of your pet is a serious offense. In 2014, offenders were fined thousands of dollars and some even received time in jail. In the event you cannot care for your pet, you may surrender it to the Lowndes County Animal Shelter. There is no penalty or fine for surrendering a pet.