Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.
For many years, like many other government-run shelters, Walton County Animal Control’s primary function was to serve as a “dog-pound” to pick up strays. Many of the animals were euthanized after a mandatory holding period. In 2009, we decided to break out of the “dog-pound” mentality and began taking steps towards getting as many adoptable animals re-homed as possible.
By beginning our website, www.waltonpets.net, and reaching out to rescues and adopters, we have been able to considerably reduce our dog euthanasia rate. The average euthanasia rate from 2005 to 2009 was 67%. In January 2010, for the first time, the dog euthanasia rate fell below 50%. Our desire is to see that rate drop even further. But we cannot do it without help from our community and concerned animal lovers.
Why should you adopt?
Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.