The purpose of the society is the prevention of cruelty to animals, the
relief of suffering among animals, the extension of humane care and
treatment for all animals needing protection; the return of lost animals
to their owners; and to seek suitable homes for animals without owners.
Monday – Saturday 11 am – 4 pm
Bainbridge-Decatur County Humane Society
1250 Cox Avenue
Bainbridge, GA 39819
Phone (229) 246-0101
Fax (229) 246-1055
Animal Control does not work for BDCHS, but can be reached at 229-515-0172. Please call them if you need assistance with stray animals or would like to report neglect or cruelty.
Shelter Director: Ashley White
Animal Director: Marnie Johns
Applications must be submitted and approved for adoption. This can be done via this website (adoption agreement on homepage) or in person during business hours. Our dog adoption fee is $140. It includes the spay or neuter surgery, up-to-date vaccinations, and a microchip. Our cat adoption fee is $75 and includes the spay or neuter surgery and up-to-date vaccinations.
If an animal is too young to be spayed or neutered at the time of adoption, there will be a voucher given to cover the surgery within an appropriate timeframe (at participating veterinarian offices) and a deposit will be required. Deposits start at $100 and are subject to go up with increasing distance of an adopters location from the BDCHS facility. Some distances may be too far for BDCHS to adopt unaltered animals to. Please call to check on the restrictions of your location if wanting to adopt a puppy or kitten. Deposits are returned when spay or neuter surgery is confirmed as being completed.
We offer multiple adoption discounts if more than one animal is being adopted at a time, as well as specials for our animals that have been residents for an extended amount of time (“old timers”).
The shelter is located on Cox Avenue between the Bill Reynolds Sports Park and the Tennis Center. Take Hubert Dollar Drive from Old Quincy Road (Hwy 97) and turn left at dead end onto Cox Avenue. You will see our sign just about one block on the right.
Coming from out of town (except those heading north on Hwy 97) take the Shotwell Street exit, turn left at bottom of ramp and follow the road past the Earle May Boat Basin for about 3/4 mile to Hubert Dollar Drive, turn right.
Coming north on 97 (Faceville Hwy) take the left fork at the gas station and then turn left on Hubert Dollar Drive.
After an earlier attempt by others several years prior to form a Humane
Society here in our community had failed, the present Bainbridge-Decatur
County Humane Society was formed in the summer of 2002 with a handful
of people, many of whom are still involved.
Our earliest goal was to improve conditions at the city run animal
shelter. By November 2004, an agreement was reached with the City of
Bainbridge for the Humane Society to take over the running of the
shelter for a contracted sum. The city retained animal control functions
as it does to this day. All animals picked up by animal control are
brought to our shelter as are animals picked up by the more recently
formed Decatur County animal control.
We are an open admission shelter accepting all lost, abandoned or unwanted animals
from governmental agencies or individuals within our community of Decatur County.
Executive Board of Directors
Vice President-Cecilia Willis