Mark Murrah, Manager
Tele: (404) 656-4914
Georgia's companion animal industry is a rapidly growing segment of Georgia´s economy. The Animal Protection Section was created in 1986 to regulate this industry. This Section enforces the humane care of animals and regulates anyone who produces, sells, boards, grooms, offers for adoption, or exchanges pet animals, including birds. The Animal Protection Section monitors the spread of disease in the companion animal industry.
The Animal Protection Section inspects licensed establishments and investigates complaints of people and/or facilities required to be in compliance with the Animal Protection Act, the Bird Dealers Licensing Act, the Animal Protection Rules and Regulations, and the Bird Dealers Licensing Rules and Regulations. The Animal Protection Section program is partially funded by license fees collected.
Nineteen full time animal protection/ Equine Health inspectors and four field supervisors ensure that the 3000 licensed establishments remain in compliance statewide. In order to accomplish compliance, inspectors also work in conjunction with various local, state and federal agencies to assist them with investigating complaints.
Who is required to have a license?
Animal Protection Rules and Regulations
License Renewal Application (We no longer mail applications by U.S. P. S. unless requested)
Regulation and Enforcement
FAQ's Concerning Animal Protection
FAQ´s Concerning Animal Cruelty
Anyone attempting to obtain a new license has to go through the pre-license Inspection process where the application will be provided to them on-site by a GDA staff member. They can contact the Animal Protection Office to request a pre-license inspection at 404-656-4914.
Forms & Information (by license type)