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Fitzgerald, Georgia 31750

Published January 30, 2015

 Fitzgerald – Ben Hill County Animal Control



  1. Why does my dog have to be licensed? The goal of licensing programs is two-fold. First, licensing helps prevent against rabies outbreaks by requiring a certificate of vaccination for all dogs over the age of 4 months. More importantly, licensing your pet increases the chance that you will be reunited with your pet in the unfortunate event he or she is lost. When you license a pet, your contact information is on file with the Animal Shelter allowing them to contact you if your pet is taken to the facility.

  2. Is this State mandated? Yes. O.C.G.A. 31-19-3 ‘The governing authorities of each county and municipality are authorized and required, in the control of rabies, to require regulation or licensing of animals.

  3. What is the cost to license my dog? If your dog has been spayed or neutered, the fee is $3.00 per dog. If the dog has not been spayed or neutered, the fee is $5.00.

  4. Are cats required to be licensed? Cat licensing is required in some jurisdictions, and not in others. At this time, the City of Fitzgerald and Ben Hill County does not require cat licensing.

  5. How often do I need to license my pet? A dog license must be obtained on or before March 31st of each year. Licenses are valid for a period of twelve (12) months.

  6. Where do I obtain my dog license? Dog licenses for the City of Fitzgerald and Ben Hill County can be obtained at the Fitzgerald – Ben Hill County Humane Society located at 106 Lions Park Road. The Animal Shelter is open Tuesday thru Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  7. What documents will I need to obtain my dog license? An application will be completed which will include the owner name, address, home and/or business telephone number, name of dog, variety, age, sex, color and any markings. The owner of the dog must provide proof that the rabies vaccination is valid by presenting a valid rabies certificate.

  8. Who can I contact for more information about obtaining a dog license? You may contact the Animal Shelter at (229) 426-5078 or Kathy Young at (229) 426-5060.

Information about Rabies Inoculation

  • Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal.

  • The rabies virus infects the central nervous system, ultimately causing disease in the brain and death.

  • A dog should receive its first rabies inoculation at the age of 4-months.

  • Rabies immunizations are available at any veterinarian, or by attending the annual rabies inoculation clinic hosted by the 4-H.

  • The rabies inoculation normally costs approximately $20