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Charles Smithgall Humane Society in Sautee Nacochee, Georgia, is a non-profit animal welfare organization dedicated to the shelter and rehoming of homeless companion animals in the county. Their mission isn’t just to rehome animals but to reduce pet overpopulation, encourage responsible pet ownership, and advocate for animal welfare.
They were founded in the early 1990s when a group of concerned citizens decided to take action. With no local animal control, stray populations were growing at an alarming rate. Thanks to a petition by White County residents, an official Animal Control department was finally added in 1994.
Initially the society was named White County Humane Society, but in 1996 the shelter received a generous donation, which allowed them to build their first shelter facility. To honor this donor's kindness and memory, the society was renamed after him: the Charles Smithgall Humane Society.
The current shelter has 39 kennels, 2 cat rooms, and indoor and outdoor play areas for the animals to enjoy, and out-of state-adoptions are welcomed provided a suitable match is found.
With so many animals in need of forever homes, you're sure to find the right pet for you at Charles Smithgall Humane Society. Keep reading below for more information on their adoption process and fees.
Thinking about adopting a lucky animal from Charles Smithgall Humane Society? Here's how their process works:
Throughout the first year post-adoption, Charles Smithgall Humane Society conducts welfare check-ups to ensure the animals are well and happy with their new families. This is also a chance to ask for additional support and advice should you need it.
Adoption fees at Charles Smithgall Humane Society are as follows:
*Puppies and kittens who are too young for spay/neuter surgery at the time of adoption will have an additional deposit added to their adoption fee. This deposit will be returned after you provide proof the surgery was performed.
Each animal's adoption fee is also listed on their online profile.
Charles Smithgall Woods Humane Society offers discounts for senior citizens, military, and White County residents. Some animals have their adoption fees subsidized.
Your adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery, deworming, any medical treatment necessary before adoption, and age-appropriate vaccinations.
Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!
In the meantime, below you'll find some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.
Because shelter dogs are full of love!
Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?
I can't say for certain, but yes.
Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:
Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:
These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.
You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.
Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.
If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!
If you're looking to adopt a new dog, our Dog Adoption Guide is a must-read. It has everything you need to know about bringing a shelter dog home:
And we're adding new guides all the time.