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.
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.
Hours of Operation
The shelter is open Monday – Saturday 11 am – 4 pm by appointment only. Please call (229) 246-0101 and schedule an appointment before stopping by.
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”).