Ga Dept of Agriculture


Who is required to be licensed?

  • Pet Dealers: Anyone who sells, offers to sell, exchanges or offers for adoption dogs, cats, fish reptiles or other animals customariliy obtained as pets in this State. Dog breeders require a pet dealer’s license if they sell more than one litter in any twelve (12) month period or over 30 adult dogs in a 12 month period.

  • Bird Dealers: means any person engaged in the business of dealing, purchasing, breeding, or offering for sale, whether at wholesale or retail, any exotic birds, pet birds, or birds customarily kept as pets.

  • Kennel: any establishment, other than an animal shelter, where dogs or cats are maintained for boarding, holding, training, or similar purposes for a fee or compensation. Similar purposes include, but are not limited to, activities of a breeding establishment, cattery, or grooming shop.

  • Animal Shelter: any facility operated by or under contract for the state, a county, a municipal corporation, or any other political subdivision of the state for the purpose of impounding or harboring seized, stray, homeless abandoned, or unwanted dogs, cats and other animals; any veterinary hospital or clinic operated by a veterinarian or veterinarians which operates for such purpose in addition to its customary purposes; and any facility operated, owned, or maintained by a duly incorporated humane society, animal welfare society, or other nonprofit organization for the purpose of providing for and promoting the welfare, protection, and humane treatment of animals.

  • Stable: means any establishment, or other enclosure where equines are maintained for boarding, holding, training, breeding, riding, pulling vehicles, or other similar purposes and a fee is charged for maintaining such equines or for the use of such equines