Pets and Livestock

Pets & Livestock

The Georgia Department of Agriculture's (GDA) Animal Protection program licenses and regulates animal dealers (including shelters) within the State.  We ensure that animals are treated humanely and have good living conditions, and that our licensed establishments use good business practices.



The Georgia Department of Agriculture has authority over our licensed facilities. You can log a complaint with us concerning one of our licensed facilities.  If you want to report animal cruelty, contact your local law enforcement agency.


Rabies: GDA cannot assist with rabies issues.  

  • Questions: Division of Public Health, Medical Epidemiologist, (404) 657-2588
  • Testing: Call Public Health (404) 327-7981
  • Rabies & Poison Control Center (animal bites): (800) 282-5846 or (404) 616-9000

Programs in this area


Dealers in pets, animal shelters

Horses / Equine

Equine stables


Cattle, swine, and other livestock


Poultry dealers and producers

Buying Pets from the Internet


Internet pet scams aim to deceive unsuspecting pet lovers. These scams offer a pet for little or no cost but will request a hefty shipping deposit or other "unforeseen" expenses during the process.

Many of these criminals operate overseas. Finding and prosecuting them could be extremely difficult; maybe impossible. Research the seller thoroughly. Only purchase from sellers you can validate.

Use our License Search tool to see pet dealers, kennel operators (groomers, trainers, boarders), animal rescues, humane societies, and local government animal shelters that hold a valid license with the Georgia Department of Agriculture.

If you have been the victim of an internet pet scam or have evidence about such a scam, report it to the FBI at

Note:  Individuals and businesses selling animals over the internet may be required to hold a U.S.D.A. license.