About Us

About Gwinnett Humane Society

The Gwinnett Humane Society was founded in 1979 to promote animal welfare. We strive to prevent cruelty to animals and reduce pet overpopulation by educating the public regarding humane treatment of animals, promoting responsible pet ownership, and encouraging spaying/neutering of companion animals. GHS is a volunteer supported, 501c3 non-profit organization supported entirely by private donations. We receive no government funds and rely solely on donations and volunteers who donate their time and energy to improve the lives of pets and animals in our local community through Education, Support, Resource referral, and Adoption services. We strive to promote animal welfare, to prevent cruelty to animals, and to reduce pet overpopulation by:

  • Educating the public regarding the humane treatment of animals and responsible pet ownership
  • Encouraging the spaying and neutering of companion animals
  • Encouraging adoption of companion animals

Gwinnett Humane Society does not operate a shelter and receives no government funding; we rely solely on donations from individuals and companies to support our programs and on volunteers who donate their time and energy to carry out our mission.

To contact Gwinnett’s local county shelter, (a division of Gwinnett Police Department), visit Gwinnett County Animal Control. Got questions about GHS or any of our services? Visit our Contact Us Page.

Gwinnett Humane Society is a registered member of the American Humane Association.


We are proud of our accomplishments. Here are a few ways we were able to help make a difference last year:

  • In 2014, Our Placement committee continued their work to adopt homeless animals into new loving homes and managed 2 adoption facilities in Gwinnett in downtown Lilburn at 102 Main Street and at Pleasant Hill Animal Hospital.
  • Our online and phone line counseling services assisted thousands of pet owners in and around our community. Our volunteers graciously provide information on low cost spaying/neutering, vaccinations, pet behavior, finding a lost pet, and re-homing pets.
  • Our Pat-A-Pet program provided pet facilitated therapy to residents of assisted living and nursing home facilities, improving quality of life and promoting the joys of living with companion animals.
  • Our Humane Education Program taught the community about the responsibility of caring for a pet and also about the problem of animal overpopulation. We were very excited to reach so many children to help make a better world for our future generation.
  • Our H.E.R.O. and Sunshine Fund programs benefited our community and animals with serious health issues by allowing donated dollars to directly impact targeted areas.

Got questions about GHS or any of our services? Visit our Contact Us Page