About Gwinnett Humane Society

Gwinnett Humane Society is a non-profit, charitable organization founded in 1979. 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. 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:
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  • In 2018, Our Placement committee continued their work to adopt homeless animals into new loving homes. We were able to help hundreds for dogs, cats and even a few birds and a guinea pig find new, loving homes last year.

  • Our Pat-A-Pet program provided pet facilitated therapy to residents of assisted living and domestic violence 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.

  • 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

About PAWfest

Each spring, Gwinnett Humane Society hosts PAWfest, a community awareness event that strives to educate the public on pet-related issues while celebrating the human-pet bond. In 2010, 2011, & 2012 we are also proud to share that PAWfest was voted as one of Gwinnett’s Best Local Festivals in Gwinnett Magazine’s Best of Gwinnett.


Here are some of the events included in last year’s PAWfest:

  • Pet-related demonstrations, including Toss & Fetch competition hosted by Greater Atlanta Dog & Disc Club

  • Educational booths focused on pet health & safety, including feeding, training, grooming, and more

  • Low-cost Vaccine and Microchip clinic

  • Pack Hike led by Atlanta’s own, Angie Woods

  • Our exciting Silent Auction and PAWfest Raffle

  • Our popular Dog Contests 

  • Vendor and Pet Rescue booths

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