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COVID-19 Update: Message from the Animal Shelter

As it has throughout the global COVID-19 pandemic, Royal Oak Animal Shelter continues to be open by appointment to reunite families with their lost animals, to arrange meetings and pick-ups for approved fosters and adopters, and to accept donations.  Staff will be in the building daily, as always, caring for the animals.  If your call is not answered, we encourage you to either leave a message or contact us through email at [email protected]  Email is monitored daily, whether we’re at the shelter or not; responses are generally sent the same day.

Found animals at ROAS are posted on To inquire about pets posted on PawBoost, please use the email link in the PawBoost listing.  To inquire about or apply for adoptable animals posted on AdoptAPet, please use the email link on the animal’s individual listing.  Unless otherwise noted on the listings, please email about these animals for the quickest response. 

Because we are currently at capacity, we will be focusing on emergent intake situations, including animals needing immediate care due to owners' incapacity/hospitalization, etc.  Due to our limited space, and to make sure we have the ability to assist in such emergencies, we will not be taking voluntary surrenders for the foreseeable future.  We are encouraging people in less-than-dire circumstances to look for friends, family, fosters, pet assistance programs, or private rescue options instead.  For suggestions on specific rehoming options, please email us at [email protected]

We realize this doesn't anticipate every issue that may arise. We will continue to stay actively engaged and work with individuals and issues on a case-by-case basis as needed.  Once again, for help with animal-related questions or concerns please email [email protected] We look forward to being of assistance.


It’s time to put up or shut up. That’s the message driving the creation of Royal Animal Refuge, a non-profit, no-kill facility coming to the county for homeless, neglected, and mistreated animals.

Started by resident and local business owner Rebecca Royal Tate in connection with the Fayette County No Kill Coalition, the Refuge will be a safe haven for animals and a resource for the community and those that stand with the animals. Together, animal advocates will promote animal welfare, responsible pet ownership, provide humane care for animals at their facility, educate the community, and find homes for unwanted pets.

“We’re trying to make a place where people can come meet dogs and cats in a relaxed setting,” said Tate. “And we want it to be a place where kids and families can get involved.”

The final pieces are being put into place for the building located in Tyrone designed to help the animals be the best they can be. With experience running a doggie daycare program, Tate will apply that expertise on the dog side.

“Our goal is give them a lot of play time and human time so that their crate time is only sleeping time. It’s not used as their house,” said Tate. “What will make us different is we can spend the extra time to get to know them and their qualities.”

She’s already connected with a number of great local rescue groups and will continue to network. She will reach out to cat experts to help make the feline side the best it can possibly be.

“This isn’t about me, this is about the community. We have to get together,” she said. “This is about what we can do for the animals.”

There are animals that they can step in and save, just like Casper. Casper was a dog made available for adoption at the shelter and described by the shelter as shy, “but once he gets to know you he wants to be attached to your hip.” He worked his way into the hearts of several volunteers at the shelter. He was put down by the shelter in March with the “aggressive” label.

Tilly, an un-spayed dog adopted out of the county facility this year, was allowed to be adopted into a home with an intact male dog. Fayette Humane Society was able to step in and assist with the cost of fixing both animals, but it is a situation that should never happen with proper training and care.

With a focus on the number of pit bull and pit-mix dogs available for adoption, the Refuge will take a different and proven tactic. To help dispel preconceived notions about the personality of a breed, they will be a breed-free home. Dogs will be presented just on their disposition and fit with a family.

“We don’t want to label the breeds,” she said. “It’s just ‘I have a great dog. Meet them.'”

Because they will not also be responsible for animal control aspects like the county shelter, staff and volunteers at the Refuge will have more time to really get to know the animals and their personalities, helping to prevent mislabeling animals that can give them a death sentence. They can get to better know potential families and what would be the best fit.

While the idea has been fermenting for well over a year, the decision had to be made to kick the project into high gear. With the implementation of new policies at the county animal shelter, Royal Animal Refuge will be another outlet to save adoptable animals running out of time.

“We can’t spin our wheels waiting for it to get better,” she said. “We’re trying to put it together in three weeks. We have to pump everything out and get everything done. It’s not going to be perfect. In the beginning nothing is, but our goal is to make a temporary and quick fix, and then we can build on the rest of it.”

The Refuge won’t just be about the animals, it will also be a resource for their human friends.

“Hopefully we can make some change and really get the community involved and be a great place for kids to come and volunteer and get their community service hours and learn about healthy pet ownership, but we can’t do it without the community.”

Local rescue groups do not have their own buildings, so when they have more animals than fosters, there has been nowhere to turn. Royal Animal Refuge can be there. Well-meaning pet owners who might be in a rough patch can turn to them for help, whether they’re short on food or need help fixing a fence when a dog keeps getting out.

“We want to be big on community outreach,” she said. “There needs to be somewhere people can go for help.”

Awareness for all ages will be key. Starting with the children, a focus will be placed on education about the problems of unwanted, neglected, and abused animals and how the community can turn the tide.

“It’s about educating the public that we’re behind the times,” she said. “Our vision is to be able to have kids come on field trips and teach them about animals, teach them about spay and neuter and responsible pet ownership.”

Spay and neuter education will be a major point of emphasis to battle overpopulation.

“I realize we’re putting a bandaid on the problem, so we’re not just stopping with the building,” she said. “We’re going to work with the No Kill Coalition on target spay and neuter. We’re going to try to fix what’s broken.

“If we don’t change our county, then we’re just fighting an uphill battle.”

Community involvement will be an absolutely integral component. Man hours will be vital in getting the building ready in time, and there will be calls made online for volunteers soon and down the road. And funds will always be needed. A fundraising effort is ongoing at YouCaring, a crowdfunding website, with a goal of $10,000.

“It takes money. That’s the biggest thing,” she said. “People can donate their time, spread the word, and come in and be part of it. We can’t do it without volunteers, and we can’t run a good rescue without paying the bills.”

Longterm, the goal is a much more expansive setup. The dream is for the current building to transition into an adoption center with a large plot of land in the country for the animals, and not just cats and dogs, to roam and be safe, but they will need help.

“Eventually, we hope someone will be able to donate some land,” she said, noting that a proposed Peachtree City location fell through after complaints from neighbors. “We want acreage so we can build what we truly want and not have anyone complaining. We don’t want to be a burden to anybody, and that’s why it’s going to take probably 50-100 acres to not be a bother to somebody.”

There is optimism and there is passion beating at the heart of Royal Animal Refuge.

“I think it can be better, and we can be the change.”

For more information or to learn how to get involved, follow Royal Animal Refuge on Facebook or email [email protected] For more information on the Fayette County No Kill Coalition, follow them on Facebook.

By Christopher Dunn

Managing Editor Christopher Dunn has been with the Fayette County News since 2011, in addition to running Fayette Victory magazine. He is a graduate of Fayette County schools, as well as a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in journalism. Follow him on twitter @fayettesports.

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FOX 5 viewers come to the rescue of abused animals

FOX 5 viewers help rescued animals

The Royal Animal Refuge said FOX 5 viewers showed an outpouring of support for rescued animals

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. - FOX 5 viewers have graciously come to the aid of an animal rescue group which took in 15 dogs after a terrible animal abuse case in Spalding County.  Royal Animal Refuge is caring for 10 puppies and five adult dogs surrendered by an owner who has been charged in the case. FOX 5 viewers have helped raise $5,000 dollars for their care. 

One of the 15 dogs being cared for is Archie whose leg was so badly mangled doctors were forced to amputate it. For the first time, we saw Archie and got an update on his condition. Doctors say he is improving. We found him to be sweet and playful despite all he’s been through. He will continue to need medical care and will get it thanks to the generosity of FOX 5 viewers have stepped up with donations. 

“I just want to thank everybody who has stepped up and is sharing the story,” Marie Weigand, Director of Royal Animal Refuge, told FOX 5.

And that money will help to support Clover and her ten puppies. It was Clover who was the hero of our story after her actions helped alert authorities to what they said was criminal abuse and neglect at a Spalding County property. Malnourished animals, they said. Dead animals locked in cages including a dog.  


Clover’s owner, 27-year-old Ashley Gresham is facing six counts of felony animal cruelty. Gresham surrendered Clover, her puppies, as well as the injured Archie and three other adult dogs to Royal Animal Refuge.  

Some of the 108 dogs taken in during a record-setting month at Royal Animal Refuge

The non-profit rescue has taken in 108 dogs in January a record. nd they depend on financial support to care and eventually adopt out the animals. 

“We have never had that high of an intake. It’s amazing to have saved that many animals in a month,” Weigand said. 

If you would like to find out more about Royal Animal Refuge you can find them online. 

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Animal Shelter

Hours of Operation:

Adoptions are available by appointment only. Please use the following link to book an appointment: 

Saturday and Sunday from 1-5 pm for adoptions selections for adoptions must be made by 4:30pm. 

Tuesday -Friday 1-5 pm for adoptions, selections for adoptions must be made by 4:30pm. Reclaims can be made after 5 pm by appointment. 

Due to COVID-19  we ask that unvaccinated persons wear a mask a when visiting the Animal Services building.  Please practice social distancing and understand that entry into the building or areas of the building may be restricted. Persons experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, pneumonia, or has been in contact with someone who tested positive  for Covid-19 in the last two weeks is required to postpone their visit to a later date. 


Are you ready to adopt? Please visit our multiple platforms to view all of our current pets: Shelter Pro Portal; Petfinder; Adopt-a-Pet; Facebook

Adoption Information:

For dogs, meet and greets will be held out in our courtyard, weather permitting. Please make arrangements to bring your current dog and/or young children living in your household for the meet and greet. This is required to complete the adoption. All dogs have had their DAPP, Bordetella vaccines, a deworming, a flea treatment, and a lifelong registered microchip. You must be 18 or older and have a valid photo ID to adopt. 

For our cats, meet and greets will be held in an interview room. All cats have had their FVRCP vaccine, a deworming, a flea treatment, and a lifelong registered microchip.

Adoption Fees: We accept check, cash or card.

Adult Dogs – over 6 months of age:

  •  $100 for altered (includes Heartworm test and Rabies Vaccine)
  •  $80 for unaltered (No Heartworm test and no Rabies Vaccine)
  • $20 to add on Heartworm test to unaltered dogs (total would be $100)

 Puppies less than 6 months old:

  • $150 for puppies ready to go (means 8 weeks or older at the time of intake and would only have 1 round of vaccines)
  • $200 for puppies that have had 3 rounds of vaccines (these would be live births or puppies that have been surrendered under the age of 8weeks)

 Adult cats over 6 months of age:

  • $60 for altered (includes combo test and Rabies Vaccine)
  • $40 for unaltered (no combo test and no Rabies Vaccine)
  • $25 to add on a combo test to any cats that have not been tested (total would be $65)

 Kittens under 6 months:

  • $80 regardless of how many rounds of vaccines they have had

Check out our  Facebook  page for adoption specials. 

Sponsorship/grants are accepted for adoptions and lower the adoption fees. Persons interested in donated funds for adoption promotions can contact the shelter to select a pet to sponsor.

Lost and Found Animals

If you see a stray animal or a case of animal cruelty/neglect, call the Animal Shelter at 770.942.5961 and select option 2 during business hours. Please give a good description of the animal and a good location of where the animal was found.Please email [email protected] to schedule an appointment for stray drop offs to ensure that someone will be available to serve you.

If you are missing your pet, please send us an email to [email protected] with your information, along with your pets information, the date your pet went missing, and the area in which your pet was lost. Please also send in 3 pictures of your pet, one including a picture of the pets face). You can also use our Shelter Pro Portal to file your own lost report within our system. 

If it is an after hours emergency, (injured animals, animals that have bitten a human and aggressive animals) call 911 and an Animal Control officer will be dispatched. 

Giving Up Your Own Pet

Douglas County Animal Control does not accept unwanted pets. It is recommended that if you’re planning to move to always inquire as to if the new landlord allows pets. If not and you plan to re-home the animal, owners are urged to advertise the animal themselves to ensure that their pet is going to a good home.

Leaving the animal with a rescue or humane organization should be your very last resort if you have to give up a pet because of the volume of animals they receive. You may call the animal shelter for contact information for the various rescue and humane organizations. You can also search online for "Atlanta Rescue Groups" for additional information.

View a local directory for metro Atlanta rescue groups. Owners can search either by dog or cat rescue, and can search for groups that rescue specific breeds as well.

Rescue Groups

We love rescue groups and appreciate everything they do! If you are with a rescue group and interested in any of our animals please email [email protected] for more information!


The Douglas County Animal Shelter also has many volunteer opportunities. Please fill out our volunteer application (PDF) if you would like to volunteer at the Douglas County Animal Shelter.

Spay & Neuter

There are too many unwanted pets in Douglas County and not enough homes to go around --- be a responsible pet owner and spay or neuter your pet! Low cost spay/neuter options in our area include:


Douglas County Animal Control is always in need of donations! Please also see our Amazon Wish List -all donations will be shipped directly to our facility! 

Donations we are always accepting: 

Wet / Dry Dog FoodLeashes / harnesses / collars
Wet / Dry Puppy FoodNew or gently used crates / carriers
Wet / Dry Cat FoodNew or gently used cat /dog toys
Wet / Dry Kitten FoodCat litter
Royal Canine Mother and Baby Cat (wet / dry)

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All pets available for adoption have been rescued, often within hours of being euthanized. Cats available can be seen online and at Petco on Tamiami and Bee Ridge. Volunteers are there each morning.

Our pets have been rescued from Sarasota and Manatee and are lovingly fostered in homes by people just like you until they can find a forever home. If you are interested in being a foster pet parent please contact us.

The cost of rescuing, fostering, medical care and adoption are all paid for through voluntary donations from animal lovers like you. Please donate now by clicking any of the Donate Buttons.

Our “staff” are all volunteers who give generously of their time and talents to help rescue, care for and adopt our pets to their forever homes. Even if you only have a few hours to spare, please contact us.

Royal Pet Rescue has been rescuing, fostering, caring for and finding homes for pets in and around Sarasota and Manatee Counties, FL since 2000. So far, we have rescued over 5,000 animals. All of our pets are rescued from high kill Shelters often with only days or hours to live, from the public that have been abandoned or owners unable to keep their pets. We are a 501(c)(3) organization solely funded by donations to purchase food, supplies, and medicine for these rescued pets. We are staffed by volunteers who care for and foster these animals in their homes while waiting to be adopted. Thank you for looking at our pets when considering adoption.

Are you looking for a new companion?

View our featured pets and all our animals ready for adoption!

Cat Adoption Event
1st Saturday of Each Month
10 – 2
Petco – 3800 S. Tamiami Trail

Royal Pet Rescue sponsors an Adoption Event at Petco on Tamiami and Bee Ridge usually the first Saturday of every month from 10am until 2pm. Please join us to see lots of cats and kittens available for adoption. A tee shirt with your tax deductible donation of $20.00 or more!

Boho Night Market to Benefit Royal Pet Rescue
Friday, April 5
5pm – 10pm
The Overton, Sarasota, FL

Pura Vie is proud to present the Boho Night Market in Rosemary Square to Benefit Royal Pet Rescue


Purchase Raffle Tickets to win 1 of 3 Prizes:
FREE Pet Portrait Session from Sarasota Photo Studio
FREE 4 Hour Spa & Yoga Package from Pura Vie
50% off the Raffle Funds

Donations will also be collected to support Royal Pet Rescue

Meet, Shop and Support Local Artisans in this evening outdoor market located in front of The Overton restaurant in Rosemary District.

Yard Sale to Benefit Royal Pet Rescue
Saturday, March 16

Thanks to all who came out for our first Yard Sale to benefit Royal Pet Rescue – it was a great success!
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