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Newton shelter changes to appointment-only visits for adoptions due to COVID
Also wanting appointments made by public to bring stray animals
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An occupant of the Newton County animal shelter works to be noticed by visitors to the facility Dec. 9. - photo by Tom Spigolon

COVINGTON, Ga. — Newton County Animal Services is allowing visits to its shelter and offices by appointment only until further notice due to precautions related to COVID-19, the county government announced Monday, Jan. 4. 

Those interested in viewing a pet for possible adoption can visit to see available cats and dogs. 

Members of the public can contact animal services during office hours to schedule appointments if interested in adopting a pet or believe their pets may be at the shelter at 210 Lower River Road in Covington. 

It also stopped accepting owner surrenders of animals, a news release stated.

If a stray animal is found, email a photo of the animal to Newton County Animal Services at and call to schedule an appointment for dropoff. 

Office hours are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, visit, email or call 770-786-9514.