You have the power to end animal cruelty and spread the no kill movement across America. Help Green Pets America Communities create: Green grass-roots no kill national animal welfare communities across America.

The Humane Society and the SPCA are not 100% no kill. Green Pets America has been rescuing pets since 2006. We have always been 100% no kill. We talk to individuals daily…they call us and want to be sure they are turning in their beloved pet to a no kill group, not a kill shelter. While we are no kill, we cannot take them all in at our one facility. We are always saddened to turn people away and that is why we have started to create no kill green grass-roots communities across America that are 100% no kill:  so no family has to ever turn their pet to a shelter to be killed.

It is our fervent belief that a No Kill nation is now possible in America in this decade. It can only reach full success however by creating grass-roots communities of animal lovers, rescue groups and elected officials who are working together, not individually to implement the no kill sheltering model that has already saved tens of thousands of animals across America. We must create Communities across America that control the lives of animals where people live. The day that one shelter manager controls the lives of all the homeless animals in their community is over. That control over life and death cannot be left to our government shelters. That control over life and death of innocent animals must reside with the entire community. That is why we are creating grass-roots Green Pets America Communities, not just single shelters.

Become part of the “Green grass-roots no kill communities movement” to create no kill green communities across America. Help us create an alternative to killing 4 million family pets yearly in America.

Here are 3 things you can do today to save animals.  

1. DONATE: No amount is too small and please invite others to do the same, and the chain of micro donation will continue and grow.

2. SHARE:  Our website {www.GreenPetsAmericaCommunities.org} on your Twitter, Facebook,  LinkedIn, or any other social network to which you belong.

3.Become part of the rapidly growing ‘Green Grass Roots No Kill Communities movement” and Start your own Green Pets America Community in your city to rescue and educate the public on the no kill movement spreading across America. Visit our page on how to start your own local no kill community. We have Humane Societies in most major cities –  help us open alternative no kill Green Pets America Communities as well.

“If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow-men.”  – Saint Francis of Assisi


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We rescue, recycle, and relove those the world discards

These pictures are harsh but this is the world of discarded and abused pets in America.  

We love dogs and so we created Green Pets America Charities to “rescue-recycle and relove” those the world discards.

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Hurry—it’s not too late to make a difference for abused and discarded animals. If you make a gift to the Green Pets America Charities you’ll receive a tax deduction. Your gift will help us provide critical attention to homeless and neglected animals in America

Thank you for your caring for America’s discarded animals…


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Green Pets America – Kids School Education


We believe that the hope of a better future for our animals and indeed our whole world lies in the hearts and minds of today’s children.

Through our Green Pets America – Communities program we take our rescued dogs into our local middle school, high school and college classrooms and talk about animal care, homeless animals and how they can help make life better for animals in their community. It is much more that however. We want to have them learn how to work cooperatively, to learn empathy for animals and one another, and learn to be leaders. They love seeing and petting our rescue dogs and love to tell us about their own pet.


Our Vision

We live today in a new world. A exponentially accelerating changing world. Since the 1800’s that rate of change has accelerated every decade and has now reached exponential rapid change.The old social paradigm was “repetition reinforces repetition” – Think assembly line production, manufacturing and even education of our children.The paradigm shifted dramatically in the late 1980’s s and the world is now suffering through this dramatic change. The new paradigm is the polar opposite of the old repetition, repetition. It is no longer building a better mousetrap, but having us and the mouse learn to live together…now change begets new change…rapidly accelerating change.  In just 10 years from now people who cannot adjust and contribute to a constantly changing world and society will be marginalized and stuck in dead-end jobs.We are experiencing that already.  We must immediately change the Pedagogy of how we educate our children, and the social skills they will need to thrive in this exponentially changing world. We believe we can help our children learn new skills and social interaction skills by tying it into fun animal education as well as social skills education.

Despite the rapid change issues we must deal with in the short-term, the long-term outlook is positive. The future will be a world in which every single person learns how to become a contributor and collaborator and learn the skills; social and functional, to drive change in an exponentially changing world where solutions and opportunities must outpace problems.

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Our Mission

Teach and develop children through animals.

  • Compassion for animals
  • Responsible pet ownership
  • Ethical Leadership
  • Teamwork
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At Green Pets America Charities “Green Pets School Program” we believe we must reach our future leaders while they are learning about life and  while their minds and hearts are still hungry and open for knowledge. We believe we can reach them in a fun way via interacting with and learning from animals.  Our Children are our  hope for a better tomorrow. We are a  proud “Partner in Education” participant with the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce.

But don’t take my word for it, take a look at the results from the 2002 study, “Behavioral effects of the presence of a dog in a classroom.”

  1. Children were less engaged in loud, conspicuous, or troublesome behavior.
  1. They paid more attention to their teacher, cooperated better, and communicated more intensely with one another.
  1. Improvements in social behavior were more pronounced in boys than in girls, perhaps because girls showed less boisterous, “rough-and-tumble” activity to begin with.
  1. The teacher’s authority increased, particularly with respect to certain male students, in the presence of her compliant, obedient dog.
  1. The teacher continued to bring her dogs to school the following year. She reported that the effects observed in the study were lasting and long-term.

Join with us and  donate today so we can create a safer and better world for our children and animals to thrive  in tomorrow ?


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Georgia Animal Cruelty Law / Statutes


A Note about Enforcement: Local , County and state police are generally mandated to enforce all laws, including animal cruelty, even if these laws are not included in a state’s penal code—contact them if you witness animal cruelty, including neglect, or have information regarding an incident of animal cruelty in your area. Please be aware that local law enforcement may have a limited familiarity with animal cruelty issues, so it can be extremely helpful if you are able to cite the specific section of law and provide police with a summary of it to assist them in their investigation.


GA – Alligators – Article 7. Feeding of Wild Alligators GA ST § 27-3-170  This Georgia law makes it illegal to willfully feed or bait any wild alligator not in captivity. Violation is a misdemeanor with a fine of up to $200 or confinement up to 30 days, or both.
GA – Assistance Animal – Georgia’s Assistance Animal/Guide Dog Laws GA ST § 30-4-2 to 4; GA ST § 40-6-94; GA ST § 16-12-120; GA ST § 16-11-107.1  The following statutes comprise the state’s relevant assistance animal and guide dog laws.


GA – Bite – § 51-2-6. Dogs, liability of owner or keeper for injuries to livestock GA ST § 51-2-6 to 7  This Georgia statute represents the state’s relevant dog bite strict liability law.  While the law imposes strict liability for injury to a person, the dog (or other animal) must first be considered “vicious” or “dangerous,” which can be as simple as showing the animal was required to be leashed per city ordinance.  Second, the animal must be at large by the careless management of the owner.  Finally, the person injured must not have provoked the animal into attacking him or her.
GA – Cruelty – Chapter 11. Animal Protection GA ST § 4-11-1 to 4-11-18  The Georgia Animal Protection Act was passed in 2000 and provides for jail up to one year for general cruelty convictions and up to five years for an aggravated cruelty conviction.  The judge is also allowed to order psychological counseling.  The law also encompasses licensing provisions for kennels and impoundment provisions.
GA – Cruelty – Cruelty to Animals GA ST § 16-12-4; GA ST § 16-6-6  This comprises Georgia’s anti-cruelty provisions.  Under the statute, “animal” does not include any fish or any pest that might be exterminated or removed.  A person commits the offense of cruelty to animals when he or she causes death or unjustifiable physical pain or suffering to any animal by an act, an omission, or willful neglect. Any person convicted of a violation of this subsection shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, but subsequent convictions incur enhanced penalties.  A person commits the offense of aggravated cruelty to animals when he or she knowingly and maliciously causes death or physical harm to an animal by rendering a part of such animal’s body useless or by seriously disfiguring such animal.
GA – Dangerous Dog Ordinances – Chapter 8. Dogs GA ST § 4-8-29  This Georgia statute states the standards and requirements for the control of dangerous dogs and vicious dogs; this statute also proscribes penalties for violations of these standards and requirements. For instance, a violation of this article is a misdemeanor of high and aggravated nature; repeated violations of this article is a felony.
GA – Deer Hunting – CHAPTER 5. WILD ANIMALS GA ST 27-5-12  Under this Georgia statute, it is unlawful to shoot, kill, or wound any wild animal held under a wild animal license or permit or any farmed deer for enjoyment, gain, amusement, or sport.
GA – Dog – Consolidated Dog Laws GA ST § 4-8-1 to 45; GA ST § 4-14-1 to 4-15-1; GA ST § 27-3-16 to 18  These Georgia statutes comprise the state’s dog laws and the “Responsible Dog Ownership Law.”.  Among the provisions of the Responsible Dog Ownership Law include a requirement for registration of dangerous dogs as well as the necessity of such owner to carry at least $50,000 in liability insurance.  Owners of these dogs who do not comply with these and other provisions may have their dogs confiscated and destroyed. Any person who violates this article is guilty of a misdemeanor.
GA – Dogfighting – Article 2. Gambling and Related Offenses. GA ST § 16-12-37  Georgia’s dogfighting statute states that any person who owns, possesses, trains, transports, or sells any dog with the intent that such dog shall be engaged in fighting with another dog, wagers money or anything of value on the result of such dogfighting, knowingly permits dogfighting on his or her premises, knowingly promotes or advertises an exhibition of fighting commits the offense of dogfighting. Violation of the law is a felony, with a mandatory fine of $5,000.00 or a mandatory fine of $5,000.00 in addition to imprisonment for not less than one year nor more than five years. On a second or subsequent conviction, such person shall be punished by imprisonment of not less than one nor more than ten years, a fine of not less than $15,000.00, or both such fine and imprisonment. Any person who is knowingly present only as a spectator at any place for the fighting of dogs shall, upon a first conviction thereof, be guilty of a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature.


GA – Ecoterrorism – Article 2. Georgia Farm Animal, Crop, and Research Facilities Protection Act GA ST § 4-11-30 to 35  This article is known as the Georgia Farm Animal, Crop, and Research Facilities Protection Act. A person commits an offense if, without the consent of the owner, the person acquires or otherwise exercises control over an animal facility, an animal from an animal facility, or other property from an animal facility with the intent to deprive the owner of such facility, animal, or property and to disrupt or damage the enterprise conducted at the animal facility. Other prohibited actions also include gaining entry where a person knows entry is forbidden. In the definition of “consent,” the act states that the term does not include assent that is induced by force, threat, false pretenses or fraud. It also excludes assent given by a person that the actor knows is not authorized by the owner, or given by a person who the actor knows is unable to make reasonable decisions (e.g., because of youth, intoxication, or mental disease or defect). Violations that involve exercising control over a facility are felonies; those that involve illegal entry or damage less than $500 are misdemeanors.
GA – Endangered – Article 5. Protection of Endangered Wildlife GA ST §§ 27-3-130 to 133  These statutes provide for the definition of “protected” species and outline the duties of the board responsible for enforcing Georgia’s endangered species law.  Included in the Board’s duties are inventorying and designating listed species and promulgating regulations.  Violation of these regulations results in a misdemeanor.
GA – Equine Liability Act – Chapter 12. Injuries from Equine or Llama Activities. GA ST §§ 4-12-1 to 5  This act stipulates that an equine sponsor or professional, or a llama sponsor or professional, or any other person, including corporations, are immune from liability for the death or injury of a participant, which resulted from the inherent risks of equine or llama activities.  However, there are exceptions to this rule:  A person will be held liable for injuries if they display a willful and wanton or intentional disregard for the safety of the participant and if they fail to make reasonable and prudent efforts in ensuring the safety of the participant.
GA – Exotic pets, wildlife – Chapter 5. Wild Animals GA ST § 27-5-1 to 12  These Georgia wildlife provisions embody the General Assembly’s finding that it is in the public interest to ensure the public health, safety, and welfare by strictly regulating in this state the importation, transportation, sale, transfer, and possession of certain wild animals. Animals such as kangaroos, certain non-human primates, wolves, bears, big cats, hippopotamus, and crocodile, among others, are considered to be inherently dangerous to human beings and are subject to the license or permit and insurance requirements outlined in the laws. The section also details specifications for the humane handling, care, confinement and transportation of certain wild animals.
GA – Fur – Article 2. Trapping, Trappers, and Fur Dealers GA ST § 27-3-60 to 73  Under these GA statutes, trappers and fur-dealers must be licensed. Trapping of fur-bearing animals is allowed during open trapping season. Traps must be inspected at least once every 24 hours. Trappers must dispatch fur-bearing animals caught in a trap and release domestic animals. It is legal to set traps to protect livestock and domestic animals from predators, but unlawful to trap upon the right of way of any public road or upon another’s land.  A violation of these statutes is a misdemeanor.
GA – Horse Meat – Article 4. Advertisement and Sale of Meat Generally. Ga. Code Ann., § 26-2-150 – 161  As stated in the legislative intent, the General Assembly declares that purchasers and consumers have a right to expect and demand honesty and fair practices in the sale of meat for human consumption. It is the purpose of this Code to ensure that honest, fair, and ethical practices are followed in the advertising and sale of meat for human consumption. With regard to horsemeat, the Code prohibits the slaughter a horse in this state for the purpose of selling or offering for sale for human consumption or for other than human consumption the horse meat derived from such slaughtered animal unless certain conditions are met. Further, no horse meat shall be sold or offered for sale in this state for human consumption unless at the place of sale there shall be posted in a conspicuous location a sign bearing the words “HORSE MEAT FOR SALE.”
GA – Horses – Chapter 13. Humane Care for Equines. GA ST § 4-13-1 to 4-13-10  This section comprises Georgia’s Humane Care for Equines Act. The act states that it is unlawful for the owner of any equine to fail to provide adequate food and water to such equine; to fail to provide humane care for such equine; or to unnecessarily overload, overdrive, torment, or beat any equine or to cause the death of any equine in a cruel or inhumane manner. The Act also outlines procedures for the care impounded of equines as well as disposal procedures, which includes auction and euthanasia, when the owner cannot be found or refuses to enter into a consent order. Violation of this chapter results a misdemeanor.
GA – Hunting – Article 6. Interference with Lawful Taking. GA ST § 27-3-150 to 152  These Georgia laws comprise the state’s hunter harassment provisions. Under the section, it is unlawful for any person to interfere with the lawful taking of wildlife by another person by intentionally preventing or attempting to prevent such person from such lawful taking of wildlife; engage in activity tending to disturb wildlife for the purpose of intentionally preventing the lawful taking of such wildlife; or fail to obey an order of a law enforcement officer to desist from prohibited conduct. The section also allows the superior court of a county to enjoin prohibited conduct and imposes civil liability on violators.
GA – Hunting – Chapter 3. Wildlife Generally GA ST § 27-3-22  Georgia is unique as it prohibits the killing, possession, sale, and transporting of eagles and other migratory birds except for the transportation of feathers into the state of non-migratory birds for millinery purposes (the making of hats or headdresses).  For discussion of federal Eagle Act, see Detailed Discussion.


GA – Hunting – § 27-3-12. Use of drugs, poisons, chemicals, smoke, gas, explosives, recorded sounds or calls and electronic communication equipment prohibited; misdemeanor violation; penalties Ga. Code Ann., § 27-3-12  This Georgia law prohibits computer assisted remote hunting or providing or operating a facility that allows others to engage in computer assisted remote hunting if the wild animal or wildlife being hunted or shot is located in this state. The law also makes it unlawful to hunt hunt any wild animal, game animal, or game bird by means of drugs, poisons, chemicals, smoke, gas, explosives, recorded calls or sounds, or recorded and electronically imitated or amplified sounds or calls. Violation is a misdemeanor (high) with a fine of $1,000 to $5,000 and/or a term of imprisonment up to 12 months.
GA – Hunting, Canned – Article 4. Shooting Preserves. GA ST § 27-3-110 to 114  Under the Georgia canned hunting statute, it is unlawful for any person to release pen raised game birds, unless the person has first obtained a license. It it unlawful to hunt pen raised game birds on a shooting preserve except between October 1 and March 31, and except from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset. It is unlawful for any person to propagate, possess, or release on any shooting preserve any bird or animal (with exceptions) unless the person has received prior written approval from the department. Licensees must maintain a complete record of all birds propagated, released, or taken on the preserve.
GA – Initiatives and Referendums – 2006 Amendment 2: Proposing an amendment to the Constitution so as to provide that the tradition of fishing and hunting 2006 Georgia Amendment 2 (ballot initiative)  This Georgia constitutional amendment was presented to voters on the 2006 ballot.  The measure preserves the state’s tradition of hunting and fishing for the public good.  Amendment 2 passed by a margin of 81 to 19%.
GA – Ordinances – Jurisdiction and duties of local governments GA ST § 4-8-22  This Georgia statute provides authority for local governing units to enforce this article. This statute further establishes that the local government shall designate an individual as a dog control officer to aid in the administration and enforcement of the provisions of this article; the dog control officer does not have the authority to make arrests unless the person is a law enforcement officer. Additionally, this article also allows local governments to make arrangements with each other for consolidation of dog control services.
GA – Rabies – Chapter 19. Control of Rabies GA ST § 31-19-1 to 10  This GA statute pertains to the control of rabies. Any person bitten by an animal suspected of being rabid must notify the county board of health. The owner of any animal which has bitten any person or animal, or exhibits signs of rabies, must notify the county board of health. The owner must also confine the animal. A violation is a misdemeanor.
GA – Trust for the care of an animal; creation; termination – Chapter 12. Trusts GA ST § 53-12-28  This Georgia law enacted in 2010 provides that a trust may be created to provide for the care of an animal that is alive during the settlor’s lifetime. The trust shall terminate upon the death of such animal or, if the trust was created to provide for the care of more than one animal alive during the settlor’s lifetime, upon the death of the last surviving animal.
GA – Veterinary – Veterinary Practice Code GA ST § 43-50-1 to 91  These are the state’s veterinary practice laws.  Among the provisions include licensing requirements, laws concerning the state veterinary board, veterinary records laws, and the laws governing disciplinary actions for impaired or incompetent practitioners. The chapter was recently amended in 2006.


GA – Veterinary Liens – Article 8. Liens. Part 9. Veterinarians and Boarders of Animals. Ga. Code Ann., § 44-14-490  This section of Georgia laws deals with veterinary liens. Every licensed veterinarian in Georgia has a lien on each animal or pet treated, boarded, or cared for by him or her while in his or her custody and under contract with the owner of the animal or pet for the payment of charges for the treatment, board, or care of the animal or pet. The veterinarian has the right to retain the animal or pet until the charges are paid. There is a ten-day hold period after demand for payment (made in person or by registered or certified mail) until the pet is deemed abandoned and may be disposed of by the veterinary facility.
GA – Wildlife rehabilitation – Chapter 2. Licenses, Permits, and Stamps Generally GA ST § 27-2-22  This Georgia law makes it unlawful for any person to keep sick or injured wildlife without first obtain a wildlife rehabilitation permit from the state department.
GA – Wildlife, transportation – Article 3. Transportation GA ST § 27-3-90 to 94  This GA statute pertains to transporting wildlife. It is unlawful to transport any wildlife taken in this state without a license or permit. It is unlawful to transport wildlife by a carrier unless the person files with the carrier a written statement giving his name and address and the number of wildlife to be transported and specifying that he lawfully took the wildlife. It is unlawful to transport any wildlife (or parts) for propagation or scientific purposes without a valid scientific collecting permit.

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Why We Must Unchain Georgia’s Dogs

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Help us end chaining Georgia’s Dogs.

The United States Department of Agriculture, Federal Register –

“Our experience in enforcing the Animal Welfare Act has led us to conclude that continuous confinement of dogs by a tether is inhumane. A tether significantly restricts a dog’s movement. A tether can also become tangled around or hooked on the dog’s shelter structure or other objects, further restricting the dog’s movement and potentially causing injury.”

American Veterinary Medical Association

“Confine your dog in a fenced yard or dog run when it is not in the house. Never tether or chain your dog because this can contribute to aggressive behavior.”

CDC Atlanta:

According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, a chained dog is 2.8 times more likely to bite than an unchained dog.

Many fatal dog attacks are a result of tethering dogs when humans come within the reach of such dogs. The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association has reported that 17 percent of dogs involved in fatal attacks on humans between 1979 and 1998 were chained on their owner’s property at the time of the attack. In her book Fatal Dog Attacks, Karen Delise (Anubis Press, November 1, 2002) states that 25 percent of fatal attacks are by chained dogs. The victims of such attacks are often children.

Chained dogs can become aggressive due to intense confinement and lack of socialization. They also feel trapped, unable to escape from noises or people or animals that frighten them.

Chained dogs typically lack adequate veterinary care, food, water, or shelter. They are rarely exercised or interact with their families. These dogs suffer from neglect. Even if they are not left without adequate care, they lead an unhappy, frustrating existence for such social animals. Dogs on chains suffer intense boredom, anxiety, even neuroses; their lives are very sad and lonely.

Dogs can choke to death when their chains became entangled with other objects, or develop infections and severe wounds when collars become embedded in their necks.

Lawrence County Kansas, a few years ago adopted an anti-tethering ordinance prohibiting dog owners from keeping dogs chained outside. In 2005, there were 800 calls to the Lawrence Humane Society concerning cruelty to dogs and dog fighting; in 2006 as of September 1, there were only 260 complaints.City officials attribute the decline in large part to the anti-tethering ordinance.


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Paw it Forward

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If you have been blessed this year then please help those who have not been so fortunate.

Please “Paw it Forward” so we can continue our work saving the innocents – homeless and abandoned animals.

Our Going Green Program  Rescued – Recycled – and Reloved hundreds of Georgia’s abandoned animals in 2013.

We pay tens of thousands of dollars to do this: all self funded or with donations from caring people like you. We do not get grants or government money. You may have one or two dogs to care for; imagine having over a hundred to rescue, vet, give shots, spay & neuter… and repair broken bones and sooth broken hearts.

Green Pets America Charities Foundation via the Cherokee County Animal League, and GPA Going Green Rescue have been supporting  animals via our food pantry kids education program, community programs and animal rescue since 2007. We have been recognized by the State of Georgia Senate and the City of Woodstock in this regard.

Our volunteers and Board work daily, without pay, to reduce suffering and create meaningful social change for animals in every way possible – from providing direct care and response in the field when animals are in crisis, to working with our leaders and lawmakers to adopt policies preventing animals from ending up in distress in the first place.

We rely on heroes like you to help us stop animal cruelty and create a more humane society for animals. We will continue to celebrate animals and fight against cruelty and abuse, but we cannot do it without you.

Be a hero for animals today and make a tax-deductible donation today.


On behalf of the animals we work for every day, thank you,

 Steve Monahan, Executive Director

Green Pets America Charities Foundation

Green Pets – Going Green Rescue

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Kids 4 Pets School Education



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