Georgia Animal Rescue & Defence, Inc.

GARD Animal Shelter

Defending the defenseless since 2006.


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About Us

About Our Shelter

Georgia Animal Rescue and Defence, Inc. is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit animal charity and a licensed 509(a)2 no-kill animal shelter that is funded entirely by private contributions, and receives no government funding. GARD was founded in 2006 by, and is privately owned by, a family of animal lovers who have dedicated their lives to saving animals and educating others regarding the pet over-population problem.

GARD is called upon by numerous Animal Control Shelters to help them with over-crowding, hoarding situations, and special needs dogs that no other rescue will take.

GARD has been called upon by citizens in the local community to help find homes for dogs they can no longer keep, soldiers being deployed who have no one to take care of their dogs, elderly persons going to nursing homes, local people who have found stray, starving dogs abandoned on the roads (something we see far too much of), and the list goes on and on.

GARD is committed to finding homes for all adoptable pets. We do not euthanize adoptable animals, and there are no time limits for the animals once they are in our care. We only humanely euthanize those animals suffering from significant medical issues or that pose behavior concerns. We are proud to be a part of the solution to ending pet homelessness and overpopulation in Southeast Georgia.

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Adoption Process

Adoption Process

Georgia Animal Rescue and Defence, Inc. helps homeless animals find the loving homes they deserve. If you are interested in adopting one of our adoptable pets, please read our adoption policy and then complete the online adoption application or email us with any questions. If emailing us about a particular dog, please put the dog’s name in the subject line of your email. Please allow us up to 48 hours to respond to your email.

Shelter hours are by appointment only. Please put in an online adoption application prior to coming.


What We Do


We rescue animals from high-kill shelters, hoarding situations (when called upon by law enforcement), and hardship cases (handled on a case-by-case basis).


We are a licensed 509(a)2 no-kill animal shelter and a registered 501(c)3 non-profit animal charity. We are inspected regularly by the GA Department of Agriculture.

Spay & Neuter

We spay/neuter all animals adopted from us. We feel spaying and neutering is the best way to reduce the over-population problem.


We regularly hold adoption events at PetSmart in Pooler, GA, and sometimes other locations. Please follow our Facebook Page for up to date information!


We operate solely on donations and do not receive any funding from the state. Our work is costly and we ask for a contribution (adoption fee) when an animal is placed to help defray the costs of vetting, housing, and transporting but this is usually only a fraction of the actual cost incurred.  Direct monetary donations are always welcome.


Only 1 out of 10 dogs born ever get a home.  Only 1 out of 12 cats born ever find a home.  800 dogs and cats are KILLED each HOUR in the U.S. because there are not enough homes for them all.  zOur Adoption includes:  spay/neuter, worming, up to date on shots, microchip, and 30 days free pet insurance. Please read our Adoption Policies and then go look for your new pet!

Phone & Email

PH: (please email us)


By Appointment Only


100 Dichroic Dragon Dr.
Pembroke, GA 31321

Take I-16 to Exit 137 (Hwy. 119). Go south towards Pembroke, GA. We are 2.3 miles on the left.