In Augusta-Richmond and Columbia Counties
Picking up from one place and moving to another is always a hassle, especially when kids and pets are involved. Knowing whom to call or where to find information can help make the transition easier.
Local government websites are valuable resources for newcomers to Augusta-Richmond and Columbia counties because they provide important connections to other residents, local businesses and public safety. These sites give up-to-date information on local happenings, municipal contacts, weather and events such as city council meetings:
State of Georgia
City of Grovetown
City of Hephzibah
Family, Children and Child Care Services
Babysitters, Nannies, Child Care and Senior Home Care
Find family care with this website that will allow you to search for local caregivers for children, adults/seniors, pets and even housekeepers for your home.
Or you can post a caregiver job and then let the applicants find you — guaranteed responses within three days. Access to background checks, references and reviews helps you to make hiring decisions with confidence.
The site also provides helpful information such as how much to pay a baby sitter, how to interview a pet sitter and how to find a tutor or after-school activity for your student.
Active-duty military families receive a 25 percent discount on any subscription.
Child Care Aware
Improving access to affordable, quality child care is one of Child Care Aware of America’s top goals. Search the site’s “State by State Resources for Families” to connect with national organizations and associations that provide information for families regarding child development, parenting, and child care concerns and questions.
Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit.
There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
Georgia Division of Family and Children Services
Region 7 – Chatham County DFCS
761 Wheaton St.
Savannah, GA 31401
CPS Central Intake Center 855-422-4453
Region 7 – Columbia County DFCS
6358 Columbia Road
Appling, Georgia 30802
Region 7 – Augusta-Richmond County DFCS
520 Fenwick St.
Augusta, Georgia 30903
The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services investigates reports of child abuse; finds foster and adoptive homes for abused and neglected children; issues SNAP, Medicaid, TANF and child care assistance to low-income families; helps out-of-work parents get back on their feet; and provides numerous support services and innovative programs to help families in need.
Use these steps to protect your pet from being lost during your move.
- Keep a collar with an ID tag on your pet at all times with your current phone number on it.
- Microchip your pets, especially if they are good at slipping their collars. It’s important to keep your contact information up to date so the chip can reconnect your pet to you. All animal shelters and vet clinics can scan for microchips.
- Have a current license on your dog. It is the ID given to an animal by a city or county and can be another way your dog can be restored to you.
- Keep cats indoors; it’s much safer for them. Cats are domestic animals and don’t need to be outside where there are coyotes and owls, among other predators. Give cats a post to scratch on, a window to perch in and plenty of toys, and they will love the great indoors.
Your pet may face many outside dangers in Georgia, such as alligators, armadillos, bats, bears, beavers, coyotes, rats, raccoons, foxes and more. Keep your dog on a short leash in wooded areas, especially if it starts sniffing or pawing the ground. Avoid allowing your dog to walk around or swim in unknown waters. The area also is home to parasites, including fleas, ticks and ear mites. Outdoor pets can bring these pests into the home, posing a risk to humans since they can transmit disease through their bites. Limiting and supervising your pet’s outdoor activities can help it avoid these dangers.
Georgia Department of Natural Resources – Wildlife Resources Division
Ranger Hotline 800-241-4113
Nongame & Endangered Wildlife Program 478-994-1438
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is composed of six divisions which carry out DNR’s mission to sustain, enhance, protect and conserve Georgia’s natural resources. As one of six divisions within DNR, the Wildlife Resources Division is charged with conserving, enhancing and promoting Georgia’s wildlife resources, including game and nongame animals, fish and protected plants. The website includes information about handling nuisance wildlife.
Columbia County Animal Services
1940 William Few Parkway
Grovetown, GA. 30813
Columbia County Animal Services is responsible for all animal service operations, including nuisance complaints, animal cruelty investigations, animal attacks, handling of rabid animals, dead animals, an animal adoption program and taking care of animals at the Columbia County shelter. For more information on the county’s animal shelter and pet adoption, visit the Columbia County Animal Services’ website.
Augusta Animal Services
4164 Mack Lane
Augusta, GA 30906
Augusta Animal Services provides care for pets at its adoption facility. Other services include enforcement of animal ordinances and laws, humane euthanizing of sick animals, pet ownership education, and impound, stray and nuisance animals.
Veterinary services in Augusta-Richmond and Columbia counties are plentiful; see the Advertiser Directory in this guide to connect with local providers.
State of Georgia
Department of Public Safety
Public Safety 404-624-7700
The Georgia Department of Public Safety oversees the day-to-day operation of the Georgia State Patrol (GSP), Capitol Police and the Motor Carrier Compliance Division (MCCD). GSP troopers investigate traffic crashes and enforce traffic and criminal laws on the state’s roads. MCCD officers conduct safety inspections of commercial motor vehicles and inspect highway shipments of hazardous materials.
Division of Emergency Management
The Georgia Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security facilitates the protection of life and property against man-made and natural disasters by directing the state’s efforts in the areas of prevention, preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery. Visit the division’s website for a severe weather awareness guide and other preparedness information.
The Augusta-Richmond County Emergency Management Agency provides a comprehensive and aggressive emergency preparedness, response and recovery program for the county in order to save lives, protect property and reduce the effects of disasters. The Augusta-Richmond County Emergency Management serves a population of 200,000 covering 324 square miles. Visit the department’s website for the county’s natural disasters and terrorism guides and other disaster preparedness information.
The Columbia County Emergency Services Division is responsible for planning and coordinating actions for disaster preparation, response and recovery. The division oversees the Emergency Management Agency. The department's primary responsibilities are to develop and maintain emergency plans, conduct disaster training exercises for all agencies, provide emergency public information, provide awareness and education programs, coordinate area emergency service agencies, and coordinate community warning systems. Visit the office’s website for the county’s family disaster preparedness plan and other disaster preparedness information.
Visit Columbia County’s Fire Services Division website for a full list of fire departments in the county.
Law Enforcement Division