To report animal abuse or neglect, call the Athens Co. humane agent at the Athens Co. Dog Shelter 740-593-5415.

The Athens County Humane Society is committed to promoting better care and compassion for animals and reducing abandonment and euthanasia of healthy animals by providing spay and neuter assistance and education.

The Athens County Humane Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. We are a 100% volunteer organization. Our support comes from fundraising, donations and memberships. We do not receive government funding, and we are NOT affiliated with the Athens County Dog Shelter, which is a county-run shelter.

Services we provide include:

  • low-cost spay/neuter options and financial assistance with spay/neuter

  • pediatric/early spay and neuter options for high-risk pets

  • resources to help community members find safe and secure new homes for pets

  • education on the importance of spay/neuter in reducing the population of homeless pets

  • education on responsible, compassionate pet care and other animal welfare issues

We have no shelter or physical location. The past shelter was expensive to run, and became a dumping ground for unwanted cats and kittens. This led to high euthanasia rates. Spaying and neutering were not priorities for some local residents who found it easier, and cheaper, to drop unwanted off at the shelter rather than spaying and neutering their own. Our focus now is to spend funding on the prevention of unwanted pets by providing low-cost spay and neuter services. It is illegal to abandon pets. Get your pets spayed and neutered, and use local resources for finding homes for unwanted pets.

Margaret (Maggi) A. Channell, a long-time Athens resident, will

We’ve joined BISSELL Partners for Pets Program! BISSELL takes animal welfare seriously, and so do we. Together we will get more animals adopted, and spayed and neutered.




Please contact us if you are able to foster cats or kittens that need a temporary home before going into our adoption program! Email us at

help wanted


Lend us a paw!

We could sure use your help! Please contact us if you could give ACHS a little bit of your free time. We are also looking for temporary fosters for cats and kittens in our adoption program. Be the change you want to see in the world! E-mail

Difficult Dog? We Can Help!

Is your dog behaving in a reactive or aggressive manner?MazyDon’t give up — we can help you keep your dog! Thanks to a generous donation from a local family, the ACHS Saving Mazy Project can provide funds for your dog to be evaluated and trained by animal behaviorist JoAnna at Connecting Spirits. Contact ACHS at for an application.

Is it edible?

Sharing foods with your pet is  something you hear about only during the fall and winter holiday season. Surprisingly, there are a number of warm weather foods that are also not-so-safe for your furry friends.  The Humane Society of the US provides a detailed list of foods to avoid. Did you know that raisins and grapes are unsafe for pets?  Anything containing caffeine or alcohol is also a no-go. Walnuts, macadamia nuts, and items with the sweetener xylitol are off limits. Instead of the foods listed above, always have plenty of your pet’s favorite food or pet-friendly treats on hand. If you really want to share something extra special, recipes abound online for homemade pet cookies and treats.

Are you ready for a pet?

Before you bring home a new furry friend, think about it. Do you know what you’re getting into? Click here for a little reality check.

If you decide you are ready for the responsibility of pet ownership, we encourage you to consider adoption.
ACHS has adoptable cats at PetSmart and online. If you want a dog, Friends of the Shelter Dogs and the Athens County Dog Shelter have lots candidates for canine companionship.

Box-style pet stores tempt you with cute kittens and puppies of many breeds — but at a cost beyond the exorbitant price. Nearly all pet-store animals come from mills. A puppy or kitten mill is any commercial operation of animal breeding aimed at maximum profit, with little regard for their health and well-being. Breeding animals are kept in filthy, deplorable conditions. Females are bred to exhaustion, and little consideration is given to genetic health. As a result, that cute kitten or puppy at the store may have serious health or behavioral problems.

If you insist on buying a kitten or puppy, buy directly from a reputable breeder. (Click here to read a great article on what to ask a breeder.) If you want a particular breed of dog, and none are available at the dog shelter, consider breed rescue. There is a rescue for just about every breed imaginable! Click here to find one.

Don’t Shop — Adopt!

Each day, 4 million homeless pets are euthanized in U.S. animal shelters. Most of them would make great family companions. And yet stores like Petland — headquartered in Chillicothe, Ohio, and with an outlet right here in Athens — continue to sell animals. And where do those animals come from? Breeding mills, where the animals live in horrible conditions: trapped in tiny cages and little or no human companionship. When they can no longer bear litters, the females are often killed, abandoned or sold cheaply to another mill to try to get “one more litter” out of the dog. The annual result of all this breeding is millions of pets, many with behavior and/or health problems.

You can help end this tragedy with one simple action: Adopt your next pet from a shelter, rescue or foster program. Click here to see the many cats currently waiting for their forever homes! (Looking for a dog? Check out Friends of the Shelter Dogs.)

You can fix it!

Unaltered animals’ offspring add up fast: Spaying just one female cat and neutering one male cat will prevent the births of more than 2,000 kittens in four years. The same goes for dogs.

Even if you can’t adopt a homeless pet, you can help reduce pet overpopulation by sponsoring a spay or neuter. Your donations help us offer low-cost spay and neuter clinics to reduce pet overpopulation and support medical care for adoptable animals while they wait for their forever homes. All donations to the Athens County Humane Society are 100% tax deductible!

To make an online donation, just click on the Donate button below.