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We have a lot of wonderful pets that would love new homes. If you think you're ready, please look for your new best friend on this page.
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Make sure a new pet is right for you. Get all the information you need to make the right choice.
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Spay / Neuter
We can help you get your pet spayed or neutered with our simple 4-step process.
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Lost and found
Lose your pet? Found a lost pet? Click below and we can point you in the right direction.
How you can help
There are many ways to help ACHS! Click here to learn about them.
Pets and new homes
A new pet can be a lot of work. Let these videos make the change a little easier.
Seasonal and up-to-the-minute information about pet health and issues
Adoption program reopens!ACHS is now accepting new cats for adoption! Be advised that space in the adoption program is limited, as it is run by volunteers who have full-time jobs. A donation is requested to assist with vet care to prepare pet for adoption. Donation amounts vary case by case. If you would like to enroll a cat in our adoption program, download and complete our Cat Intake Form, then e-mail it to email@example.com.
Don't "spring" for a puppy!
For some reason, everybody seems to want to get a puppy in the spring. But 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 dog ownership, please look first at Friends of the Shelter Dogs and the Athens County Dog Shelter. Box-style pet stores tempt you with cute puppies of many breeds—but at a cost beyond the exorbitant price. Nearly all pet-store dogs come from puppy mills. A puppy mill is any commercial operation of animal breeding aimed at maximum profit, with little regard for the health and well-being. Breeding dogs are kept in filthy, deplorable conditions. Females are bred to exhaustion, and little consideration is given to genetic health. As a result, that cute puppy at the store may have serious health or behavioral problems.
If you insist on getting a puppy, buy directly from a reputable breeder. (Click here to read a great article on what to ask a breeder.) If you just 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 a breed rescue.
Difficult Dog? We Can Help!
Is your dog behaving in a reactive/aggressive manner? Don'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 firstname.lastname@example.org for an application.