About ACHS

ACHS Mission:

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. We support our programs through fundraising, donations and memberships; we do not receive government funding. We are not affiliated with the Athens County Dog Shelter, which is run by the County.
The 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

ACHS Board

Arianna Rinaldi-Eichenberg ~ President
Chris Yost ~ Treasurer
Jamie Carter ~ Secretary
Jennifer Michaels ~ Intake Coordinator
Karen McGuire ~ Adoption Coordinator
Heather McDowell ~ Education Coordinator
Paul Dolata
Sherry Klingaman
Amanda Pugh

Click here to learn more about our board members!

Business Members

Thanks to these Athens County enterprises that support ACHS as business members:

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Avalanche! Pizza

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If your business would like to support ACHS programs, send a check for $100, made payable to Athens County Humane Society, to PO Box 765, Athens, OH 45701. Include a note with your company name and address, stating that you wish to become a business member.

Frequently Asked Questions

I would like to volunteer at the shelter. What is the process?


ACHS does not have a shelter or physical location. We are not affiliated with the Athens County Dog Shelter, which is funded by the County and is located on Route 13 near Chauncey (about 7 minutes from Athens). They welcome volunteers to assist with the care of the dogs. Please visit their website for more information!

Where is your shelter located?


ACHS does not have a shelter. Click here to see pets currently available for adoption. Some of our adoptable pets are at local business satellite sites. If you need to find a new home for your pet, click here to see how we can help.

I can’t afford to care for my pet. Can you help?


Unfortunately, ACHS does not have funding to provide emergency assistance to pet owners other than our low-cost spay/neuter clinics. If you need to find a new home for your pet, click here to learn more.

I have been feeding cats but I can’t pet them. Now there are 20 cats! Can you please remove them?


ACHS cannot remove cats from your property. The best way to deal with feral cat colonies is Trap-Neuter-Return. ACHS can help you learn more about this process. We can loan live traps and assist with trapping. You can learn more about feral cats at the Alley Cat Allies.

I am moving and I need to find a home for my pet within a week.


ACHS cannot help with placement of pets in such a short time frame. If you have a friend that is able to foster your pet until a home is found, contact us (use the form at right) to see how we can help.

I would like a specific breed of pet – can you help me?


We can place you on a waiting list so that if a pet of a certain breed or coloring becomes available, we will contact you. Typically, specific breeds for adoption can be found at Petfinder.com. The Athens County Dog Shelter may also be able to help. There are many breed-specific rescues – for just about every breed you can imagine! The American Kennel Club lists breed-specific dog rescues here. Breed rescue is a great way to get exactly the kind of pet you want while giving a home to an animal that needs one!