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 a county-run shelter.
The services we provide include:

  • lower-cost spay or neuter options and financial assistance with spay/neuter
  • pediatric/early spay and neuter options (spay and neutering of animals as young as 8 weeks of age)
  • 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
Jennifer Bagwell ~ Treasurer
Jamie Carter ~ Volunteer Coordinator
Sherry Klingaman
Karen McGuire ~ Adoption Coordinator
Andrea Morrison
Jennifer Michaels
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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Perform Best Fitness

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Avalanche! Pizza

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If your business would like to support ACHS spay/neuter and other 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, and stating that you wish to become a business member.

Frequently Asked Questions

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


ACHS is not affiliated with the Athens County Dog Shelter. The Athens County Dog Shelter is funded by the county and is located on Route 13 near Chauncey (about 7 minutes from Athens) and they always welcome volunteers to assist with the care of the dogs. Please visit their Web site for their open hours, then sign a release form and get started!

Where is your shelter located?


ACHS does not have a shelter. Click here to see pets currently available for adoption. 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 also can assist with trapping and will loan traps. You can learn more about feral cats on the Alley Cat Allies Web site at www.alleycat.org.

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


ACHS can’t 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. The Athens County Dog Shelter also keeps a waiting list.

You also can contact one of the many breed-specific rescues – there is one for just about every breed you can think of! The American Kennel Club lists breed-specific dog rescues here. If it’s a cat you’re after, visit the site of Purebred Cat Breed Rescue for information on animals available for adoption.

Breed rescue is a great way to get exactly the kind of pet you want while giving a home to an amimal that needs one.

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