FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

I need to have my pet spayed or neutered. What do I need to do?

Answer

ACHS offers regular spay/neuter clinics. You must pre-register for a clinic. When you pre-register, you will be given the date of your pet’s procedure. Click here for detailed information on our spay/neuter clinics.

ACHS is a nonprofit organization run by volunteers, and our funds are limited. If you can afford to have a local veterinarian spay or neuter your pet, please do so. That will allow us to use our grants and donated funds to spay and neuter the pets of low-income residents in need. Thank you!

I want to adopt a pet. What do I need to do?

Answer

All of our adoptable pets are listed on Petfinder.com as well as on our Adoption page. If you see a dog or cat you like, fill out an adoption application online and submit it as directed. Once we receive your application, a volunteer will contact you by phone to discuss the pet/s you are interested in.

Please note that ACHS is a nonprofit organization run entirely by volunteers, most of whom have full-time jobs. It may take a few days for someone to get back to you about your application. If you don’t hear from us within a week of submitting your adoption application, please e-mail us.

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

Answer

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?

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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?

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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 stray cats. Now there are 20 cats! Can you remove them?

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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 need to find a new home for my pet. Can you help?

Answer

We can help you rehome a cat. Click here to learn more.

If you need to rehome a dog, contact the Athens County Dog Shelter. ACHS does not currently handle dog adoptions.

Because ACHS does not have a shelter and is 100% volunteer-run, we may not be able to take your cat as quickly as you would like. If you need to rehome your cat faster, check out Petfinder’s tips for finding a good adopter.

PLEASE do not advertise your pet as “free to good home”! People called “bunchers” often collect these pets and resell them for laboratory research. Dog fighters also look for free pets to use as training bait. Click here to learn more about bunching and the dangers of “free” pets.

Why does your adoption process take so long?

Answer

ACHS is dedicated to the long-term welfare of companion animals. We make sure all of our adoptable pets go to excellent homes. All adopters are interviewed personally to ensure a suitable match between home and pet. Our goal is to place pets in their final home where they will live forever and not have to be re-homed again.

ACHS is an all-volunteer organization. Most of our volunteers have full-time jobs, so we are generally unable to provide immediate responses or service. We appreciate your patience!

Why do I have to pay an adoption fee?

Answer

All ACHS foster animals are spayed/neutered, vaccinated and treated for parasites prior to adoption. On average, that comes to $181 for female cats and $154 for tomcats! Even with adoption fees, we lose money on every adopted pet. Your adoption fees help us stretch our grant and donated funds farther.

I found a stray animal. Can you take him so he’ll be adopted?

Answer

We can help you find a new home for a stray cat. Click here to learn more.

If you found a dog, contact the Athens County Dog Shelter. ACHS does not currently handle dog adoptions.

Because ACHS does not have a shelter and is 100% volunteer-run, we may not be able to take the cat as quickly as you would like. If you need to rehome your cat faster, check out Petfinder’s tips for finding a good adopter.

PLEASE do not advertise your pet as “free to good home”! People called “bunchers” often collect these pets and resell them for laboratory research. Dog fighters also look for free pets to use as training bait. Click here to learn more about bunching and the dangers of “free” pets.

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

Answer

Absolutely!

The Athens County Dog Shelter keeps a waiting list of people who are looking for particular dog breeds.

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. 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.

If you want to get a pet from a breeder, be very careful. There are a lot of “backyard breeders” who breed indiscriminately, increasing the population of homeless and unwanted pets. Dogs and cats from backyard operations are far more likely to have health and temperament issues, because these breeders aren’t interested in improving the breed — they’re only interested in making money. A responsible breeder does not sell through pet stores or on websites like Craigslist! Responsible breeders are as picky (if not more) about their customers than shelters and rescues, because they really care about the fate of their dogs and cats.

There are good breeders out there — people who treat their breeding stock like family (because they are) and who are in it for the love of the breed, not the money. Pets from responsible breeders likely will cost more than a pet from a backyard breeder, but you will save money in the long run by having a healthy, well-tempered dog or cat. Click here for advice from the Humane Society of the United States on identifying a responsible breeder.

My neighbor abuses his dogs. What should I do?

Answer

If you suspect someone of abuse or neglect of ANY animal (horses, cats, dogs etc), please contact the humane agent who is employed by the Athens County Dog Shelter at 740.593.5415 immediately.

Under the Ohio Revised Code, it is against the law to

  1. Torture an animal
  2. Deprive it of food and water
  3. Unnecessarily or cruelly beat it
  4. Needlessly mutilate or kill it
  5. Leave an animal outside without shelter (natural or manmade) from wind, rain, snow, or sun
  6. Carry or convey an animal in a cruel or inhumane manner

I want to help! How can I volunteer?

Answer

Thank you! ACHS is an all-volunteer organization, and we are always looking for help.

We are currently in need of people with Internet access and phone skills to help manage programs such as adoption and spay/neuter. We mainly need people who can manage themselves once trained and are willing to devote a couple hours a week to these important programs. If this is something you are interested in, please contact us (use the form at right).

If you aren’t ready for that kind of commitment to the cause, please e-mail volunteer@athenshumane.org to request that you be added to our volunteer list. These volunteers help at individual events as needed.

Thanks again!

Our organization wants to hold a fundraiser for ACHS.

Answer

Wow! Thank you for thinking of us. We appreciate your support! ACHS can give you handouts about our programs and other educational materials. Please e-mail us at info@athenshumane.org and put “potential fundraiser” in the subject line.