Give the gift of love and FOSTER! We need fosters so please consider fostering! Most of the time it is a 1-2 month commitment with all food,litter and vetting paid by ACHS. Contact us at

Photo: Give the gift of love and FOSTER! We need fosters so please consider fostering! Most of the time it is a 1-2 month commitment with all food,litter and vetting paid by ACHS. Contact us at

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Athens County Humane Society

Help support ACHS and our local economy! Locally designed T-shirts for only $15.00 and half the proceeds go to ACHS! Go to the website and order one today!



Skeletonwitch release to benefit ACHS

Legendary rockers SKELETONWITCH have released a limited-edition, hand-screened 180-gram vinyl edition of their acclaimed Billboard-charting 2013 release “Serpents Unleashed.” This is good news not only for music fans, but also for animal lovers, because 100% of the profits from sale of the edition will be donated to the Athens County Humane Society and Columbus’ Pets Without Parents! The members of Ohio’s most-loved heavy metal group have always been proud pet owners and are excited to have the opportunity to raise awareness and support animal welfare in their home region.

Limited to a one-time-only pressing of 100 copies, the 180-gram black LP includes a hand-screened, hand-numbered jacket with exclusive artwork (pictured above) and a hand-screened dust sleeve. It comes with a color poster and a sticker which both showcase the album’s original masterful artwork by John Baizley (Baroness, Kylesa, Kvelertak), as well as a download card. The limited-edition LPs are on sale on a first-come, first-serve basis exclusively via

Make a splash for ACHS


Tomcat Testicle Tuesdays!

Tuesdays in February 2014, Milliron Clinic

Milliron Clinic, on SR 550 between Athens and Amesville, is offering cat neuters for just $20 every Tuesday in February. Call (740) 448-2801 or (740) 592-4282 to take advantage of this amazing deal!

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 or call (740) 592-6047 (leave a message).

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.