About Us

WHO WE ARE: We’re an all-volunteer group who cares A LOT about the pets in our community, and the people who care for them. We are dedicated to helping our shelter pets find permanent homes or rescue placements and to reducing pet overpopulation in the Athens area.

WHAT WE DO: We work closely with Athens-Clarke County Animal Control and local rescue groups to help them help our shelter animals. Our projects include:

  • Maintaining www.athenspets.net with photos, videos, and bios of the shelter’s adoptable pets;
  • Covering the extraordinary veterinary costs of the shelter animals;
  • Soliciting sponsorships for individual pets to attract rescue groups;
  • Spaying or neutering shelter pets to improve their chances of adoption or rescue, and community pets that are otherwise at high risk of adding to pet overpopulation in our area; and
  • Testing shelter dogs for heartworms and providing preventative, sponsorship, or treatment, as appropriate.

HOW WE DO IT: We rely entirely on volunteers.

Some help by photographing the shelter pets and writing their online stories, helping with local transport needs, reaching out to local businesses that might be able with some aspect of our programs, and volunteering at community events. To volunteer, sign up today or email donations@athenspets.net. More detailed descriptions of some of the volunteer opportunities can be found at http://www.athenspets.net/volunteer.

In addition, we participate in Kroger Community Rewards, ResQWalk, Amazon Smile, and iGive: signing up for each of these programs and selecting “Athenspets” as your designated charity helps the shelter animals without taking any additional time or any money on your part! Directions for signing up for each of these programs can be found at http://www.athenspets.net/want-to-help.

Donations are critical to our programs. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. To donate by paypal, go to http://www.athenspets.net/make-a-donation; you can designate your donation to be used for medical expenses, our spay/neuter program, or to be used as the Board members believe is best. All of Athenspets’s administrative expenses are paid by the Board members and not by donations from the public. To donate by check, mail to Athenspets, P.O. Box 1022, Athens, GA 30603. More information about these funds can be found at http://www.athenspets.net/make-a-donation.

WHERE WE’RE GOING: 2015 has been a big year for Athenspets; while we’ve been an informal volunteer group since 2001, in January of this year we incorporated and become a 501(c)(3) charitable organization! We also started our spay/neuter and heartworm testing, prevention & treatment programs.

In the near term, we will be applying for grants and otherwise shoring up our current programs. We are also looking for ways to better help the shelter cats.

We’re always open to ideas, especially if they come with your dedication and time!

RESCUE PLACEMENTS: While it is not the main focus of Athenspets, we are a Georgia licensed rescue (GDA license #33-33106975). We do not have a foster program and only adopt out animals in limited circumstances. However, we do share all of our intake and disposition information with Shelter Animals Count to the hope of furthering the state of knowledge about where our shelter animals come from and where they go.

In 2016, Athenspets had 26 dogs in our care. All were transferred in from Athens-Clarke County Animal Control. Of these, 24 were transferred to rescue partners and 2 were adopted out. In addition, we had 51 cats in our care. Of these, 11 were surrendered by their owners as part of the Spay/Neuter Program and 40 came from Athens-Clarke County Animal Control. 43 cats were transferred to rescue partners, and 8 were adopted. None were euthanized or died in our care.