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Our Featured Athens, GA Partner:

Athens Area Humane Society

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

Pets at Our Shelter:

Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:

Athens-Clarke County and Oconee County

About Our Shelter:

Serving the people and animals of our community for over twenty-five years, the Athens Area Humane Society is a no-kill shelter in Athens, Georgia for cats, kittens, and other small domestic animals such as rabbits, rats and guinea pigs.

Each year, the Shelter cares for approximately 1200 abandoned and stray animals, striving to adopt as many as possible into loving, lifelong homes. Please look around and get to know your Humane Society.

Come Meet our Pets:

Meet our adorable adoptables
at Pet Supplies "Plus" in the Alps
Village Shopping Center at
Baxter and Alps in Athens. Mon - Fri 1pm - 7pm
Sat - Sun 12pm - 6pm

Our Adoption Process:

Meet Your Match
The AAHS has many wonderful homeless pets waiting to be loved. If you haven't already chosen a new companion, your Counselor can assist in finding a good match for you. You can even see some of them online!
Tell Us a Little About Yourself
Complete a cat adoption profile or small animal adoption profile & ask any questions you may have. As part of the adoption, your Adoption Counselor will ask for a veterinary reference and landlord approval.
Your Adoption Counselor will review your profile with you and go over how to get your home ready for your new pet. Preparing ahead for the newest arrival helps your pet feel safe and relaxed as it makes the big move from shelter to forever home.
If you are already prepared to bring your new pet home, he or she can go home with you as early as the same day!
Your Adoption Counselor will work with you to answer any questions you have and will go over your new pet's history and medical information. You'll also pay the adoption fee and sign the Adoption Agreement, which officially transfers your new pet's ownership to you.
Friends for Life
Take home the newest member of your family! Your Adoption Counselor will call in a few days to see how your new pet is adjusting and to answer any questions that may have come up. Even after we call you, please don't hesitate to call on AAHS if we can be of any assistance.

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees for cats and kittens range from $45 to $95. Reduced fees are available for multiple pet adoptions; ask our Adoption Counselors for more information.

Cat & Kitten Adoptions Include:

Spay or Neuter Surgery
Feline Leukemia Test
FIV Test
First Distemper Vaccination (FVRCP)
Rabies Vaccination
Flea Treatment
Earmite Treatment
Microchip Identification
Safety Collar
Cardboard Carrier
Rabbit adoption fee is $30.

Rabbit Adoption Includes:
Spay or Neuter Surgery
Microchip Identification
Other adoption fees are as follows:
Ferrets $75
Guinea Pigs $25
Hamsters, Rats, Gerbils $5

Please check with adoptions staff for fees to adopt other animals.

Why should you adopt?

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.