Local Rescues

The Athens County Humane Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. They are a 100% volunteer organization. They provide monthly low cost spay/neuter clinics to reduce the homeless pet population in our county. They operate with very limited foster homes in order to assist pets needing homes (foster homes are always needed), there is no shelter. Visit their website for information about monthly adoption events and spay/neuter clinics. All programs are supported through fundraising, donations and memberships; they do not receive government funding. They are not affiliated with the Athens County Dog Shelter which is a county-run shelter, not a non-profit, with a similar name. Visit them on Facebook!

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The Athens County Dog Shelter is the county run shelter overseen by the Athens County Commissioners where lost/found dogs are held for three days to allow owners to find their lost pets. Additionally many dogs are abandoned at the shelter by owners and the shelter adopts those dogs out to the general public. The shelter is located a short 7 miles outside of Athens toward Chauncey.  13333 State Route 13, Millfield, OH 45760  Phone: 740-593-5415  Visit their website for photos of available dogs by clicking on the photo of the shelter.

If you are missing a dog it is strongly encouraged that you visit the shelter each day rather than call. Dogs up for adoption can be viewed on their website.

Licensing: The dog shelter is also responsible for licensing of dogs in the county. ALL dogs in the county must have a license even if they live inside or have a fenced-in yard. Dog licenses can be obtained from the Athens County Auditor’s office. 15 South Court Street, Room 330, Athens, Ohio 45701 Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Dog Licenses can also be obtained from satellite locations. For more information about dog licenses visit the Athens County Auditor’s website.

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Friends of the Shelter Dog’s mission is to stop adoptable dogs from being euthanized simply because there is no room at the Athens County Dog Shelter (run by the county). They only pull dogs from the county shelter, they do not take pets from the general public. FOSD works with rescue organizations to move dogs to states where dogs are more likely to be adopted. The rescues vet the dogs and find them suitable homes. Donations of Frontline Plus, Advantix, WormerX, heartworm preventative, as well as leashes and collars are much needed. Financial support enables FOSD to treat shelter dogs who have heartworm or other illnesses. FOSD is always in need of short and long term foster support.