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.

Avalon Animal Rescue was founded in 2002, it is a small, private, non-profit 501(c)(3), multi-county network of volunteers who believe that every dog deserves a safe, warm and loving environment.  Rescues are put into short-term foster care while a permanent home is sought.  Special Thanks to Milliron Clinic and Hocking Correctional Facility, both staff and inmates, for all that they do.  Follow their Facebook page as well.

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The Disaster Animal Response Team’s mission is to plan for, mitigate, and respond to the effects of disasters on the animals in our region. Their job will be to rescue, care for and return any animals who are effected by local disasters. DART’s work in non-disaster times is to plan and prepare for the disasters, and mitigate the potential of animal suffering by educating the public and other disaster responders of the needs of animals and their owners in disasters. Volunteers for this organization are very needed, if you are interested in volunteering or donating please contact athenscodart@hotmail.com .

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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.

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Harlequin Haven Great Dane Rescue (HHGDR) is an all volunteer 501(c)3 no kill shelter located in Ohio dedicated to saving and placing abused, abandoned, and neglected Great Danes in suitable, loving, and forever homes in Ohio, Northern Kentucky, and a small portion of Eastern Indiana.

The welfare and safety of the Great Danes and other dogs is our main concern. All adoption applications are carefully screened to assure that the right Great Dane is placed in the right home. The adoption of a Great Dane or any dog is a serious commitment and should not be done on impulse or whim. A local Athens volunteer performs home visits throughout SE Ohio.