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Welcome to Athens Animal Rescue Shelter

The Athens Animal Rescue Shelter has responded to animals in need through the generous support of individuals, businesses, and foundations. We provide shelter, food, medical treatment, love and care to every animal that is brought to our facility. Our mission is to promote the humane treatment of animals through care, education, and advocacy.

At this time, we are only open for Appointment Only. Please contact us to make an appointment. Thank you!




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We work with the ASPCA to transport our dogs to shelters with a shortage of adoptable dogs. This great program helps get more furry friends adopted and into their forever homes!

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Rehome with Adopt a Pet

Rehoming your pet should be easy and stress free both for you and your pet. The experts at Adopt-a-Pet.com, the largest non-profit pet adoption website, have created a simple, reliable, free program to help you place your pet from your loving home directly to another.

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We want to thank the Petfinder Foundation for their generous $2,000 disaster recovery grant. Back in February 2021, we took in 79 dogs from a single home. With a winter storm looming, we had to quickly set up additional weatherproofing for our outdoor kennel areas. The grant from Petfinder Foundation helped offset the costs of weathering in those kennels, allowed us to purchase generators and repair our drafty bay garage doors to be better prepared for future bouts of bad weather.

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Thank you to our Partners!!!