Guidelines for Intake Animals

We are a managed admission shelter that receives animals from Animal Control and Henderson Conty residents. This shelter handles thousands of animals each year. Our initial goal is to get animals reunited with their owners. We follow a mandatory 3-day holding period for all stray animals to give owners time to find their lost pet. 

Athens Animal Rescue Shelter makes an investment in every animal. Upon arrival to the shelter, each animal is vaccinated and de-wormed and any obvious medical conditions are addressed as much as possible.  We partner with local veterinarians as needed during our intake process to ensure all animals are taken care of. 

Athens Animal Rescue Shelter can also be a source for pet owners that are contemplating pet relinquishment. Our goal is to keep pets in their homes and out of the shelter!  Please contact the shelter before surrendering your animal to ensure we have the space available for them.