- How do I surrender an animal to your shelter?
- Are you a No-Kill Shelter?
- Do you EVER euthanize an animal?
- Do you receive county funding or tax money?
- What is your address/phone number?
- How do I adopt an animal?
- I lost my job. Can you help me with food for my pet?
- I cannot afford to spay/neuter my pet - is there Assistance?
- Can you pick up an animal for me?
- Will you call me to let me know how my animal is doing?
- How long does an animal have to get adopted?
- My animal needs medical care. Can you help?
- What happens to the animals you don't take in?
- How does AAHS feel about Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) as a feral cat management strategy?
- How to remove a feral cat from my property?
Questions & Answers
1. How do I surrender an animal to your shelter?
Click here for full information on our intake policies and procedures.
2. Are you a No-Kill Shelter?
We are a No-Kill Shelter. For this reason many people want to bring their animals to us because they view us as a safe alternative to the traditional shelter. AAHS can not possibly be responsible for every animal in our area but we will gladly WORK WITH surrenders to find suitable options.
3. Do you EVER euthanize an animal?
Athens Area Humane Society's Euthanasia Policy While AAHS is a no-kill shelter, we still have to deal with the issue of euthanasia for some of our animals. Below is a guide so that you can understand in what cases such a decision will be made.
AAHS is a no-kill shelter with the goal of adoption for every animal. Therefore, we do not allow animals into our shelter that can not be safely adopted. This includes feral (wild) cats and vicious dogs. However, there are other organizations that specialize in these cases and we will be happy to talk with you about your options.
Special Cases in which AAHS will euthanize:
4. Do you receive county funding or tax money?
NO. AAHS operates off donations and fees. We do not receive any county funding.
5. What is your address/phone number?
1781 Mars Hill Rd Watkinsville, GA 30677
(706) 705-AAHS (2247)
If you are unable to reach us by phone, please email
6. How do I adopt an animal?
Click on the ADOPTION link on the top menu. There you will find lots of helpful information.
7. I lost my job. Can you help me with food for my pet?
Click on SERVICES>Pet Food Assistance. There you will find lots of helpful information.
8. I cannot afford to spay/neuter my pet - is there Assistance?
Spaying or Neutering your new pet is very important. That is why we offer a low cost alternative to the local veterinarians. We also receive occasional grants or donations to help subsidize the cost of surgery. You may contact us to find out eligibility. Please call us for more information on these options at 706-769-9155.
9. Can you pick up an animal for me?
No, AAHS does not have the staff to make house calls. If an animal is sick or injured you can contact your local animal control.
10. Will you call me to let me know how my animal is doing?
Those who wish to be informed of their animals' progress are encouraged to call us. You will be informed of adoption and/or special issues that come up in your animal's case but we can not give daily updates.
11. How long does an animal have to get adopted?
We are a no-kill shelter. Animals in our care have as long as they need. We do not euthanize for cage space.
12. My animal needs medical care. Can you help?
We wish we could help all animals with Medical Care, but at this time the medical care we provide are Spay/Neuter services and care to the animals in our shelter. Please call your local Vet for help.
13. What happens to the animals you don't take in?
While we service over 1,000 animals per year, we are a small organization and can not be responsible for all the animals that people wish to bring to us. However, AAHS is only one option. There are many other groups who specialize in helping animals or providing animal services.
Both Athens Clarke County and Oconee County have animal control agencies that are ready and willing to help.
There are also rescue groups that specialize in particular cases (such as feral cats or FIV positive animals).
AAHS will work with you to help you find the best option for your needs.
Remember: the Athens Area Humane Society can not save every animal in our area but we can and will provide the best care for those we can.
14. How does AAHS feel about Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) as a feral cat management strategy?
Athens Area Humane Society believes that no adoptable animal should be killed due to lack of cage space. However, we acknowledge that adult feral cats (un-socialized cats) are not considered adoptable. They have been removed from humane contact for extended periods and will be unable to adjust to living in homes within a timely manor. Trying to adopt these adult animals to homes can result in a dangerous situation for the owners and the cats.
With all the recent news on TNR, we are often asked how we fell about Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) for feral cats. Please note that the below position statement only refers to feral cats (unsolicited animals).
AAHS's Position Statement on TNR
15. How to remove a feral cat from my property?
Many counties have animal controls that offer services for individuals dealing with feral cats. First you should check with them. However, if your animal control does not offer these services you can try one of the following options:
Winterville Veterinary Clinic, 250 Henry Meyer Rd, Winterville, GA 30683 706-742-5108
Private Companies: This is simply a courtesy list. AAHS does not endorse or recommend any wildlife removal companies. The following companies will come to your property and trap/remove feral cats. Please call them for a quote.
Trutech Pest and Animal Control (706)208-8840
Animals B-Gone (770) 757-1783