History of Athenspets

Athenspets was started in 2001 by an intrepid volunteer named Allyson. She created a webpage to advertise the dogs at the pound in the hope of finding them adoptive homes or rescues before their time ran out. (At the time, the Athens Area Humane Society handled the cats.)

Over the years, other volunteers joined Allyson so that more of the dogs (and later the cats) could be photographed and publicized on a timely basis. In addition, the volunteers began collecting sponsorship pledges for the dogs and cats to help rescues afford to pull them, and funds to pay for the extraordinary medical expenses of some of the impounded animals.

On January 30, 2015, Athenspets, Inc. was formed as a Georgia nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation to better help the animals at the shelters by allowing more efficient fundraising. Despite this change, much has stayed the same: We are still an all-volunteer organization that devotes our time, love, and money to helping the needy pets of Athens-Clarke County. To this end, in addition to publicizing the impounded animals and expanding the medical care available, we hope to help reduce the future population of homeless animals by providing free or greatly subsidized spay/neuter surgeries for pets referred to us by Athens-Clarke County Animal Control staff.

We are proud that this website has greatly increased the number of animals rescued and adopted from Athens-Clarke County Animal Control year after year, and hope we can make it so that no adoptable cats or dogs need to be euthanized because of overpopulation in our area.

We greatly appreciate the Athens-Clarke County Animal Control staff. They are wonderfully supportive of this website and our programs and they make all their shelter volunteers feel welcome and appreciated. Their compassion for the animals in their care, their professionalism in running the shelter, and their outreach work to promote responsible pet ownership is amazing. The people and pets of Athens are very lucky to have them.