Viewing the cats at Athens-Clarke County Animal Services

Athens-Clarke County Animal Services now advertises the shelter animals! To find a lost cat or a new friend, go to their online listing of cats or call the shelter at 706-613-3540.

Lost cats

Please call the shelter at 706-613-3540 to file a lost cat report and arrangement a time to come by the shelter to see if your cat is there. If your cat is injured or otherwise not available s/he might not be pictured on the county website. Calling and visiting the shelter is the only way to ensure you find your lost pet if s/he is there!

We recommend visiting the shelter at least once every five days; the stray hold period is five days, not including the day the cat is impounded or any days the shelter is closed to the public (holidays and other times designated by the Animal Services Director). After that time, your cat legally belongs to the county and can be adopted out, rescued, or euthanized.

By county ordinance, intact cats must be altered at the owner’s expense upon the second reclaim from the shelter. Athenspets offers free spay/neuter surgeries upon the first reclaim.

Found cats

Please call the shelter at 706-613-3540 to file a found cat report. Please note that there is no way to legally rehome a stray cat (or keep a stray cat as yours) in Athens-Clarke County without the cat being impounded at the shelter and waiting out his or her stray hold period (5 days, not including the day of impound or any day the shelter is closed to the public). In some cases, you can apply to foster the animal; check with staff for details.

If you think you want to keep the animal you found if not reclaimed, submit an adoption application at the time of bringing him or her to the shelter.

Thank you for helping keep a lost pet safe!