Sponsorship is a pledge to donate a designated amount of money to the licensed rescue group that is able to rescue a dog or cat. When a rescue group comes forward, we will email you their contact information and notify the rescue group of your sponsorship; it is then up to you to contact the group to make donation arrangements. Typically, you can donate through the group’s website and the donation will be tax-deductible.

Rescue costs for even a young and healthy dog or cat can be expensive, so multiple sponsorships for one animal are appreciated! Nearly every dog or cat from Athens Animal Control needs, at minimum, to be spayed or neutered, fully vaccinated, and put on monthly flea and heartworm preventative. If the dog or cat is old, pregnant, or has health issues such as heartworms (preventable, but very common in Georgia) the costs increase dramatically. Rescue groups are often the only hope for these less adoptable pets, and for this they deserve our endless gratitude.


Harris $100
Zelda $100
Max $400

*In addition, all dogs & adult cats in foster care have $100 sponsorships!

Sponsorship Information for Rescue Groups

First of all…THANK YOU for your hard work and dedication to saving our shelter animals! We treasure you!! Animal Control staff will contact us if there is anything we can do to help make the rescue process easier for you. And feel free to contact us directly as with questions: [email protected].

Upon rescue, we send an email to you and the sponsors who pledged funds for the animal’s rescue. If you do not rescue animals regularly from our shelter and your donation information is not readily available online, please email [email protected] upon rescue of one of our animals with your donation information. Except in unusual circumstances, Athenspets does not collect or hold sponsorship money so the donations will be coming to you directly from the sponsor. Our sponsors have proven to be reliable, but it may take several days to receive your sponsorship money, especially if it is sent via the post office. If you are unsure whether you have received the pledged sponsorship and have been unable to reach the sponsor directly, please email us and we will follow up.

General information for rescue groups:

  • Animal Control provides DAPPv vaccination and basic deworming for dogs upon impound. In some instances dogs also receive bordetella vaccination and/or heartworm testing. Cats receive FVRCP vaccination, basic deworming, and are tested for FIV/FeLV (only cats testing negative are posted to our website). Both cats and dogs are spayed or neutered and rabies vaccinated as funds allow. If you have questions about the vetting an animal has received, please contact Animal Control directly.
  • Rescue groups must have a Georgia Department of Agriculture rescue license. Outside groups may coordinate rescues with a local licensed rescue group. Animal Control can provide contacts.
  • FAX a current copy of the license to Animal Control, along with a Rescue Transfer Form and paperwork to designated Authorized Persons to act on your behalf.
  • You should specify whether your application is confirmed (you will definitely pick up the animal at the designated time), back-up (you will allow other rescues or adopters to take the animal in front of you but will take the animal at the designated time if that does not happen), or last resort application.
  • Your group is responsible for keeping in touch with Animal Control on the adoption/rescue status of animals on which you have placed a last resort application.

This is a summary of the rescue process. For complete info call Animal Control at 706-613-3540 or go to the Animal Control website.