Athens-Clarke County Animal Control runs the dog shelter in Athens, Georgia, and provides services that include dog adoptions and reclamation, acceptance of found or surrendered dogs, and information regarding lost and found dogs. Animal control also conducts investigations of animal cruelty from its offices at the same location.
Upon providing proof of residency, Clarke county residents can surrender dogs to the shelter without cost. The dog shelter euthanizes dogs for public safety reasons or when shelter space is limited, beginning with owner-surrendered dogs and found animals that have been at the shelter the longest.
In addition to in-person services, the county animal control website includes a list of the dogs impounded at the shelter, while the shelter's volunteer-run website AthensPets.net features pictures, information and videos of the available dogs. The volunteer website also accepts donations to help care for the county's impounded pets. A pet adoption application is available on the county website.
The animal control offices and dog shelter are located at 125 Buddy Christian Way in Athens, with the county's cat shelter nearby at 150 Buddy Christian Way. The shelters are open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday and are closed Wednesdays and holidays. Clark County does not require owners to license pets.