Adoption Counselors as a Resource† |† A Note about Adoption
The Adoption Process
Tell Us About Yourself
Complete an adoption profile & ask any questions you may have.† As part of the application, your counselor will ask for:
A veterinary reference.
Approval from the owner of the home where the animal will live.
Meet Your Match
The AAHS has many wonderful homeless pets waiting to be loved.† If you haven't already chosen a new companion, your Counselor can assist in finding a good match for you.† You can even see some of them online.
Get Ready, Get Set...
Your adoption counselor will review your profile with you and go over how to get your home ready for your new pet. Preparing ahead of time for your new arrival helps your pet feel safe and relaxed as it makes the big move from shelter to forever home.
Next, your counselor will contact your references and arrange a time for you to bring your new friend home.
During your adoption counseling, your Counselor will answer any questions you have and will go over your new pet's history and medical information. You'll also pay the adoption fee and sign the Adoption Agreement, which officially transfers your new pet's ownership to you.†
Friends for Life
Take home the newest member of your family! Your adoption counselor will call in a few days to see how your new pet is adjusting and to answer any questions that may have come up. Even after we call you, please don't hesitate to call on AAHS if we can be of any assistance.
The adoption fee for cats is $45-95 and includes:
Spay or Neuter Surgery*
Feline Leukemia/FIV Combo Test
FVRCPC (Distemper) Vaccination
†††† Includes:† Spay or Neuter Surgery*
††††††††††††††††††††† Microchip Identification
Hamsters, Rats, Gerbils, etc. $5
Check with the staff for fees for other animals.
*All cats and rabbits that are old enough (for cats, usually 8-10 weeks) must be spayed or neutered before going to their new homes.† If the animal has not been sterilized before adoption, AAHS will schedule a surgery and the adopter can pick up the animal directly from the local veterinary clinic where the surgery was performed.
Pets as Gifts
Because of the lifetime commitment and personal connection involved in adopting an animal, we do not adopt animals as gifts. However, we do offer gift certificates.† Ask a staff member for details.
Adoption Counselors as a Resource
During this adoption process, please feel free to discuss any and all questions you may have with your Adoption Counselor.† For a lifelong relationship, AAHS hopes to help make a good match between pet and home, and to provide new adopters with as much information and support as possible.† Please consider us as a resource before, during, and after adoption.
A Note about Adoption
The Athens Area
patience while we
guide you through
the adoption of
your next friend
for life.† The
goal of AAHS is to
loving homes for
the animals in our
care.† Many of
previous owners had
pet ownership and
were not prepared
for the commitment
is our foremost
Click here to visit AAHS' official site and to download an Adoption Application.
Come Visit Us!
Click here for a map to AAHS.
Our Adoption Center
located in the back of Pet Supplies Plus on the corner of Alps Road and Baxter Street
Mon - Fri: 1:00 - 7:00 pm
Sat - Sun: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Please call to schedule an appointment to meet with an adoption counselor.
Athens Area Humane Society
1781 Mars Hill Road
Click here for a list of pets at this shelter