Adoption Information

Adopting a Pet
Athens-Clarke County Animal Control adopts approximately 750 dogs and cats per year. The cost of adoption is $50, which includes a certain vaccinations (distemper and parvo for dogs, feline leukemia and FIV for cats), an adoption information packet, and a implanted microchip. We transport all adopted dogs and cats that are at least 10 weeks old for spay or neuter surgery. You, as the adopter, are responsible for the cost of spay or neuter and for returning proof of surgery to Animal Control. Adopters must obtain a rabies vaccination for their dog by the time the dog is four months old. We welcome both families and individuals to visit us and interact with the dogs at our facility.

Waiting Period
If you wish to adopt a dog, we can assist you in completing an adoption application. There is a 24-hour waiting period for all adoption applications. Owner-surrendered animals are available for adoption immediately. Other animals must be held for five days, not including the day it comes in and not including days when the shelter is closed before it can be adopted. We accept applications for adoption during that time, and the animal may be adopted on the sixth day. Applications for adoption are taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

An updated listing of dogs and cats up for adoption is currently available at Animal Control. The listing is updated every weekday except during holidays and special events, and it can be found online. Some dogs are highlighted on ACTV Cable Channel 180.

View the adoption application with instructions.

Available Animals
View our listing of currently impounded animals. You can also check out Athens Pets for photos and descriptions of some of these animals. ACTV broadcasts Shelter Pals, featuring some of the animals impounded at our shelter, at 50 minutes past the hour.