09 Aug Athens Pets
Formed as a small website in 2001 that made bios for household pets, Athens Pets was created to help cats and dogs in the Athens-Clarke County area by promoting adoption and rescue efforts, reducing euthanasia rates, and curbing overpopulation through spaying and neutering services.
The organization’s creative approach to cataloging animals has vastly increased its visibility, and adoptions and rescues have constantly been on the rise.
How the Organization Works
Athens Pets relies solely on volunteers. Whether it’s photographing the shelter pets, writing their stories, transporting them, or reaching out to local businesses for support, the organization is operated by caring people ready to donate their time to help an innocent animal find a better life.
Over the years, Athens Pets has added a sponsorship program, a Medical Fund, and a Spay/Neuter Fund to help accomplish its goals.
The sponsorship program enables individuals to pledge money for a specific dog or cat, with the money going to any rescue group that can rescue the animal. The Medical Fund is used to treat sick or injured animals at Athens Animal Control who would otherwise have been euthanized. The Spay/Neuter Fund is used to alter dogs and cats at the shelter to increase their chance of adoption or rescue, and to provide low-cost spay/neuter opportunities for pet owners in Athens, particularly focusing on low-income neighborhoods.
Donating to Athens Pets is as easy as clicking a link on their website, but the organization also takes care to make donating fun. Examples include partnerships with AmazonSmile, a clone of your favorite online retail store that donates .5% of the purchase price to the organization, and ResQWalk, which allows you to raise money while you walk using their mobile apps.
Athens Pets is more than just a place for shelter pets: it’s a new outlet of hope for animals in need.