program information

your dollars, your choice.

There are countless programs dedicated to animal welfare. You can designate a program for your contibution to support.

Healing Paws Medical Fund:

You can provide lifesaving medical care to help animals in need. Many of the animals who are rescued from high-risk animal controls are healthy and ready to be adopted soon after they receive updated vaccines and are spayed or neutered. But there are cases each year where we find that an adoptable dog or cat has a medical condition that needs to be treated. Visits to the veterinarian, medications, round-the-clock staff time, and surgeries can become increasingly costly very quickly.The Healing Paws Medical Fund was created for such cases. With our limited budget, sometimes the costs can become overwhelming and we have to reach out to the public for donations on a case-by-case basis. However, with this new fund, donors can contribute year-round which will allow AAHS to have funds available when we need them as life-altering medical cases arise in our adoptable dogs and cats.

Food Bowl Program:

We provide pet food assistance to people in need. We partner with several local charities to provide pet food assistance, including ACCA, ACTS, ACTION, and OASIS. People can stop by our center any time and receive pet food assistance as well. We always need donated bags of cat and dog food for the food bowl program. You can also make a monetary contribution to benefit the program and help feed pets in need.

Spay it Forward:

This spay/neuter fund helps us provide free spays and neuters to animals in need. The most effective way to prevent animals from needlessly dying in shelters is to spay and neuter. Many people cannot afford to get their pets altered so we try and help wherever we can. Donate to the Spay/Neuter fund to support this worthy cause.

Charlotte's Fund:

Charlotte was a female cat rescued by AAHS and adopted in 2008 when she was approximately 6 years old. She was spayed at our spay/neuter clinic and shortly afterwards found a loving home. Charlotte passed away from mammary cancer recently. In cats, mammary cancer is the third most common cancer, most commonly occurring in the female cat around the age of 10 to 12 years. Unfortunately, in cats there is a 90% chance that mammary tumors are malignant and they usually spread rapidly to adjacent lymph nodes, making this a very aggressive cancer with a poor prognosis.

The best way to protect your cat from developing mammary cancer is spaying her while she is young. Studies have shown that spaying a cat before 6 months of age reduces the risk of developing mammary cancer by approximately 90%; spaying before 1 year, reduces the risk by 86%; spaying before age 2 reduces the risk by 11%. Spaying your cat after 2 years of age does not significantly reduce the risk of developing mammary cancer.

After going through the experience of Charlotte developing and eventually passing from mammary cancer, Charlotte's adopter decided that she would like to spare other cat owners this experience. Therefore, she started Charlotte's Fund to provide owners with financial support to get their cats spayed early. Charlotte's adopter is very passionate about educating cat owners on the risks of mammary cancer in female cats. Through Charlotte's Fund, the Athens Area Humane Society's Spay & Neuter Center will be able to offer spays for cats less than 6 months of age for $20.Please feel free to contact our spay/neuter clinic at (706) 769-9155 for more information on Charlotte's Fund.


  • Bleach (unscented)
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Laundry detergent (unscented, powder is fine)
  • Lint rollers
  • Clorox or Lysol disinfecting wipes
  • Small paper plates or hot dog trays
  • Canned pate' style food (large and small cans)
  • Litter (unscented clumping)
  • Dog and Cat toys (easy to sanitize in sink or washing machine)
  • Paper towels
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Pet carriers (new or used)
  • Dog Crates (new or used)
  • Dog and Cat Treats
  • Blankets, Beds, Towels
  • Food & Water Bowls
  • Cat and Dog Food (any brand for food bowl, Purina brand for AAHS animals)
  • Leashes and collars of all sizes (especially small)
  • Newspaper
  • Puppy and Kitten Milk Replacer
  • Puppy Play Pens