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Dog Shelter

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Phone: 740-593-5415

Come Visit Us!!

Monday                      10:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday                     10:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday                10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Thursday                    10:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Friday                         10:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Saturday                     10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Sunday                        Closed to the public

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13333 State Route 13

(Use 13222 State Route 13 for GPS)

Chauncey, Ohio 45719

Mailing Address: ATTN Dog Shelter

13 W. Washington Street Athens, Ohio 45701

Directions from East or West:

From Nelsonville: Take Route 33 east to the State Route 13 exit. Go thru Chauncey on 13 south. We are approximately 1/2 mile from Chauncey on the right, next to the County Home.

From Athens: Take Route 33 west to the 13 exit. Take 13 north 2 1/2 miles. We are located on the left, just after the County Home.


Our Mission

Partnering with the Athens community to provide shelter and care and affection to abandoned, surrendered, or stray dogs until suitable homes are found. To eliminate cruelty, neglect and abuse of dogs in Athens County and surrounding areas. To educate community members on the correct treatment of dogs, and to uphold Ohio laws regarding such treatment.  

Dog Adoption Information - Adopt a Friend!

We all love our furry friends, but sometimes there's some key thoughts you need to know or think of before adopting. 


  • I've spend time with this dog. I've gotten to play and we are both accustomed to each other and it is right for me. 

  • I have introduced my current dog and all the members of my household to the new dog. 

  • The financial responsibilities relating to having a dog and also to certain breeds. Average first year of cost is $1200. 

  • A dog will need to go to the vet at least once a year for vaccinations and check-ups. 

  • Time. You are going to have time to walk, love, play, and give them all the attention they need and deserve.

Dogs and puppies - $125.00  -  This includes Spay/Neuter, Rabies, Heartworm test, 5:1 Booster, Bordetella, Deworming, and a County Dog License.

Dog Adoption Information
County Dog License

County Dog Licenses

ALL dogs in the county must have a license, regardless of if they are indoor/outdoor/or a kennel dog. 

Dog licenses can be obtained from the Dog Shelter or the Athens County Auditor's Office, 15 South Court Street, Room 330, Athens, Ohio 45701 Phone: (740) 592-3226. Dog licenses can also be obtained from satellite locations. To purchase your tags online or for more information about dog licenses click here.

And if you have found a dog with dog tags, you can search owner information 

With money from the dog license fees, the county can afford the employees
needed to take care of the dogs of the shelter.

What You Should Call Us For

What You Should Call Us For

  • Dogs running loose

  • Sick or injured stray dogs

  • Bite and injuries caused by dogs


***Please have an address and/or name of dog owner when you are calling in.

What You Shouldn't Call Us For

  • Animal control involving animals or wildlife other than dogs

  • Barking dogs and or nuisances (Please contact your local law enforcement)

  • If you have not witnessed it first hand (saw it on social media, heard from a friend)


Donations are always welcomed here at the Athens County Dog Shelter. A lot of our needs cannot be met through normal budget means and certain types of donations keep us up and running! Monetary donations are always accepted and preferred, but not limited to other things like cleaning supplies pet supplies. 

For now, please contact our shelter on how you can help!


Volunteering - Hey Volunteers, and Future Volunteers!

We know you want to help, whether you're apart of an organization wanting some hours in volunteering, or you're just that awesome of a person. We would love to have you, but first we need you to come in a fill out some paperwork for us. You will need to take our special training classes to be able to help.  

***New Updated procedure for volunteering is here! You are required to train with us before you can assist us. We are trying to make sure the dogs get more structured and better allotment of volunteer time as well as less traffic and congestion in the lobby area. Please contact to get started!

Whats Happening

What's Happening

As always, Adoptions are going on everyday except Sunday. If our times don't work for you, please call or email to try to setup an appointment.

Stay tuned for new news!



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Times change, and so can we. We love to hear feedback! 

If you have something that you want to suggest, comment on or help us out with, please contact us by email/facebook/phone ASAP. or 740-593-5415                                Athens County Dog Shelter:

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