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Help Us Help Them – Our organization has been credited by the Athens County commissioners with having a tremendous impact on the decrease of euthanasia at the shelter. It takes a great deal of time, effort and funding to help the dogs. We need our community's support to continue providing assistance. Please do your part in helping us save these precious animals.

Who We Are


Friends of the Shelter Dogs is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides assistance to the dogs in the Athens County Dog Shelter by providing veterinary support for sick and injured dogs, spaying and neutering, rescue operations and the promotion of the dogs in the shelter.

All this is done in order to save the lives of adoptable dogs.



Our mission is to prevent the euthanization of adoptable dogs at the county operated dog shelter by rescue and/or adoption.



We are a group of Athens Co. citizens dedicated to the rescue and welfare of dogs at the Athens County Dog Shelter.



FOSD provides these services and more to the Athens County Dog Shelter:


  • Rescue operation to reduce euthanasia rate at the Shelter.

  • Cover vetting costs for sick and injured shelter dogs.

  • Foster Network for dogs awaiting rescue or adoption from FOSD.

  • Rescuing/fostering puppy litters that are too young to adopt.

  • Dog evaluations to give to potential adopters and rescues for more info about each dog.

  • Working with dogs with special needs.

  • Shelter Shot program.

  • Athens Messenger Shelter Dog Ad

  • Investigation and Outreach for lost and found dogs.

  • Marketing of shelter dogs available for adoption.

  • Fundraising to pay veterinary and other expenses.

  • Shelter Spay & Neuter program assistance

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Temporary Fostering

We are always in need of temporary foster homes. Please email us if you think you would like to help foster a dog on a short term basis. Sometimes we just need a place for a dog to go to for a few days until a rescue can come and pick it up. You can help us save a dog's life! If you can take in a pet for any amount of time, we need you. Please click the link below to download a foster application!

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