About Us


Circle of Friends Animal Society was founded in February 2007 by a small group of experienced rescuers who wanted to do things a little different. We wanted to be able to help animals that other rescue groups couldn’t or wouldn’t take because they had a health condition or because they might take a little longer to adopt out because of their breed, age, etc. We did not want to walk away from a dog because he was heartworm positive or from a cat because she had an eye infection. Nor did we want to rescue only puppies or kittens or only small purebred dogs or take a litter of puppies or kittens but leave the mother behind at animal control. There were eight of us originally – hence the 8 hearts in the circle of the logo. We started with a very small budget, doing adoptions on Sundays at Pet Supplies Plus in Athens. We are a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Today we have adoption teams every Saturday at PetSmarts in Loganville and Athens. We also have cats located inside the PetSmart adoption center at the Eisenhower store. We still operate on an incredibly small budget with no salaried employees and are staffed solely by volunteers. We do not receive funding from any government or national humane society or animal welfare organizations. We are financed entirely by our supporters and 100% of all monies received goes toward helping animals. Through the generous hearts of people like you, we can rescue animals from the fear and pain of homelessness, neglect and abuse, and give them the safe, happy lives all pets deserve. In 2018 we rescued 816 animals. Since 2007, we have rescued over 7,200 homeless animals.

Cathy Wood, Chairman
Circle of Friends Animal Society

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This beautiful poem perfectly captures why we are so passionate about saving these animals who deserve a second chance at life.