What is an “open admission” shelter?

As an open admission shelter, we do NOT turn away animals based on age, tendencies toward aggression, or behavioral issues. These factors make it difficult to adopt & re-home animals, many are turned away due to these reasons. Not here at HATA.

We believe that all animals should be saved from suffering the terrible fates of street life, being left alone on rural roads, or being harmed by humans they stumble upon along the way. We serve our community and others, simply because our door is always open to animals in need. We are serving a much needed purpose, if we choose to be “limited admission” (only accepting highly adoptable animals) then there is nowhere for the others to go. To us, this is not acceptable.

Limited admission shelters pick and choose the pets they admit, they are often referred to as “no kill” shelters. This simply means that they are not taking in all animals, including animals that are not able to be re-homed. These “no kill” operations are simply leaving others to the euthanasia burden. This burden is often shifted onto shelter & county pound employees like those here, who remain open to all animals in need. We know that doing the right thing is not always easy and may not always be understood. But because we care about animals, we will not allow them to die painful deaths. We also do not release animals we have observed & determined to be dangerous. We feel deep compassion for our animals, and want more for them than lives restricted to a cage with no hopes of adoption. Our mission & duty, we feel, is to prevent the suffering of unwanted animals. 

HATA is committed to ending pet overpopulation and the euthanasia of healthy and treatable pets. We cannot do it without the community through responsible pet ownership and your support. We need our entire community & surrounding communities to commit to addressing overpopulation together. 

Being an “open admission” shelter has its challenges, but we are committed to our initiatives and vision. Spay/neuter programming is the only defense against unwanted litters, we continue to use funding & various financial programs in hopes to reduce those litters. Contact us for more information on our low cost spay & neuter clinics and how we can help you. Until the number of homes available meet the number of animals in need of those homes, we will be here caring for those with little options & no home to call their own. 

Thank you to each and every person who supports our work and our mission. Despite the constant challenges, we are happy to serve you and the unwanted animals we care for each day.

To view adoptables, check us out on Facebook or visit us Monday-Friday 10-3PM. We are also available evenings & weekends by appointment. 

Rescues and private adopters welcome, please contact our main office for more information. 

If you would like to know more about us or our programs & services, please contact us at 740-622-9741. Together, we are making a difference. Thank you.