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.

Being an “open admission” shelter has its challenges. Only when the number of homes available for our shelter pets meets the number of pets in need of those homes, will we accomplish our goal of no pet left behind. Spay/neuter programming helps, and we continue to use funding & various financial programs in hopes to reduce unwanted litters.

Contact us for more information on how we can help you.

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, and in every community many animals are not able to be re-homed, so these “no kill” operations are simply leaving others to the euthanasia burden. This burden is often shifted onto shelter & county pound employees like us, 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.

HATA is committed to ending pet overpopulation and the euthanasia of healthy and treatable pets. However, we cannot do it without the community through responsible pet ownership and your help. We need our entire community & surrounding communities to commit to addressing overpopulation together, and become TRULY humane, in all matters of the word.

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, extended hours Monday’s from 10-6PM. We are also available by appointment as applicable.

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

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