The Coshocton County Animal Shelter & Humane Animal Treatment Association has served Coshocton county and its surrounding area counties for 50 years. We are the only full service, open admission, 501(c)(3) charitable animal care organization located in Coshocton, Ohio. HATA operates our county run dog pound who partners (contracts) with our shelter. Our humane society has the only active humane agent. We are not affiliated in any way with the recently formed, “Coshocton County Humane Society”. 

We are NOT a limited admission, “no kill” shelter. We are a county dog pound partnering with an open admission shelter. An “open admission” shelter is a shelter that does not turn away any animal(s) based on their age, breed, health, behavior, or aggressive tendencies. “No-kill” or “limited admission” shelters often pick and choose which animals they will accept or assign needy individuals to lengthy waitlists. Many times, a “limited admission” organization will promote themselves as a “no-kill” shelter or humane society. Unfortunately, very few of them will accept animals that are old, sick, injured, or behaviorally challenged. Nor will they provide care for stray, unwanted, or owner surrendered animals. Additionally, they may choose to decline the return of unsuccessful adoptions. This, to us, is not solving the large scale problems contributing to overpopulation, irresponsibility, and unnecessary cruelty & neglect. 

We are a volunteer based shelter. Typically, you may find only one to two volunteers responsible for all office & daily shelter responsibilities. This includes caring for all those who enter. Our small team is responsible for the following:

•Intakes and admittance procedures of all animals entering (both scheduled and surprise drop offs…averaging 10-20 or more animals a day)

•Administering vaccinations, treatments, and providing general medical care for those already in shelter or those newly admitted

•Urgent/Emergency response to case by case situations 

•Adoptions, redemptions, and prepping adoptables for exit

•Assist with daily feeding and cleaning of those currently in shelter

•Providing help to the many individuals who enter seeking out our community programs and other services we provide 

Operating and organizing our low cost clinics 

•Social media updates, Pet Finder and website

•Reunifying lost pets with owners

•All rescue/transfer coordination

•Fundraising and Events 

Our volunteers are unpaid—including the position of Director. The only paid positions include the cleaning staff and part time office manager position. Large in part, all staff continues to work countless extra, volunteer based, hours including those they are compensated for. Our director, Christina Sturtz, has gone unpaid so that all funding can support the shelter and our 501c3 nonprofit. 

Your donations truly support the animals in our care & programs we provide. Our core volunteers log hundreds of hours monthly and go above & beyond for the animals and people we serve. 

Your support helps us care for thousands of animals each year. We have served this community and surrounding areas proudly, since 1967. We have established programs and over 50 years of dedicated, experienced core team members. 

If you have found a stray dog in the county of Coshocton, please contact the dog wardens office at 740-295-0026 or safely transport the dog to our shelter. If you have found a stray after hours or on the weekend, leave a message with the dog wardens office and someone will get back with you as soon as possible.

If the stray canine is from another county, it must be transported to the county dog pound where found. 

In addition to caring for the thousands of animals received each year, we proudly provide many community programs. Browse our website further to learn more about programs and policies. 

Shelter hours are Monday-Friday 10-3pm. Closed weekends & holidays. Volunteers are happy to meet for after hours adoption & redemption appointments as able. Please call 740-622-9741 to schedule. Please leave a message if after hours. 

**Shelter closed for the holidays and our final 2018 low cost clinic of the year— December 13th, 24th, 25th 31st.** 

Please contact the dog wardens office for redemption information if your dog or puppy was brought to the shelter. Avoid fees by having a current license displayed on your canine to ensure a quick & safe return. Updated phone numbers are a must! Licenses can be purchased year round. Thank you! We are proud to serve you & the animals of Coshocton County.

To view adoptables, check us out on Facebook & Petfinder!

Thank you to all who support our work and our mission. Despite the constant challenges, we are proud to serve you and the unwanted animals we care for each day. Together, we are making a difference.