OWNER SURRENDERS BY APPOINTMENT. Please contact 740-622-9741 to schedule. $25.00 county required canine surrender fee. Cats and kittens admitted into the cat shelter at no charge (HATA) 

Contact the shelter directly to schedule all surrenders. If you have found a stray dog and are not located in Coshocton County, please contact the county dog pound & humane society where found. We do admit out of county owned dogs and puppies. If you do not wish to surrender to an open admit shelter, we encourage you to be very careful in your steps to re-home your pet. Strays found can be taken to your county dog pound at no charge. 

Owner surrendered canines are accepted at a $25.00 county service fee. Appointments & verbal contact with shelter volunteers prior to drop off required. Please contact the shelter staff for more information & to tell us more about your surrender. This is for both in county & out of county owner surrendered dogs/large puppies. Please note litters of puppies 3 months and under are also admitted at $25 per litter. If you originally adopted the animal from a shelter, society, friend or rescue organization, please contact them first regarding return policies & safe homing options. It is in the best interest of the animal to be returned to the facility or rescue organization most familiar. If this is not an option, as we know most surrounding area societies/pounds do not re-admit or allow returns, we are here to assist you. Please be prepared to answer behavioral oriented questions and offer as much information as you can to help us best serve you. 

We do not pick up animals, unless it’s an injury/emergency directed to the humane agent. We cannot pick up animals outside of our county. We simply do not have the staff or resources to do so, nor are we required. 

We receive many owner surrenders, often they are house cats or unwanted dogs who are no longer cute puppies, who have been in the homes they’re being removed from for many years, or 2 days. The stress of being left behind can negatively affect certain animals more than others–and it’s important to consider the below information. 

Many variables enter into whether or not an animal will thrive in the shelter environment. No promises can be made in reference to adoptions, their are few guarantees. What can be guaranteed, is that they are loved, cared for, and they matter to us. 

Having your pet spayed or neutered and in good health will increase the chances of it being adoptable. Having your pet up to date on core vaccinations increases the likelihood of health & wellness while in shelter in addition to what we provide. 

It is important to note, adoptable canines are successfully re-homed and pulled via rescue/transfer at a far higher rate than adoptable felines. We receive higher numbers of felines than canines each year, but receive a higher rate of canines for a rural area pound, due to our being open admission and accepting from surrounding areas as well. 

Its also important to note that cats and kittens are far more prone to shelter stress/health related issues. This is often due to lengthy stays, higher stress environment, and failure to thrive. Leaving home is psychologically & emotionally difficult, no matter the circumstances and despite our best efforts. 

We provide all with high quality food, treats, cuddly shelter spaces and a stable care environment while they are with us. We do the same for our canines, small domestics & exotics received as well. Urgent cases of illness, chronic conditions, or injury are also seen by a veterinarian or receive comfort care & treatment in shelter as applicable.

On average, we care for 75-150+ animals at a time. We are volunteer based.

Things to ask yourself before surrendering:
• Can you place your pet with a family member, co-worker, or friend? Work your personal network for individuals or families who might be a good match for your pet. If you’re surrendering your pet for a behavior problem, ask yourself if the animal gets enough exercise and mental stimulation through toys and social time. Boredom and pent up energy are the origins of many behavior problems such as chewing and barking.

• Have you consulted your veterinarian, a professional trainer, or behaviorist for help?
If you’re surrendering your pet for house breaking trouble, many times this behavior is linked to stress. Even subtle changes in the home (and certainly new pets or people) can disrupt an animal’s habits. Not cleaning a litter box often enough, or not walking a dog sufficiently or keeping the yard free of waste can result in animals soiling inappropriately. 

• If you are surrendering a pet because of a challenge you do not want to deal with, keep in mind that a stranger may not want to deal with it either. This decreases the chance of the pet being adopted to a new home.

• If your allergies are compelling you to surrender your pet, have you exhausted options for air purifiers and medications? Have you consulted a doctor to discuss all options?

Abandoning a pet in a public place or leaving it at a residence you are vacating is illegal. If you must surrender your pet, contact us at 740-622-9741.

We understand that surrendering your pet can be a very difficult and painful decision to make. However, many people discard pets very casually. Be careful to not use “free to a good home” on Facebook or other buying/selling online options. You should always charge some type of fee and most importantly truly research the individual and the potential home prior to turning over your animal to a stranger.