Stray dogs, cats, puppies and kittens are accepted at no charge. We also accept all owner surrendered cats & kittens at no charge, donations are deeply appreciated. If you have found a canine or have a dog/puppy you no longer can care for and are not located in Coshocton County, please contact your local county dog pound & humane societies for assistance options first.

Owner surrendered canines are accepted at a $25.00 county service fee. This is for both in county & out of county owner surrendered dogs/large puppies, smaller litters of puppies under 3 months are $25 per litter. If you originally adopted the animal from a neighboring shelter or organization, please contact them first regarding return policies & options. It is in the best interest of the animal to be returned to the facility or rescue organization familiar with the animal. If this is not an option, we are happy to assist you. 

We receive many owner surrenders each week, often they are house cats or unwanted dogs who have been in the homes they’re being removed from for many years. The stress of being left behind can negatively affect certain animals more than others–and it’s important to consider the following.

Many variables enter into whether or not an animal will thrive in the shelter environment. The shelter workers are often overwhelmed by the expectations individuals place upon them in reference to their discarded pet(s). Keep in mind how many discarded animals are cared for by these individuals each day, and that no promises can be made in reference to adoption guarantees. 

Having your pet spayed or neutered and in good health will increase the chances of it being adoptable.

It is important to note, adoptable canines are successfully re-homed and pulled for rescue/transfer at a far higher rate than adoptable felines.

We strive to be a limited euthanasia shelter, as all shelters do, while providing one of the only remaining open admission shelters in the state.

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

We accept feral felines and strays, mothers and kittens in all conditions, in addition to beloved pets. 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.

On average, we care for 75-100+ animals at a time. Our cleaning staff & volunteers dedicate hundreds of hours to the unwanted animals we care for each week, M-Sun. We receive thousands of animals a year and operate on a limited budget. We do what we can for all who enter.

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.