Low-cost Spay & Neuter Program: Monthly low cost clinics (now accepting applications for our March 5th clinic) & assistance options for low cost spay & neuter (dogs, cats, bunnies) Ask us about our $20.00 off private veterinarian spay & neuter vouchers!
Low Cost Spay & Neuter Cat/Dog/Rabbit low cost clinics are hosted locally here in Coshocton via Rascal Unit and Nomad Inc. Other services available at additional low costs (Rascal provides microchipping, dental, and eye in addition to vaccinations, parasite treatments as does Nomad Inc) Applications, services, and price list available in office. Rascal Unit website also available, www.rascalunit.com Visit us to sign up & learn more about how we can help you prevent unwanted litters.
Emergency Veterinary Care Assistance: Available case by case, most often our assistance covers the cost of your initial office visit to veterinarian of choice for the animal of concern.
Pet Food Bank: We supply a distressed pet owner food bank to those in need. If you are in need of food for your pets, please visit our shelter location Wednesday 10-3pm. You are not eligible for adoption if a recipient of this assistance. All of age animals in the home must be spayed and neutered to receive this assistance, ask us how we help!
Low Cost (often, no cost) Humane Euthanasia: We reserve euthanasia for animals who are suffering mentally or physically, terminally ill or unresponsive to treatments, are considered dangerous to themselves, other animals, and/or humans. If euthanasia is needed, please know the animals will be treated with compassion, dignity and respect by our caring euthanasia technician. Private euthanasia services for owners needing help with elderly, suffering, or behaviorally challenging pets are available by appointment. The suggested donation for this service is $25.00, fees are waived as needed. Please contact to schedule at 740-622-9741 or for more information.
“Help Me Home”—Redemption Fee Assistance: The Coshocton County Dog Wardens office (740-295-0026) handle all citations, fees, and determine release arrangements for those dogs/puppies at large who are picked up by our wardens. If you are hesitant to redeem your pet due to financial limitations, please contact the shelter for our redemption assistance payment plan. Redemption fees are paid directly to the shelter office who then reports & turns in the payments to our county. Citations issued are not included in these fees. They range from $15-$25 for pick up, board at $5 a night stay, and the license if not on time or current at time of canines entry. LICENSE YOUR DOGS AND PUPPIES (3 months old+) ON TIME TO AVOID COSTLY FEES AND CITATIONS. 2019 on sale NOW! Help them return home, save a trip to the pound, and avoid costly redemption fees and court costs.
Transfer & Rescue Programming: As a county dog pound and open admission shelter, we fill up weekly (often daily) with strays and unwanted pets. Our goal is to provide loving care to all animals received. This includes adequate shelter and comfort items, access to high quality food and fresh water 24/7, core vaccines, parasite treatments, and urgent veterinary care needs in addition to in shelter treatment needs. In our dog pound, canine strays are held the mandatory 72 hours required by state law. This hold is often extended by staff and our wardens as a courtesy to allow owners more time to claim, as space allows. If not claimed or an owner surrender (no holds required) we begin conducting in shelter behavior testing and assessing each adoptable animal. We then release for private adoption and rescue/transfer. During this time, we reach out to our core, wonderful, rescue/transfer partners. If the animals are not quickly adopted here, kennel stressed/high anxiety, or have medical needs beyond our resources—or simply if no more space available—we begin networking them for rescue/transfer pull. Short stays for shelter animals is our goal.
We research the following in reference to all transfer partners/approved rescues: adoption procedures, return policies, veterinary care protocol, social media accounts, websites, and establish contact with fellow coordinators for follow up access to CCAS/HATA alums. Our volunteers personally transport the animals to transfer partner facilities and all locations have been regularly visited.
Our rescue & transfer partners are incredibly helpful in many ways:
- Overflow/overcrowding assistance
- Non-emergency surgeries (spay/neuter)
- Specialized services & veterinary care (staff veterinarians and large scale resource access)
- Reduction of stress (a “full” dog pound & shelter is difficult on many levels for our dogs & our volunteers— mentally, emotionally, and physically)
- More exposure for adoptable pets & potential matches
- Increases in dog pound save rates (limited, constant goal of no space related euthanasia)
- Accept all breeds, ages, and types (not breed specific or highly adoptable pull only)
- Responsible Adoption Processes
- 501c3 reputable organizations with established programs and community presence
Hundreds of animals have benefited from this program to date. With the combined efforts of HATA & our transfer partners, this program helps move adoptable animals from the dog pound & cat shelter safely, quickly, & responsibly. We cultivate close relationships with partner coordinators, managers, and shelter directors. We know transferred animals will receive full veterinary care (spay, neuter, general & specialized medical care, heartworm testing, behavioral needs met) and are in the hands of the best of the best here in the state of Ohio. Thank you to all of our friends in rescue & at the APLs. We are proud to work alongside you in our caring for all animals! Bunnies, cats, and exotics received are also transferred out as needed for further care. Sadly, not all shelter dogs and cats that enter are eligible for private adoption or rescue/transfer. This includes owner surrender requested euthanasia, ferals, court ordered euthanasia, behavioral/bite history/aggression pattern euthanasia, illness, severe medical care needs and failure to thrive. Our staff & volunteers care equally for all animals who enter, no matter the circumstance. All felines who thrive in the shelter environment can reside permanently if private adoption does not present or if issues regarding behaviors prevent safe adoption. Sadly, canines benefit from these programs at a higher rate than felines. Intakes are far higher and placement is simply not as open or available. We have many resident cats here at the shelter. Our goal is to prevent the unnecessary suffering of unwanted animals. To learn more about the future of rescue and what it means to be a source shelter: https://www.animalsheltering.org/blog/transporting-future
To be added to our rescue or transfer partners or approved list, please send proof of 501c3, non profit status, and organization & policy information to firstname.lastname@example.org.