Low Cost Spay and Neuter Services
2024 Cat Clinic Schedule Coming Soon
Coshocton County, Rascal Unit (we are NOT affiliated with the Coshocton Co. humane society, but they host this unit)
PAWS hosts monthly low cost clinics for both dogs and cats, call number on the Facebook page:
Feral Cat Special Rate, Tuscarawas and Coshocton County:
Dr. Bliss-Barn Cat Rate for *true* trapped, feral cats 330-663-1935, Newcomerstown
Humble Creatures, Stark County: https://www.humblecreaturesvet.com
Dog and Cat Low Cost Services, Canton area:
State of Ohio Low Cost Options:
Most counties offer low cost services or units, call your local society or shelter/pound to find out about spay and neuter assistance and opportunities in your community. No excuses, low cost options are everywhere! Help end overpopulation and euthanasia of unwanted animals.
Redemptions to Owners: Call to claim your dog at anytime, 740-622-9741. If a dog warden picked up your stray dog not displaying a current license, you must call 740-295-0026 for release prior to animal shelter pick up. We meet owners Monday-Saturday to get dogs home quickly.
Community Pet Food Bank: Last Thursday of each month at 11am until supplies out.
Open Admission Cat Shelter: We accept all cats and kittens in need Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays 11-1pm. We do not charge an acceptance or intake fee. Donations are appreciated. We are NOT a no kill cat shelter. We euthanize for space due to volume received each year. We proudly celebrate nearly 400 cat and kitten adoptions in 2022, but the number in need currently does not match the homes available. Please spay and neuter your pets. Encourage your local society and shelter to accept more of its counties animals in need, instead of requiring one shelter in the state to take what they will not (we are the last open admission shelter in the state of Ohio)
Dog Pound Owner Surrender Acceptance:
COSHOCTON COUNTY, Owner surrenders accepted. Dogs and puppies accepted at the $25.00 county required intake fee. Call the no kill first to see if they’ll help you, 740-575-5829.
Out of County Dogs: We will humanely euthanize out of county dogs for desperate owners, it is a $50.00 service fee. Due to years of dogs being turned away by the thousands, and referred onto our rural, understaffed, underfunded shelter (while other county pounds remain “no kill” by limiting intakes) we have been forced recently to re-evaluate our owner surrender policies. We reserve the right to assist or waitlist owner surrender dogs from out of county, at our sole discretion. Contact your local pound and society for help, all dog pounds are required to accept stray dogs.
Important to note: Once you surrender an animal here, you release your rights to the animal(s), and they are our property when they enter into our care. We do not release adopter private information to previous owners. We do not hold animals for extended timeline periods and we sadly cannot board animals for owners. This is a dog pound and open admittance cat shelter. We simply do not have the space or resources to meet those expectations. When surrendering a canine or feline here you are acting as owner, guardian, or harborer of that pet at drop off and releasing them to this shelter. We are not able to provide “updates” to previous owners. We serve thousands of animals each year.
Please never transport animals loose in your car to our shelter. Please safely confine for drop off. Dog and puppy intakes by appointment only. The dog wardens office can be reached at 740-295-0026 for Coshocton county stray dogs. Cat and kitten open intakes, Mondays-Tuesdays-Thursdays 11-1pm. Donations are deeply appreciated. We are NOT a no kill shelter.
Dog Tag/License sales: Coshocton County only. All 3 month and older canines must be registered with the state of Ohio, per county and state law. $15.00 license fee applies to new dogs just adopted, $30.00 late fee for all tags with penalty.
Transfer & Rescue Programming: Source sheltering is the future for rural dog pounds like ours! We are a small pound, and in order to keep dogs from being euthanized for space purposes, we rely heavily on rescue and transfer networks! Short stays for shelter animals is our goal. Our volunteers personally transport the animals to transfer partner facilities and all locations have been regularly visited. Not all intakes are able to be safely placed, rescued or adopted. We proudly celebrate an 88% live release rate from our dog pound in 2022. Thousands 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. 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 email@example.com.
Cruelty & Neglect Reporting:
Please report all cruelty & neglect to the only acting humane agent by contacting 740-622-9741. Physical address of the animal(s) of concern required.
Owner name, type of animal(s), nature of concern, duration and nature of concern witnessed also helpful & appreciated.
Please understand, our first action is to make contact, conduct a wellness visit, and help educate and assist the owners. Our humane agent and team however are also prepared and trained to bring about charges, conduct cruelty investigations, and seek justice with the help of local law enforcement as required.
Please note, it is not illegal in the county of Coshocton County to tether dogs outdoors. Adequate shelter from the cold and heat must be provided. Adequate supplies of food and water also required. Any animal deprived of shelter, food, or water for 15 consecutive hours (documented and witnessed) must be reported immediately. We provide straw to those in need.
The proper channels of reporting include first filing as complainant by contacting 740-622-9741 directly. Include the physical address of animals of concern.
Reporting: Your name will not be given to the individuals you are reporting, however it is often not difficult for individuals to determine who has turned them in. Should a case file follow and statements be required for criminal charges, anonymity is not an option. You may file anonymous complaints at any time, however your witness statement may be required following that complaint and initial visit if further action requires it.
Please understand the laws in Ohio regarding humane, neglect, and cruelty continue to need improved upon. Particularly laws pertaining to livestock, which are extremely limited, we focus on cooperation and education based interventions with owners first.
The Ohio Department of Agriculture can be contacted with concerns related to puppy mill or suspected puppy mill operations. We cannot assist you in failed purchases or issues surrounding illness you have experienced after a bad animal buy.
We cannot and do not have jurisdiction on matters outside of Coshocton County. Contact your local humane society, sheriffs office, animal control, or local shelter for help and referrals with your concern.
If you report cruelty or neglect to the recently formed “Coshocton County Humane Society”, we do not receive copies or notifications of those complaints nor do we have direct contact regarding the results of your complaint.
Here at the shelter, we are happy to provide straw and extra food for cats, dogs, and small outdoor dwelling animals. We have dog houses available as supplies allow. Contact us if you are in need of additional help during extreme weather changes.
To learn more about the recent Goddards Law and Ohio laws regarding animal neglect & cruelty, https://animallawcoalition.com/ohios-goddards-law/
Please note that we are not affiliated in any way, nor do we receive support from, the recently formed “Coshocton County Humane Society”.
We have the only active humane agent serving Coshocton County.