Low Cost Spay & Neuter Programs:
October Rascal Unit, Inc. at the animal shelter to be announced. Please check back for updates! Our low cost clinics are open to in & out of county residents. Apply at shelter directly & learn more about affordable assistance options for your dogs, cats, and bunnies! No income requirements, payment due day of surgery. rascalunit.com 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 available in our main office or printable online. Rascal Unit website also available, www.rascalunit.com. Visit us to sign up & learn more about how we can help you prevent unwanted litters. We do not declaw felines in our clinics or assist financially with that operation. We deeply recommend all cat owners consider & fully research alternatives to the act of declawing.
Spay & Neuter Vouchers: Coshocton County residents—Contact us about our $20.00 off (private veterinarian services of spay or neuter only) vouchers! **Offered at all times, no income requirements.**
Emergency Veterinary Care Assistance: Available case by case, please contact shelter directly to learn more. This program most often assists in covering the cost of office visits to veterinarian of choice, for the animal of concern, regarding urgent health matters. You are responsible for treatments, medications, extended care, and all testing and lab work costs beyond the initial office visit. Our local veterinarians do not typically accept payment plans.
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 you are a recipient of this assistance. All of age animals in your home must be spayed or neutered to receive this assistance, ask us how we can help!
“Help Me Home”—Redemption Fee Assistance: County fees in addition to impound fees required for canines not licensed and those licensed, per state and county law. HATA (us!) then help by getting canines home quickly—by paying the county. We don’t want beloved pets punished for owners financial limitations. Case by case and payment plan required.
The Coshocton County Dog Wardens office (740-295-0026) handle all citations, fees, and determine release arrangements for all pick ups not currently licensed or found running at large. We care for the dogs and puppies found running at large until their owner claims or a new loving home is found. Help your canines return home quickly and avoid costly fees by having them currently licensed! All licenses for new dogs, $12.00. Late licenses, $24.00.
Cats and kittens redeemed to owners at no charge! No licensing laws in the state of Ohio apply to felines, although both are considered companion animals. Call us if you are missing your cat!
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
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. 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.