Brenda the kitten says "Hi!"

What's new?

WCHS is transitioning to a smaller, independent, non-profit organization. Learn more about the transition.

There's still a lot of confusion about the Wayne County Humane Society (us!) and the new dog pound called the Wayne County Shelter and Adoption Center

We are alive and well in the same location we've always been (Mechanicsburg Rd.)! 

Here are the facts:

  Wayne County Humane Society Wayne County Shelter and Adoption Center
Address 1161 Mechanicsburg Rd., Wooster, Ohio 5694 Burbank Rd. Wooster, Ohio
Funding Established 1973
Small, independent, non-profit shelter funded primarily by community support
County government agency funded by Wayne County dog license fees
Mission Find committed, permanent homes for companion animals in our community, measurably reduce companion animal overpopulation, and educate and promote humane values. Provide temporary shelter, care, and comfort to all stray, abandoned, neglected and injured dogs in Wayne County.
Intake Dogs: Owner surrenders and dogs pulled from surrounding shelters as space allows.
Cats: City of Wooster stray cats and injured/sick/stray and owner surrender cats from Wayne County as space allows.
Dogs: Stray dogs picked up by the Dog Warden and stray dogs dropped off by the public.

If you find a stray dog, please call the Wayne County Sheriff's Dispatch at (330) 287-5705.

If you've lost your dog, please call (330) 345-1018 or check the list of dogs recently impounded at the Wayne County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center.

NOTE: Neither organization handles animal cruelty complaints. Please contact you local law enforcement agency if you have an animal cruelty complaint!

New Emergency Care Fund

We've recently set up a new Emergency Care Fund to help provide care for especially sick injured animals under our care. Diagnosis and care of severe illnesses or injuries can costs hundreds or even thousands of dollars. This fund will ensure that we can continue to provide these types of services when we are faced with animals in dire need.

Please help us get this fund off the ground by donating now!


Lots of ways to give

Would you like to make a gift to our general fund or maybe set up an automatic monthly gift? Maybe you'd like to There are lots of ways to support WCHS

We can always use volunteers

Share your talents with us. Whether you want to be hands-on in the shelter with the animals, help from home with administrative work, or support us at events, we can use you! Read about what our volunteers do. Have another idea about how you can help? Please contact us or fill out our volunteer inquiry form!



  • Volunteers!
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Bleach & Ammonia
  • Cat Toys (not ball toys)
  • Paper Towels
  • Feline Live Traps
  • Dry Kitten Food
  • Pate' Wet Food
  • Puppy or Kitten Formula
  • Food Service Gloves
  • Rubber or Latex Gloves
  • Cat Litter 
  • Dry Cat Food
  • Dry Dog Food
  • Prescription Flea Medication
  • Feliway
  • Copier Paper
  • Ink Pens
  • Office Supplies
  • Disposable Shoe Covers
  • Foster Parents
  • Dry Puppy Food
  • Toilet Paper
  • Canned Dog Food
  • Hose Spray Nozzles
  • Brooms
  • Lint Rollers
  • Microscope (lab grade with 3x optical zoom)
  • Camcorder
  • Cat Treats
  • 75'-100' Non-Kink Hose
  • Work Gloves
  • 45+ Gallon Heavy Trash Bags
  • Dog Treats
  • Peanut Butter