It shouldn’t be sad. Most of these animals are going to get their forever home. Even though it may not be your home, they will still be loved.

Animals stay in the shelter until they are fostered, adopted, or rescued. WCHS’s goal is to never euthanize an adoptable pet because of space.

An owner, keeper, or harborer may redeem his/her cat upon payment of all costs assessed against the animal.
A 3-day stay for a stray cat would incur the following fees:
33.00 - Boarding ($11 per day, redemption day counts after 12:00PM)
10.00 - Vaccination (FVRCP)
20.00 - Impound Fee (more if previously impounded and discounted if the cat is altered)
63.00 - Total of all costs *
* Additional fees may apply depending on length of stay.
Note: Any time prior to adoption, a verified owner may claim his/her cat during our published business hours.

Stray and owned animals come to WCHS by various means, e.g., public brought to shelter, owner surrender, dog warden impoundment, law enforcement seizure, court order, etc. These animals also leave by various means, e.g., adoption, foster care, owner redemption, rescue pull, euthanization, etc. Aside from owner redemption, the animals are property of and dispositioned at the discretion of the Wayne County Humane Society. Therefore, when it comes to disposition of an animal, the only information we release is whether or not the animal is currently at the shelter. That information is available on our website. If the animal is a recent arrival, it can be found under our “Lost & Found” section and if it’s ready for adoption, it can be found under our “Animals” section.

“No-kill” shelters are considered “limited admission” and may refuse animals until there is space available. We feel the compassionate way to deal with animals is to provide for their immediate care and to not refuse any stray from entering our shelter. The Humane Society may make the decision to euthanize for several reasons. The animal's age, health, temperament and rescue options are all considered to determine an animal's outcome. Note: All dogs are sedated to ensure a calm and stress free euthanasia.

No! “Overlooked” means the animal has been on the adoption floor for several weeks and it’s time for the animal to go to its furrever home. In keeping with our philosophy that no pet belongs in the pound, we use the “Overlooked” status to draw attention to these animals. We also lower the adoption price and make the animals available to approved rescues, which provides yet another opportunity to find a lasting home. From a business perspective, by the time an animal reaches the adoption floor, we have invested quite a bit of time, money and supplies, so it would be financially detrimental to euthanize an adoptable animal.

Yes, the WCHS has an Animal Placement Coordinator that is in contact with numerous pet rescue organizations, such as:

All Dogs Come From Heaven, Milford, OH
Bird Nerds Rescue, Canton OH
Cause for Paws, Chillicothe, OH
Forever Dobes Rescue, Groveport, OH
Golden Treasures Golden Retriever Rescue, Bath, OH
Lake Erie Labrador Retriever Rescue, Bath, OH
Midwest Akita Rescue Society, Chicago, IL
The Mia Foundation, Rochester, NY
Paws & Prayers, Akron, OH
Pennsyvania Great Dane Rescue, Aliquippa, PA
Pets with Disabilities, Prince Frederick, MD
Purebred Rescue Organization of Ohio, Greenfield, OH
Robyns Nest, Kettering, OH
Sanctuary for Senior Dogs, Cleveland, OH
Save Ohio Strays (SOS), Wadsworth, OH
Schnauzer Rescue Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
Star Mar Rescue, Wooster, OH
We Are Family, Wooster, OH

We also advertise our pets for adoption through PetFinder.com.

We view and treat our animals as if they are our own pets. If we must humanely euthanize one of them (based on the reasons in the "no-kill" FAQ above), the animal is then picked up, cremated and buried through an arrangement with Western Farm Pet Crematory and Cemetery in Grafton, Ohio.

No. The Wayne County Humane Society (WCHS) is a private organization. It's an Ohio registered domestic nonprofit corporation with state tax exemption pursuant to Section 5739.02(B)(12) of the Ohio Revised Code and 501(c)(3) charitable organization status per federal tax regulations. WCHS is also a registered Ohio charitable organization with the Ohio Attorney General's Office.

WCHS is not funded by any county tax dollars. WCHS relies on the generosity of our community and companies to fund our operations and programs. Our income sources are adoption fees, fee-for-service contracts, fundraising events, grants and bequests.

WCHS is not affiliated with or supported by any national, state or local organization. Our goals may slightly differ from those mentioned above. Furthermore, WCHS is an “animal welfare” organization not an “animal rights” organization.

WCHS does not endorse or recommend any particular veterinary clinic in our area. We feel all veterinarians in our area are highly trained. At WCHS we have a highly trained veterinarian on staff who performs all necessary surgeries, including spays and neuteres, and tends to the health and general well being of our animals. 

Some tests, such as heartworm, feline leukemia, parvo, etc., can be done with accuracy at the shelter, but we always recommend that you take your pet to the veterinarian of your choice for a complete examination. We vaccinate all incoming dogs with DHLPP and cats with FVRCP, the same vaccinations that are available at your veterinary clinic.

Yes, and we appreciate the support from our community, but there are some restrictions due to the nature of our work.

  1. The initial contact with WCHS must be in person during business hours.

  2. After the initial paperwork is completed, a community service volunteer may work:
    • Tues-Fri: 6AM-5PM
    • Sat: 6AM-2PM
    • Sun-Mon: 6AM-12PM
    • All nonbusiness hours must be scheduled in advance.

  3. There are some community service volunteers that will not be permitted to work at WCHS:
    • Convicted felons, even if the community service is for a misdemeanor violation
    • Individuals convicted of pet/people abuse/violence (does not include disorderly conduct)
    • Individuals convicted of a drug abuse offense as defined in section 2925.01(G) of the Revised Code (other than minor misdemeanor possession of marijuana).

No, but we do provide a list of known dead stock removal/disposal companies for your convenience.

     Flesher's Deadstock Removal, Norton OH, (330) 388-6161
     Waste Management, 1-800-963-4776 (no pickup service)
     Western Farm Pet Crematory and Cemetery, Grafton OH, (440) 748-1716

Note: See ORC 941.14, Disposal of dead or destroyed animals, for disposal requirements.