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 because of space.
Stray and owned animals come to WCHS by various means, e.g., left at shelter, public brought to shelter, owner surrender, dog warden impoundment, court order, humane agent seizure, 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, rescue options and available cage space are all considered to determine an animal's outcome. Note: All dogs are sedated to ensure a calm and stress free euthanasia.
No! “Urgent” 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 “Urgent” 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 a Rescue Coordinator that is in contact with numerous pet rescue organizations, such as:
Berea Animal Rescue Fund (ARF), Berea, Ohio
Big Dogs Big Hearts, Rochester, New York
Camp David Presidential Pits, Wooster, Ohio
Kaleidoscope K9's, Seville, Ohio
My Pitt is Itt Rescue and Advocacy Group, Wooster, Ohio
Paws & Prayers, Akron, Ohio
Save Ohio Strays (SOS), Wadsworth, Ohio
Star Mar Rescue, Wooster, Ohio
We also advertise our pets for adoption through PetFinder.com and AdoptAPet.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.
Cruelty investigations are always done as soon as possible after being reported (if there's adequate information to identify the animal and venue). Education is the first attempt at rectifying a bad situation. WCHS agents can only do what Ohio law allows, so animals cannot be seized unless the basic elements of care, water and food, are missing.
WCHS does not disclose specific details of the investigation of any complaint. Complaint matters are either "open and under investigation," "completed and turned over to the Prosecutor," or "completed and closed." If completed and closed, that means the issues have been resolved or there was insufficient evidence to take the matter to the Prosecutor. If a matter is turned over to the Prosecutor and that office decides to file charges, all public information is available on Wayne County CourtView at www.wayneohio.org (select the Court Records Public Access option).
The dog warden is appointed by the board of county commissioners to enforce the applicable sections of Ohio Revised Code 955 (Dogs). This section of the law pertains to registering dogs and dogs running at large, but not dogs barking. Nonetheless, counties, municipalities, cities and townships may have nuisance laws that are enforced by the applicable law enforcement agency. Please check with your local authorities to see if a nuisance (barking) ordinance exists.
If the dog warden receives an actionable complaint about a barking dog, i.e., name, address and phone number of the complainant as well as the address (and name, if known) of the dog owner and description of the dog, the dog warden will check to ensure the dog is registered.
Ohio Revised Code requires any Ohio humane agent to investigate reported cruelties against any “dumb” animals and children.
The Ohio Farm Bureau has assisted WCHS with training for agricultural livestock investigations. They have recruited OSU professors and OSU extension agents for trainings, which have provided WCHS agents with science-based information.
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.
All humane agents in the state of Ohio are required to take 20 hours of Ohio Peace Officer Training. WCHS agents are required to attend “shelter operations”, National Animal Control Academy training and Certified Euthanasia training. Customer service and agricultural livestock standards are a few of the additional trainings we provide to our agents.
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, 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 DH2PBL and cats with FVRcP, the same vaccinations that are available at your veterinary clinic.
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.