About the Wayne County Humane Society

The Wayne County Humane Society is an independent, non-profit animal shelter located in Wooster, Ohio. As a non-profit, WCHS depends on the support of generous donors and volunteers to ensure it is able to continue its mission. We are extremely grateful for the support we receive from the community. 


Our Mission is to...

  •    Find committed, permanent homes for companion animals in the community.

  •    Measurably reduce companion animal overpopulation. 

  •    Educate and promote humane values.


Our Core Values are...

   We will maintain a place of safety for companion animals in our community, providing quality veterinary care and spay/neuter services before placing them into permanent homes.


   We will not euthanize adoptable companion animals. We believe humane euthanasia is a last resort to end an animal's suffering or to ensure public safety and welfare. We will not allow terminally sick or badly injured companion animals to die painful deaths. Our compassion for companion animals will not allow us to keep an animal endlessly in a cage without hope of release, nor will we release animals which we know are dangerous or diseased.

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   We will play an active role in the prevention of cruelty to companion animals by nourishing the relationship between companion animals and humans through education and community outreach.


WCHS is a limited intake facility. Intake capacity depends on available shelter space and financial resources. We accept stray cats found in Wooster, Ohio and Orrville, Ohio and the surrounding Wayne County, Ohio area as capacity allows. We accept owner surrenders of pets as shelter capacity allows. If you have questions about a stray cat or an owner surrender, please call us (330) 262-0152. 


Please help us continue our mission by making a donation of funds, supplies, or your time. 


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Lisa Elder

Shelter Director

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Tori Hudson

Animal Care Technician

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Joe Kay

Adoption Coordinator

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Akash Loess

Event & Volunteer Coordinator

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Stephanie Long

Animal Care Specialist

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Nicole Mancuso

Animal Care Technician


In addition to the devoted staff, the Wayne County Humane Society also has a dedicated Board of Directors.


President: Anna Duke


Vice President: Mike Bomboris


Secretary: Alyssa Gilbert


Treasurer: Bill Miller


Members: Kim Hall, Laurel Harrison, Logan Hershey, Kathy Long, Chuck Neyhart, Duper Pallotta, Jill Wickham, Lacey Widder

If you would like to contact the board of directors, please send a signed letter with your return address to:

Wayne County Humane Society

Attn: President, Board of Directors

P.O. Box 1084

Wooster, OH 44691

The Wayne County Humane Society's annual meeting is open to the public and typically held in January. The exact date, time, and location are announced via our website and Facebook pages.




Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 12pm-5pm

Thursday: 2pm-7pm

Saturday: 10am-2pm

Sunday - Monday: CLOSED




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