About Us

The Humane Society of Richland County is a 501c3 non profit animal welfare organization.  We are not affiliated with the Humane Society of the United States, nor do we receive any state, local or federal funding.  All money raised through HSRC is solely through the generosity of our supporters.

Our Mission

To advocate and compassionately care for the abandoned, abused and neglected animals in our community, and to find them loving homes.

Our Vision

Less homeless and abused animals.

More education/knowledge in the community on animal care and the responsibilities of pet parenting.

Our Facility

The Humane Society of Richland County opened the doors to our new shelter at 3025 Park Avenue West in Ontario, Ohio in 2009.

Our current facility has:

  • 8 dog runs for our large breed dogs, giving them inside/outside access with room to move
  • 16 full size dog cages
  • Two fenced in play areas for our resident dogs
  • 100 cat cages and a large free roaming cat area for our resident cats
  • Welping room – a private room for pregnant or nursing dogs
  • A playroom for potential pet adopters to privately get acquainted with our shelter pets

Our History

  • Established in 1884, the Mansfield Humane Society was originally created for the protection of animals, seniors and children.
  • As other programs became available to people, the Humane Society was able to turn its focus solely on the care and protection of animals.
  • Received its 501c3 non-profit status in 1971.
  • Name was changed to Mansfield-Richland County Humane Society in 1984, and later filed to “do business as” The Humane Society of Richland County in 2005.
  • Two humane agents were appointed in 2006, allowing us to investigate animal cruelty and neglect cases and to prosecute offenders.
  • Current location opened its doors in 2009.