Our Services

Educational Outreach

The Humane Society of Richland County offers educational outreach opportunities that are customizable to your organization or group.

Topics include:

  • Background and history of the organization
  • Petting zoo and informational session
  • Responsibilities of pet ownership
  • And much more!

Missy Houghton is a 12 year veteran and Executive Director of the Humane Society of Richland County and a Humane Agent. She is available for talks with organizations, businesses, schools, civic groups – or anyone who would like to know more about the shelter, animal care, and animal welfare.
Please email adoptourstrays@yahoo.com for more information and to schedule a visit from Missy.

Adoption Policies

Adoption Application

Every person interested in adopting an animal from the HSRC must fill out an adoption application.

Part of the application is vet checks and reference checks (including landlord checks) to confirm that the applicant is a good candidate for adoption.

The adoption fee for all animals includes the spay or neuter, age appropriate vaccines, flea treatment, deworming medication and microchipping. It also includes any medication or medical treatment they’ve received while at the shelter.

All animals are to be primarily indoor companions.

If the potential owner would like to do a 2 week trial period, we do allow for that.

If an animal cannot be kept, the shelter must be contacted with arrangements made to return the animal.

There are no refunds of adoption fee, unless at director/manager discretion. The adopter may be able to choose another animal with the paid adoption fee.

Spay and Neuter Clinic

The Humane Society hosts small low cost spay and neuter clinics twice a month with the assistance of Dr. Brian Wennerstrom.
Currently this service is only available to:

  • Shelter animals
  • Low-income families (must show proof of public assistance to qualify)
  • Outdoor, unowned or feral cats (in an effort to reduce animal overpopulation in the community)
  • All spay and neuters are BY APPOINTMENT ONLY and must be scheduled through the shelter by calling 419-774-4795.

For more information on this service, please contact the shelter by phone or email adoptourstrays@yahoo.com.

Humane Agents

A humane agent is a sworn law enforcement officer who investigates reports of animal cruelty, neglect and abandonment.  A humane agent can issue summons to appear in court.  All cases that go to court are 2nd degree misdemeanors or 5th degree felonies.

The Humane Society of Richland County currently has four humane agents, and there is one on call 24/7.

All complaints regarding possible animal cruelty/neglect/abandonment must ONLY be made by:

Calls/emails/Facebook messages to staff’s personal accounts will not be responded to.

Types of calls responded to:

  • Cruelty means knowingly committing an act upon an animal, including to: torture, torment, mutilate, maim, cruelly beat, poison or needlessly kill. As in ORC 959.13 cruelty also includes lack of fresh air and wholesome exercise.
  • Neglect- any act that is negligently committed upon an animal, including to: torture, torment, mutilate, maim, cruelly beat, poison, needlessly kill, confine the animal without supplying food, water and shelter from the elements (if the animal would become sick or suffer as a result).
  • Abandonment – If an animal is confined and continues without food, water and attention for more than fifteen successive hours, the animal may be taken for its own safety.
  • Carrying or conveying an animal in a cruel or inhumane manner (ORC 959.13).
  • We will assist in calls about animals in distress i.e. loose horses/cows, trapped animals, etc.
  • Dog fighting/Animal fighting/Trapshooting (with live animals).

Types of calls not responded to:

  • Stray, aggressive, or barking dogs
  • Wildlife in residential areas, i.e. we will not skunks, raccoons, opossums, etc.
  • In general, we do not trap cats as they are allowed to free roam, are not required to be licensed and may be someone’s pet.

Pet Food Bank

The shelter operates a food bank for pet owners that need temporary assistance. Applications for assistance can be found by visiting the shelter.

Food bank hours are 2-4 on Thursday afternoons ONLY.

The guidelines are as follows:

In order to provide assistance to the animal owners in need, the Food Bank requires a set of guidelines to be followed. The Food Bank provided by the Humane Society of Richland County requires that the following guidelines are read, acknowledged, and agreed to in order to provide pet food assistance for a household.

  • One applicant per household.
  • Photo ID is REQUIRED.
  • Proof of eligibility is REQUIRED. Bring proper documentation with you every month. The following items are acceptable as proof:
  1. SSI award letter
  2. Disability award letter
  3. Food stamp or Medicaid eligibility letter. **Just the card isn’t enough, as we cannot tell if it’s currently active. **
  4. A letter signed by a social worker or employee of an agency from which you receive assistance.

NOTE: Ohio Food Stamps Cards without any eligibility date information are not proof of your eligibility. We do not have a machine to swipe the card and we will not be calling to confirm your benefits.

  • The food bank is a temporary service for feeding your existing pets. It is not to be used as a permanent food source for your animals. You are not to bring new pets into your home while receiving assistance from the food bank. We are here to help you keep your pets, NOT ADD NEW ONES.
  • No one in the household is to resell food provided by the food bank. If it is discovered that this has happened, the household and all members involved will be banned from assistance indefinitely.
  • The food bank providing a service to the community and ask that recipients receive ONLY as much food as they need.
  • All household animals MUST be spayed/neutered. If your pets are not spayed/neutered, you must get them spayed/neutered in order to continue to receive food bank assistance. There are numerous low cost spay/neuter clinics. Please ask us for help in identifying these programs if you are unable to.
  • All recipients must come IN PERSON to our distribution site in order to receive pet food.

Food is distributed on Thursdays from 2-4pm ONLY.

When possible, the food bank tries to supply at least a two weeks supply of pet food per household, up to a reasonable limit. Some bags may be opened when distributed. There is a good possibility that the pet food that you receive will not be your preferred brand. Recipients agree to not hold HSRC responsible for an adverse health effect that may occur.

We are a non-profit organization which receives NO public or government funding of any kind, and are striving to help truly need pet owners keep their pets. If you cannot prove your need or if you add pets to your household despite needing assistance from the food bank, we will not be able to help.

We ask for personal information when you apply, however, we do not share your information with anyone and all information is kept confidential.

Prison Program

The Humane Society of Richland County is proud to partner with Mansfield Correctional Institute on the Tender Loving Dog Care Program (TLDC). Dogs will live with inmates for 2-8 weeks, and during that time they will be taught basic obedience commands and are crate trained. Inmates are selected based on their desire to work in the program and must be a non-violent offender with a clean behavioral record. The Mansfield Correctional Institute provides this service to the Humane Society in order to give job skills to deserving inmates. Dogs who go through this program are highly sought after by potential adopters because of the high quality of care and training they receive in the TLDC program.