Adoption Guidelines

Thank you for considering our animal shelter as the place to choose your new pet. In order to adopt an animal, you simply take these 3 easy steps!

1)  Submit an online application or a printable application. Be sure to contact the shelter to verify the approval of your application by calling 330-262-0152 or stopping at our facility located at 1161 Mechanicsburg Road, Wooster, Ohio.

We do our best to ensure that the pets we adopt are happy and healthy. Please be aware that since we have new animals arriving daily with no prior health history, we cannot guarantee the health of any animal adopted from WCHS. 

2)  Make arrangements to pick up your new pet from the shelter following the adoption approval. Congratulations on the new member of your household!


3)  Make an appointment with your veterinarian for your new pet! We strongly recommend you take your new pet to your veterinarian for an evaluation as soon as possible. In fact, some of the local veterinarians offer a free wellness exam to pets adopted in the last 14 days. If a condition should develop which requires veterinarian intervention, you need to discuss with your vet the options, possible fees involved, if he/she has a payment plan, etc. 

DISCLAIMER: If you are not in a position to accept these expenses or pay for necessary treatment, please do not adopt an animal. The Wayne County Humane Society does not assume responsibility for any veterinarian expenses incurred.

The Humane Society wishes you well with your new pet. However, we need to make you aware of the viruses that occasionally run through any kennel.

Most Canine and Feline viruses have an incubation period of 7 to 14 days. Due to the high turnover in dogs and cats, it is impossible to protect every animal from exposure. Even though we try to place only healthy pets for adoption, sometimes the symptoms of a disease will not become evident until after the pet has been taken home. 

Adopters are encouraged to provide the adopted pet's medical record from WCHS to their veterinarian as it describes the care provided while at WCHS. Again, please make sure that you are in the financial position to provide the necessary care and treatment for your new pet.