Is the Wayne County Humane Society a County Agency?

No. The Wayne County Humane Society (WCHS) is a private organization. It's an Ohio registered domestic nonprofit corporation with state tax exemption pursuant to Section 5739.02(B)(12) of the Ohio Revised Code and 501(c)(3) charitable organization status per federal tax regulations. WCHS is also a registered Ohio charitable organization with the Ohio Attorney General's Office.

How much does it cost for an owner to redeem his/her cat?

An owner, keeper, or harborer may redeem his/her cat upon payment of all costs assessed against the animal.
A 3-day stay for a stray cat would incur the following fees:
33.00 - Boarding ($11 per day, redemption day counts after 12:00PM)
10.00 - Vaccination (FVRCP)
20.00 - Impound Fee (more if previously impounded and discounted if the cat is altered)

Is WCHS an authorized worksite for court ordered community service?

Yes, and we appreciate the support from our community, but there are some restrictions due to the nature of our work.

Does “Longtimer” mean the animal will be euthanized soon?

What does WCHS do with the animals euthanized at the shelter?

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.

Does WCHS coordinate with any pet rescue organizations?

Yes, the WCHS has an Animal Placement Coordinator that is in contact with numerous pet rescue organizations, such as:

All Dogs Come From Heaven, Milford, OH
Bird Nerds Rescue, Canton OH
Cause for Paws, Chillicothe, OH
Forever Dobes Rescue, Groveport, OH
Golden Treasures Golden Retriever Rescue, Bath, OH
Lake Erie Labrador Retriever Rescue, Bath, OH
Midwest Akita Rescue Society, Chicago, IL
The Mia Foundation, Rochester, NY

Does WCHS handle animal carcass removal?

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.

Are the vaccinations and tests that you give to the animals the same as I would get at my personal veterinarian’s office?

Some tests, such as heartworm, feline leukemia, parvo, etc., 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 DAPPvL2 and cats with FVRCP, the same vaccinations that are available at your veterinary clinic.

What veterinary clinic does WCHS use?

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. 

Are you the same as HSUS, American Humane, PETA or Humane Farming?

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.