It shouldn’t be sad. Most of these animals are going to get their forever home. Even though it may not be your home, they will still be loved.

Animals stay at the humane society until they are fostered, adopted, or rescued. WCHS’s goal is to never euthanize an adoptable pet.

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)
63.00 - Total of all costs *
* Additional fees may apply depending on length of stay.
Note: Any time prior to adoption, a verified owner may claim his/her cat during our published business hours.

The Wayne County Humane Society does not officially call itself a "no-kill" shelter because there is no universally accepted definition for a "no-kill" shelter. However, there is a universally accepted practice that we do follow, which is that we don't euthanize an adoptable pet.

“No-kill” shelters are typically “limited admission” shelters that refuse animals until there is space available. Our intake is limited to stray Wooster cats and injured/ill stray County cats. We do accept stray County cats on a space available basis as well as cats and dogs that are owner surrendered.

If the Humane Society makes a decision to euthanize, the animal's age, health, temperament and rescue options are all considered.

No! “Longtimer” means the animal has been on the adoption floor for several weeks and it’s time for the animal to go to its furrever home. In keeping with our philosophy that no pet belongs in the pound, we use the “Longtimer” status to draw attention to these animals. We also make the animals available to approved rescues, which provides yet another opportunity to find a lasting home. From a business perspective, by the time an animal reaches the adoption floor, we have invested quite a bit of time, money and supplies, so it would be financially detrimental to euthanize an adoptable animal.

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
Paws & Prayers, Akron, OH
Pennsyvania Great Dane Rescue, Aliquippa, PA
Pets with Disabilities, Prince Frederick, MD
Purebred Rescue Organization of Ohio, Greenfield, OH
Robyns Nest, Kettering, OH
Sanctuary for Senior Dogs, Cleveland, OH
Save Ohio Strays (SOS), Wadsworth, OH
Schnauzer Rescue Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
Star Mar Rescue, Wooster, OH
We Are Family, Wooster, OH

We also advertise our pets for adoption through PetFinder.com.

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.

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.

WCHS is not funded by any county tax dollars. WCHS relies on the generosity of our community and companies to fund our operations and programs. Our income sources are adoption fees, fee-for-service contracts, fundraising events, grants and bequests.

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.

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. 

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.

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

  1. The initial contact with WCHS must be in person during business hours.

  2. After the initial paperwork is completed, a community service volunteer may work:
    • Tues, Wed, Fri: 8AM-5PM
    • Thur: 8AM-7PM
    • Sat: 8AM-2PM
    • Sun-Mon: 8AM-12PM
    • All nonbusiness hours must be scheduled in advance.

  3. There are some community service volunteers that will not be permitted to work at WCHS:
    • Convicted felons, even if the community service is for a misdemeanor violation
    • Individuals convicted of pet/people abuse/violence (does not include disorderly conduct)
    • Individuals convicted of a drug abuse offense as defined in section 2925.01(G) of the Revised Code (other than minor misdemeanor possession of marijuana).

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.