Fundraising goal

The Tuscarawas County Humane Society has successfully completed its two-year Shelter Me Capital Campaign, which raised funds to construct a new shelter for rescues and to provide operating funds for the first year of running the new facility.

A new, more spacious and efficient facility will mean many improvements and opportunities, enabling the Humane Society to offer the highest quality medical and adoption services for the more than 300 animals in its care each year. And, importantly, it will help cut costs associated with managing two separate facilities.

In February 2015, the TCHS Board and Shelter Me Campaign Steering Committee announced that the goal of $1,150,000 had been met — and exceeded — raising a total of $1,165,000!

Lead Campaign Donors, Volunteers and Staff Attend Soft "Sneak-Peak" Opening

On Saturday, February 7, 2015 more than 100 individuals gathered to celebrate with a "soft" opening of our new facility! The new shelter was blessed by campaign Chair Dan Hershberger, and the staff and board offered tours for lead donors and those deeply involved with the campaign's implementation.

View photos of the event below

Members of the Humane Society Board cut the ribbon

Humane Society Staff

New Shelter Blessing

Our New Sign Welcomes Donors to the Sneak Peak

Our New Pet Tag Statue is Finally at Home

Karen Berkshire, one of our donors next to her naming plaque

Volunteers get the grounds in shape for the opening

The new shelter features:

  • Expanded space for dogs (31 kennels including 2 welping kennels), with exterior runs
  • Housing for 60 cats onsite, plus outdoor play areas
  • Fully equipped surgical center
  • Quarantine areas for dogs and cats
  • Quarantine areas for dogs and cats
  • Pasture for horses and livestock
  • Space for exterior dog socialization/play area (coming soon)
  • Office space, dog adoption rooms, dog wash area, conference/meeting room and welcoming reception and intake areas for both dogs and cats
  • Opportunities to save money each year, through onsite medical procedures and by offering all services and programs under one roof


The board, staff and campaign committee — on behalf of all rescues served — share their deepest gratitude for the community's amazing support for this huge project:

More than 400 donors contributed gifts of cash and services or materials, and hundreds more supported grassroots-style, through coin canisters at local businesses, special fundraisers and more. This could not have happened without every person, business and foundation that participated, and TCHS feels so fortunate to live in a region that places such importance on humane care and treatment of all animals. TCHS also extends very special thanks to Tom Glass and family for the gift of land which spurred the project in 2011.

Please stop in for a tour on or after Valentine's Day 2015! In the meantime, take your own virtual sneak peak tour below. (We’re open for biz officially on Valentine's Day, from 1:00 – 4:00pm).

New address:
1432 Tall Timber Road, NE
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663

Modern, Welcoming Graphics Point to the Dog Shelter Area

Fully Equipped Surgery Center

Dog Play Room

Play / Sleep Wall in the Cat Room

Reception Area

Staff & Volunteer Break Room

Summary of Need/History of the Shelter Me Campaign:

The TCHS board and staff knew that its two shelters – a large, uninsulated, leased workshop in Dover, housing dogs, and an older home in Dover housing cats – were not ideal for boarding animals and caring for them efficiently. Neither shelter was built or designed to house animals, which lead to increased passage of infections and disease, and created hours of extra work for the small staff and group of shelter volunteers.

So with the gift of 5 acres of land, and a positive feasibility study conducted in 2012, the group decided it was time to construct their own, appropriately designed facility. The Shelter Me Capital Campaign kicked off in March 2013 and, in two years' time, was successfully completed. This is the largest project ever undertaken by TCHS, a small, primarily volunteer-run rescue organization with an annual budget of approximately $265,000. TCHS relies solely on contributions, grants and fundraising events to carry out its mission (the organization receives no local, state or federal government support and does not receive funding from the Humane Society of the United States).

The board and campaign committee is proud to note they were able to execute the campaign and construction efficiently, keeping all fundraising and marketing costs for the campaign at just 4.5% of the total raised, and with thanks to in-kind contributions from generous construction contractors and subcontractors.

Shelter Me Campaign Steering Committee

This group of community leaders and volunteers helped TCHS ensure the campaign’s success, and we are grateful for their hours of time, boundless energy and passion for the project.

  • Dan Hershberger, Co-Chair – President, New Dawn Retirement
  • Dan Andreas — Andreas Farms, Sugarcreek
  • Ryan Mason — iForce
  • Ellen Matics — Cat Shelter Volunteer
  • Bob Sensel — Dover Hydraulics, Dover
  • Rhonda Rosenberry, TCHS Board President
  • Kelly Schoelles, TCHS Board Vice President
  • Jerry Poland, TCHS Board, Building Sub-Committee Chair
  • Trish Archer, TCHS Board, Fundraising Sub-Committee Chair
  • Diane Cartell, Secretary
  • Lindsey Lewis, Shelter Director


Landscaping and New Sign Exterior nearing completion! TCHS shelter walls are built TCHS shelter support beams and concrete padNew TCHS shelter under construction