About Tuscarawas County Humane Society

The Tuscarawas County Humane Society is a nonprofit animal shelter based in New Philadelphia, Ohio.

Tuscarawas County Humane Society building

About Our Animal Shelter

The vision of the Tuscarawas County Humane Society is to create a community where all animals receive appropriate care, love and attention at all times; are treated with dignity and respect; provided necessary veterinary care; and protected from all forms of cruelty, abuse and neglect.

The Humane Society's Mission Statement

The vision of the Tuscarawas County Humane Society is to create a community where all animals receive appropriate care, love and attention at all times; are treated with dignity and respect; provided necessary veterinary care; and protected from all forms of cruelty, abuse and neglect.

The Purpose of the Humane Society shall be to:

Ensure the best possible quality of life for all animals, and to promote respect and reverence for life by establishing a "no kill" philosophy
Establish and maintain a fiscally-responsible shelter for rescued, abandoned, abused or neglected animals in Tuscarawas County
Promote the adoption of rescued, abandoned, abused or neglected animals into safe, lifelong homes
Eliminate animal cruelty, abuse and neglect by educating the adults and youth in our community
Promote an affordable spay/neuter program to end the overpopulation of companion animals in Tuscarawas County
Lobby in support of animal rights legislation
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Established in 1977

Tuscarawas County Humane Society's History

The Tuscarawas County Humane Society is a nonprofit 501C (3) organization founded in 1977 in Dover, Ohio, and operates solely by means of donations and does not receive revenue nor help from any municipal, county or state government.

Our Shelter Timeline

1977 - Tuscarawas County Humane Society is founded
During its first 30 years, it was run by a small group of people and offered assistance to the County Dog Pound and a private cat shelter by providing rescue, spay/neuter discount coupons, other vet fees, micro-chipping, and adoptions.
June 2008 - Board of Directors Elected
In June 2008 a new Board of Directors, consisting of 11 community leaders, was elected by the membership. The new board has worked to improve fiscal management, enhance fundraising, have legislative involvement, and greater community awareness/education. There are now standing committees for adoption, finance, membership, fundraising, public relations/humane education, shelter planning and nomination.
November 2008 - Shelter Feasibility Group Established
In prior years, the Humane Society had no established structure in which to shelter animals in need. A "Shelter Feasibility Study Group" was formed in November of 2008 to evaluate all aspects of creating an animal shelter in the county. Several properties were visited as possible shelter sites, and building plans were reviewed. It was determined by the study group to move forward and lease an established structure.
August 2009 - Shelter Opened
We opened our shelter in August of 2009 in leased space on Dover-Zoar Road about 4 miles from Dover. We envision a dedicated and compassionate organization, integrated with our community, that will improve animal welfare and provide humane care to all animals.
February 1, 2015 - Shelter Me Capital Campaign Completed
The Tuscarawas County Humane Society 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!
February 7, 2015 - Soft Opening of New Facility
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. 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.
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Tuscarawas County Humane Society FAQs

You may be surprised how many animals we support in a year.

Currently, we accept animals that come to us from the activities of the Humane Officer, pound rescues and other rescue situations. Our organization serves as a community resource when adult protective service needs assistance in placing animals owned by their clients. We respond to requests from the health department when properties are no longer fit for human or animal occupancy. We assist local law enforcement with animals running at-large, that may need to be kept until their owners can be contacted. We also assist those pet owners who are hospitalized and have no family resources to care for their pets.

Approximately 100 dogs per month enter the Tuscarawas County Dog Pound with a euthanasia rate around 50 percent. Presently, the only affiliation between the dog pound and the Humane Society is that the Humane Society will now take in dogs from the pound, when space allows, so the animals are not euthanized. These are all things that now can be achieved with the operation of our shelter.

Our shelter is set up to house about 20 to 30 dogs and about 30 to 40 cats.

We receive cats, dogs, horses, goats, cows, chinchillas, ferrets or any animal that is suffering from abuse or neglect. All the animals in our care receive appropriate vet care and are spayed or neutered before they are placed in their forever home.

We are very appreciative of any donations, whether they are supplies, monetary donations or volunteering for our shelter. The fact that the Tuscarawas County Humane Society has been able to make vast improvements and increase the services that it provides (in an economy that is still struggling to recover) is a great testament to the passion and caring that our community has for animals that cannot help themselves.