Find answers to some of the common questions we’re asked at TCHS.

Tuscarawas County Humane Society FAQs

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.

We are not a kill shelter. But, in some circumstances of aggression or extreme illness, the animal would be humanely euthanized.

The Tuscarawas County Humane Society is different from the Tuscarawas County Dog Pound in that we do not take owner surrenders, do not euthanize for space or time and are not funded by the county.

Cruelty investigations are always conducted when a report is received. Education is the first attempt at rectifying a bad situation. However, the Tuscarawas County Humane Office can only enforce what the state of Ohio laws allow. Animals cannot be seized unless the basic elements of care – water, food or adequate shelter – are missing.

Yes. All animals that enter the sanctuary of the Tuscarawas County Humane Society Shelter are tested for either heartworm, feline leukemia or parvo; updated on current vaccines; given flea, tick and heart worm prevention; dewormed; and spay/neutered if at an appropriate age.

There is a unique situation in our area, there are puppy mills operating in Tuscarawas County, and surrounding areas, against which the Humane Society is actively fighting. There is also an effort by the Tuscarawas County Humane Society Board of Directors in changing Ohio laws regarding the mass breeding of companion animals.