Shelter News

Shelter News is a good place to check out what's happening at the shelter. We’ve also added our Facebook Calendar so that you’ll always know where to find us & our furry friends throughout Stark county and surrounding area to promote animal welfare, adoption, and education.

Shelter News aslo informs you with updates from our board president, articles from area veterinarians, and other contributors that “speak for those who cannot speak for themselves”.

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Hours and scheduling adjusted to best follow CDC Guidelines

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Saturday 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

KENNEL HOURS (To see & adopt animals):
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Closed Wednesday and Sunday (until further notice)

As we continue through the pandemic, hours will be adjusted to best accommodate the animals and our community.

Wishing all of you safety and good health!

Vice President's Report

I would like to start by introducing myself. My name is Scott Hunter and I have been a veterinarian for over twenty years and I have had the privilege of being on the Stark County Humane Society Board of Directors since 2016. I currently serve as the Vice President.

Thank you to the Stark County community for your continued support. It is hard to believe that Summer is behind us as we look forward to another Fall at the shelter. We had a great summer season but the pandemic continues to make moving forward a challenge for all of us. Please continue to think of us with your generous support and donations.

The Board is currently working on programs to not only provide for the immediate needs of our residents but also address the long-term goals of improving the shelter. Providing the basic necessities for the animal population is constant. It will be our responsibility and our goal to do just that and to...

"Speak for Those Who Cannot Speak for Themselves."

Scott Hunter, Vice-President

We Need Your Help

The Stark County Humane Society is successful today all because of you. Through the years you have supported us whenever we have asked.

We have installed new air handlers in our facility to provide quality heating and cooling for the employees and our furry friends. This project was a large undertaking for us, successful due to past fund raisers and donations from you.

The shelter has a wonderful walking path on our property, it is used daily by staff and volunteers exercising the dogs. The love the opportunity to get out and spend time with a handler. Along the path we have several “paw-tios” that were constructed from memorial bricks, purchased by you.

The PAWS wing is now complete-we received a generous donation from to start the project and with help from you it was completed. It is a wonderful addition to our building, featuring extra large kennels and a indoor play area.

But we still need your help. The SCHS was constructed more than 30 years ago and it has met our needs in every way. Generous donations from you have filled many areas of the shelter that could be put to better use. We are creating a 10 year plan to better use our building to best keep our cats and dogs comfortable while awaiting their forever home.

In order to achieve this we are going to have a pole barn constructed on property that can house “cold storage” items so the interior of our building can be better utilized.

This is where we need your help. With the pandemic of 2020 carrying into 2021 our major fund raisers have been put on hold. We were fortunate to hold our Reverse Raffle in June and just recently enjoyed the Mutt Strut at the shelter. But we need to raise funds for our pole barn. Please consider making a donation to our “Raise the Roof” fund. If you wish you can mail us a check or call the shelter with a credit card number, but be sure and tell us it is for the pole barn. You can also donate through our website, but please make a note that it is for the “Raise the Roof” fund.

If you donate to help us complete this project you will be invited to the SCHS to write your name on our “wall of donors” in our pole barn once it is completed.

I thank you for your support of the Stark County Humane Society, and I want each of you to know how important you are to our continued work in the community.

In appreciation,
Kathy Cowgill,
Chair Social/Ways and Means

A Word From... Dr. C.A. Heller III DVM


Halloween is one of those yearly holidays, where my practice always saw a spike in acute gastrointestinal upsets, (IE vomiting and diarrhea). This was often due to the ready availability of lots of candy, particularly chocolate in our pet owners households. What would happen was Trick or Treat candy would be left out in a location where pets could access it. They would then help themselves to as much as they wanted.

Chocolate has a chemical, that in pets, can overstimulate their central nervous system. In a worse case scenario death is a possibility. Most cases result in an upset stomach, diarrhea and an over active pet. Dogs seem to be the biggest offenders in terms of ingesting candy. Cats are more discriminating about what they eat and as result usually do not eat candy.

If you know that your pet has ingested candy, but is not yet sick, what should you do? The best thing is to empty your pets stomach of as much candy as possible. Ask your veterinarian (ahead of time) about the best way to do this at home.

If your pet is already ill, it is best to seek out veterinary care immediately. Some pets can be treated as an out-patient at home. Others may need to be hospitalized.

If you take you pet out on a Trick or Treat adventure, please keep them on a leash. They might be just as scared of those Halloween costumes as you are. The leash will give you control if they are scared into attempting to run away. This can prevent your pet from getting hit by a car.

In summary, enjoy your Halloween Trick or Treat. Keep all candy out of your pets reach. Remember that pets have an acute sense of smell and can find hidden candy easily. So be sure to keep it in a secure none accessible location.

C.A. Heller III, DVM

Donation = FREE bouquet of flowers

Bring a donation to Cathy Cowgill Flowers during the week of November 1-6, 2021 and you will receive a FREE bouquet of flowers.

Donations to benefit the Stark County Humane Society

Thanks to our friends at Waikem Subaru

Pet Photos with Santa

To finish off a week of collecting donations and raising awareness for the Stark County Humane Society we are hosting our fun annual Pet Photos with Santa!

Sunday, November 7, 10AM - 2PM, $10.00 per pet

Cathy Cowgill Flowers, 4315 Hills & Dales Rd., Canton, OH

Welcome Back Volunteers

The Stark County Humane Society will be welcoming volunteers back! With Covid regulations and guidelines being followed!

Effective May 1, 2021 we will accept up to six (6) volunteers at a time. Three canine and three feline volunteers per shift. This will be open Monday through Friday 3:00 pm to 4:45 pm! All volunteers must be over the age of eighteen (18), mask will be required! We will ask that all volunteers call to schedule prior to arrival. This will ensure availability, safe distancing, and all CDC guidelines are followed! If you have not had an orientation or would like a refresher, please let us know upon arrival of scheduled shift!

Please feel free to contact us at (330) 453-5529 to schedule or with any questions or concerns.

This is a slow start to reintroducing volunteers, and we hope to offer more availability during the Summer of 2021! Please watch our website or the Facebook page for further updates!

On behalf of all of us at SCHS and our furry friends, thank you!

Foster the Fuzzies

Kitten season is coming soon, and the shelter needs fosters. If you love kittens and have a safe space and some time for tons of cuddles and kisses, please become a kitten foster. The SCHS will provide you with a starter kit, instructions for fostering, scheduled checkups and medicine if needed, and support from an experienced foster mom.

Call Shetzi, Foster Coordinator, at 330-453-5529 to learn more and to put your name on a list to become a kitten foster.

Want to help those in need, but cannot forster? Please consider donating items for the Foster Kitten Take-Home Box (newborn to three-week old kittens):

  • Plastic Storage Tub to house kittens*
  • Package of bottles and nipples*
  • Container of KMR (Kitten Milk Replacement)
  • Box of rice cereal powder
  • Wash Clothes*
  • Hand Towels*
  • Soft blanket*
  • Puppy pads*
  • Heating pad*
  • Roll of toilet paper
  • Roll of paper towels

*These items are to be returned to the Humane Society Shelter when the kittens are ready for adoption.

Welcome to Addition!

We are happy to announce that the addition is Open! addition

A Word From... Dr. C.A. Heller III DVM


One of the most common problems that pets face is the illness of obesity. This is usually the result of a lack of exercise and too much food. Most house pets will eat more food than they really need. Long term obesity can lead to diabetes, premature arthritis, early heart disease and slipped spinal cord disks. Maintaining a proper weight has been shown to result in a longer lifespan. As a result, it is well worth a pet owner’s time and effort to prevent excessive weight gain in their pets.

The best way to determine if your pet is too heavy is to simply run your hands over their back and sides. If it is not possible to just barely feel the backbone or the ribs your pet is too heavy. Conversely if your pet is too thin you will be able to see the ribs from a distance. If you can’t feel the ribs and backbone decrease the amount of food your pet is eating. If you can see the ribs increase the amount being fed.

Most pet's are not active enough to eat the amounts of food that are recommended on the food bags. As a result you should use these recommended amounts as a general starting point and then tailor the amount to your individual pet's needs.

By maintaining your pets’ proper weight you will be helping them live a longer healthier life. Enjoy your summer and have fun with your pets.


C.A. Heller III, DVM
Animal Care Clinic

A Word From... Dr. C.A. Heller III DVM

Pets & COVID-19 and Pets

We are now one year into the Covid 19 pandemic of 2020. By now we all know to wear masks, stay socially distanced, wash our hands frequently and get vaccinated when our turn comes.

What do we know about this virus’s effects on our animals? Just like with our human knowledge, our level of understanding of the virus is constantly changing as time passes and we learn more about it. We do know that there have been scattered reports of cats and dogs who had symptoms consistent with respiratory infections, who when tested were positive for Covid 19. These animals were found to be living with their human owners who were sick with Covid 19. It is felt that these animals were exposed to large populations of Covid 19 virus from their owners and then became sick. There has been no indication, that these positive animals were able to infect other negative Covid 19 humans.

So if you are sick from Covid 19 what steps can be taken to protect your pets? You should not only self isolate from your family but also from your pets as well. Wear masks when you have to be around your pet. Avoid close contact when grooming, feeding or letting your pet eliminate. Once you test negative for the virus it is then safe to resume normal activities with your pet.

The only animal that has been found to become infected with Covid 19 and then go on to pass the virus to none infected humans are mink. It is for this reason that the commercial mink farms in Denmark were depopulated of all mink. At this time I do not know of any vaccine that is in development for use in animals.

Keep up all current precautions until we are told that it is safe to do otherwise. Be well!

C.A. Heller III, DVM

A Word From... Dr. C.A. Heller III DVM

Selecting A Healthy Pet

No matter where you are looking for a new pet, there are some things to look for that will help you select one with minimal health issues. This holds true no matter the source of the pet - breeder or shelter/rescue group.

Look at the ears. You want to see clean, pink ears. There should be no exudate or discharge present. You also do not want to smell a bad odor coming from the ears. Discharge and odor often mean that an ear infection or ear mites are present. Next look at the eyes, they should be clean and bright. The whites of the eyes should not be red or bloodshot. Red, goopy eyes often are present when the pet has conjunctivitis or is suffering from an upper respiratory infection.

Next look at the pet’s overall body condition. You do not want to be able to count the ribs from a distance. Malnourished pets often are carrying heavy intestinal parasite loads, or they could be suffering from some serious underlying medical condition.

Check the condition of the fur. It should be clean and free of mats. Look for the presence of fleas and their droppings. Why risk bringing these pesky insects into your home. Fleas are also capable of transmitting certain diseases and tapeworms.

Check the umbilical area for any large bumps. A bump in this area could indicate the presence of a hernia, which would need to be surgically repaired if they are present.

If the pet that you are considering is an un-neutered male, check that both testicles are present in the scrotum. If one is missing it could be retained inside the abdomen. Retained testicles require more extensive surgery when the affected pet is neutered.

Also look at the roof of the mouth. You do not want to see any holes in this area. A hole in the roof of the mouth is called cleft palate, which can be very hard to repair.

If the pet that you have selected does not have any of these issues, then you are off to a good start. It would still be imperative to have your newly selected pet examined by the veterinarian of your choice. They can perform a more thorough exam and testing.


C.A. Heller III, DVM
Animal Care Clinic

A Word From... Dr. C.A. Heller III DVM

Blue Green Algae Toxicity

During the past several years, there has been a increase in the number of algae blooms in Ohio’s lakes and ponds. What many people do not realize, is that some of these algae blooms are caused by a type of algae called Blue Green Algae.

Blue Green Algae can produce toxins that can affect people, livestock or pets, that swim or drink from water where Blue Green Algae is growing.

Two toxins are produced by this algae. The first one is Micosystin. Mycocystin is a liver toxin. It is capable of causing vomiting, diarrhea, blood in the feces, weakness, pale mucus membranes, siezures, disorietation, coma and even death. The second toxin is Anotoxin. This is a neurologic toxin. It can cause salivation, muscle tremors, muscle rigidity, paralysis and death.

There are no known antidotes for either of these toxins. If you think that your pet has been exposed to Blue Green Algae, the first step would be a good bath. The second step would be to consult with your pet’s veterinarian. The only treatment is aggressive supportive and symptomatic treatment in the hospital.

If you see any algae in a body of water that you or your pet is going to swim in, it would be best to just assume that these toxins are present and look for another location to swim.

Have a good year and keep yourself and your pets healthy.


C.A. Heller III, DVM
Animal Care Clinic

Honoring Those Who Remember Us in 2020

Over this past year we want to acknowledge the generosity of those who are no longer with us or their family members, who remembered the Humane Society while suffering the loss of a loved one. We thank you for thinking of the animals during a very difficult time an would like to honor those who passed.

  • Evelyn Alfani
  • James Anderson
  • Barbara Antram
  • Joan Arnold
  • Debbie Ball
  • Robert Beard
  • Adam Bellamy
  • Anita Benvenuti
  • Elizabeth Ann Betty
  • Carol Blackstone
  • Robert Bloss
  • Mary Bodlew
  • Eugene Boni
  • Mary Lou Boni
  • Norma Jean Boscia
  • Dr. Andrew Botschner
  • Jean Ann Brady
  • Susan Brittain
  • Sandra Lee Bruce
  • Karen Buchanan
  • Mary Bucklew
  • Dianne Callahen
  • Pam Carnahan
  • Bouy Carroll
  • Roger Wm. Casseday
  • Susan Castellucci
  • Matt Cavalier
  • Mary Charlotte
  • Virgil Cindea
  • Lawrence Nicholas Cifoni
  • Marie Corrine Clark
  • Duke Conners
  • Sarah Cotton
  • Darl Croston
  • Robert C. Deibel
  • Robert DeLap
  • Sylvia DeLap
  • Carole DeRhodes
  • David Dorland
  • Gilbert Duffer
  • Jean Eller
  • Edward Ellsworth
  • Darla Engel
  • Jerry Engel
  • Beverly Enslew
  • Jeanne D. Erickson
  • Lynn Everhart
  • Rosemary Failor
  • Ruth Ann Ferraro
  • Virginia Ferry
  • Vicky Fetters
  • Joseph Fitzgerald
  • Elizabeth Galech
  • Karen Galit
  • Bruce Gallagher
  • Deborah Garnes
  • Lucille Geist
  • Mary Jane Goshorn
  • Peggy Gardijan
  • Laura Jane Gross
  • Norma Haffzer
  • Sandy Hall
  • Joanne Hanke
  • Edward Hanna
  • Walter Allen Henderson
  • Arthur “Skip” Herman
  • Christopher Herron
  • Walter Hinkel
  • Gary Holderbaum
  • Carolyn Hollingbaugh
  • Ruth Howard
  • Linda Huddleston
  • John Huwig
  • John Ingalls
  • Earl Joba
  • Fredrick E. Johnson
  • Paul Johnson
  • Ruth Johnson
  • Susie Karrenbauer
  • Bridgett Keim
  • Kristine Keeton
  • Maureen Kilcullen
  • George Kittoe
  • Lorena Knopp
  • Barbar Kopatz
  • Jane Krisher
  • Betty Lamm
  • John M. Lewis
  • David C. Long
  • Jean Lu
  • Lindsay Ann Maggiore
  • Thomas Marvin
  • Marsha Marzick
  • Laurie Maser
  • Dan McHenry
  • James R. McThrall
  • Cindy Michel
  • John Miday
  • Glenda Miller
  • Carol Moran
  • James Myers
  • Janet Olson
  • Scott David Orr
  • Wayne Carl Peeples
  • Charlene Phillabaum
  • Betty Lou Phillips
  • JoEllen Pike
  • Patricia Polite
  • Richard Pugh
  • Steve Ratliff
  • Neale Reagle
  • Richard Ream
  • Zachary Rebillot
  • Judith Reiter
  • Cora Riegler
  • Mary Jane Riegler
  • Susan Elaine Rohr
  • Mark Roman
  • Clyde Romy
  • Sherry Rozaieski
  • Janet Russell
  • Patrick Samack
  • Don Selby
  • Trisha Schiller
  • Grace Schwarzwaelder
  • Laraine Slinn
  • Larry Simms
  • B. Darlene Smith
  • Mary Sokie
  • Arola D. Spangler
  • Judy Spaulding
  • Donald Stearns
  • Doug Steiner
  • Bonnie Steinmetz
  • Verna Stevens
  • James Svik
  • Michael Szekely
  • Guy R. Tausch
  • Delores Templeton
  • Delores Thomas
  • Robert Tschantz
  • Meghan Turner
  • Rose Ujich
  • Jerry Uplinger
  • Bret Vees
  • Joan S. Vender
  • Tanya Miller-Verga
  • Jay Ward
  • Theodore J. Whitacre
  • Ann White
  • Ronalee Whitmer
  • Christine Williams

Cinnamon's Story

Cinnamon is a 27 year old Pony of the Americas mare that came to the Humane Society from a backyard in East Canton with a body condition score of 1/9. Despite her age and shocking condition, the old girl has a great will to live! When she rst arrived at the farm, it took her 4 days to pass a pile of manure! A normal horse will pass 4-8 piles of manure per day! Cinnamon has been with us for 2 weeks and she gets a little stronger everyday!

She nickers with joy when we bring her food and she even trots around her paddock. She is slowly but surely gaining weight and shedding hair. She gets fed four times a day with senior feed and hay, plus small turnout sessions four times a day. Once she is stable enough, she will have her teeth oated and will receive vaccinations. We will continue to post updates on Cinnamon and we are happy so far with her recovery process!

Church & Dwight

We would like to thank Church & Dwight of Old Port, OH for their generous donation of cat litter totaling 64,000 POUNDS!

We received the frst truck load on Thursday, February 9, 2017, and would like to thank Gary of Car Kare LLC for transporting it to the shelter and the SCHD staff for unloading the cat litter! On Tuesday, March 21, we would like to thank the local company for transporting the litter, they have chosen to remain anonymous! For the second load we had a friend of the Humane Society offer to bring and use his company’s tow motor to unload; a thank you to Bob Phillips from Action Recycling! We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all of those who helped make this possible!

A Word From... Dr. C.A. Heller III DVM


We have all heard the term neutering at one time or another. But what exactly does it mean and WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT?

Neutering is the surgical removal of a male dog’s or cat’s testicles. It is performed under a general anesthesia. In dogs, it is performed through a single incision, just ahead of the scrotum. Your veterinarian may or may not use sutures that need to be removed 10-14 days later. In cats, it is generally performed through an incision on the scrotum directly over each of the testicles. Sutures generally are not used in the male cat.

From a shelter viewpoint, neutering is done to help prevent unwanted litters of puppies and kittens. Shelters are usually overwhelmed with a seemingly endless population of unwanted animals. Anything that can help reduce the tide of unwanted animals is a great help in the situation.

From the pet’s perspective there are a number of health benefts. Neutering helps prevent roaming in both cats and dogs. It can reduce unwanted urine marking. In dogs it can prevent enlarged and sometimes abscessed prostate glands. It can also prevent perianal adenomas in dogs. Perianal adenomas are benign tumors, that grow near the rectum, in response to hormones that are present in un-neutered dogs. Un-neutered dogs can also develop perineal hernias. These hernias form in the distral part of the colon. Once this type of hernia forms, feces accumulate in the herniated portion of the colon. Affected animals will strain and be unable to pass feces. Once a perineal hernia develops, it requires invasive surgery to correct.

For all of these reasons, it is very important to have all non-breeding male animals neutered. It is for this reason, our shelter strives to have all male animals neutered prior to being adopted.


C.A. Heller III, DVM
Animal Care Clinic


On January 8, 2017 at 5:14am Rocky came into our Shelter. It was apparent he had a hard life and was in need of medical attention. He was emaciated and had been injured. With his determination and the dedication of all those at SCHS, he began to show improvements. It took nearly six weeks to bring him to health. Once healthy he was then neutered and microchipped and ready for adoption. An amazing volunteer dog walker from the Shelter fell in love with him and decided to adopt him. This gentlemen and his wife are forever loving Rocky. The pictures show his journey and his new beginning in his home. The Shelter accepted 4,649 dogs and cats into the facility last year! Rocky’s journey is just one of the many animals that found their forever homes. These journeys would not be possible without the support and efforts of the Board of Directors, Staff, Volunteers, and your friends and supporters!

On behalf of myself and our furry friends, thank you!

Sadly, It Is a Story That We Hear All Too Often

Life happens, & the pets become less of a priority. However, sometimes they don’t become a priority at all & end up neglected. One of the most common neglect injuries that we see at the Humane Society is an embedded collar. If a collar is too tight, eventually it causes irritation, infection, & a complete break in the skin. This is often a gradual, painful process. In Rocky’s case, he was tied outside with a choker chain that continually rubbed his neck as he moved around. He arrived at the shelter with deep, infected wound around about 50% of the circumference of his neck with the collar still in the wound. The collar was immediately cut out, & Rocky was started on antibiotics & pain medications. Wound care was done to help the infection clear before surgery was performed to close the wound, which healed beautifully. Just as important as the physical healing was Rocky’s emotional healing. He came in scared & depressed. Quickly, his sweet, gentle spirit came to the surface. He was adopted within a few weeks on the adoption floor to a precious couple.

Dr. Kim Carter, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Feeding and Stimulating the Kitten

Things to consider when caring for a kitten:

  1. When the kittens are brought home, set up the box with the heating pad in the bottom, followed by puppy pad and then hand towels or small thin blanket. (Heating pad should be positioned so that the kittens can maneuver away from it.)
  2. Set the heating pad to low, at frst to gauge the temperature. It should not be hot, since it could burn the kittens.
  3. Follow instructions and mix the formula making sure not to have lumps in the liquid. A whisk will work very well in mixing the formula. Mix up enough formula for several feedings.
  4. Warm the bottle with formula in a glass/cup of hot water until it achieves the warm temperature. Formula should be warm not hot when given to the kittens. Do not microwave the formula.
  5. Keep the unused formula either in a container or bottle in the refrigerator until next use.
  6. Kittens that are newborn to two weeks should be fed every one to two hours. Newborn kittens to three weeks old should be awakened to eat.
  7. Two to three week old kittens will eat every three hours.
  8. As soon as a kitten has eaten, use some toilet paper and stimulate the anus of the kitten. The toilet paper may be dampened in warm water before use. Discard toilet paper in trash or toilet. Be sure to wipe the kittens face with a wet-warm cloth before stimulating kitten.
  9. Kittens should urinate and possibly have a bowel movement after every feeding. Kittens will urinate more frequently than have a bowel movement.
  10. Place kitten back in the plastic tub with the heating pad on.

At four weeks old, add rice cereal to the formula. Mix it according to the instructions. You can also start putting soft canned cat food into the mixture at about four weeks also. Use whisk to mix in.

Volunteer Orientation

The Stark County Humane Society hosts a volunteer orientation every Saturday here at the Shelter. Orientation for volunteers is at 11:00am. Please come to the lobby of the Shelter. The Shelter is located at 5100 Peach St NE, Louisville. We recommend interested individuals to come out for orientation and we encourage you to speak with your veterinarian prior to volunteering. Many of us just want to give back. With this, you need to make sure your children, and pet(s) at home are protect from any possible fomite and zoonotic diseases.

Stark County Humane Society Facebook

We would like to invite all members to join us on Facebook. Our site is, Stark County Humane Society. Give us a “like” and keep up with all the wonderful animals of the Stark County Humane Society. The staff would like to recognize Shetzi Powers as our Facebook mistress! She updates the site daily.

Not only is she working diligently on pet photos but also on keeping all the upcoming events and outreaches posted. For the most current details of the Stark County Humane Society “Like” Stark County Humane Society.

For those whom choose not to go on Facebook you may also see our adoptable animals on As always, for more information please call the Shelter at (330) 453-5529 or visit our Facebook page.

Stark County Humane Society/Stark County Dog Warden

Last year, the shelter began working directly with the Stark County Dog Warden’s office to help place dogs at our shelter when the pound becomes full.

In 2012, the shelter along with the SCDW transferred 306 stray dogs into the Stark County Humane Society. By the shelter opening its doors to the “pound dogs” the SCDW was able to drop their euthanasia by 73%. We would like to thank the Stark County Dog Wardens Office, the staff and Board of the Stark County Humane Society for making these transfers a true success for the dogs and their forever families!

Your Kindness Can Live Forever

The animals of the Stark County Humane Society will need your help during your lifetime and forever. If you wish to remember them in your will or through your life insurance policy, our proper name is Stark County Humane Society. In providing for the animals by making the Shelter beneficiary, you can provide for the animals needs after your gone.

*Animals are not lesser creatures than humans; they are just packaged differently!*


The shelter is always in need of newspapers. We accept newspapers as long as they are bagged and or bundled. The shelter recycles any paper we cannot use for the animals. We keep a Slesnick Recycle bin at the shelter; please feel free to recycle paper products at the shelter. We also recycle aluminum cans. So before you throw away cans – papers please remember by recycling you are not just helping the environment but also the homeless animals of Stark County.

When you replace your old washer and dryer – please remember the shelter is always in need of one or the other. Our staff starts laundry in the morning and the washer and dryer keep running all day long. The staff cleans and dries every cage – every dish in the shelter on a daily basis. The blankets, bathes, and general housekeeping of the shelter equals a lot of laundry. So before, you “pitch” your old working washer and or dryer please call the shelter.

No Time Limit...

Sometimes we see some confusion on our no time limits on animals up for adoption. We have noticed recently that a lot of misinformation has been conveyed to the public regarding our policy.

The shelter does not enforce a time limit for the animals in our shelter. The animal(s) may remain at the shelter as long as they stay healthy and friendly. There are three main factors when euthanasia has to be considered. The first being an “owners request” this is when an owners pet has become very old and poor physical health warrants this. The second is when an animal has been at the shelter for an extreme long period of time and begins to show signs of “cage psychosis” in this event a veterinarian will make the diagnoses. The third reason would be due to illness, particularly ones that are highly contagious, and the severely injured animals that we pick up, usually from being hit by a car.

The Board of Directors and the staff have worked over the past several years to implement a new Veterinary Care Protocol & Policy in which the shelter follows diligently. Training programs have been provided by area veterinarians for the staff. Audits of the animal cards and medical charts are performed by Board Members on a regular basis.

Animal sheltering is one of the most difficult fields that one could choose to go into. The Board, employees and volunteers that are associated with the shelter do so willingly, so rest assured, the care and love given to the animals is truly the best we can give.