Educational programs

Our educational programs remain a top priority for the Stark County Humane Society. These programs contain age-appropriate instruction regarding responsible pet ownership. Generally, the programs include videos, discussions with the students and interaction with shelter animals that are transported to the schools by volunteers and/or staff. Through these educational efforts, it is our hope that these children will grow into responsible pet owners who love and care for their animals. We also welcome volunteer groups of students to help at the shelter. We teamed up with the Louisville Library over the Summer Reading Season and hosted a Volunteer Child (accompanied with an adult) to come into the Shelter and read to a furry friend. All children we entered into a chance at a prize of a Petsmart Gift Card. Winner was pulled at the end of the Summer Reading Season.

During 2014, educational programs were presented at a number of schools including:

  • Amherst Elementary

    Alliance Middle School

    Dueber Elementary School

    Lexington Elementary

    Massillon Junior High

  • Stark State

    Little Learners

    Oakhill Manor

    Eastgate Early Childhood

    Alliance After School Program

Pet Therapy

As many of us know, animals offer companionship, comfort and much joy. For nursing home residents and others with special needs, our pet therapy program provides the opportunity to enjoy friendly visits on a regular basis with a shelter volunteer or staff member and a puppy or kitten.

Among the facilities visited during 2014:

  • McKinley Life Care

    Canton Christian Home

    St Joseph Care Center

    Canton Regency

    Alter Care of Navarre


    Canton Health Care

Cruelty Investigations

Our officers continue to respond to complaints regarding cruelty, abuse or abandonment of animals throughout the county. The education of pet owners may be appropriate in some cases however, our officers are trained in compiling evidence in order to successfully prosecute pet owners who violate the law. In 2014, a total of 1169 complaints were investigated. A large number of these complaints were due pet owners moving and not taking their pet(s) with them. We’ve had a number of calls from health departments and social services because an owner was not able to care for their animal(s) or had a large number of animals in their home. Ohio still is behind the rest of the country in updating cruelty laws. Many of our animal laws are over 150 years old, and desperately need revised. Our one vehilce covers the entire county for cruelty investigations, and picks up stray sick and/or injured animals. In 2014, we had a total of 882 day light calls and at night our van responded to 882 calls.

Contact Us

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 7077, Canton, Ohio 44705
Shelter Address
5100 Peach Street, Louisville, Ohio 44641
E-Mail Address