Ross County Humane Society at Critical Capacity, Seeking Foster Families

The Ross County Humane Society is asking for adopters, fosters, and rescues to take in large breed dogs to help them maintain their no kill status. 

The shelter normally houses around 75 dogs at any one time but as of today, the shelter is at a capacity of 100 dogs. Unfortunately that is not a number that the shelter can comfortably house or care for to the standard of care that the shelter maintains.

“The dogs just keep coming in and we want to be able to provide a high standard of care for them but we are simply out of space and need the community’s help to find places for these dogs to go," said Ross Humane Society Executive Director, Jenn Thomas. "We have been able to avoid euthanasia for space for over 4 years and will continue to do so but we need adopters and rescues to give our dogs a chance.”  

The shelter has temporarily lowered their standard adoption fee to $79 which includes the following: first vaccines, deworming, micro-chipping, 2017 Ross County dog tags, and spay/neuter for the dog in conjunction with Northfork Animal Clinic. Fosters are also welcomed. 

The shelter can provide a foster with a crate and food for the dog, and will provide veterinary care while in foster. All current dogs in the foster home must be up to date on vaccines, and spay/neutered and a fenced yard is preferred (but that can be discussed with staff). Any 501-3c rescues interested in pulling dogs can contact the shelter directly. Pull fees for approved rescues are waived, and rescue would be responsible for health certificate fees and rabies certificates if necessary.

For more information please contact the shelter at 740-775-6808. The shelter is open for adoptions Monday thru Friday 11 am- 4 pm. Adoption applications can be found online on the website at


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