Ross County Humane Society at Maximum Capacity

The Ross County Humane Society is putting out an urgent call to those looking to adopt a dog as the local shelter is currently operating at capacity with 88 dogs.

The Ross County Humane Society normally houses around 72 dogs at any one time but as of today, the shelter is at capacity with 88 dogs, almost all large breed. Unfortunately, that is not a number that the shelter can comfortably house or care for to the standard of care that the shelter maintains. While other non-profit rescues normally assist when the shelter reaches this capacity by taking dogs into their own rescues, Executive Director Jenn Thomas states that this year most of the established rescues the shelter works with are also full.

“It’s autumn and back to school, so more dogs are getting loose during the day and unfortunately their previous homes aren’t looking for them. The dog warden brings in dogs daily. We are housing approximately 15 dogs outside, which we try not to do, because we are simply out of space inside.”  

The Shelter adoption fee is $132 for large breed dogs, which includes the following: first vaccines, deworming, micro-chipping, 2018 Ross County dog tags, and spay/neuter for the dog in conjunction with Northfork Animal Clinic. 

Foster homes 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 10 am- 5 pm. Adoption applications can be found online on the website at


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