Compiled by Adrienne McGee Sterrett
Many avenues exist for adopting a new pet in the area. Be sure to check petfinder.com, as most area organizations use it to publicize the animals they are helping. Also, Facebook is a great tool for seeing animals various groups have available.
Allen County Dog Warden
Address: 1165 Seriff Road, Lima
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.to noon Saturdays
Once dogs that are brought in are determined to be strays and not separated from their owners, and their temperaments allow for adoption, they will be placed as available. If the dog was owned (came in wearing tags or microchipped) and is adoptable, it will not be put down. The dog adoption process includes a short application and verification of applicant’s vet and landlord. Cost is about $100, which covers vaccines and license.
Ohio SPCA and Humane Society
Address: 3606 Elida Road, Lima
Adoptions: 3-7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, noon-4:30 p.m. Saturdays, or by appointment
Dogs and cats are spayed or neutered, up to date on vaccinations and receive daily socialization. Dogs are available for about $150, and cats are about $50.
This dog rescue group provides foster care for shelter dogs that need extra attention. The agency works with inmates at Oakwood Correctional Facility for socialization of the animals, house training and learning commands. Individuals who want to adopt should agree to keeping the pet mainly indoors, have a vet lined up, and returning the dog to the agency if the animal does not mesh well with the home.
A Lotta Love Pet Rescue
This pet rescue group fosters animals while they are waiting to be adopted. The group also helps seniors buy pet food.
Open Hearts Bully Rescue
Address: 5560 Bellefontaine Road, Lima
This group focuses on finding homes for the “bully” breeds. At this time, it is not taking in dogs, but an application may be filled out for adoption of dogs that may come available.
Address: 42 Vance St., Bluffton
This shelter flooded last summer, and it is nearing completion of renovations. Please call for details.
Angels for Animals Rescue League
Address: 211 S. Greenlawn Ave., Elida
This agency formerly was a dog and cat rescue, but now is focusing its efforts on being a low-cost spay and neuter clinic in the community.
Auglaize County Humane Society
Address: 616 N. Dixie Highway, Wapakoneta
Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, noon-4 p.m. Wednesdays, closed Sundays
Dogs and cats are able to be adopted at this agency, and boarding is also available. The cost to adopt a dog is about $150, and cats are about $40. The costs include spaying or neutering.
SART (Sue’s Animal Rescue Team)
Location: St. Marys
This group offers cats for adoption. To visit or learn more, please call and leave a message.
Hardin County Dog Shelter
Address: 49 Jones Road, Kenton
Hardin County Humane Society of Ohio
Address: 13510 state Route 68 S., Kenton
This agency does not have a shelter, as it does fostering and low-cost spay and neuter. It also operates a pet food pantry for people having trouble affording food for their pets. For details on fostering or adopting animals, call or text Tabbi at 419-434-0733.
Mercer County Dog Control Services
Address: 7009 state Route 49, Celina
To view dogs or for dog control, please call.
Animal Protection League of Mercer County
This agency cares for the dogs at the county pound, especially the sick and injured, and works to find homes for them. Applications include personality matching and vet references.
Putnam County Dog Shelter
Address: 1490 E. Second St., Ottawa
Adoptions: Noon-1 p.m. Thursdays, 9-10 a.m. Saturdays, or by appointment
Dogs are available to anyone at least 18 years old.
Putnam Pet Pals
This organization is a rescue and advocacy group that provides foster care for shelter dogs until they can find a home. An application must be turned in, including verification of applicant’s vet, before applicant meets any dogs. Dogs will be matched with applicant’s personality to ensure a good fit.
VAN WERT COUNTY
Van Wert County Humane Society
Address: 309 Bonnewitz Ave., Van Wert
Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays (call first), with extra staffed hours 3-6 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, 4-8 p.m. Wednesdays, 4-6 p.m. Thursdays, 11 a.m. to noon Fridays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays
Open Arms Pound Rescue
This agency helps find homes for dogs in Ohio pounds. Volunteers work to pull dogs from pounds, arrange for vetting, and coordinate transport to homes. References and a home visit are required.