801 Van Camp Rd.
Bowling Green, OH 43402
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Tues, Wed - 12-7pm
Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun - 12-5pm
The Wood County Humane Society exists in order to bring about the best possible treatment and quality of life for all animals in Wood County.
Surrendering an Owned Pet
Common reasons animals are surrendered and solutions
* Moving: Some apartments and mobile home parks do not allow dogs and
pets before signing a new rental agreement.
* Behavioral: Almost every behavioral or aggression issue can be corrected.
We have several trainers that we have worked with and we can provide you
with their information. We also recommend that you work with your pets'
veterinarian for behavioral issues as well, as sometimes the reason they are
acting different is due to a medical issue. Staff is also knowledgable on cat
and dog behavior issues, so please call the shelter any time!
need financial help. Humane Ohio also has a pet food bank which provides
pet food to pet parents in need and to people caring for free-roaming cats, if
our bank is running low.
* Domestic violence: The "Safe Pets" program provides temporary shelter
for the animals of people who have been displaced by domestic violence.
The Wood County Humane Society understands that there may be times
when it is necessary to give up a pet. Relinquishing a pet is not only difficult for
humans, but stressful for the pet, who do not understand why they are being
taken from the family that they have loved. For an animal, this can lead to
depression, a feeling of abandonment, and increased behavioral issues.
Consider all of your options before removing your pet from its home. For
almost every problem, we can offer a solution.
Is surrendering your last option?
Where did you get your pet? Most animal shelters, rescues, and breeders that
you may have signed a contract with accept their animals back. Please check
with the original "owner" of the animal before considering surrendering your
pet to our shelter.
What kind of pets? WCHS's primary focus is accepting owned dogs and
owned and stray cats, as well as occasionally accepting other small domestic
pets for relinquishment such as rabbits, rats, and guinea pigs. If you are
calling for help with livestock, our available resources determine the extent to
which we can help on a case by case basis. We will provide helpful
information and assistance as we can. For native wildlife questions or
concerns, please contact Nature's Nursery at 419-877-0060.
Intake. We are a limited admission facility, meaning we do not euthanize for
space. For this reason, we operate off of a wait list for most of the year and
take surrenders in the order they are placed on the list. The wait period varies,
it could be a few weeks or a few months, depending upon the time of year.
We will call you to schedule an appointment when it is time to bring the animal
in for assessment and acceptance into our shelter. Non-owners surrendering
on anothers behalf need required legal documentation to surrender. If you
absolutely cannot wait a few weeks or months to surrender your pet, please
able to help you sooner.
Once a surrender appointment is set up, bring your pet's recent vaccination
and medical records to assist our staff in evaluating your pet's medical needs.
To aide in the pets transition to shelter life, please bring in a three day supply
of food so we can minimize gastrointestinal upset as we switch your pet to our
food. You will also be asked to provide detailed information about the pets'
daily habits and behaviors. Honest, accurate details including information
about negative behaviors and medical issues enable WCHS to place your pet
in a suitable environment.
WCHS asks for a surrender fee when you bring an animal to the shelter.
Caring for the animal costs the shelter more money than earned in adoption
and relinquishment fees. A dog may spend 1 - 3 weeks at the shelter and a
cat - 3 - 6 weeks. The Wood County Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit
organization. WCHS does not receive government funding or funds from the
ASPCA or the Humane Society of the United States. The WCHS operates on
private donations and bequests, grants, and fund raising events.
WCHS evaluates each animal on health and behavior before making them
available for adoption. An animal shelter is foreign and stressful to many
animals. They are surrounded by strange people, scents, sounds and animals.
Some animals adapt quickly, others have a harder time handling shelter life
and may display new behaviors. For this reason, we do not take in any
animals with a feral or aggressive history. Again, we are a limited admission
shelter, and taking in animals with a feral or aggressive past places our
current animals and staff at risk.