CHILLICOTHE—At this time, approximately 50 animals are sitting at the Ross County Humane Society or one of their foster homes waiting to be adopted.
Adopting an animal gives it a second chance in life. When you adopt from the Humane Society, you help several animals, including the one you bring home and the one the Humane Society can now care for.
The Humane Society is a no-kill shelter, which means that they will not put down any dogs to make room for new dogs. At the shelter, the only time an animal is put down is if it is too sick and unable to recover.
Many Humane Society dogs are strays that have been dropped off or brought in by the dog sitter. The Humane Society is not the guardian of the dogs, but they work together to remove strays from the streets. They also receive animals through rebates. Currently, Jenn Thomas, executive director of the Ross County Humane Society, says she gets several calls a day from people looking to return pets.
One of the reasons some people buy from a breeder instead of adopting is that they want a specific breed. However, many animal shelters have a variety of dog breeds. The Ross County Humane Society tends to offer many pit bulls and mixed breeds, but will occasionally see other breeds enter.
“We have all ages and races,” Thomas.
Still, Thomas understands that the Humane Society often doesn’t have the small breeds people are looking for. While she wants every potential dog owner to adopt from them, she reminds people that all dogs need loving homes, including those in stores or online. She cares more about the people who care for their pets than where they found them.
When adopting an animal, it is important to know its personality and how it will fit into your life. This is one of the benefits of adopting from a shelter, as the workers and volunteers are often able to tell you precisely the personality of the animal you want.
Here’s a look at some of the dogs and their personalities currently available for adoption from the Ross County Humane Society.
Marshall is a 2-year-old pit bull who has worked for the Humane Society for over six months. This high-energy “reservoir” dog, as Thomas calls him, loves to run and play outside.
Poncho is a 2 year old pit bull mix. Due to being born with leg deformities, Poncho takes pain medication, but other than that he is a normal, happy dog. Poncho is very soft, gentle and people loving. He also likes car rides.
Thidwick is a 2-year-old mastiff mix that was named after a Dr. Seuss character. It is likely that a friendly moose named Thidwick weighs around 80 pounds. Despite his size, he is very nice and loves chasing after tennis balls.
These animals, and many more, are available for adoption through the Ross County Humane Society. The simple adoption application costs $200 for puppies and adult dogs and $100 for senior dogs. These fees include a spay or neuter voucher, age-appropriate vaccinations, deworming, microchipping, current ID tags and heartworm testing. To view all animals up for adoption and find the adoption application, visit the Ross County Humane Society website.
Shelby Reeves is a reporter for the Chillicothe Gazette. You can email her at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter @Shelby_Reeves_