The Humane Society of Richland County is a nonprofit charitable organization. Our mission is to provide safe and humane treatment for the animals of Richland County, to educate the public as to the proper care of animals and to assist with or initiate prosecution of those who mistreat animals.
We are comprised of a small staff, a board of directors and a fluctuating amount of volunteers. Our shelter is an open intake facility that services all of Richland County and occasionally other counties as well. Our humane society was founded in 1885 as a non-profit organization to help not only animals, but children and the indigent. After the formation of other government and non-government funded programs such as Children’s Services and various welfare programs, the humane society’s focus was streamlined to cover only animal related issues.
We employ 2 full time staff members and one part-time staff member to take care of all the animals housed in the current location. This can and sometimes does include cats, dogs, ferrets, snakes, rabbits, birds, turtles, lizards and any other animal brought to us. Our facility is not set up to hold most exotic, wild or farm animals, but we will do our best to place them in foster care with someone who is experienced with that species. Many animals stay at our shelter in the interim being cared for by our staff. Our facility is dedicated to the motto “Until there are none, adopt one.” This is the reason that every animal coming from our facility is sterilized.
Our goal is to relieve the suffering of every animal brought through our doors and stop the cycle of breeding in every animal we adopt out. Our shelter offers two different low cost spay/neuter programs to encourage the public to do the same. We also have two humane agents that investigate complaints of cruelty in Richland County. We have worked in conjunction with many other law enforcement and animal welfare groups including but not limited to: Richland County Sheriff, Mansfield Police Dept., Wyandot County Humane Society/H.O.P.E Clinic, Kats-N-Kittens, MAWL, Ontario, Bellville, Plymouth, Lexington and Butler Police Depts., Children’s Services, St. Francis Animal Sanctuary, Wildlife Haven, Codes and Permits and the Health Department and the Richland County Dog Warden.