CHILLICOTHE— Right now around 50 animals are sitting at the Ross County Humane Society or in one of their foster homes waiting to be adopted.
Adopting an animal gives it a second chance at life. When adopting from the Humane Society you are helping multiple animals including the one you take home and the one that the Humane Society now has room to care for.
The Humane Society is a no-kill shelter meaning they will not put down any dogs to make space for new dogs. At the shelter, the only time an animal is put down is if they are too sick and unable to make a recovery.
Many of the dogs at the Humane Society are strays that have been dropped off or brought in by the dog warden. The Humane Society is not the dog warden, but they do work together to get stray animals off of the streets. They also receive animals through surrenders. At the moment Jenn Thomas, executive director for the Ross County Humane Society, says they receive multiple calls a day from people looking to surrender pets.
One reason some people buy from a breeder instead of adopting is because 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 sometimes see other breeds come in.
“We have every range of age and breeds,” Thomas.
Still, Thomas understands that oftentimes the Humane Society does not have the smaller breeds people are looking for. While she wishes every prospective dog owner would adopt from them she reminds people that all dogs need loving homes, including those in the stores or online. She cares more about people taking care of their pets than she does where they got them.
When adopting an animal it is important to know its personality and how it will fit into your life. That is one of the perks of adopting from a shelter as workers and volunteers are often able to accurately tell you the personality of the animal you want.
Here is a look at some of the dogs, and their personalities, that are currently available for adoption from the Ross County Humane Society.
Marshall is a 2-year-old pitbull who has been with the Humane Society for over six months. This high-energy “tank” of a dog, as Thomas calls him, loves running and playing outside.
Poncho is a 2-year-old pitbull mix. Due to being born with leg deformities, Poncho takes pain medicine but other than that he is a happy normal dog. Poncho is very gentle, sweet, and loves people. He also enjoys car rides.
Thidwick is a 2-year-old mastiff mix who was named after a Dr. Seuss character. It is apt that being named after a friendly moose Thidwick weighs around 80 pounds. Despite his size, he is very sweet and loves to chase after tennis balls.
These animals, and many more, are available for adoption through the Ross County Humane Society. The simple adoption application cost $200 for puppies and adult dogs and $100 for senior dogs. This fee includes a spay or neuter voucher, age-appropriate vaccines, deworming, microchip, current dog tags, and a heartworm test. To see all the 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 SReeves@gannett.com or follow her on Twitter @Shelby_Reeves_