December 10, 2019

Thank you, Wilmington Christian Academy!

We are thankful to the students and staff at Wilmington Christian Academy for raising $317 for our shelter! One of our shelter alumni dogs, Ruthie, loved meeting many of the students!

December 5, 2019

We are still operating just as we have been since 2003

Since the early 2000s, there have been two no-kill humane societies in Clinton County, Ohio, operating thanks to the help of volunteer hours and private donations. There is also a dog pound, which is a county agency. 
There has been some confusion lately about what is happening with one of the shelters — and which is which. 
Our organization, the Clinton County Humane Society (CCHS), will remain open as a physical shelter of homeless pets. As we have done since 2003, we will rely on private donations (we receive ZERO tax money or funds from any governmental agency) and the countless hours of more than 35 volunteers to continue our operation, which is a 365-day-a-year undertaking. 
•CCHS is located at 1760 Fife Ave, near Davids Drive.
•The dog pound, run by the Clinton County dog warden, Rex Doak, is located down the street from us at 1330 Fife Ave. It is across the road from the new castle playground at J.W. Denver Williams Memorial Park.
•The organization that will no longer house animals, Wilmington Area Humane Society (WAHS), is located at 5361 N US Hwy 68, near Interstate 71.
On Monday, Dec. 2, WAHS announced that starting in January 2020 it will no longer take in pets or house animals. 
For years, both CCHS and WAHS have worked closely with the Clinton County dog warden, to save as many dogs as possible from the local pound. This symbiotic relationship has worked to benefit the thousands of defenseless dogs who are dumped on country roads, tossed aside like trash, abused, neglected, or released directly by owners. Because of how the dog pound is structured, the dog warden is unable to take in cats. Clinton County, Ohio, has a major cat problem — both feral cats and household/barn cats that are not spayed or neutered by their owners and are allowed to have litter upon litter of kittens. Both CCHS and WAHS have dealt with as many cats as possible, but there is never enough space or resources to deal with every homeless/unwanted cat in Clinton County. 
We volunteers at CCHS work very hard to take in as many adoptable animals as possible and find them homes both locally and across the United States. The website/app has been extremely helpful in reaching potential adopters near and far. CCHS has adopted out more than 8,100 animals since we started. We spay/neuter the pets we adopt out, trying to end the cycle of homeless pets. 
How can you help? 
•Spay/neuter your pets — indoor pets, outdoor pets, dogs, and cats. As the dog warden said in the News Journal article about WAHS closing: “The bottom line is that if everybody would be responsible for their own dogs, we wouldn’t need shelters.”
•Share — share this information with everyone you can. Share postings of adoptable animals. Share your concerns about animal issues with your elected officials.
*Support CCHS’ Project Abigail. This project allows us to accept unwanted litters of puppies, spay/neuter them, and find them homes. We also spay/neuter the puppies’ parents at no charge and return them to their owners, preventing future litters.
•Donate financially. Along with adoption fees, the main reason we can exist to help animals in our area is because of private financial donations and the volunteer hours put in every day. Veterinary care is expensive — think how much we spend on vaccines, spay/neuter surgeries, heartworm pills and flea/tick treatments. We are thankful to have a low-cost contract with Hill’s Science Diet to provide us with dog/cat food, so although we no longer in need of food donations, we are always in need of cat litter, bleach, and other necessities such as paper towels and laundry soap. You can also donate via PayPal at our website; you can mail a check to CCHS, PO Box 1024, WILMINGTON OH 45177; and you can support fundraisers we occasionally post on Facebook. We are so grateful to those who give. Thank you — from the humans on behalf of the animals.

November 28, 2019

Valentine's pup all grown up ❤️

Zivah (named Amora at the shelter) was one of six boxer-bulldog puppies all adopted around Valentine's Day, and we just got these adorable photos of her. 
The family would love to see updates on any of the other pups — share 'em here if you like, or email or message us!
Her family told us, "She is doing well and growing like a weed. She's a little social bug and really enjoyed going to the Bark in the Park events at the Indy Indians games and boating this summer in Michigan! Thank you again for your help with bringing her into my family."

November 26, 2019

Dog tag update from the Clinton County auditor

Dog tags officially go on sale Saturday, December 1, 2019 for the 2020 license year. Clinton County Auditor, Terence G. Habermehl, will be sending out renewal applications to all owners who purchased a 2019 tag.
The last day to purchase 2020 Clinton County Dog license without a penalty being assessed is January 31, 2020. The cost of a single dog license is $14, and a kennel license is $70. Recent law changes allow dog owners to now purchase three year and permanent dog licenses for their dogs. The cost of a three-year license is $42 and a permanent license is $140. Effective February 1st, 2020, the Ohio Revised Code requires the Auditor to charge a penalty equal to the fee of the license for late registration. Thus, regular tags will be $28 each and $140 for kennels starting February 1, 2020.
Regular dog licenses can be purchased in the CLINTON COUNTY AUDITORS OFFICE in person any time during the year.
additional $2 charge per tag for this service. Please visit to take advantage of this service. Residents can also access the service via a link on the Clinton County Auditor’s home page.
December 1, 2019 through January 31, 2020, Mr. Habermehl has also authorized the following local retailers to sell dog tags for an additional fee:
If you are unable to make it to any of the listed locations above, you may send your dog and owner information to the Auditor’s office and a tag will be issued and mailed back to you. Please include an additional $1 processing fee for this service to cover postage and mailing costs.
Kennel licenses can be renewed through the mail with the renewal application that is being mailed out to previously registered Kennel owners. NEW kennel licenses can ONLY be purchased at the Clinton County Auditor’s office on the first floor of the Courthouse. If you have questions concerning your eligibility for a kennel license, please contact the Auditor’s Office for more information.

November 25, 2019

Yes, we do have a lot of pit bulls.

We hear it a lot. “Wow, you have a lot of pit bulls.”
Yes, we do have a lot of pit bulls. Right now, the vast majority of the dogs available for adoption at our shelter are pits or pit mixes. 
If all our kennels were occupied by fluffy golden retrievers or Labradoodles, we actually wouldn’t have any occupied kennels — those dogs would be adopted in a heartbeat.
However, we don’t get to place orders for breeds. And, more important, these pit bulls don’t get to place orders for homes.
They didn’t choose to get discarded by their humans. They didn’t choose to end up in the dog pound. They didn’t realize that some shelters won’t even “deal with pit bulls.”
But our shelter, the Clinton County Humane Society, does deal with pit bulls. We take them in, we feed them and keep them warm, and we show them love and affection. And boy, do pit bulls appreciate love and affection.
Our shelter pulls pits and pit mixes from the local pound, even though those dogs stay far too long waiting on their forever homes, even though their extended stays can drain resources — more food, more medicine, more veterinary care. And wow, the cost of veterinary care has skyrocketed over the past five years.
Pit bulls didn’t make the decisions for cities or municipalities that created breed-specific legislation, nor were they part of insurance companies that place them on banned lists of dogs. No, those decisions were made by humans.
Pit bulls are overbred and oftentimes misunderstood, and their backgrounds are unknown to shelters, limiting appropriate placements to homeowners and folks without small children.
Even with all those roadblocks, we eventually find homes for pits, and we hear from so many folks who cannot imagine their worlds without their adoptive pitties.
All we are asking is for people to keep open minds, do research, and spread the word about all the pit bulls at our shelter and the reasons they’re with us. Consider adopting a pit or a pit mix.
Thank you.
Please share so others can see these gorgeous faces too.
More about breed-specific legislation:…/dog…/what-breed-specific-legislation

November 7, 2019

It happened! Ginger was adopted!

Our hearts are so grateful!
First, we want to thank everyone who shared sweet Ginger’s posting on Facebook — you are a big part of the reason she was adopted on Friday. We are thrilled! You all shared her post 222 times, reaching thousands of people, which always help our animals get maximum exposure.
As you may remember, we had been baffled why such a sweetheart of a dog had been at our shelter for so many months. Ginger had been losing weight and was just generally very stressed without a home. In her most recent post, we had expressed hope that we would someday see “the day when Ginger finds her forever family and they send us a photo of Ginger sprawled out on her own comfy bed, without a care in the world.”
Well, that day has come, and her new family could not be more perfect for her (although they told us they can’t believe how perfect SHE is).
Her adopters had already bought her a new bed, and they came to the shelter bearing gifts in the form of a dog toy, which is now her favorite toy.
Ginger is now named Naima, “like the elegant, beautiful piece by John Coltrane,” and she is part of a music-centric family, so she can listen to the saxophone instead of the barking of other shelter dogs.
Her family lives close to a bike path, so Naima — as we had dreamed about — has taken 4-mile walks followed by deep, undisturbed naps, without a care in the world — and she does have her own comfy bed (even though she also seems to enjoy the human furniture too).
Adoptions by folks like Naima’s people are such a healing salve for some of the rough days we have, worrying about homeless animals and fighting against the odds to decrease the population of homeless pets.
It is happy ending for a truly deserving dog.

November 5, 2019

November 1, 2019

Brother Louie warmed up to gorgeous Jack

This is gorgeous Jack, who has finally charmed his older brother, Louie, into being great friends.
His family told us they're considering doing a DNA test because Jack (named Brett at the shelter) looks so much like the Dutch shepherds they've seen online. 
"Jack is taking very well to training. We just started puppy class with him. He's very smart, and very treat-driven! Lol. He'll do anything for one. Hope all is well with you and your team!! Thank you all for such a great dog. We love him!!"
Thank YOU for adopting Jack from the Clinton County Humane Society!

October 30, 2019

Remy is cute and 'such a joy' to his family

We recently had two liters of super-cute tiny chihuahua puppies, and this guy (named Jim at the shelter) was one of them. 
His new family updated us: “Remington (Remy) is such a joy. He has a lot of energy but knows when it is bedtime! Thank you for allowing my family to adopt this precious little boy!”

Thank YOU for adopting from the Clinton County Humane Society!

October 29, 2019

We can use bleach and cat litter!

We are running low on bleach and cat litter. If you could buy an extra bottle or two (or maybe a bag of litter), you can leave it on our porch at 1760 Fife Ave. in Wilmington, and one of our volunteers will get it inside. 
ANY BRAND IS WELCOME!Thank you for your continued generosity!

October 28, 2019

Are you Ginger's potential family?

Sweet and loving Ginger has been with us since June, which is one of life's great mysteries, since she is such a good girl.
Ginger just wants to hug and be hugged. She loves humans but prefers male dogs. Ginger is a tall girl, and when she stands up for a hug, she can come eye-to-eye with an 5'6" adult human. She had some interest last time we posted her (and you all so kindly shared her post), but that person didn't follow up.
Kennel life can be stressful, and we can't wait until the day when Ginger finds her forever family and they send us a photo of Ginger sprawled out on her own comfy bed without a care in the world.
Are you that family?

If interested, here is Ginger's link on Petfinder:

October 18, 2019

Argo, like his brother Flex, is a handsome and fun-loving guy!

We are happy to share this adorable update about a littermate related to a dog featured in previous posts on Facebook and our website, a handsome guy named Flex whose adopters were interested in finding other dogs from the litter. 
"I saw on your website the post about the dog Flex, who had a black German shepherd mom and a coonhound dad. We adopted Flex’s brother in December of 2017! His name is Argos. He is a playful, energetic, ball-chasing, Frisbee-loving, goofy boy who loves people and dogs alike. We couldn’t have gotten luckier. Thanks again for giving us the opportunity to adopt our boy Argos."

Thank YOU for adopting Argos from the Clinton County Humane Society!

October 17, 2019

Mia is never lacking for dog toys!

Gorgeous Mia was adopted in April, and she is just getting even more beautiful in her new home.

Thank you for adopting Mia from the Clinton County Humane Society!

October 15, 2019

Living the pampered-pup life

This is Chubby, the smallest of a group of chihuahua pups that were adopted from our shelter, where he was known as Kevin.

October 4, 2019

Annie is well on her way to being spoiled

Now named Annabelle May ("Annie" for short) this sweet dog went from being an unwanted stray to being loved and pampered forever.
"We adore she and she is well on her way to being spoiled — haha. 😀🥰 Can't thank you all enough for bringing her into our lives!"
Isn't she beautiful?!
Thank YOU for adopting from the Clinton County Humane Society!