April 24, 2024

Three dog-ateers: Levi, Megan, and Hazel

Sometimes our volunteers are asked how we can regularly help at the humane society without adopting ALL the animals, and believe us, it is hard! So many of us adopt the animals we can handle, which keeps us able to keep returning to the shelter to help the animals we can't bring home. 

These three adorable pups — Levi, May (now Megan), and Hazel — live with a couple who volunteers regularly, and all three dogs are very lucky! 

April 23, 2024

Sienna already enjoys shopping at TSC

This sweet pup is Sienna, who went straight from her adoption appointment to TSC in Wilmington to choose her first comfy bed! She is now the little sister of another CCHS adoptee, Douglas the Dalmatian! πŸ₯° She is a lucky girl! 

April 22, 2024

Hank loves walks, playing, naps, rides, and camping

This adorable pup named Hank (formerly Murphy) was adopted March 17 is enjoying camping and car rides and all kinds of fun stuff!

His family told us, "He is starting to show us more and more of his silly and energetic personality each and every day! He loves walks, playing outside, camping, taking naps and car rides! He is a great cuddle buddy and gives the best kisses! He loves all of his toys and his blanket! He is doing great settling in and is learning so much so quickly! Thank you so much for allowing us to adopt our Hank! We absolutely love him and can’t wait to see how he grows!"

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

April 21, 2024

Tate is 100 percent handsome!

Tate was adopted from the Clinton County Humane Society, and his family shared his DNA results after seeing a pup who looks very much like him (adopted from a different litter).

The results were vastly different, which goes to show that judging by looks is just a guessing game. 🀣

Either way, each dog is 100% handsome! 


49.9% Great Pyrenees 

25.3% American English Coonhound

18.6% American Pitbull Terrier

6.2% Boxer 

April 20, 2024

Thank you to TSC's management and customers!

 Thank you so much to the staff and customers of Tractor Supply Co. in Wilmington for donating several boxes of supplies, plus $82.20 worth of gift cards! We are so grateful to our local store and its management for thinking of us! 

TSC is very close to our facility and has a great selection of items not only for farm animals but for household pets too! The gift cards come in handy when we are running low on a certain supply.

April 19, 2024

Walk your dog with others and raise $$ for our shelter

The Wilmington College Veterinarians of Tomorrow is sponsoring its annual dog walk! This year's theme is "You’ve Got a Friend in Me!" This event is held each spring, giving community members the opportunity to come on out and enjoy the day with their pets as well as supporting a good cause! The group has paired with the Clinton County Humane Society! 

Don’t have a dog? There will be adoptable pups there from the humane society for you to walk! There will also be a few raffle items available for attendees, as well as treats for every pet! We hope to see you all April 27! The walk begins at 2pm! 


There is also a registration link if you are planning to be there!

Living his best life in the country to the north

 We would recognize those adorable ears anywhere! On the right is the formerly named Yukon, who spent three months waiting in the shelter for his forever family. He is now living his best life in Canada, happy as a clam! He deserves all the best!

Thank you for adopting from the Clinton County Humane Society!

March 27, 2024

Pups help students de-stress at Wilmington College

 The Activities Planning Board at Wilmington College invited us to help students enjoy some dog-centric de-stress time on campus Tuesday.

In return, the pups of the Clinton County Humane Society enjoyed having a day out of the shelter — getting exercise, socialization, and snuggles!  

Thanks to Rachel Berry and all of APD for this opportunity. πŸ’šπŸ€

And thanks to the Wilmington High School varsity softball team for taking time on spring break to help with transport and dog-wrangling.

March 23, 2024

Happy Gotcha Day, Pugsley!

"It’s the one-year anniversary of us adopting Pugsley from your shelter," her adopters told us. "She has been such an amazing dog. Thank you for finding her for us! πŸ₯°"

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

March 21, 2024

A huge thank-you to Alkermes for the donation drive!

A huge thank-you goes out to Alkermes, a biopharmaceutical company in Wilmington whose employees held a donation drive and fundraisers, including raffles for prize baskets they made and a Cutest Pet Contest with 86 entries, all to benefit the Clinton County Humane Society. ❤️

Yesterday the pictured employees visited our facility to deliver the donations of very necessary supplies (paper towels, Libman mop heads, Dawn dish soap, Pill Pockets, and trash bags) — as well as a big check for $1,282, which will really help us provide care and medical treatment to homeless pets! πŸ™ŒπŸΌ

They got to meet some of the adoptable pets, including the adorable (& adoptable) puppy in the photograph, Brooklyn. 

Multiple Alkermes employees have become longtime volunteers at the shelter over the years. 🐾 

March 18, 2024

'They think they are lap dogs too!'

These two beautiful siblings were adopted as puppies in April and May 2023. Initially named Leon and Lexi, they’re now known as Kody and Bailey. And they are doing really well in their loving home! 

Their family told us: “We just celebrated their 1st birthday on Feb 1! They are doing great and have grown so much! They love playing constantly and giving kisses! They think they are lap dogs too!"

Happy birthday to Kody and Bailey! And thank you for adopting from the Clinton County Humane Society!

March 17, 2024

This handsome boy loves to take walks

This is Cross. He is from the litter that was born February 1. We adopted him from CCHS in early April.  He is playful, loving, and smart. He loves to take walks and play with toys. He is so loved. 

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

March 16, 2024

It's exhausting being this cute

This is baby Whopper in her new home. Her family said she is “a little couch potato.” πŸ›‹️πŸ₯”


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

March 15, 2024

'We are so blessed to have found her'

Those three little words we love to hear: Healthy, happy, and spoiled.πŸ’˜

An update from this gorgeous pup’s family:

“Grace is still doing amazing, and we couldn't imagine life without her. She and her sister are inseparable. I'm guessing she's around 9 months old now. Healthy, happy, and spoiled —just like she deserves. She's growing fast and is nearly 60 pounds already.  

“What an amazing soul. We are so blessed to have found her.”

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

March 14, 2024

'She is such a good girl'

Happy 1st birthday to adorable Avery! πŸŽ‚

Avery's family told us: “We adopted her back on April 22nd she was exactly 2 months old. She is such a good girl and well behaved — and a big daddy's girl, lol.”

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

March 13, 2024

Trixie is enjoying a quick Power Nap

This is Trixie (formerly Jolly), crashed on the couch with her very own toy and her very own blanket and her very own pink-striped sweater. 

Trixie’s new family sent us this update to let us know how she’s doing: “She played hard with her new big brother and decided to cuddle up for a quick power nap! We are so grateful to you for bringing this beautiful little fur baby into our lives today!!”

Thank you for adopting from the Clinton County Humane Society! 

Kroger Plus rewards add up to $$ for our animals

THANK YOU, Kroger shoppers! We received an $928 donation this quarter from Kroger because you picked us as your Kroger Plus card charity! That money will help many homeless pets find homes!

If you want to help homeless animals at no cost to you, go to https://www.kroger.com/i/community/community-rewards and pick Clinton County Humane Society (TE149) as your charity to help animals every time you shop. Thank you! #kroger #spayneuter #adoptdontshop 

March 12, 2024

'She is a real love bug!'

Regatta (formerly named Peaches) was adopted not too long ago, but you can’t tell that by how well she fits in at her new home!  

Regatta’s family sent us these photos and said that she is adjusting wonderfully and that “she and Tiller have become fast friends, and she is a real love bug!”

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

March 11, 2024

'They’re not the only ones whose lives you’re touching'

Thanks again to Amy's Pet Grooming for making a stray pup look her best, helping her attract many applications and finding her an amazing family!

This is Jazzy, now called June/Junie/Junebug. 

Her family told us June "sits on command, hasn’t had one accident in her crate (and only a handful in the house), responds to her name and comes running gleefully, has accepted the baby as a litter mate, happiest when underfoot, and is *delightfully* snuggly.

"Thank you for choosing us. I know it can’t be easy, hoping the best for the animals you no doubt get attached to, but they’re not the only ones whose lives you’re touching.❤️"

Thank YOU for adopting June from the Clinton County Humane Society! And thanks to Amy's for their amazing support!

February 21, 2024

Thank you, Ohio Pet Fund!

Thanks to the generosity of the Ohio Pet Fund we have a $1,500 check on the way to help us with the cost of spaying and neutering all the animals that come through our shelter!

Order your adorable license plates in person at the registrar's newest location at 1850 Davids Dr., Suite 110, in Wilmington (the old Southern State building), located at the entrance that's on the far left side of the building.


February 19, 2024

Thank you to the Alliance for Compassion and Truth

Thank you to the Alliance for Compassion and Truth for this generous donation of items that help us run our day-to-day operation as we find homes for abandoned animals!


February 15, 2024

Donations given in memory of family member

On February 6 the family of Teah Barr brought us much-needed donations in her memory. They’ve done so every year on her birthday since she passed away in 2020. πŸ’™

Before they went shopping, Teah’s family asked us what we currently needed — Dawn dish soap, 13- and 39-gallon bags, and paper towels — and brought us all of those things! 

Thank you for donating to the Clinton County Humane Society! 

February 13, 2024

'This little puff of fur is everything I had hoped for'

This is Obsidian, Obie for short. He was one of a litter of 10 kittens. Named Checkers at the shelter, he was super-shy and quick to hiss. But he landed in the best home for him, where his sweet personality can shine!

Obie's people told us: "This little guy is something else! He doesn't stop purring, he follows me and my wife every place we go. Rubbing our legs with every step. He acclimated with the other animals perfectly. He and our big guy are best buddies. Not real fond of the dogs, though. He absolutely loves to eat! I've never seen a kitten so persistent. He will do any and everything to get food off your plate. We're working hard on this!

"This little puff of fur is everything I had hoped for. He comes when I call his name, jumps to the top of the cat tower as I walk by, to receive some loves. He even waits at the front door for my return and sleeps in our bed.

"We absolutely love Obie! Thank you for such a sweet little guy. He will always be taken care of.

"P.S.: His huge, fat tail gets almost as much love as his sweet little head! I've never seen a cat with a tail like his."

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

February 12, 2024

Happy 1st birthday to Mosey!

Mosey was focused on the birthday "cake" a few days ago as his family celebrated his 1st birthday! Formerly named Huxley, Mosey was adopted as a pup back in May 2023. 

His humans told us: "Thank you again for taking care of our boy and helping us with the adoption process. He’s now 55 pounds and healthy, loves being outside and playing. Thank you again for all the work you do!"

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

February 11, 2024

Bella and Spikey have become great friends

The little one is Bella, formerly known as Goldie. She was adopted recently, and her new family sent us this update:

"She is doing well! Catching on very quickly with all training. Her and Spikey have become great friends and get along most of the time! She is still learning how much is to much play with Spikey. Thank again for all your help!"

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

February 10, 2024

Iris and Clover, over and over 😊

 This is Clover (with the ears😊), who was adopted in 2022, with her sister, Iris, who was rescued from a puppy mill. 

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

January 26, 2024

It's a Morton miracle copier

We are thankful to Morton Buildings, Inc. in Wilmington for donating this amazing copier — and toner! — to our shelter! We had been limping along with an old inkjet printer that *sometimes* decides to turn on.

January 25, 2024

Aurora loved treats, toys, and snuggles

 Aurora was adopted as a puppy from our shelter. Unfortunately, she crossed the Rainbow Bridge 🌈 Jan. 12, but her family told us that she was spoiled rotten and lived her best life. 

They also wrote: “She was the most loving dog. She loved snuggles with her mom and running in the back yard. She loved her treats she got and all her toys. She was so loved and she’s going to be missed.” πŸΎπŸ’™

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

January 24, 2024

Ellie loves to lounge on the beach

 It may be freezing here in Ohio, but adorable Ellie is keeping warm down south, enjoying the ocean breeze. We are so happy for her!

Adopted over the summer to a family with another dog from CCHS, Ellie is living her best life, according to her owners, who also told us, "She’s not a fan of the surf, but loves to lounge on the beach!"

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

January 23, 2024

Viola can make herself comfortable anywhere

After being adopted Nov. 29, Viola has nearly mastered the optimal bean-bag position. 

We love this update from her new family: “Viola has quickly become the best cuddle buddy any family could ask for. She loves spending her days chasing toys and investigating every corner of the house in between her naps in the sun. In the evening, she either claims a spot on the couch curled up next to us or takes over our bean-bag chair with a chew toy.

“Viola also spent New Year's Day visiting our relative's old pup, and she quickly made friends with their 9-year-old Lab. Both pups spent most the entire day playing, with a few naps interspersed to recover some energy.

“As the newest member of our family, Viola has been the perfect addition. She's very affectionate, quick to learn, polite, playful, and gentle.

“Thank you for the work you do caring for these bundles of joy, and for helping to find their forever homes.”

Thank YOU for adopting from the Clinton County Humane Society!

Thank you to TSC and its Wilmington shoppers!

Thank you to the management, employees, and customers of Tractor Supply Co. in Wilmington for donating gift cards to the humane society! TSC & shoppers also donated many boxes of pet supplies to help the animals at the shelter!

We appreciate all the TSC staff and shoppers for their generosity this holiday season!

January 22, 2024

Thank you to the Elks for the generous donation!

Thank you to the Elks #797 in Wilmington for its generous donation of $5,000 to the Clinton County Humane Society! 

We exist solely because of private financial donations and volunteer work, and we really appreciate them thinking of our shelter! We are in our 21st year as a humane society in our area and have found homes for 9,483 animals in that time!

Thank you to trustees Robert Vanzant, Steve Croghan, Mike Wiswell, Andy Stern & Jt Croghan along with general manager Tina Morgan, and board members Ali Beam, Linda Colonel, Tim Colonel, Dave Appleman, Randy Mckamey, and Mike Shaw.

Thank you all!

A compassionate journey: becoming a veterinarian

By Kathryn Goodwin

Embarking on the journey toward becoming a veterinarian is a deeply fulfilling quest that surpasses conventional education. This path isn't solely an academic pursuit; it's a transformative expedition defined by relentless dedication, limitless empathy, and a devotion to the well-being of our animal companions. As future veterinarians navigate the intricate landscape of scientific knowledge and clinical expertise, they foster a profound comprehension of the human-animal connection and their crucial role in ensuring the welfare of various species. Beyond academic rigor, this journey embodies a profound exploration of compassion, resilience, and the intricate interdependence among all living beings.

Within veterinary education, the academic facet unfolds as an intensive and comprehensive journey. The curriculum presents a diverse array of subjects, spanning from foundational concepts in anatomy and physiology to the complexities of pathology and pharmacology. Aspiring veterinarians dedicate years to mastering the intricacies of animal biology, diseases, and medical interventions. The classroom becomes a crucible wherein future veterinarians refine their understanding of the scientific principles that constitute the essence of veterinary medicine.

The educational voyage begins by establishing a sturdy groundwork in the basic sciences, paving the way for a deep understanding of the anatomical and physiological specifics across various animal species. As students progress, they immerse themselves in specialized fields like microbiology, parasitology, and pharmacology, honing their expertise in these specialized domains. Moreover, the curriculum extends beyond technical expertise, encompassing courses on veterinary ethics and public health. This multifaceted approach ensures that aspiring veterinarians not only acquire indispensable technical prowess but also nurture a profound sense of responsibility toward society, emphasizing the holistic nature of their academic training.

While academic excellence is essential, it doesn't singularly define a proficient veterinarian. The core of veterinary education rests in experiential learning – the hands-on, real-world application of theoretical knowledge. Students move from classrooms to clinical settings, collaborating closely with seasoned veterinarians to diagnose and treat animals.

Clinical rotations in veterinary schools offer invaluable exposure to the practical challenges of veterinary medicine. Whether performing surgeries, conducting diagnostic tests, or engaging with pet owners, students learn to navigate the complexities of real-life situations. This hands-on phase of education not only sharpens technical skills but also fosters problem-solving abilities and the capability to manage the emotional aspects of caring for sick or injured animals.

Cultivating empathy

One distinctive feature that sets veterinary education apart is the emphasis on cultivating empathy. Veterinarians are not just healers; they are advocates for voiceless creatures. The emotional intelligence required to understand and address the concerns of both animals and their human companions is a crucial aspect of veterinary practice.

In veterinary schools, students engage in activities that encourage empathy and compassionate care. Whether it's volunteering at animal shelters, participating in community outreach programs, or working with therapy animals, these experiences build a foundation for a veterinarian's emotional resilience. The ability to connect with both animals and their owners on an empathetic level is a skill that transcends the clinical setting and is fundamental to providing holistic veterinary care.

Challenges and triumphs

The journey to becoming a veterinarian is fraught with challenges that test the mettle of aspiring professionals. The academic workload is intense, requiring relentless dedication and a passion for learning. Balancing rigorous coursework with the demands of clinical rotations can be physically and emotionally taxing. Moreover, the responsibility of making life-and-death decisions for animals can weigh heavily on the shoulders of veterinary students.

Yet, it is precisely these challenges that mold resilient and competent veterinarians. The triumphs come in the form of successfully diagnosing and treating an ailing patient, providing comfort to a distressed pet owner, or contributing to the advancement of veterinary medicine through research. The joy of witnessing an animal recover under their care becomes a powerful motivator for veterinarians, reinforcing their commitment to the profession despite the hurdles.

Understanding how to get into veterinary school involves a comprehensive approach that begins with earning a bachelor's degree, preferably in a science-related field like biology or chemistry. Achieving a high GPA is essential, but equally important is gaining practical experience with animals through internships, volunteer work, or employment in veterinary clinics. Building a strong resume that highlights academic achievements and hands-on experience significantly bolsters your application. 

Additionally, prospective vet school candidates typically need to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and the Veterinary College Admission Test (VCAT). Obtaining letters of recommendation from professors, veterinarians, or supervisors who can attest to your dedication and skills is crucial. Crafting a compelling personal statement outlining your passion for veterinary medicine and career aspirations is also vital. 

Finally, preparing for and participating in interviews demonstrate your communication skills and depth of understanding in the field. By combining academic excellence, practical experience, strong test scores, effective communication, and a passion for veterinary medicine, aspiring veterinarians increase their chances of securing admission to veterinary school. 

Embarking on the path to becoming a veterinarian requires a combination of strong academics, hands-on experience, and the development of empathy. The demanding academic training and practical experiences in veterinary education mold individuals into compassionate healers proficient in diagnosing and treating animals. Beyond technical skills, veterinarians must navigate the emotional complexities of their profession. The journey, with its challenges and triumphs, shapes resilient professionals dedicated to the well-being of the animals they serve. For those aspiring to join this noble profession, the route to veterinary school involves academic diligence, practical experience, and an unwavering commitment to animal welfare. 

Connect with the Clinton County Humane Society to enhance your journey into animal care and explore opportunities to volunteer, donate, or delve into their impactful programs. Your involvement not only aids animals in need but also offers valuable experiences for those aspiring to become veterinarians.

A reason to shop — for the animals!

We are thankful to Equestrian Chic Boutique for choosing the Clinton County Humane Society to be a recipient of their donations. 

Equestrian Chic Boutique donates proceeds of every sale to organizations that rescue, rehabilitate, and care for animals in need.


January 8, 2024

Flint is now a professional napper

 Flint has become quite the lap kitty, his family says. 

We received a nice Chewy.com donation of pill pockets and cat litter from them. They adopted Flint (formerly Charlie) about 18 months ago. 

They wrote, "Thanks for caring for the homeless cats until they get their forever homes."

Thank you for the donation and for adopting Flint from the Clinton County Humane Society!

January 6, 2024

A 'perfect day' adopting a handsome boy

On the left is a picture of a "perfect day," the day handsome Jack was adopted as a puppy. 

His family says, "He's a good boy, very loving and sweet with us. Doesn't like men over women, that's for sure, except family. Still working on some manners with strangers. But, he is very loving to all of us, listens good for the most part, is terrible on a leash (but that's our fault), and definitely seems to think he's the watchdog over all of us, even though he get scared at the drop of a hat! Lol"

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

January 5, 2024

'They have brought so much fun and joy into my life'

These two adorable kittens are Quincy and Salem, and they were adopted Nov. 7. We love this update of the boys, especially their heart-shaped hug! 

Formerly named Noodle & Nacho, these kittens are "absolutely 'purrfect' in every way," according to their adopter, who also told us: "They have absolutely taken over my house, and they do everything together. I have never had kitten siblings before, so it has been so much fun watching them grow up together and interact with each other, and I love how they 'talk' to each other with little trills and chirps. 

"They love playing with their toys and zooming around the house, which usually ends with the two of them snuggled up together for a nap. Believe it or not, while both boys are affectionate Salem has actually become a little more affectionate and more vocal; he is quite the chatterbox. Salem is also a bit larger in size and seems to have a more 'stocky' build.

"Thank you again for helping me bring these two home — they have brought so much fun and joy into my life."

Thank YOU for adopting Quincy and Salem from the Clinton County Humane Society!  

January 3, 2024

'It's like they have known each other their entire lives!'

Snuggling her way into human and canine hearts, Little Betty, formerly known as Kiss-Me, is doing well in her new home with her big sister, Arizona.

Betty's adopter told us: "It's like they have known each other their entire lives! Wrestling and tackling each other ... it's really nice that they get along so well! Thanks for everything!"

Thanks for adopting Betty from the Clinton County Humane Society!  

Hey, Ohio drivers! Are you pet friendly?

 "Cat Friendly," "Dog Friendly," and "Pet Friendly" Ohio license plates have helped to spay and neuter thousands of pets in Ohio over the past 15 years. 

The more pet friendly plates that are sold, the more animals that are helped. Stop by the Deputy Registrar's office or visit oplates.com. You can order them any time of the year.

Every time you purchase a plate, you help nonprofit groups, animal shelters, and humane societies prepare a homeless pet for adoption! Only $25 — and the four choices are adorable!


January 2, 2024

The groomers said Joe did really well

 This is little Joe after he was groomed after he was adopted. He looks extra handsome now! The groomers said he did really well. And his adopters love him! Win-win!

Thank you for adopting from the Clinton County Humane Society!

January 1, 2024

Pongo will turn 15 in July of this year!

Handsome and distinguished Pongo (on the right) will turn 15 years old in July. He was adopted from our facility as an adorable little puppy. πŸ₯°

His owner recently sent us a very generous donation in honor of Pongo, who, other than being deaf, is doing very well.

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