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!