Coalition to Ban Ohio Dog Auctions
Coalition to Ban Ohio Dog Auctions is an Ohio citizen-driven, community based organization recognized as a §501(c)(4) by the Internal Revenue Service.

Coalition to Ban Ohio Dog Auctions

Coalition to Ban Ohio Dog Auctions is an Ohio citizen-driven, community based organization recognized as a §501(c)(4) by the Internal Revenue Service.

Join Animal Law Coalition,  Animal World USA,  ASPCABest Friends Animal Society and the Many Voices of Those Who Support a Ban on Ohio Dog Auctions! 

4 Paws Sake, Inc.  4 Paws Sake, Inc., a non-profit, 501c(3) organization is a group of volunteer dog lovers whose mission is to rescue, provide sanctuary, and ultimately to re-home abandoned, stray and neglected dogs. The group also assists dogs who, because of extenuating circumstances, are unable to remain in their homes with their owners.  All dogs are housed in foster homes where they are provided with an enormous amount of love and any medical attention that may be required to insure that they are in good health before adoption.

ACME Canine.  ACME Canine, located in Lewis Center, Ohio, offers a variety of programs and packages which are individually tailored to suite the needs of dog owners. Their services include behavior assessment, training and coaching to facilitate better communication and a strong life-long bond.  ACME canine has been nominated for the Better Business Bureau’s Business Integrity Award, featured on NBC4's midday pet segment and is a recommended business on Angie’s List.

Almost Home Dog Rescue.  Almost Home Dog Rescue of Ohio, Inc. (AHDRO), was formed in December of 2003. Their mission is to provide homeless collies and other "family friendly" dogs a safe haven where they will receive medical care, nutrition and love until an approved home is found; to reduce the number of unwanted pets by altering all dogs in their rehoming program; to educate the public about the importance of altering pets and to emphasize that owning a pet is a lifelong commitment.

Alum Creek Dog ParkThe Alum Creek Dog Park is 4-acre free public dog park at the Alum Creek State Park. It includes fully fenced areas for small & large dogs and a dog beach at the lake. All areas have shade trees and benches. Drinking water is provided seasonally.  It has won two awards - a Superior Award from the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association and Dog Fancy Magazine voted it as having the best dog beach in a dog Park.  The Park was built by the Friends of Alum Creek Dog Park, beginning in 2004 with a grand opening in June 2006.  The Friends Group also provides day-to-day maintenance of the park and special project help.

Angels for Animals Angels for Animals was seeded as a dream in the minds of Polly Wardle and Diane Less Baird. It took root on top the backs of horses, a mutual love of the two co-founders. With the help of a lawyer, Angels then officially sprouted and was incorporated in 1990.  Angels for Animals is a limited access shelter.  The organization euthanize animals for medical and temperament reasons; not due to space, age, breed or handicap. 

Animal Superhighway The Animal Rescue Superhighway is a coast-to-coast network of rescue organizations, transporters, fosters, vets, and animal lovers dedicated to seeing that our beloved animals make it to their forever homes. It is their mission that the Animal Rescue Superhighway becomes as synonymous with animal rescue in the same way The Red Cross is synonymous with emergencies. The organization acts as a central communication and organization hub to help our furry (and feathered) friends find their forever homes in the safest, quickest and most efficient way possible.

Animals' Angels.  Animals’ Angels Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) non profit organization incorporated in Maryland with full-time investigators working in the United States and Canada. The group’s focus is on improving conditions for farm animals by work primarily in the field, trailing livestock trucks on highways, visiting markets, collecting stations and slaughterhouses. They closely cooperate with auction managers, transport companies and numerous authorities (police, veterinarians, the United States Department of Agriculture).

Animal Friends Humane Society.  The Animal Friends Humane Society is the largest, oldest 501(c)(3) non-profit animal shelter in Butler County. The mission of Animal Friends Humane Society is to promote humane principles, to protect lost, homeless, mistreated animals and to act as an advocate for animals in the community.  On a typical day, they house 200-300 animals. They are the only open admission shelter in Butler County. Open admission means they take all pets, from aggressive animals, to friendly animals, to deceased pets. Local support helps the 7,000 animals we serve a year.
  
 

The Animal Hospital of Polaris.  The Animal Hospital of Polaris, located in Lewis Center, Ohio,  is a bond-centered practice with a caring and compassionate staff, whose mission is to provide advanced medical and surgical care. The goal of the doctor and staff is to educate clients in an attempt to foster a more proactive relationship between guardian and companion pet. 

Animal Outreach.  Founded in 2001, Animal Outreach, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization based in Westerville, Ohio which is supported entirely through public donations. Through an all-volunteer organization, their mission is to help end pet overpopulation by encouraging responsible pet ownership; promoting spay/neuter programs; and uniting the efforts of rescue groups, animal control agencies, traditional shelters, veterinarians and other concerned individuals. 

Dowload the Winter 2007 issue of The Animal Insider.  In this issue, you can read more about about the Ohio Dog Auction and their relationship to puppy mills and pet homelessness.

Athens County Humane Society.  The Athens County Humane Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization  whose volunteers are committed to promoting better care and compassion for animals, providing permanent homes with responsible caregivers for their companion animals, and reducing abandonment and euthanasia of healthy animals by providing spay and neuter assistance and education.

Bark Park.  Bark Park is a 501(c)3 nonprofit all volunteer organization that was established to raise money for homeless animals. The park is at a private home in Delaware, Ohio with ten fenced acres to run and play off leash, a half acre pond for the swimmers, an agility course for the experts or novices, and lots of balls, toys and Frisbees for the dogs to enjoy. Each Saturday, a different humane rescue organization will set up an awareness table and concession stand to raise funds for their organization. One hundred percent of the money collected through admissions, the table, the dog wash and the concession stand will benefit the rescue of the day. The yearly membership dues are used to fund animal welfare programs. 

Bark Til Dark Dog Park.  Bark Til Dark is a private, off-leash dog park located in Delaware, Ohio.  Located on six acres of fenced land, the park is open seven days a week, year round.  Special features include a one acre pond, events for members only and opportunities to learn about Central Ohio animal rescues, shelters, and other dog related groups.

Black & Orange Cat Foundation.  Black & Orange Cat Foundation (or “B & O”) is named for two very special and very spoiled cats, Butler and Oswald.  Butler, the “B” in “B & O” is the black cat in the group, while Oswald, the “O” in “B & O” is our orange feline.  Although, they are especially fond of our black and orange cats (and, yes, they love those black and orange tortie mixes, too), they do not just help cats of those colors.  The Foundation helps all cats, no matter their shading.

Camp Bow Wow - Ohio.  Camp Bow Wow® Premier Doggy Day and Overnight Camps® provide a fun, safe and upscale environment for dogs to play, romp and receive lots of love and attention! We provide doggy day camp for clients wishing to drop their dogs off in the morning and pick them up in the evening, as well as overnight boarding for travelers. Overnight boarders play in the day camp program during the day and have their own individual cabins at night. 

Capital Area Humane Society Capital Area Humane Society (CAHS) was founded in 1883 by two school teachers and several prominent community leaders dedicated to protecting animals, preventing cruelties and bringing empathy to society through teaching and advocating kindness for all. Their vision became the driving focus of what would become a reforming force in central Ohio. CAHS's mission today remains the same; they envision a world where animals are respected and valued, and where the human-animal bond is strong. 

"Mary, On behalf of the Capital Area Humane Society, our board of directors unanimously supports your efforts to ban dog auctions in the State of Ohio. The Capital Area Humane Society condemns dog auctions which exist to allow the operators of inhumane breeding operations (puppy mills) to profit from the sale of dogs they no longer care to use for breeding. These auctions further support the existence of these cruel businesses and should be outlawed in the State of Ohio.”  - Jodi Buckman, Executive Director, CAHS

Carroll County Animal Protection League.  Carroll County Animal Protection League (APL) is a group of dedicated volunteers striving to raise the needed funds for building an animal shelter for Carroll county.

Cat Welfare Association.
  The Cat Welfare Association was founded in 1945 by a small group of people who saw the need for an organization designed specifically to help the many stray and abused cats in the Columbus area. They are a non-profit organization whose objective has always been to promote better care and understanding of cats while providing for the physical welfare of homeless cats and kittens.

Cause for Paws.  Cause for Paws, based in Chillicothe, Ohio,  is an all volunteer organization whose mission is to save the lives of Ohio's homeless dogs, cats, puppies and kittens.  Their services include promoting the safety and well being of domestic animals, including the need to neuter/spay, and assisting law makers with educational tools and information to enact proper regulations for Ohio's needy animals.

Central Ohio Poms and More Rescue. Central Ohio Poms and More Rescue, based in Canal Winchester, is an all volunteer organization whose mission is to focus on the rescue of poms and small breeds from shelters and puppy mills.

"I have been to many of these puppy mills and it is worse than you can ever imagine! Most that I have been to, the animals do not dare bark or lick! I asked an Amish guy why they do not do this and he hoses them down every time! I imagine he also beats them because they are terrified of humans for a while and then realize at my home they can have a voice and are permitted to give kisses! My little pom that is 3 pounds, she just started kissing after 3 years with me. She came from the Amish but is not adoptable because she only trusts me and will bite for blood if anyone comes near her. She will not run but attack instead. I am praying some day I can get her to trust but not yet! God will help her through this though, someday!"  - Linda Simmons, Founder

Central Ohio Westie Rescue and Westies of Ohio Fundraisers (W.O.O.F.).  The W.O.O.F Club is a social and charitable organization involving Westie lovers working together to benefit various Westie programs and other canine charitable organizations. Through the annual WestieWalk, their goal is to raise money in support of westie rescue, to educate the public about Westies, provide medical information on health issues impacting Westies, raise public awareness regarding Puppy Mills and provide information about upcoming legislation and other canine causes.

Christy's Camp Canine, LLC.  Are you worried about the well-being of your dog while you're on vacation or out of town? Ensure your pooch is cared for while you're away with loving dog boarding services from their comfortable kennel in Sunbury, Ohio. Christy's Camp Canine LLC is a full-service dog kennel that specializes in loving dog boarding services!

Citizens for Humane Action (CHA) Animal Shelter.  CHA, a 501(c)(3) non-profit animal shelter based in Westerville, Ohio,  was established in 1975 by three friends who noted the growing number of stray animals and decided to make a difference.  The organization is dedicated to finding loving families for homeless cats and dogs in Franklin and surrounding counties.

Clermont County Humane Society.  The Clermont County Humane Society (CCHS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1957. CCHS is governed by an all-volunteer board of directors and the organization exists for the purpose of fostering the adoption of unwanted animals and enforcing the humane treatment of all animals. Their vision is to be recognized in the community as the adoption center of choice and as the primary network resource of animal information.

Cleveland Animal Protective League.  The Cleveland Animal Protective League is a private, nonprofit humane society that has been serving the animals and people of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County since 1913.  Its mission is to foster compassion and end animal suffering through adoptions, cruelty investigations, spay/neuter, and education.  The APL envisions a society in which animals are valued, treated with dignity and respect, and protected from cruelty and neglect; every companion animal-in-need has a chance for rehabilitation and re-homing, the human-animal bond is cherished and supported; and every pet is wanted.

“The Cleveland Animal Protective League supports efforts to ban dog auctions in the State of Ohio. Dog auctions allow the “puppy mill” industry, which is comprised of breeders who use inhumane practices to breed and house dogs, to prosper by acting as an intermediary in the sale of their breeding dogs and offspring. Their dogs are commonly kept in small cages, sometimes in horrific conditions, and denied the ability to express natural behaviors, such as the joy of running and experiencing affection.  The Cleveland APL vigorously opposes any activity or practice that results in inhumane treatment of animals, so accordingly, we applaud efforts to ban dog auctions and regulate “puppy mill-type” breeding in the State of Ohio and across the United States. - Sharon Harvey, Executive Director, Cleveland APL”

Cleveland State University Student Advocates for a Vegetarian Ethic (SAVE).

Club K-9 Training Center.  Club K-9 Training Center was established by owner and trainer Cris Doss in 2000. They are a full service facility located at Douds Veterinary Hospital in Oberlin, Ohio. Their facility offers many different levels of obedience classes and private training, as well as in-home behavior counseling, specialty classes, and educational events. They offer group obedience dog training classes indoors at our fully matted center or our fenced outside grass area. Club K-9 Training Center's staff and their clients enjoy fun; informative training classes which help build relationships of respect and trust while improving communication between owners and their dogs.

Coalition for Animal Concerns.  Coalition for Animal Concerns is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to foster unity and cooperation among concerned citizens, animal professionals and organizations that rescue, treat, foster or place abused, injured, relinquished or homeless animals.  The volunteers strive to improve the quality of life for the animals of Stark County, Ohio, through spay/neuter and education programs.  This mission reflects the Coalition's path towards a "Journey of New Hope" for the animals.

Cocker Spaniel Rescue Worldwide. Carolina Cockers Rescue is an all volunteer organization whose mission is to rescue pure bred cocker spaniels from animal shelters or otherwise dangerous situations throughout the United States and Canada.  

Colony Cats.  Colony Cats is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose primary mission is to address cat overpopulation in central Ohio through public awareness and spay/neuter efforts. Since 2002, the organization has facilitated spay or neuter of over 6,324 animals.  Specialized help for feral, stray and abandoned cats is a core element of our programs. We assist compassionate caregivers who are feeding and watching over homeless cats by providing TNR (trap-neuter-return) and other support services including food, shelter, vaccines and additional vet care for injuries/illness, as well as educational resources.

Cozy Cat Cottage.  Cozy Cat Cottage Rescue and Adoption Center is a non-profit, no-kill organization based in Powell, Ohio, that serves Columbus Ohio and surrounding areas.  The organization is committed to the care of homeless cats of all ages while attempting to find permanent, responsible, loving homes for each and every one of them. They are also dedicated to promoting respect and compassion for all animals through humane education, and promoting spaying and neutering to reduce and eventually eliminate pet over-population.

Cuccia Creative Design and Illustration. 

Carole Raphaelle Davis and Jinky.  Carole Raphaelle Davis is an actress and singer-songwriter who was born in London and raised in Paris, Bangkok and New York. She has appeared on television in Sex and the City (the popular Amalita Amalfi), Angel, My Wife and Kids, Veronica Mars, SCRUBS and films such as The Rapture, Mannequin, and Flamingo Kid.  Carole is a passionate animal welfare advocate who has worked closely with Last Chance for Animals, Best Friends Animal Society, In Defense of Animals, The Amanda Foundation, Molly's Mutts and Meows, Humane Society of United States (HSUS) and Chihuahua Rescue, among others.

Dachshund Delights. Dachshund Delights has served 'hundophiles from all over the world since 1991.  They're the oldest dachshund-related business you will find.  Dachshund Delights is a family-run business, and we consider all of you part of our "dachsie family." They welcome your comments, suggestions, and stories about your own dachshunds, and they emphasize personal service and care given to each order – trademarked by an occasional hand-written note or perhaps a goody for your dachshund thrown in.

Darke County Animal Shelter.  The Darke County Friends of the Shelter is a Non-Profit Organization made up of various community members of Darke County. The organization's goal is to help with the special needs of the Darke County Animal Shelter and to give every four-legged citizen another chance!

DJ's Feed Store.  DJ’s Feed Store a locally owned and operated feed store that has been serving the Westerville, Ohio Community for almost 30 years.  DJ’s carries many well known names of high quality feed for all animals. Horses, cattle, pigs, sheep, cats, dogs, guinea pigs, hamsters, birds, both wild and exotic, pigeons, deer, squirrels and more.  They also carry bedding, vitamins, treats, leashes, buckets, and many more supplies that you need for your four legged and winged friends.  All animals and their people are welcome in DJ’s!

Dogs Deserve Better.  Dogs Deserve Better, 2003 First Place Winner of the ASPCA/Chase Pet Protector Award, is a voice for chained and penned dogs whose sadness speaks only through their eyes.   In September 2006, DDB's Founder, Tammy Grimes, was selected as a Top Ten Finalist for Animal Planet's Hero of the Year Award.

Ellie Brecher, General Assignment Reporter, The Miami Herald.  Pet lady: That's Ellie's role in the Miami Herald newsroom. She's been there since 1989, during which time she's had eight dogs, a ring-necked parakeet, a chicken, and a lizard named Lance. At the moment, Ellie has four dogs, two step-dogs, and two cockatiels. A native New Yorker, she came to Miami from Louisville, Ky. Ellie is a graduate of the University of Arizona, and had a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard in 1988. She has written 233 stories containing the word 'dog' in the past 17 years.

Erie Shores Humane Society.  Erie Shores Humane Society is a grass roots, non profit animal welfare organization. This dedicated group has been helping animals in need for 24 years. They follow the humane no kill philosophy and are dedicated to the present and future well-being of all animals.

The Federation of Humane Organizations of West Virginia.
  FOHO of WV is a state-wide organization for the purpose of improving animal welfare throughout West Virginia. The organization provides an information network of animal issues and promotes effective legislation on animal welfare, care, health, cruelty and neglect. FOHO was formed in 1994 after the Pet-Overpopulation Summit in Wheeling, WV to serve to unite animal advocates throughout the state and to provide a clearinghouse of information for the 55 counties in West Virginia. They urge local humane societies, rescue groups, animal welfare leagues, plus any animal advocacy group or individual to get involved to help them in otheir effort to improve animal welfare throughout West Virginia.

“My shepherd was rescued from the Buckeye Auction when a puppy mill closed there 3 years ago.  He still has issues from his horrible early life.” – Theresa Bruner, FOHO WV Board Member 

Fluffy's Pet Service.  Fluffy’s was created by Tracy Seiler after years of pet sitting for friends, co-workers, and neighbors.  Growing up in Southwestern PA with a houseful of pets and rescues, her true love has always been working with animals.  Besides being proudly owned by six cats, all of whom are rescues,  Tracy actively volunteers her time with the Capital Area Humane Society and is a strong supporter of animal rights and living lightly on the planet.

Forever Friends Foundation.  Forever Friends Foundation is a small non profit 501(c)(3), no-kill, animal rescue organization specializing in cats. The Foundation relies on volunteers, donations,  fund-raisers & adoption fees to support itself. It is run by a Board of Directors.  Since it's founding in September 2003, Forever Friends has successfully found  homes for over a thousand cats and kittens as well as several dogs. The Foundation stresses the importance of spay and neuter procedures as well as  routine vaccinations for pets.

Friendship Animal Protective League.  Friendship APL is a private, independent, non-profit  [501(c)(3)] humane society founded in Elyria, Ohio in 1957.  The organization owns and operates the largest animal shelter in Lorain County.  Friendship APL receives no government funding. The organization depends on the generosity and financial support of friends and neighbors, and on various fundraisers, to serve the people and animals of Lorain County.

Geauga Humane Society's Rescue Village
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  Geauga Humane Society’s Rescue Village is a nonprofit humane society supported solely by private donations and grants. As a leader in animal welfare for 35 years, the organization is committed to sheltering and finding homes for sick, injured, abused and abandoned animals.  

"Geauga Humane Society’s Rescue Village supports efforts to ban dog auctions in Ohio.  We also wholeheartedly support initiatives to regulate puppy-mill type breeding here and nationwide."  

"Dog auctions are not events for families wishing to purchase companion animals. They are venues for the “puppy mill” industry to buy and sell breeding dogs. The dogs bought and sold at auction are kept confined in cages for their entire breeding lives ~ never getting to run or play with toys or experience affection and companionship."   

"The puppies that result from this commercial breeding are then sold in pet stores; the reality of their harsh beginnings a secret. The auctions and puppy mills are only about making money for the breeders.  Participants at these auctions often travel from surrounding states where public dog auctions are illegal; this includes breeders who have already been convicted of animal cruelty."  

"Rescue Village stands firmly opposed to inhumane treatment of all animals and works for the day when dog auctions are banned and puppy-mill type breeding is regulated by laws which prevent abuse, cruelty and neglect."

- Board of Trustees, Geauga Humane Society's Rescue Village

Dick Goddard.  Born and raised in Northeast Ohio, Fox 8 News Meteorologist Dick Goddard has been delivering the weather forecast for over 40 years in Cleveland.  Dick is also known throughout northeast Ohio for his annual "Woollybear Festival" -- Ohio's largest single-day festival (drawing more than 100,000 people each year) -- and his concern for animals. Dick has presented dog- and cat-adoption programs for over 25 years.

Greatful Dog Bakery.
  At the Grateful Dog Bakery, they use only the finest, freshest, all natural, veterinarian approved ingredients that customers can trust. You won't find any chemical preservatives, salt, sugar or artificial flavors. We bake your dogs treats as you order to insure that they are freshest possible for your pet.  You won't ever have to wonder about that at the Grateful Dog Bakery. You will only see ingredients that are totally natural and in many cases organic! 

GSP Care of Ohio Rescue Inc.  GSP Care of Ohio Rescue Inc., a 501c3 charitable organization, is a very small group of volunteers located in Ohio, parts of Indiana and northern Kentucky, who help German Shorthaired Pointers in need.

Hull's Haven Border Collie Rescue.  Hull's Haven Border Collie Rescue is a volunteer operated, non-profit rescue group located in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  The organization works to find permanant, loving homes for rescued Border Collies and Border Collie mixes who have been surrendered, neglected or dumped in a pound.

Huron County Humane Society.  The Huron County Humane Society serves the residents of Huron County and their mission is to prevent the suffering experienced by abandoned, neglected and abused animals.  The organization is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) overseen by a Board of Directors.  Monies funding Huron County Humane Society are from private contributions, membership dues and fundraising efforts of the Board of Directors and Volunteers.

Humane Society of Delaware County.  Since 1972, the purpose of this non-profit organization has been the eradication of animal suffering primarily within Delaware County, Ohio.  The facility averages about 1,400 adoptions per year - and they thank all the good folks in their community who have helped save the lives of so many animals.

Humane Society of Erie County.  Humane Society of Erie County is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for our animals in Erie County, through a progressive animal shelter, public humane education and leadership in developing and supporting legislation in animal welfare.

Humane Society of Greene County.  The Humane Society of Greene County, an independent, non-profit organization, is staffed solely by volunteers. All their programs are specifically designed with the goal of alleviating animal abuse and suffering throughout Greene County.

Humane Society of Morrow County.  In negotiations with the Board of Directors to becoming a Supporting Organization.  The Humane Society of Morrow County is a 501(c)(3) organization. Their mission is to promote animal welfare, relieve animal suffering and educate the public on animal care. The organization has been striving for the humane treatment of all animals since 1974. That mission continues today.  While the Society currently does not have a shelter, they do have many animals in foster homes that are available for adoption and longing for a forever home. The organization does not believe in euthanasia, so once a pet is with us they remain with us until the perfect match is found.

Huron County Humane Society.  The Huron County Humane Society is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that serves the residents of Huron county.  Their mission is to prevent the suffering experienced by abandoned, neglected and abused animals.  Monies funding Huron County Humane Society are from private contributions, membership dues and fundraising efforts of the Board of Directors and Volunteers.

Indian Summers Border Collie Rescue, Inc.  Indian Summers BC Rescue is an all volunteer, donation run program of OAIC, Inc. a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization established in 1982 and Incorporated in the State of Ohio. Their facility is located on the rescue's 60 acre farm east of Canton, Ohio. We also run a Shelter for those "Special Need" Border Collies who make up The Summers BC Gang.  Their Program Purpose is to save one life at a time then spay/neuter until there are no more to rescue and no more to alter and to provide Education and Support as to the proper health care and welfare of companion animals and the dire need of a zero population growth through Spaying and Neutering. 

Inn the Doghouse. ITD is a safe hangout for friendly city dogs and cats. Dog Daycare with their pack includes social fun, games and a little education. Sleepovers are also available, where your dog can play and exercise during the day and be kept safe at night. While your pet is at ITD, this dedicated team will enjoy and love them almost as much as you do!

Iowa Voters for Companion Animals.  Iowa Voters for Companion Animals is the lobbying arm of Iowans of Companion Animals.   Their mission is to advance, through grassroots advocacy, a legal framework to ensure the humane and ethical treamtment of companion animals in Iowa.

Jana Kohl, Ph.D and Baby. 
Jana Kohl is a writer, artist, psychologist and animal welfare advocate. Having worked for the Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies for many years, she has long been concerned with how cruelty can become legally sanctioned by society. As a psychologist, she has testified before the Illinois State Legislature on the link between industrialized violence toward animals and inter-human violence. When she learned of the abuse of animals in animal-based industries, such as factory farming, the fur industry, and puppy mills, she turned her attention to advocating for national reform.

Just Dogs!  Gourmet.  A dog bakery and boutique specializing in all-natural dog treats made from 100% human quality ingredients.  Just Dogs! has 15 varieties of Market treats and a "Barkery" case full of decorated treats.  The company specializes in all-natural confections for your pooch.  They also carry a variety of specialty dog merchandise for dogs of all sizes and breeds.  Come see their collection of  purebred dog mugs made locally in Rittman Ohio.  We also have beautiful hand painted watercolor prints from " Sara England" featuring your favorite dog breeds in fun poses such as "All Paws on Deck" , "Beach Boyz", "Dogs Whining" and the ever popular "Spa Day". 

Kelley's Kritters.  Kelley’s Kritters is a group of concerned citizens from Solon, Ohio who passionately care for all animals, with a special focus on cats and kittens.  Through a unique networking system with other area rescue groups, they are able to help more people with the many crisis they may face, as it relates to animals.  Their services include animal rescue including removal of kittens & cats from harmful, abusive or abandoned areas; hosting adoption events to place cats & kittens into permanent, loving homes; assisting residents in humane trapping of stray or feral cats, through Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs; advocating for spay & neuter services of owned and feral cats and establishing a pet food bank to assist local residents and care-takers of feral cat colonies or for those who may not be able to afford pet food.

Kids 'N' Canines.
  Gale Haugh, a special-needs education teacher at Walnut Springs Middle School in Westerville, Ohio, knew the therapeutic effect pets could have on people, especially those facing social and emotional challenges. That, combined with her drive to reduce the number of pets returned to shelters due to behavioral issues, resulted in the Kids 'n' Canines partnership with Citizens for Humane Action Animal Shelter.

Lake Humane Society. 
Since 1937, the Lake Humane Society has operated as a private, non-profit organization dedicated to the welfare and protection of animals in Lake County and the surrounding metropolitan areas. Focusing on the relief of suffering and the prevention of cruelty and abuse to animals, the Lake Humane Society strives to inform and educate children and adults in the humane and respectful treatment of all living creatures.

Bonnie-Jill Laflin. As a former Miss Dallas-Fort Worth USA, Bonnie-Jill is the first and only NBA scout for the Los Angeles Lakers.  She also holds a Super Bowl ring and three NBA Championship rings.  As an actress and model, Bonnie-Jill has appeared in numerous television shows, commercials and music videos.  She is a dedicated supporter of many charitable organizations and donates much of her time to Operation Baghdad Pups, ASPCA and the American Horse Defense Fund.
Louisville Weimaraner Rescue, Inc. Louisville Weimaraner Rescue, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation whose objective is to find permanent, responsible owners for Weimaraners that come to their rescue through area shelters or private owners that, because of various situations, are unable to continue to keep their dogs. The organization serves Kentucky, West Virginia, Indiana and Ohio. 

LUV4K9s. LUV4K9s is an all volunteer, non-profit rescue based in Dayton, Ohio whose goal is to find 'forever families' for their very deserving dogs.  Their companions range from owner release dogs to abandoned, abused and puppy mill rescues. 

Don J. McTigue, Esq.  Serving as the legal counsel for the Coalition to Ban Ohio Dog Auctions, Don McTigue has concentrated in the field of election and campaign finance law for more than twenty  years. He is the former Chief Elections Counsel to the Ohio Secretary of State and former Counsel to the Ohio Elections Commission, and has been in private law practice since 1991, representing and advising candidates, political action committees, ballot issue groups, elected and public officials and governmental bodies across Ohio.  Don assists clients with local and statewide ballot initiatives, and has represented clients in numerous election-related cases before the Ohio Supreme Court and the Ohio Elections Commission.  He is also an Adjunct Professor at Capital University Law School, where he teaches Election Law.

Measles Animal Haven. 
Measle's Animal Haven, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, no-kill rescue comprised of a network of volunteers and foster homes in Central Ohio. The group focuses on rescuing unwanted/neglected/abused/abandoned pit bulls (American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, American Bullies, American Bulldogs, and Pit Bull mixes) and senior dogs (of all breeds).  Additionally, as an organization, Measle's Animal Haven is committed to help relieve the suffering of and preventing cruelty to dogs identified as pit bulls and pit bull mixes through the public dissemination of educational information and spaying/neutering/microchipping of owned pit bulls.
 

Mid Ohio Animal Welfare League.  The Mid-Ohio Animal Welfare League is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization registered with the IRS and State of Ohio. Their mission is to protect and promote value and respect for all animals, to alleviate the pain and suffering of any abused, neglected or abandoned animal, as well as to act as a voice for animals that can not speak for themselves, through education, information and advocacy. The organization is committed to reducing the cat overpopulation epidemic through public awareness and non lethal humane management efforts humanely euthanizing only the untreatably sick and severely injured.

Multiple Breed Rescue, Inc.     

Nature's Select of Columbus.  Nature's Select of Columbus offers all natural, Nature's Select Pet Foods and products delivered free to customers in the Columbus area. 

New Beginnings Animal Shelter. New Beginnings Animal Shelter is a 501(c) non-profit organization whose purpose is to rescue, rehabilitate and place domestic animals and to educate the public about the responsibilities of pet ownership in attempt to alleviate the problem of unwanted pets.

Barbara Niven and Lucy.  Barbara Niven is one of Hollywood’s busiest actresses, and she has served on the National Board of Directors for the Screen Actors Guild. Barbara also takes time to pursue other aspects that enrich her life, and lends her support to numerous charitable organizations. She’s a huge animal advocate, and dedicates much of her time towards animal rescue efforts. 

Ohio Dock Diving Air Dogs.  Ohio Air Dogs is much more than a Dock Jumping Club.  We are the fastest growing canine club in Ohio. Ohio Air Dogs is a non-profit organization offering a wide array of canine sports from Rally, Agility, Tracking, Disc and even dog surfing right here in Lake Erie!  We are all about having fun with your dog in different canine sports all year round. Ohio Air Dogs has something for everyone, every dog – regardless of age, size or breed (or mixed breed)!

Ohio Pet Chef.  Ohio Pet Chef premium pet foods are scientifically balanced and complete, providing optimal blends of proteins, fats, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. The company provides free delivery right to your door.  Petworth also offers a tax-deductible, "Food for Fosters" program benefiting local rescue groups.

Ohio Rottweiler Rescue.  Ohio Rottweiler Rescue is a non-profit organization (501c3) dedicated to the rescue of unwanted Rottweilers and Boston Terriers. The organization rescues their dogs from dangerous environments, home surrenders, shelters and as strays.

Ohio SPCA.  Since 1983, Ohio SPCA has worked tirelessly to protect, save, and cherish abandoned and abused animals of all kinds. They are a 503(c) charitable organization whose goals are (1) o extend to present and future generations humane education, which will lead to an awareness of the need for people to be responsible and kind stewards over animals, and (2) to intercede on behalf of animals and bring about change to situations and practices in which cruelty, neglect, or unnecessary suffering exists.

Ohio State University Buckeyes for Canines. Buckeyes for Canines is a new student group that works within the Columbus community to raise awareness about issues related to dogs and dog ownership. In addition, the group volunteers at local animal shelters. The club, which was founded in spring of 2008 by Molly Stancliff, a second-year in animal cognition and ethology, and Alysha Noorani, a third-year in psychology, meets every Tuesday to discuss issues such as puppy mills in Ohio, pit bull discrimination and bad dog food brands.

Ohio State University Shelter Medicine Club. The mission iof OSUSMC is to introduce members to the new and exciting specialty of Shelter Medicine in Veterinary Medicine and increase student awareness of the various roles veterinarians can play in animal welfare organizations. They also strive to raise awareness of issues pertaining to homeless animals and pet overpopulation. 

Oklahoma Puppy Mill Truth.  On May 14, 2010, Governor Brad Henry signed into law SB 1712, the first-ever law to regulate high volume dog breeding operations in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Spay Network. Breaking ground in 1999, Oklahoma Spay Network was the first comprehensive, low-income spay/neuter program in Oklahoma. The organization serves mainly rural areas by providing spay/neuter services, informational assistance, mentoring and networking. Oklahoma Spay Network encourages the development of high volume, low-income spay/ neuter programs to assist those households that have historically been unable to afford to have a pet spayed or neutered at the regular costs, and which contribute to the overwhelming number of homeless pets nationwide.

One Lucky Dog Bakery.  Click here to read Stacey Sutphen's story on how she began Medina's gourmet bakery for dogs!  If you have these same concerns and agree that it's important to provide your dog with a healthy snack alternative to the commercial dog treats on the market today, you can be assured that One Lucky Dog Bakery's gourmet dog biscuits are the ideal treats to select for your pet or show dogs to keep them healthy and on an organic, chemical-free diet. The Bakery focuses on supplying wheat-free dog treats.

Operation Warm & Cozy, Inc.  Operation Warm & Cozy, Inc. (OWC) is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based on the belief that each family's pet's needs are of the utmost importance. This dedicated team delivers free pet food (when available), straw and  doghouses year 'round, and they also offer a free spay/neuter program four months out of the year!   OWC speaks at elementary schools on "HUMANE" issues, as well. As a result, their organization has aided many pets in Tuscarawas County and beyond. 

Outreach for Animals.  In November of 2001, a group of police officers, firefighters, and paramedics joined together and established Outreach for Animals. They incorporated as a non-profit 501©(3) organization with the mission to educate young people about the realities of wildlife and how they belong in their natural habitat. The group has reached hundreds of thousands of people through all forms of media, including testimony before local governments.  Their goal is to continue to be the #1 advocate for proper behavior around wildlife by bringing greater understanding of wildlife to the general public through a national presence with lectures, programs, educational materials, and experience. The group is committed to always be the goodwill ambassador and liaison between humans and animals. They are a for-impact organization that saves lives, transforms lives and changes lives.

PAWS Adoption Center.  PAWS Adoption Center is a private, no-kill, non-profit animal shelter located in Middletown, Ohio dedicated to providing care and shelter for unwanted dogs and cats and placing them in loving homes. Their mission is to reduce the number of homeless pets by promoting adoption, spay/neuter and responsible pet ownership.  The organization houses approximately 80 dogs and cats looking for permanent, loving homes.

PAWS Ohio.  The Public Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) was founded in 1976.  They are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization considered to be one of Ohio’s most reputable long-standing cat and dog humane rescue groups, and is dedicated to the rescue of pets in ’s most reputable long-standing cat and dog humane rescue groups.  Their mission is to rescue stray and/or abused cats and dogs and place them in good homes. It is a PAWS policy to adopt animals to responsible homes only in the greater Cleveland area, and to provide medical care to rescued animals and foster them in their own homes. The organization also makes sure that they are spayed or neutered so that they do not continue the cycle of births that result in more pets than homes. ’s most reputable long-standing cat and dog humane rescue groups. 

Paws Pantry. 

Paws Park. 
Paws Park is a private, off-leash dog park located in Canal Winchester, Ohio.  Located on seven acres surrounded by mature trees, the Park's philosophy is to provide a safe and secure place for dogs to run, play and socialize. They support and encourage rescue efforts and humane education. 

"I have a similar experience with the Buckeye Auction as well. I have rescued 4 dogs from that hell hole of an auction and adopted out 3 of them. I kept the most abused one which actually came to me by way of another rescue group. A chocolate lab that had been used to breed until she was almost dead. When her last litter required a c-section (which they did themselves I might add) she was off to the auction. Fat, teats to her knees, full of milk, bloated and sad as hell looking. She was purchased for a measly $50! When she was spayed, they found the ghastly remains of her uterus, in tatters had been sutured by embroidery floss which had begun to go septic. She almost hemorrhaged to death. It was touch and go for a few days. She had never been up and down stairs, played with toys or loved. She has scars on her knees to remind us of the wire chicken hutch she lived in for so many years. She has had some issues, but has turned out to be one of the most loving and well behaved dogs ever. Her start to life was horrid, but now she lives here with me as a pampered, beloved companion." - Lora Zigan, Owner

Pawsitive Energy Day Camp and Bed & Biscuit for Dogs.  Pawsitive Energy Day Camp and Bed & Biscuit for Dogs, located in Marysville, Ohio, offers the ultimate in holistics animal care, from canine massages and Reiki sessions to plenty of playtime at their spacious Doggy Bed & Bisquit.   The Day Camp also makes a monthly donation to local animal rescue and spay/neuter groups.

Pet Butler of Central Ohio.  Pet Butler of Central Ohio provides pet waste cleanup, removal services and supplies to homes and multi-family communities across Columbus.  In addition to being Ohio's original pet waste cleanup service, Pet Butler also sponsors and supports pet rescue, pet spay/neuter programs and is proud to have been awarded the Capital Area Humane Society Corporate Kindness Award in 2004 and Angie's List Super Service Award in for Columbus 2003.

Pet FBI.  Pet FBI is an all-volunteer 501(c)3 non-profit organization that offers the most comprehensive information about lost and found pets in Ohio. The database is free to users. Visitors can post or search lost and found pet reports and obtain advice and contact information for Ohio animal shelters, humane societies and Ohio rescue groups. Spay/neuter
assistance, TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) and rescue are also part of their mission.

PetFix Northweast OhioIn negotiations with the Board of Directors to becoming a Supporting Organization. The mission of of PetFix Northeast Ohio is to end pet overpopulation, with all its tragic consequences, by making spay/neuter surgeries affordable and accessible to qulified low income owners, feral cat caregivers and agencies offering animals for adoption.  PetFix surgeries are performed by licensed veterinarians with the assistance of registered veterinary technicians and animal care technicians. The team's well-trained and experienced medical staff has only one concern - the health and safety of the animals brought to the PetFix Clinic.

Petite Paws Rescue Angels, Inc.  Petite Paws Rescue Angels is a non-profit, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) animal welfare organization dedicated to promoting education about Spay and Neuter of companion animals; preventing cruelty and abuse of any companion animal especially, Yorkshire Terriers; changing laws that allow commercial abuse of Yorkshire Terriers and other companion animals; rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming toy dogs especially Yorkshire Terriers and raising funds to promote all of the above.  

Pet-Tigue.  Pet-Tique live to chase down unique pet clothes, toys and gifts for your dog, cat, or the human in their life, with prices that take the bite out of shopping. The company carries the variety of healthy and holistic pet foods and treats that make your dog and cat beg, bowls and raised dinners they will lap up, and supplements and grooming items that will keep them purring. They have found the things that allow you and your pet to get more out of life including a selection of training books and pleasure reading titles. Their fashion collars, tags, leads, pet crates, bags, carriers and beds offer a variety of styles and functions to keep the finickiest from turning up their noses. 

Pet Promise.  PetPromise is a non-profit, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) animal welfare organization.  All of the pets available for adoption are cared for in volunteer foster homes until they are adopted.

Pet's General StoreThis family-owned and -operated pet store offers items from aquariums to pet food, cages and pet toys. The staff at Pet's General Store strives to accommodate the needs of you and your pet. The store is located on Madison Avenue in Lakewood.  

Pets without Parents.  Pets Without Parents, founded in June of 2001, is a non-profit, no-kill, all-breed shelter for dogs and cats. We strive to create a community that nurtures and respects companion animals, and to someday see that every pet is loved. In order to create such a community, Pets Without Parents functions as a pet adoption shelter, carefully placing pets into forever homes.  Additionally, we do everything in our power to reduce the pet overpopulation.  Every pet is spayed or neutered before going to his or her new home. We can only accomplish our mission by educating the community and sharing our beliefs that we are creating a better world for these wonderful animals.

Phodographer.  Carolyn Evans began photographing animals in 1997 in an effort to raise awareness about the pet overpopulation epidemic in our country. Her own two “found” dogs, Calvin and Findlay, were the inspiration for Happy Tails, a non-profit organization that she founded together with several friends. In order to draw attention to the tragedy of pet overpopulation, Happy Tails created a line of note cards that feature heartwarming photos and rescue stories of individual pets.  By sharing these inspirational stories, Carolyn hopes to encourage people to consider adoption from a local animal shelter or rescue organization and to spay/neuter their own pets.  

Planned Pethood, Inc. Since 1970, Planned Pethood, a 501c3, has been committed to solving the pet overpopulation problem. Pro-actively, Planned Pethood is addressing the overpopulation problem at the very root by offering the public low/no cost spay/neuter in concert with local vets. The organization has been responsible for spay/neutering thousands of puppies and kittens, as well as their parents, thus eliminating future litters for those dogs and cats and all of their offspring. Re-actively, Planned Pethood, Inc. offers fully vetted and already spay/neutered animals to good, loving homes for adoption. The organization makes it their priority to only take animals from their own community. Until there are no more unwanted pets in NW Ohio, they will continue this policy.

Poco's Playhouse.  Poco’s Playhouse is Perrysburg’s place for pooches and puppies to play. The Poco's Playhouse, LLC facility is comprised of 2,000 sq. ft. of indoor space, festively decorated with playful dog pictures, and Playmate arts and craft projects.  The facility has one of the largest outdoor areas of any daycare in the area, and it is also the only dog daycare in the area with a complete agility course.  The Playhouse is also proud to be the new meeting house for the local K-9 MASH unit. K-9 MASH is a group of certified therapy dogs and their owners that goes out into the community to places such as nursing homes and children's groups, and makes some people's days a little more enjoyable.

Pure Doggy Organic Bakery.  Pure Doggy Organic Bakery is committed to using human grade organic ingredients, meaning no pesticides or other chemicals have come into contact with your homemade dog cookies!  Their dog cookies are gluten-free, corn-free, soy-free and contain no preservatives and no added colorings or flavors.  The team hand bakes their dog cookies daily to ensure optimal freshness for your doggy. They also believe in giving back to their friends in the dog community. They donate a percentage of our profits to charitable causes that benefit and enhance the lives of misfortunate animals.

Rachel Lauren Photography. Combining her passions and skill as a fine arts photographer, and a love for dogs; Rachel's images easily stand on their own.  An avid believer in animal rescue, Rachel is a member of HeARTs Speak, a network of photographers who volunteer their time to animal shelters and and non-profit rescue groups. 

Ranbow Connection Animal Foundation.  The Rainbow Connection Animal Foundation is a non-profit, no-kill, 100% volunteer animal rescue organization which rescues homeless, abandoned, and surrendered cats and kittens through and ultimately places them in loving homes. The group is also active in and practice Trap/Neuter/Release methods in order to maintain the feral and stray cat population.  All RCAF cats/kittens are tested for FIV/FeLV, wormed, and spayed/neuter. The animal is placed in foster care and observed and socialized as needed. Adoptions take place in private homes, PETsMART stores, internet rescue connections, and veterinary clinics.

RASCAL Unit.  The Rascal Unit consists of two mobile veterinary hospitals based in Dublin, Ohio. The Unit travels throughout the state with the help of local humane organizations, pounds, and shelters to bring affordable pet sterilization and routine veterinary care to individuals in need. Their low costs help pet owners take better care of their loved pets.

Saint Francis Animal Sanctuary.  Saint Francis Animal Sanctuary, Inc. is located in Erie County, Ohio on 30 acres of quiet and peaceful natural beauty. Their mission is to take the "sickest of the sick and the oldest of the old" and gives them a home for the time they have left on earth.  

"Issie Poo ( Isabelle ) was born on an Amish dog breeding farm in central Ohio. Dogs are sold daily here but no one wanted this little girl. She has a slight deformity of the upper lip and front upper teeth. This is a clef pallet. Because of her slight imperfection she was not adopted at the farm and she was taken to the Amish Flea Market where she was going to be "sold" or killed. They did not want to bring her back to the farm. They treat dogs as merchandise and not living - loving pets. A young lady went to the flea market with all the money she could pull together. She wanted to see what it was all about. She wanted to save one - at least one rescue. With her $150.00 she looked at about 400 dogs.They were stuffed in cages and unable to walk and most had no water to drink. She said most were crippled, some were pregnant. She wanted them all and her eyes fell on this little girl. Sitting in the back of the cage not making a sound was Issie. The lady paid the Amish farmer and left feeling awful that she did not have more money to take them all. Issie was given to rescue because the lady did not want to deal with the CLEF PALLET. Since then, Issie was adopted by a wonderful family and now has a wonderful life." - Deborah Parker and Audry Hoegler, Founders

Save Ohio StraysSave Ohio Strays is an all volunteer,  501 (c) 3 not for profit corporation organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes of companion animal rescue, care and placement of those destined for premature euthanasia. The goal of SOS is to help every possible homeless pet destined for euthanasia that they can by working with other groups and individuals as well as helping to bring overpopulation to an end while raising community awareness and involvement. Most importantly, they will help ensure every placed pet is altered.

Saving Shelter Pets, Inc.
 Saving Shelter Pets, Inc. is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) animal welfare organization. They are volunteer-based, with members located throughout the US, Canada, and beyond. Saving Shelter Pets supports animal rescue work in many forms. The Rescue & Transport Team moves adoptable companion animals out of high-kill shelters and into safe, no-kill rescues, in large-scale efforts of 20-30 animals at a time. This is supplemented by their Puppy Promises program which keeps puppies out of the shelter environment (where they can be exposed to disease) until they can be placed into rescues. In addition to rescue work, Saving Shelter Pets hopes to look at the larger picture by developing discount spay & neuter programs and by working on legislation to put an end to inhumane methods of euthanasia.

S.P.A.  S.P.A. is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to (1) stop the unnecessary euthanasia of stray cats and dogs through implementation of spay & neuter programs; (2) place unwanted, discarded strays into loving, responsible homes after receiving complete health care and sterilization and (3) educate the adults and children of our community concerning the importance of compassion, realizing the direct link between animal abuse and human violence.

Stop the Suffering.
Stop The Suffering is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization working to save the lives of dogs and cats in high kill shelters, primarily in rural Ohio. In many cases, volunteers rescue an animal hours before it is scheduled to be put to sleep, giving the animal an opportunity to be adopted by a loving family and a second chance at life.

Sunrise SanctuaryFounded in 2001 by director Mindy Mallet, Sunrise Sanctuary, Inc. is a private 16-acre animal rescue and sanctuary located in Marysville, just west of Dublin, OH.  They are a private non-profit charity who relies on your donations for everything we do to care for the animals.  Sunrise provides a safe haven for over 80 abused, neglected, disabled and otherwise unwanted animals to live out the balance of their natural lives in a natural small farm setting.  This is a permanent shelter for the animals providing kindness, knowledgeable care, and respect.  All of their animals are rescues. Since they are a sanctuary, all animals regardless of background.

Tabitha's Day Dog Care Center.   A wonderful dog daycare and boarding facility located in Wooster, Ohio.  The facility has a 2,000 square foot indoor play area, daily playtime activities and late evening checks and walks!

Teddy’s Rescue, Inc.  Teddy's Rescue, Inc. has been formed to assist animals who are homeless. (specifically dogs at this time) Teddy's Rescue will provide shelter, network with other rescue groups and provide medical care as deemed necessary. They seek to save dogs from euthansia and find forever homes for them, and they strive to be a valuable asset to theircommunity, serving their fellow citizens as well as the dog population.

The Furry NationThe Furry Nation is a center of advocacy for rescue, training and holistic care for your pet.  They focus on products that keep your pet nourished through natural ingredients the way nature intended.  Their toys, gifts, collars, beds and accessories all come from companies with strong social and cultural moral values.  Companies that that use sustainable methods of creation and production, that treat their employees with respect and that view the earth as the treasured home it should be.  The store's learning center focuses on humane training and herbal/holistic remedies.  With Community, Love and Respect as their mantra, The Furry Nation hopes that their success comes because they give our Customers, Pets and Planet the love and respect they so richly deserve.

There's No Place Like Home Boarding Kennel. 

Toledo Area Humane Society.  Founded on February 14, 1884 as one of the first humane societies in the United States, the group's original purpose was to prevent cruelty and provide refuge for both animals and children. To this day, the private, nonprofit organization investigates cruelty to animals and provides homeless, abused and abandoned animals with protection and safety.

Top Dog Day Care
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Top Dog Day Care understands dog behavior and they are trained to stimulate your dog both mentally and physically in a safe environment. Daycare is not only a place for your dog to play but also a place for her to become a responsible member of society. Each day is structured with scheduled one-on-one time, naptime, and playtime with your dog's assigned playgroup. The staff takes the time to get to know your dog and match other dogs that have the same energy and temperament. No dog is ever left unattended.

Twinsburg High School People for Animal Welfare (PAW) Twinsburg High School's People for Animal Welfare (PAW) is a student run organization founded in 1999. PAW aims to help animals through volunteer work, fundraising, and advocacy. PAW members care deeply about animals and hope to do all they can to help.

UCAN Cincinnati The United Coalition for Animals (UCAN) was founded in 2001.  Our initial efforts focused on funding a voucher program which partnered with area veterinarians. The program resulted in the sterilization of nearly 1,000 animals.  In 2005, the UCAN board began researching how UCAN could expand its reach and impact. After two years, thousands of volunteer hours and a successful capital campaign, the UCAN Nonprofit Spay Neuter Clinic opened its doors. Since that date, April 16, 2007, the clinic has provided over 19,000  spay/neuter surgeries, providing care for animals that would otherwise not have received it.  

Union County Humane Society.  In negotiations with the Board of Directors to becoming a Supporting Organization.  The Union County Humane Society is a private non-profit organization that relies on donations and fees for services to consistently place 85%-90% of the 1,300 animals they care for and investigate hundreds of cases of animal abuse and neglect each year. 

Valley Save-A-PetValley Save-A-Pet was established in 1976 and is a totally volunteer organization. During this time, they have worked tirelessly to provide health care, shelter, and a future filled with love for the dogs and cats we have rescued.  The group operates one of the most extensive spay and neuter programs in Ohio, including their "Trap, Neuter, and Return" feral-cat project. They also provide qualifying funds for emergency care of animals and have continued their education programs with talks to groups, a classroom program, and phone help to people needing assistance in caring for their pets. 


Wisconsin Puppy Mill Project
   


The Wisconsin Puppy Mill Project is another campaign launched by a group of dedicated animal advocates to address the horrendous conditions of puppy mills and dog auctions in WI.  Their mission is to educate the public about puppy mills, to prevent cruelty to animals, to foster understanding of responsible pet acquisition and ownership, and to promote adoption of homeless companion animals.

"Dog auctions are a tragic embarrassment to Wisconsin and it's humane-minded citizens. We have been asked if people should "buy" or "rescue" these dogs. We are asking for an all-out boycott of this event. We have studied the numbers from past auctions and believe that the dogs being offered at this auction are not mill cast-offs but were, in many cases, purposely bred to supply AUCTION BUYERS, including rescue groups. Buying at the auction will simply mean that it will be profitable. If it is profitable, it will continue and MORE dogs will be bred for sale at future Thorp Dog Auctions. That said, we do understand compassion for the dogs being sold on March 11, 2009 and know that there will be some who will buy. We understand both sides of the situation, and hope that in the long run, not buying will produce the best outcome to end these auctions altogether." - Eileen Ribbens, The Wisconsin Puppy Mill Project    

 
* Yes, 501(c)(3) organizations CAN and SHOULD lobby on behalf of the animals!  Click here to read the article, "Top Ten Myths about 501(c)(3) Lobbying and Political Activity." 
  

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