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Survey of Ohio Animal Shelters

Agencies caring for society’s unwanted pets play vital roles in their communities. They are responsible for protecting abused and neglected animals, enforcing various animal laws, sheltering unwanted animals, providing humane euthanasia for the animals that are not reclaimed or adopted, protecting public health and safety through control of nuisance and vicious animals, and educating the public about responsible pet ownership.

In 1996 The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine collaborated with the Ohio County Dog Wardens Association and Ohio Federated Humane Societies to conduct a comprehensive statewide survey of animal care and control agencies. This effort was supported by the Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust, a KeyBank Trust.

In collaboration with these same organizations and with continued funding from the Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust, the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine has again conducted a comprehensive survey of Ohio animal care and control agencies for 2004. The goals of the 2004 survey were to again collect comprehensive information for use by the agencies surveyed as well as to look at broad trends for the state. Results of both of these surveys have been published in The Journal of the Veterinary Medical Association.

Read the University Press Release.

JAVMA Survey Results

Ohio Survey Reports

The following are detailed reports of the information collected for 1996 and 2004.

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{{IconPDF}} Ohio Survey of Animal Care and Control Agencies


{{IconPDF}} Ohio Survey of Animal Care and Control Agencies