Ohio’s dog shelters have come a long way over the course of the last few years. Granted, some news has been far from good as Adams County comes to mind but, all told; lives have improved.
Several shelters have worked with their communities through the years, getting help either through donations of time or money and have spent much time speaking of how compassion doesn’t have to cost a lot of money.
Spot-lighting several who have done fantastic by their area’s animals:
Allen County’s Humane Society located in Lima.
Geauga Humane Society located in Russell Township.
Humane Society & SPCA of Hancock County located in Findlay.
Northeast Ohio SPCA located in Parma.
Toledo’s Animal Shelter located in Toledo.
These five aren’t the only shelters in Ohio who have spent countless hours proving they truly do respect the life of an animal and there is a webpage with these amazing people listed along with Ohio’s private saviors as well.
Because of that list, it proves there is much hope for the Ohio communities that still need work. Hope they will continue to grow.
Making that happen can take years, but it can be done and the pay-off is beyond incredible.
One of the first rules any shelter worthy of a community should do, is to evaluate each animal as an individual and to stay flexable; to not shirk responsibility for a life by hiding behind protocols and paperwork.
To have employees who believe ending an animal’s life is serious business and if they don’t believe that, to understand they should not be working there. That’s where flexability should end: it should take more than one employee and more than one day, to end end a life.
Respect and love between humans and animals shows a loving community that people desire to live in and ending a life so easily could never be a part of that.
As a matter of fact, a Standford.edu article quote should be framed and hung in every shelter: “Be fair! The dog’s own biology requires him to respond in one of three ways to unwanted stimuli. The dog cannot say leave me alone, I’m tired, lonely and scared.”
Sources: catnet.stanford.edu/articles/nokillcommunity.pdf, By Nathan J. Winograd, Executive Director, Tompkins County SPCA This article originally appeared in Best Friends Magazine, March/April 2002; www.ehow.com/how_5860061_make-animal-shelter-no_kill-shelter.html