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Our Featured Columbus, OH Partner:

Society for the Protection of Animals

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

Pets at Our Rescue Group:

Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:

Our main branch is located in Fremont, Ohio but have recently added a Columbus branch which allows us to save more lives as well as service a greater area.
We presently serve all of Ohio. Since we do make an In-Home visit before placing any of our animals, this sometimes makes it difficult to place our dogs and cats outside of Ohio. We have, however, made an exception to the rule and placed animals as far away as New York, Pennsylvania, and Michigan, and California.

About Our Rescue Group:

SPAOHIO (Society for the Protection of Animals is a non-profit organization. We rely upon donations and our fund raising events to provide the money needed for Veternary expenses and food for the animals we have rescued and are now living in our foster homes.

Our group was started by ONE woman named Barbara McGrady who saw the need, in her own county, to make a difference in the lives of unwanted and discarded animals. Through her hard work and endless dedication she has indeed made a tremendous impact in her own county as well as other counties, cities, and communities in northern Ohio.
Over the years, SPAOHIO has grown from a ONE woman operation to a hand full of volunteers and foster homes.

Recently, we added the Columbus Branch with two more volunteers but we are still looking for a lot more good people to come and join us in spreading the word "Spay or Neuter your Pets", "Don't buy when homeless pets die" "Save a Life....Adopt a shelter animal". We also need good foster homes as we do not have a Shelter facility. We rely upon our foster parents to care for these animals until they find their forever homes. The more volunteers we have, the more lives we can save. We do not euthanize to make room for a new animal. When our foster homes are full, it simply means that we can't take that poor dog or cat that is on death row because some shelter needs room for the endless incoming unwanted or discarded pet. So, PLEASE consider becoming a foster parent, or perhaps a small donation for boarding until a foster home opens up. Either one will save a life.
If you foster, all Vet bills and food are covered by SPAOHIO. All we ask is that you add the "LOVE", we take care of the rest.

We are a non-profit, charitable organization organized in the state of Ohio to help orphaned, injured, abused, abandoned and neglected animals.

We work to educate the public on the connection between animal cruelty and human violence and strive to stop them both.

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Come Meet our Pets:

You can meet our Columbus adoptable pets at the Franklin County Mingle with the Mutts every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month if you live in Columbus or surrounding areas. Hours are Noon til 2:00 PM
We also do other events in nothern Ohio. Please contact us for updated information on these events.
All of our adoptable animals are also listed on or our website:

Our Adoption Process:

We require a completed application, which can be filled out on line at our website: or at any of our events.
It is mandatory that an In-Home visit be made by one of our volunteers. After the application has been approved, one of our volunteers will bring the animal to your home for a trial visit. This ensures that if you have other pets, everyone will get along together. We also would like to see the fenced yard that a dog will have to run and play in. Some of our dogs do require a 6 foot fenced area.
It is understood that all of our dogs and cats are to be INSIDE animals which means that they are living in the house with you and not outside.

Our adoption fees are as follows and include spay or neuter and all shots are up to date.
Dogs: $75.00
Cats: $65.00

We try very hard to return messages promptly, however, as most of us are volunteers and have other jobs, please be patient. It may take up to 24 hours but usually the call is returned the same day.

Our Adopted Pets:

We have helped lots of pets connect with loving and caring owners. Check out our adopted pets list!

Why should you adopt?

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.