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Our Featured Chillicothe, OH Partner:

Ross County Humane Society

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 Shelter:

Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:

Ross County, Ohio: Chillicothe and surrounding areas

About Our Shelter:


Since 1912, we have been here when you've needed us...The Ross County (Ohio) Humane Society, Inc. is an independent organization supported by memberships, contributions and bequests. Your tax-deductible donations will help us save more animals, and do more for people.

The Humane Society is a nonprofit corporation governed by a Board of Directors comprised of volunteers from the community who are dedicated to animal welfare. We are committed to the general welfare, sheltering and placement of animals, prevention of cruelty to animals, animal overpopulation, and education concerning humane treatment of all living creatures. The Society is not controlled or funded by any state-wide or national organization. Donations made to national animal welfare groups do not benefit our local pets.

Come Meet our Pets:

We are Open:
Monday through Saturday
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
The shelter is closed on all county observed holidays

Our Adoption Process:

Adoption hours:
Monday - Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Adoption Fees:
Cats and Kittens: $35.00
Dogs and Puppies: $55.00
(fee includes dog license, neuter/spay)
Our commitment is to place our animals in appropriate, lifelong homes by making the best possible match for you with your adopted pet. All cats and dogs adopted from the Ross County Humane Society must be spayed or neutered.

Adoption contract for rescue groups

***We are happy to work with legitimate rescue groups to help place our animals. If you are with a rescue group that we have not previously worked with, we may ask you to provide references, a copy of your adoption contract, and/or similar documentation about your group.***
Please visit our website to obtain a copy of the rescue contract and email the completed contract to both the shelter email AND

Adoption Comes in All Shapes and Sizes.
Thank you for choosing to adopt a pet.

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.