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.
The Fairfield Area Humane Society is an independent, non-profit, no-kill* organization dedicated to the humane treatment of animals through protection, placement, and education.
The Fairfield County branch of the Ohio State Humane Society was formed in February 1886 in a meeting at Lancaster's City Hall. Historically the organization was loosely formed by community members who were interested in protecting the rights of animals. Around 1980, the Fairfield Area Humane Society became a small non-profit agency mandated by the Ohio Revised Code to investigate and refer for prosecution incidents of animal cruelty, abuse and neglect.
Lancaster OhioWith the support of the people of Fairfield County, we have worked to improve the welfare of animals through education, legislation and prevention of cruelty. We often get confused with the Fairfield County Dog Shelter, which is a government agency. We are a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, guided by a dedicated board. Though united with many humane societies across the country in a common concern for animals, the Fairfield Area Humane Society is an independent organization relying on the generosity of donations from the people of Fairfield County. For that, we thank you.
* Sunday Closed
* Monday 11:00am - 7:00pm
* Tuesday 11:00am - 3:00pm
* Wednesday 11:00am - 7:00pm
* Thursday 11:00am - 3:00pm
* Friday 11:00am - 3:00pm
* Saturday 11:00am - 3:00pm
Some important stuff to know:
* You must be 21 years old or older to adopt from our agency
* You must submit a complete application and be approved before you can take an animal home
* There is a minimum 24 hour waiting period for all adoption approval
* All adoption fees must be paid in full before the animal leaves our shelter
* We cannot hold or adopt pets over the phone. All adoptions must be done in person at the FAHS shelter office
* Our web site is updated frequently, however it is possible that some pets may no longer be available.
* Do not make any final decisions regarding adopting a particular animal until you have met face to face
The adoption process
1. Make sure you and your family are fully prepared to provide a "Forever Home" for your new pet
2. Select the pet you are interested in from our adoptable dogs, cats or furry animals
3. Fully complete our adoption application, indicating the name or ID number of the animal you are interested in
4. We will contact you as soon as we can regarding the final decision on your application. If you don't hear from us in a few days, please call!
5. If you are approved, please arrange to bring your family (pets welcome!) to meet the potential new family member
6. Once you have made your final decision, be prepared to pay any and all fees and take your new family member home!
Adoption fees are determined on an individual basis for each animal. Quite a bargain, considering your pet will have had all necessary vaccinations and been spayed or neutered prior to adoption! Please contact us with any questions you may have regarding the adoption fee.
All dogs start their vaccines, are tested for heartworm disease (dogs 6 months and older), wormed, treated for fleas, and are spayed or neutered prior to adoption. The adoption fee also includes a dog license
All cats start their vaccines, are tested for feline leukemia, wormed, treated for fleas, and are spayed or neutered prior to adoption.
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.