About CHA Animal Shelter
About Our Shelter...
Why we are proud of CHA Animal Shelter
Citizens for Humane Action Inc., DBA, CHA Animal Shelter is a 501(c)(3) non-profit animal shelter dedicated
to finding loving, permanent homes for homeless cats and dogs in Franklin and surrounding counties.
CHA Animal Shelter depends upon a small staff and many dedicated volunteers to provide quality care, hope,
and homes for the lost, abandoned, and unwanted animals that pass through the shelter.
CHA Animal Shelter goes beyond the typical care and treatment for its residents. Through its Emergency
Medical Fund (EMF), we have been able to provide treatments for such conditions as heartworm, intestinal
parasites, and dental disease, along with the more critical care required for broken bones and other severe
injuries. The EMF has helped us save many animals that may not have otherwise had a chance at life. CHA
established an Enrichment Fund in 2008 in order to improve quality of life for our residents during their stay
CHA Animal Shelter operates as a limited intake, low-kill shelter. We only have a limited number of cages and
once we are full we cannot accept any more animals. We also have an extensive network of foster homes,
which will temporarily take in animals that might otherwise be too young, too sick, or too scared to be in the
shelter. Once an animal is accepted into the adoption program, we work hard to find them permanent, loving
homes, no matter how long that takes.
Successes over the years
CHA started in 1975 when three friends noted the growing number of stray animals wandering the streets of
Franklin County. They formed a non-profit corporation under O.R.C. § 1717.05 and set out to feed, shelter
and find homes for these animals.
Originally operating out of the basement of one of these founders, CHA was able to care for only a small
number of dogs and cats. Despite its size and limitations, CHA’s reputation for helping the homeless was
already beginning to firmly take root.
By the early 1980s, the demand for CHA's services far exceeded the capacity of anyone's basement. The allvolunteer
group managed to rent an old farmhouse on Westerville Road where they had cages for nearly 60
animals. Soon the group realized the need to hire a small part- time staff to better care for the animals.
They also continued their efforts to reach out to the community for donations and began an aggressive
program to find "foster homes" for their animals that needed a respite from their cages at the shelter.
In the past decade, CHA has increased the number of animals it can find homes for by establishing satellite
adoptions in several PetsMart locations and extending its outreach to the community by staffing CHA
information tables at hundreds of public events and securing air time on local radio and TV stations. And in an
effort to ensure long-term income and awareness, CHA has trademarked its largest annual fundraisers - the
Dog Jog™, Picnic with the Pups™, Paws to Party™ Wine Tasting, Par for Pets™ Golf Outing, and Hogs for Dogs
Poker Run ™.
Then in the late 1990’s, CHA took on one of its most courageous undertakings. As the walls of farmhouse
shelter were literally crumbling down, CHA knew that it was time to move out and move on. CHA volunteers
began their search to investigate the best shelter designs, equipment and programs in order to build a new
shelter. After many months of seminars, visits to other shelters, meetings, and discussions, the plans for the
new CHA shelter were drawn. The designs followed the plan to create not the biggest, fanciest shelter, but the
most efficient, sanitary, and comfortable place for the animals that CHA had been diligently serving for over
25 years. Although the new shelter was not elaborate, it was certainly going to take more money than CHA
had. It was then that the Capital Campaign Committee was created and a rigorous Capital Campaign was
launched to raise the funds to get the desperately needed shelter built. CHA also entered into a relationship
with the Columbus Foundation to help secure and raise financial support and manage our endowment fund.
On June 14th, 2003 the doors to the new CHA opened! The animals at CHA finally had what they deserved:
separate wings for dogs and cats, isolated sick areas, windows to light their rooms, larger cages and runs,
play rooms, and green grass for walks. It was a happy day! But, CHA did not stop there.
The staff and volunteers constantly look for ways to improve life for the animals and their chance to be
adopted. Since the opening of the new shelter in 2003, CHA has made some significant improvements to its
programs. CHA dogs are behavior evaluated through a program called Safer Testing. All animals are
microchipped, before leaving the shelter (and are of course, spayed or neutered). CHA has added “real”
rooms for cats who are having difficulty adapting to a cage and a spay/neuter recovery room for dogs to get
special care and rest after surgery.
CHA was one of the pioneers to promote and practice “pediatric” spay/neuter. Before many shelters, all the
animals at CHA, puppies and kittens included, were spayed or neutered before leaving the shelter. CHA’s
most shining recent addition is its fully operating, in-house Spay/Neuter surgery room. For the first time, CHA
can, with the help of local veterinarians, spay and neuter its own animals at the shelter. This forever dream
finally became a reality in the beginning of 2008.
Our goal is to offer low- or even no-cost spay and neuter, as well as some other services, to the general
public, so we can continue to expand our mission to end pet overpopulation outside our shelter walls.
December 19, 2009 CHA will offer its first Low Cost Cat Spay Neuter clinic to the public.
As the last 30 years have shown, whatever improvements CHA continues to make will be for the betterment of
the animals and will remain within the philosophies that keep CHA as one of the most respected animal
shelters in Ohio.
Come Meet Our Pets...Monday 12-2pm & 6:30pm - 8pm
Tuesday 12-2pm & 6:30pm - 8pm
Thursday 12-2pm & 6:30pm - 8pm
Friday 12-2pm & 6:30pm - 8pm
Saturday & Sunday 1pm - 4pm
Our Adoption Process...
Adoption fees, designed to help offset a portion of the costs of food, shelter, and medical care, are currently:
Puppies (under 4 months) $195
Dogs (4 months to 6 years) $150
Dogs (over 6 years) $65
Cats (under 4 months) $80
Cats (4 months to 6 years) $40
Cats (over 6 years) $20
All prices include microchipping, spaying/neutering, and required vaccinations.
Over the years, CHA has made many wonderful friends and placed thousands of animals in loving homes. Most people who select pets from CHA are approved to adopt them. However, on occasion, for a variety of reasons, we find it necessary to deny an adoption when the circumstances indicate a poor match between the animal and the home.
CHA does its best to assure that only healthy animals are made available for adoption. All animals are checked by a veterinarian for general health and temperament and receive their first round of vaccinations, flea treatment, and tests (feline leukemia and heartworm) before they are put up for adoption. Animals who are sick stay in quarantine and receive daily medications until they are well enough to be put up for adoption.
The American Humane Association estimates that as many as 10,000,000 pets are euthanized every year because of the problem of pet overpopulation. CHA encourages responsible pet ownership and every animal is spayed or neutered before they leave the shelter. CHA Animal Shelter opened its onsite surgerical suite in 2008 allowing us to do our own spays and neuters onsite resulting in better care and less stress for the animal. CHA Animal Shelter is opening a Low Cost Cat Spay and Neuter Clinic in December 2008.