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Wood County Humane Society


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Our Mission

The Wood County Humane Society exists to be a community leader providing services and resources that enrich the relationship between animals and humans through advocacy, education, and animal welfare.

What We Do
The Wood County Humane Society strives to provide the best possible care for the pets at the shelter. With this mission of care, we also strive to provide services to our community, who love their pets and animals too.

We offer a low-cost spay and neuter program for community cats, respond to calls of animal cruelty, neglect, and abandonment, a temporary safe haven for pets as their owners flee from domestic violence, and food assistance for Wood County residents who have temporarily fallen upon hard times and caretakers of community cats.

Our Goals

Education of Wood County citizens in the principles and practice of humane treatment of animals.

​Investigation and resolution of animal cruelty and abuse reports.

​Assistance to pet owners through discounted spay/neuter opportunities, advice, and referral.

​Provision of a clean, healthy shelter environment for animals who have no one to care for them or that have been removed from abusive and neglectful situations.


Our History


The Wood County Humane Society was originally founded in 1904 and has since been committed to the well-being of many different species of domesticated animals. In 1988, the Minniebelle Conley Shelter was established through the generous legacy of the Minniebelle Conley Trust, and our facility was built to provide services to the animals and humans in our community. WCHS is a private, non-profit, managed admission, 501(c) (3) organization that relies on the generous contributions and donations of members and supporters.



WCHS does not receive funding from the ASPCA or the Humane Society of the United States for daily operations. The shelter employs one full-time Humane Agent, which is made possible by funding granted from the Wood County Commissioners, annually. A volunteer Board of Directors, consisting of 10-15 local leaders, attend monthly meetings to discuss the administrative, fiscal, and policy related decisions for the shelter, as well as plan major fundraising events and manage the building and grounds.



The shelter mainly houses cats and dogs, with the occasional pocket pet. Most of the pets cared for by the shelter arrive as owner surrenders, strays (cats only), or through animal cruelty and neglect cases. These pets are spayed and neutered and receive necessary medical care by our shelter veterinarian prior to adoption. Daily cleaning and care of the pets at the shelter is provided by a devoted team of staff and volunteers.



WCHS exists to be a community leader providing services and resources that enrich the relationship between animals and humans through advocacy, education, and animal welfare. With this mission in mind, programs have been developed to assist the pets and people of the community. These programs include a low-cost spay and neuter program, a temporary safe haven for animals as their people flee from violent situations, and food assistance for Wood County residents in need.


Address:
801 Van Camp Road
Bowling Green, Ohio

Email Us: [email protected]

Call Us: 419-352-7339

Do you need to find a loving home for your pet?

No-kill shelters do wonderful work, but as a result, are often inundated with pet surrenders. In the unfortunate scenario that you have to find a new home for your pet, please read through the rehoming solution and articles on this page before contacting the shelter.

Feral Cat TNR Program
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High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter
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Comprehensive Adoption Programs
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A Compassionate Director
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1. Feral Cat TNR Program

Many communities are embracing Trap, Neuter, Release programs (TNR) to improve animal welfare, reduce death rates, and meet obligations to public welfare.


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2. High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter

Low cost, high volume spay/neuter will quickly lead to fewer animals entering the shelter system, allowing more resources to be allocated toward saving lives.


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3. Rescue Groups

An adoption or transfer to a rescue group frees up scarce cage and kennel space, reduces expenses for feeding, cleaning, killing, and improves a community's rate of lifesaving. In an environment of millions of dogs and cats killed in shelters annually, rare is the circumstance in which a rescue group should be denied an animal.


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4. Foster Care

Volunteer foster care is crucial to No Kill. Without it, saving lives is compromised. It is a low cost, and often no cost, way of increasing a shelter's capacity, improving public relations, increasing a shelter's public image, rehabilitating sick and injured or behaviorally challenged animals, and saving lives.


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5. Comprehensive Adoption Programs

Adoptions are vital to an agency's lifesaving mission. The quantity and quality of shelter adoptions is in shelter management's hands, making lifesaving a direct function of shelter policies and practice. In fact, studies show people get their animals from shelters only 20% of the time. If shelters better promoted their animals and had adoption programs responsive to the needs of the community, including public access hours for working people, offsite adoptions, adoption incentives, and effective marketing, they could increase the number of homes available and replace killing with adoptions. Contrary to conventional wisdom, shelters can adopt their way out of killing.


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6. Pet Retention

While some of the reasons animals are surrendered to shelters are unavoidable, others can be prevented-but only if shelters are willing to work with people to help them solve their problems. Saving animals requires communities to develop innovative strategies for keeping people and their companion animals together. And the more a community sees its shelters as a place to turn for advice and assistance, the easier this job will be.


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7. Medical and Behavior Programs

In order to meet its commitment to a lifesaving guarantee for all savable animals, shelters need to keep animals happy and healthy and keep animals moving through the system. To do this, shelters must put in place comprehensive vaccination, handling, cleaning, socialization, and care policies before animals get sick and rehabilitative efforts for those who come in sick, injured, unweaned, or traumatized.


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8. Public Relations/Community Involvement

Increasing adoptions, maximizing donations, recruiting volunteers and partnering with community agencies comes down to one thing: increasing the shelter's exposure. And that means consistent marketing and public relations. Public relations and marketing are the foundation of all a shelter's activities and their success. To do all these things well, the shelter must be in the public eye.


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9. Volunteers

Volunteers are a dedicated "army of compassion" and the backbone of a successful No Kill effort. There is never enough staff, never enough dollars to hire more staff, and always more needs than paid human resources. That is where volunteers come in and make the difference between success and failure and, for the animals, life and death.


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10. Proactive Redemptions

One of the most overlooked areas for reducing killing in animal control shelters are lost animal reclaims. Sadly, besides having pet owners fill out a lost pet report, very little effort is made in this area of shelter operations. This is unfortunate because doing so-primarily shifting from passive to a more proactive approach-has proven to have a significant impact on lifesaving and allow shelters to return a large percentage of lost animals to their families.


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11. A Compassionate Director

The final element of the No Kill equation is the most important of all, without which all other elements are thwarted-a hard working, compassionate animal control or shelter director not content to regurgitate tired cliches or hide behind the myth of "too many animals, not enough homes." Unfortunately, this one is also oftentimes the hardest one to demand and find.


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