In 2005, a local group of caring individuals got together and decided that the homeless companion animals of Adams County, Ohio, deserved more attention. Shortly thereafter, the Humane Society of Adams County, Inc. (HSAC), was formed. This non-profit 501c3 organization is dedicated to providing humane care and treatment to all animals brought into the shelter. HSAC is also committed to providing educational and volunteer programs to the citizens of Adams County, concerning the humane treatment of animals, prevention of cruelty, abuse, neglect, and exploitation of animals. The goal of HSAC is further to reduce the pet over population in the county by offering low-cost spay/neuter clinics.

Photos: Rachael Hazelbaker Hamilton/The Informer

For seven years, the Board of Directors for the Humane Society met in a room of the National Bank of Adams County in West Union. The group’s main focus was acquiring enough money to build a brand new animal shelter. In 2012, that dream became a reality when ground was broken for the new facility in West Union. Construction of the shelter was completed in the spring of 2013. It took another two years of dedicated fundraising to finally have the capital to hire a staff. All of the phone calls, letter-writing, organizing, dreaming, planning, and hard, hard work finally paid off: the new Humane Society Animal Shelter held its official Grand Opening on Saturday, June 20, 2015. Since then, the animal shelter has adopted out 1,000 animals into wonderful loving homes.

“We are completely supporter and donor driven,” said Stephen Caraway of the HSAC Board of Trustees. “This organization receives no public or government funding – the support comes from generous donors and supporters from all across Southern Ohio and we are very grateful for their help.” “We simply couldn’t do it if people did not drop of supplies, volunteer, and write checks.”

In celebration of this milestone, HSAC had a 1,000 animal celebration on Saturday at the shelter. Music for the event was provided by RAGE DJ Service with food and desserts being luau themed. Many supporters, volunteers, board members, and staff attended the two hour event.

Photos: Rachael Hazelbaker Hamilton/The Informer

“We simply wanted to say thank you to all of our hardworking staff and volunteers. We also wanted to acknowledge the many donors and supporters and say, look, we’ve adopted out 1,000 animals – and we couldn’t have done it without them,” said Caraway. “Its a really big accomplishment.”

HSAC currently serves Adams County, Ohio, through the coordination of low-cost pet sterilization clinics, pet rescue and rehoming, humane education, and public outreach programs. HSAC is not associated with the Humane Society of the United States, or any other animal welfare organization, and receives no financial aide from any government entity.

For more information about the Humane Society of Adams County please call 937-544-8585, email, or find them on Facebook.


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