Humane Ohio is a 501c3 organization whose mission is to end dog and cat overpopulation in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan by offering high-quality, affordable spay/neuter services and promoting responsible pet care. The organization began by operating a monthly MASH (mobile animal sterilization hospital) style spay/neuter program for cats only in July 2002. In 2006, a stationary clinic was established…that year 4200 sterilization surgeries were performed. By 2009, having already outgrown their leased location, Humane Ohio purchased and moved to its current clinic. The number of sterilization surgeries performed at the clinic reached nearly 18,000 last year. From 2006 through 2018, Humane Ohio has performed a total of 156,983 spay/neuter surgeries.
A special fund is available to assist cat caretakers in need of financial assistance. The Dr. Kelly Fund, established in 2012 in honor of a Humane Ohio veterinarian who passed away, is funded by donations and defrays the costs of additional medical care, such as flea treatment, antibiotics, wound care, and more, for community cats.
Humane Ohio has long been the leader in the communities it serves related to care and advocacy for community cats. It operates a live-trap rental program to assist people in the safe trapping of community cats and charges a special price of only $27 for spay/neuter, ear-tip, and rabies vaccines for community cats. Humane Ohio offers an educational class periodically, “Community Cats 101”, to teach interested people how to safely trap cats in their neighborhoods and to help them understand more about community cat behavior. In addition, they offer feral cat shelters for purchase throughout the cold weather months to assist cat caretakers in keeping their neighborhood cats safe and warm. In 2018, alone, they were able to spay/neuter, ear-tip, and vaccinate over 5,000 community cats.
Since 2013, Humane Ohio has offered a transport program in a temperature controlled box truck to pick up animals for spay/neuter in 11 different counties. They provided 165 such transports in 2018 and the program continues to grow. Transports include shelter/rescue pets, owned pets, and community cats.
In 2017, Humane Ohio began a small foster-based cat adoption program to help cats and kittens most at-risk. At the time, they were being flooded with requests for assistance when area shelters were full and caring citizens wanted to help friendly outdoor cats and kittens find indoor homes. In 2018, they were able to place over 350 cats/kittens into adoptive homes. Humane Ohio has helped cats who needed amputations, eye enucleations, wound care, and assists cats who test positive for FIV and/or Feline Leukemia. They were able to provide needed medical care and foster homes for recovery, and ultimately, find these cats safe, indoor homes.