Adoption Information

The adoption fee for any dog is $75.00.
Adopters may receive a $50.00 spay/neuter certificate if the dog is not already altered.
Adopters will also receive a current Wood County Dog License.

The majority of the dogs available for adoption and transfer were found as strays, as a result the shelter does not have vaccination history. Vaccinations or vaccination history is not included unless otherwise indicated by shelter personnel.

State law requires the Wood County Dog Shelter to house dogs for specific time periods prior to the dog's adoption to the public or transfer to a rescue organization. All dogs at the shelter are available for adoption or transfer on or after their available date. Please call the shelter to determine a dog's available date.

Adoption & Transfer Requests

Adopters and rescue organizations that have committed to adopting or transferring a dog may submit an adoption/transfer request to the shelter which notifies shelter staff of their interest in adopting or transferring the dog. All adoption/transfer requests are processed in the order in which they are received. The first adopter or rescue to submit a valid adoption/transfer request (Requestor) shall be entitled to the dog.

The Requestor is required to pick up the dog within the following timeframes:

1) On the dog's available date, if the request was submitted on or prior to the available date.

2) On the next day after the request was submitted, if the request was submitted after the available date.

Dogs not picked up within these timeframes will be offered to the next adopter or rescue having submitted an adoption/transfer request.

Adoption & Transfer Request Policy

Adoption Requirements

Adopters shall be eighteen years of age or older.

Adopters shall be permitted to own a dog at the address listed on the adoption application. Adopters residing with parents, renting their home or renting their land may be required to provide written, signed and dated permission by the homeowner, landowner or landlord authorizing the dog to reside at the residence.

Adopters shall not breed the dog and shall spay or neuter the dog, at their own expense, within thirty days of the adoption date or upon the dog reaching six months of age unless the spay or neuter is contraindicated in writing by a licensed veterinarian. The Wood County Dog Shelter may provide a spay or neuter certificate to the adopter in an amount determined by the Board of County Commissioners to reduce the adopter's spay or neuter expense.

Adopters shall provide adequate food, water, shelter and veterinary care to the dog in accordance with RC 959.

Adopters shall confine and license the dog in accordance with RC 955.

Adoption Procedure

1) Submit an adoption/transfer request if needed.

2) The adopter entitled to the dog shall read, complete and sign the adoption paperwork and pay the adoption fee.

3) The adopter shall pickup the dog by the required pickup times.