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OHIO REVISED CODE
ORC CHAPTER 959 ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITYOHIO COUNTY DOG WARDENS ASSOCIATION
ANIMAL ABUSE RECOGNITION & REPORTING HANDBOOK
Developed by the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association
Includes links to where to report animal abuse, domestic violence safe havens for pets, Ohio pet food pantries and low cost S/N clinics
GUIDE FOR CHARITY BOARD MEMBERS
This guide explains the legal duties and responsibilities of board members.
IDENTIFYING OHIO'S COMMUNITY CAT RESOURCES: A STATE OF THE STATE REPORT (2023)
A joint project of Ohio Animal Advocates and the Together Initiative for Ohio’s Community Cats.
NATIONAL HUMANE ORGANIZATIONS
HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES
THE ASSOCIATION FOR ANIMAL WELFARE ADVANCEMENT
Founded in its present form in 1993, Best Friends is a 501(c)3 nonprofit animal welfare organization that works nationwide with shelters, rescue groups and members to promote pet adoption, no-kill animal rescue, and spay-and-neuter practices.
HeARTs Speak is a nationally recognized 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that’s uniting art and advocacy to increase the visibility of shelter animals.
NEW! OHIO ANIMAL LAW HANDBOOK
The Ohio Animal Law Handbook is a reference intended for persons who regularly investigate and enforce Ohio laws relating to animal control, cruelty, neglect and abandonment. It includes items the Editors believe will be of most use to investigators. It is not an exhaustive collection of every law pertaining to animals in Ohio.
Price includes shipping and handling. Ohio Fed members can access a free, online version of this handbook by clicking here.
Edited by J. Jeffrey Holland, Holland & Muirden, Attorneys at Law
Order online (right) or download an order form.
TIP SHEET - CALCULATING COST OF CARE (members only)
This tip sheet is meant to provide guidance for determining the amount of a bond or cash deposit that is needed to provide for a seized and impounded animal's care and keeping for thirty (30) days beginning on the date on which the animal was impounded. This tip sheet is now available here for Ohio Fed members. Log in to view.
OHIO FED TRANSFER LISTS (members only)
The Ohio Animal Welfare Federation maintains lists of shelters and rescues in Ohio that either allow overcrowded shelters or rescues, whether due to emergencies or day-to-day surprises, to transfer animals TO them, as well as shelters and rescues that may have a need to transfer animals OUT to others who can take them. These lists are only accessible to Ohio Fed members. Log in to view.
OHIO ANIMAL CRUELTY INVESTIGATIONS MANUAL (updated in 2023)
NEWLY UPDATED FOR 2023 - Animal cruelty has been a crime in Ohio for more than 140 years. Yet the subject remains misunderstood by many courts, prosecutors, attorneys, the press, and even law enforcement officers.
Animal offenses are some of the most difficult to detect and prosecute, largely because the “victim” cannot speak. And unlike other property offenses, animal victims are often owned by the offender, so there is no objective person with an interest in the damaged property to report the crime.
The purpose of this manual is to remove some of the mystery and confusion by providing clear explanations, simple standards, and an easy reference for humane agents and other law enforcement officers involved in the investigation and prosecution of animal cruelty, neglect, and abandonment.
Order online (right) or download an order form.
MICROCHIP DISCOUNT (members only)
Organizational members of the Ohio Animal Welfare Federation are eligible for these special PetPoint discounts:
Ask your PetPoint representative for details!
Members of Ohio Fed have access to a limited library of recorded webinars originally offered live throughout the year. Log in to view. Not a member? Join here. This webinar series is sponsored by Petco Love.
UNC Charlotte's Volunteer Program Assessment (VPA) is a cutting-edge and innovative volunteer assessment system. The assessment, completely free for scholarship recipients, is designed to promote nonprofit organizational effectiveness by focusing on the volunteer program as seen through the perspective of volunteers using a comprehensive and validated volunteer attitudes and engagement survey. VPA is supported by Maddie's Fund.
Human Animal Support Services (HASS) is an international coalition of animal services leaders and more than 30 pilot organizations transforming the traditional sheltering system to serve the entire community in supporting the human-animal bond.
Click here specifically for HAAS' guide to developing a Lost Pet Reunification Program.NATIONAL LINK COALITION
A monthly report of news from the National Resource Center on the link between animal abuse and human violence.NATIONAL DIRECTORY OF ABUSE INVESTIGATIONS AGENCIES
A directory of agencies that respond to animal abuse complaints in over 6,500 counties, cities and towns, including 105 communities in Ohio. The directory was created by the National Link Coalition to make it easier report suspected animal abuse. It also contains hotlines for reporting child abuse, elder abuse and domestic violence.
SHELTER ANIMALS COUNT
Shelter Animals Count is a collaborative initiative formed by a diverse group of stakeholders to create and share a national database of sheltered animal statistics, providing facts, and enabling insights that will save lives.
Resources provided by the Association for Animal Welfare Advancement.
COMPANION ANIMAL TRANSPORT PROGRAMS BEST PRACTICES
Transport Best Practice guidelines, templates, and tools developed by leaders at The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement, along with recommended links to other resources. Sample policies are intended to be guidelines only.
The University of California Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program and the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine Shelter Medicine Program have partnered to create Virtual Consultant: a free web-based tool that enables animal shelters to assess their everyday practices.
GUIDELINES FOR STANDARDS OF CARE IN ANIMAL SHELTERS - updated in December 2022
Published by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians
From UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program
PETFINDER SHELTER SOFTWARE GUIDE
Which software is right for your shelter or rescue group? There are many to chose from and this site managed by Petfinder can help.
AMERICAN HUMANE OPERATIONAL GUIDE: RECORD KEEPING
Accurate and efficient record keeping is crucial to all animal shelters. This manual lays the groundwork for successful record keeping and makes it easier to keep accurate and efficient records.
PEDIGREE FOUNDATION GRANTS - grant cycle is March 2 - April 7, 2023
Grants include Program Development, Disaster Relief and DOGS RULE.
Numerous grants for things like enrichment programs, play yard renovation and senior pet programs. Log in to the Petfinder Foundation Grant-Management System for details and to apply.
List of funders compiled by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Explore grant opportunities for municipal agencies and nonprofit organizations
ASSOCIATION OF PROSECUTING ATTORNEYS (in collaboration with the Stanton Foundation)
Grants provide prosecutors with resources to ensure that canine cruelty and dogfighting cases are thoroughly investigated and properly adjudicated by addressing some of the financial barriers that exist for law enforcement and prosecutors.
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Ohio Federated Humane Societies is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. P.O. Box 21328, Columbus, OH 43221