June 2022

We hope this issue of our quarterly e-News finds you well and ready for summer. Things are busy around the Ohio Animal Welfare Federation. Read on!


First Ohio Fed Advocacy Day a Success

Ohio Fed members hosted a breakfast for legislators and staff, followed by meetings to discuss SB 164 and a concept for a pet-friendly housing bill.

The Ohio Animal Welfare Federation hosted our first, in-person Advocacy Day at the Statehouse on Thursday, May 19, 2022. We enjoyed the opportunity to talk about Ohio Fed over breakfast and discuss Senate Bill 164 in meetings with legislators and staff.

Special thanks to Senate President Pro Tempore Jay Hottinger (R-Newark) for stopping by to talk about his sponsorship of SB 164, which seeks to ban the antiquated use of gas chambers to euthanize domestic animals and designate the most egregious felony and first-degree misdemeanor animal cruelty offenses as “violent offenses.” This "violent" designation would give judges discretion in sentencing prison time and would make the conviction non-sealable, meaning it would remain on the offender’s criminal record for life.  

Sen. Hottinger and Senate Minority Leader Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights) have worked tirelessly on this bill, and we are happy to report that it passed the Senate UNANIMOUSLY on June 1! Now it's on to the House for committee referral. We have high hopes that the bill will get across the finish line this session.

Pet-Friendly Housing

While in legislative meetings, we also discussed legislation being drafted by the Cleveland Animal Protective League that would incentivize landlords to offer pet-friendly rentals. The idea for this concept came from the work on housing insecurity and pets that the Cleveland APL and Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) are working on, and both HSUS and the Ohio Animal Welfare Federation conceptually support the bill. 

Under the legislation, landlords will be provided with a $200 nonrefundable credit per rental unit against their aggregate tax liability for each tenant that is permitted to reside with a companion animal. The credit is capped at $2,000 per year per taxpayer. To qualify, the landlord may not charge a nonrefundable fee or additional rent related to the companion animals living at the property, and may not reject dogs based on breed or size. A list of these pet-friendly rentals will be published on the Ohio Department of Taxation's website.

While still in the early stages, the legislators we met with were generally supportive of the concept and we look forward to seeing where it goes from here. What do YOU think? Send us an email and let us know!

Thank you

Advocacy Day would not have been successful without the support of our Ohio Fed members who drove in from all around the state to participate. Our thanks to Ohio Fed Board President Sharon Harvey, Cleveland Animal Protective League; Vice President Rachel Finney, Columbus Humane; Secretary/Treasurer Julie Holmes-Taylor, Greene County Animal Care & Control; Board Member Lori Carlson, Licking County Humane Society; and Julie Shellhammer, Allen County Dog Warden's Office; Robert Craft, Miami County Animal Shelter; Gregory Willey, Friendship Animal Protective League; Lori Shandor, Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County; and Meg Werner, Humane Society of Madison County. It was an exciting day!

(L to R) Ohio Fed representatives Lori Shandor, Julie Holmes-Taylor, Colleen Evans, Meg Werner, Robert Craft, Sharon Harvey, Lori Carlson, Gregory Willey, Rachel Finney, and Julie Shellhammer.

Senator Jay Hottinger (R-Newark) addresses the group at breakfast.

Member Benefit: If members would like to receive legislative updates as they happen, please email ohiofedhs@gmail.com and ask to be added to the list for advocacy alerts.


NEW! The new Calculating Cost of Care Bond/Deposit 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. 

Member Benefit: This new resource is only accessible by members of the Ohio Animal Welfare Federation. Click here to access the tip sheet (login required)



The following shelters and organizations joined Ohio Fed during the second quarter of 2022: 

  • Animal Charity of Ohio
  • Athens County Humane Society
  • Huron County Humane Society
  • Marion County Dog Pound
  • Shady Owl Ranch

Click here for a list of all organizational members.


C'mon, friends! We know there are a lot of fantastic things going on around Ohio. Let us help you brag about your successes a little! Submit your news! We will put it in the next e-News for others to help you celebrate. Did you have a successful event? Win a tough case? Welcome a new staff member? Add on to your building? We want to hear about it!

Click here to submit your news for the next issue.


June 6-10, 2022 - Humane Society Agent Training (Registration deadline has passed. Watch for our next session later this year.) 

June 22, 2022 - Non-profit Social Media: Beyond the Basics

This practical webinar will cover best practices in visual and text-based storytelling to build and engage a social media audience.


Other upcoming programs (details and registration coming soon):

September 30, 2022 - Customer Service in Animal Welfare 

Member Benefit: Ohio Fed members receive discounted registration fees on all of our educational programs.


The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) offers two free children's books that can be used for humane education in schools: Pablo Puppy's Search for the Perfect Person and Kamie Cat's Terrible Night. Since 2020, AWI has donated more than 60,000 books to literacy groups and humane education programs, reaching children throughout the country. If your shelter or organization would like to receive these books, email AWI at publications@awionline.org and describe your need and intended use.


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