The Wyandot County Humane Society is an animal protection organization whose primary missions are to prevent and relieve animal suffering and cruelty and to foster an environment of respect, responsibility and compassion for all beings through education and public advocacy.
How We Started:
In 1985, there was no local entity in Upper Sandusky dedicated to the protection of animals. The local dog pound disposed of stray and unwanted dogs by either selling them to a research dealer or inhumanely euthanizing them, a process during which many simply suffocated to death. As soon as they could afford it, our founders began taking in stray dogs, spaying and neutering them and finding them good homes, and WCHS was born.
During the early years, WCHS operated solely on the volunteer efforts of its two founders/directors, and one or two other dedicated individuals. These people all worked full time jobs, then spent their evenings and weekends caring for, medicating, adopting-out, and when necessary, euthanizing animals. In 1988, we started a charitable bingo, which, after many growing pains and start-up costs, became the primary source of funding for the shelter and made possible the many services and programs currently available.
The shelter has grown from 3-kennels in the garage to a multi-building facility that now houses up to 250 or more animals at any given time, and provides outreach and rescue services to several surrounding counties. HOPE, our low-cost spay neuter has two full-time veterinarians performing spay/neuter surgeries Monday thru Friday serving both the public and our shelter animals. The shelter is a licensed wildlife rehabilitation center, and treats and rehabilitates all species of injured and orphaned wildlife. Every adopted animal is spayed or neutered before it leaves the shelter for its new adopted home. Most important, the shelter is staffed Monday-Thursday 10am to 5pm and Friday-Sunday 10am to 3pm to receive animals, although advance notice is very appreciated for large animals, unusual animals, giant dog breeds and groups of three or more animals. Through this open-door policy, the dream of creating a safe haven for all injured, homeless or unwanted creatures has been realized.
How We Are Funded:
WCHS is funded almost exclusively through the fundraising efforts of its dedicated volunteers. WCHS does not receive any governmental support from any local, regional, state or federal entity. Our Friday, Saturday, and Sunday charitable bingo provides the bulk of the shelter's operating funds, along with the generous donations of our supporters and some private grant funding.