Caring for Licking County Animals & Their People for 57 years


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We have so many wonderful cats & dogs waiting for their forever homes.

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We simply cannot do this work without volunteers. Do you have time to spare? Help homeless pets!


Providing medical care is the cornerstone of a no-kill shelter. As a non-profit organization we rely on the generosity of our community to save lives and continue our mission.

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We urgently need foster families to help save more pets. Can you help? Take the first step and apply today.

We serve 5,000 pets and 10,000 people every year.

At the Licking County Humane Society, we save lives. As a non-profit, no-kill shelter, LCHS depends on the generosity of our community to give Licking County’s homeless and abused animals the life they deserve. We listen and respond to the needs of people who surrender animals to us, adopt from us, report abuse to us, use our services, work for us, volunteer for us, and to other animal
welfare organizations that turn to us for help.

We understand that helping animals is accomplished by helping people, and as such, we work daily to provide programming and services that directly impact people and pets in a positive way. Changing the world starts by supporting our local communities to change, and at the Licking County Humane Society, we change the world for homeless and abused animals every day.

2023 By The Numbers

Adoptions in 2023: 1,533

Spay/Neuter in 2023: 2,562

Volunteer Hours in 2023: 9,960


A typical rule of thumb is to determine whether a shelter saves more than 90% of its animals. That is its Live Release Rate. The annual Live Release Rate is calculated by dividing the total live outcomes (adoptions, outgoing transfers, and return to owner/guardian) by total outcomes (total live outcomes plus euthanasia not including owner/guardian requested euthanasia or died/lost in shelter/care). Today, many leaders are raising the bar and stating that the real No Kill Live Release Rate should be 95%.

Licking County Humane Society is a non-profit organization devoted to the humane treatment of animals.