Caring for Licking County Animals & Their People for 52 years


Thank You for Choosing Rescue!

Congratulations on your decision to adopt a shelter dog or cat. Every year, millions of healthy & loving animals in the United States will be euthanized because of overpopulation. Your decision to adopt a shelter pet makes you part of the solution to this tragedy and sets an example for others. Be proud of your decision — we are!

How Does the Adoption Process Work?

  1. You can see our adoptable dogs at or adoptable cats at
  2. You can then fill out a Matching Questionnaire at to begin the adoption process. We are currently only accepting applications submitted online.
  3. We will process applications and make contact with those who submit the first 25 applications for any available pet. We’re unable to contact those who submit after those first applications are processed.
  • We do not do out-of-state adoptions.
  • Completion of the questionnaire does not guarantee you will be matched with the pet. It is a tool to guide our matching conversations.
  1. If you are selected as an approved adopter, we will schedule an appointment with you to visit the shelter. A maximum of only 2 people may come to any appointment time.
  2. We may require your new pet to meet any current pets you own prior to adoption and will schedule a meet & greet with you. You will need to bring your current pet’s immunization records with you to the meet & greet.

2020 By The Numbers


Adoptions in 2020


Spay/Neuter in 2020


Volunteer hours in 2020


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 ethanasia 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.