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?

Step 1 : View Available Pets by Visiting the Shelter or Online

Begin the process by visiting our shelter during open hours to see our available pets!

Or, go to our website’s Available Dogs or Available Cats page and select an animal you would like to adopt.

Step 2 : Create Adopets Account

Once you have found an animal to adopt, click the button “Adopt me” found on the animal’s individual webpage. If you are visiting the shelter, you can simply scan the QR code found on each animal’s kennel card.

You will then need to create an Adopets account providing some general information like your name, email, and address. (Hint: After creating an account, you may ‘save’ more than one animal to come back to later.)

Step 3 : Submit Adoption Inquiry Questionnaire

After creating your Adopets account, you should complete the Adoption Inquiry Questionnaire for the animal you’re interested in adopting. Provide as much detail in your answers as possible because we choose an adopter based on what we feel would be the best match.

Note: Submitting an inquiry questionnaire is not a hold and does not guarantee that you’ll be matched for adoption with that animal. It is merely the first step in the matching process.

Step 4 : Check Email for Updates Regarding Adoption Status

Once you’ve submitted your adoption inquiry questionnaire, if you are:

  • at the shelter – let a staff member know you submitted a questionnaire, and we’ll work with you on next steps
  • on our website – continue to check your email to be kept up-to-date on the adoption process for that animal

NOTE: We do not do out-of-state adoptions.

If you are selected as an approved adopter online, we will schedule an appointment with you to visit the shelter.

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.