The Wood County Humane Society was originally founded in 1904 and has since been committed to the well-being of many different species of domesticated animals. In 1988, the Minniebelle Conley Shelter was established through the generous legacy of the Minniebelle Conley Trust, and our facility was built to provide services to the animals and humans in our community. WCHS is a private, non-profit, managed admission, 501(c) (3) organization that relies on the generous contributions and donations of members and supporters.
WCHS does not receive funding from the ASPCA or the Humane Society of the United States for daily operations. The shelter employs one full-time Humane Agent, which is made possible by funding granted from the Wood County Commissioners, annually. A volunteer Board of Directors, consisting of 10-15 local leaders, attend monthly meetings to discuss the administrative, fiscal, and policy related decisions for the shelter, as well as plan major fundraising events and manage the building and grounds.
The shelter mainly houses cats and dogs, with the occasional pocket pet. Most of the pets cared for by the shelter arrive as owner surrenders, strays (cats only), or through animal cruelty and neglect cases. These pets are spayed and neutered and receive necessary medical care by our shelter veterinarian prior to adoption. Daily cleaning and care of the pets at the shelter is provided by a devoted team of staff and volunteers.
WCHS exists to be a community leader providing services and resources that enrich the relationship between animals and humans through advocacy, education, and animal welfare. With this mission in mind, programs have been developed to assist the pets and people of the community. These programs include a low-cost spay and neuter program, a temporary safe haven for animals as their people flee from violent situations, and food assistance for Wood County residents in need.
Education of Wood County citizens in the principles and practice of humane treatment of animals.
Investigation and resolution of animal cruelty and abuse reports.
Assistance to pet owners through discounted spay/neuter opportunities, advice, and referral.
Provision of a clean, healthy shelter environment for animals who have no one to care for them or that have been removed from abusive and neglectful situations.
What We Do
The Wood County Humane Society strives to provide the best possible care for the pets at the shelter. With this mission of care, we also strive to provide services to our community, who love their pets and animals too.
We offer a low-cost spay and neuter program for community cats, respond to calls of animal cruelty, neglect, and abandonment, a temporary safe haven for pets as their owners flee from domestic violence, and food assistance for Wood County residents who have temporarily fallen upon hard times and caretakers of community cats.
The Wood County Humane Society exists to be a community leader providing services and resources that enrich the relationship between animals and humans through advocacy, education, and animal welfare.