Safe Pets

Stray Cats and Kittens

WCHS only accepts animals (by appointment) brought in by their owners or caregivers; in the case of stray cats. 

If you have a stray cat or any other stray animal and live within Perrysburg or Bowling Green city limits, you will need to contact your Animal Control Officer for further instruction. Perrysburg Animal Control: 419-874-4321, Bowling Green Animal Control: 419-352-2571.

If you live outside of Perrysburg or Bowling Green City limits and have an injured or ill stray cat, please contact us to set up an appointment to assess the extent of the cat’s injury and/or illness.

If you are contacting us after hours about an injured or ill stray cat and you feel that it is a life or death emergency for the cat, please contact the Wood County Sheriff’s Office at 419-354-9001 so they may get in contact with us.


If you have a kitten or litter of kittens that are still dependent upon their mother, don’t panic! Put them back where you found them, and keep an eye on them for the next hour or two. Mother cats often leave their litters to go in search of food. Depending upon the age of the kittens, mothers can be gone for an hour or two on and off through out the day, and longer as the kittens become more mobile. Kittens stand their best chance in life being raised by their mothers. If the mother doesn’t come back in that time frame, or the litter appears extremely ill, please contact us by phone to set up an appointment for us to assess the kittens needs.

Stray Dogs

The Wood County Humane Society cannot take stray dogs; it is against the law. Contact the Wood County Dog Warden at 419-354-9242. If you live within Perrysburg or Bowling Green city limits and have concerns about a stray dog, you will need to contact your Animal Control Officer for further instruction.

Perrysburg Animal Control: 419-874-4321, Bowling Green Animal Control: 419-352-2571.

Barn Cat Program

Barn cats are the “Clint Eastwood’s” of cats… hearty, healthy, tough and ready  to earn their keep! Barn cats help “naturally” and affordably control rodent problems. By placing these barn cats, they are given a job and second chance doing what they do best. Barn cats save you money by eliminating and discouraging rodents from scavenging and nesting near your feed, crops, and home, without poisons or messy traps and glue pads. You provide the food, water, shelter, and basic humane care for the barn cats in exchange for a rodent free barn and property. We strongly encourage placing two or more cats at a time. You won’t have to worry about any unwanted litters since all the barn cats are sterilized before placement. They are also current on all vaccines as well. 

Why consider this program?

1. YOU can save shelter cats while getting “organic” rodent control 

2. YOU help our non-profit, animal shelter by freeing up space for more cats 

3. AND… it’s free! 

Please contact the shelter to check on barn cat availability, then fill out an application to be considered for this program. Questionnaires can be emailed to the Manager, faxed, mailed, or dropped off at the shelter in person during our adoption hours.

Also check out the acclimation video on how to safely introduce new/feral cats to your barn!