Shelter News

Shelter News is a good place to check out what's happening at the shelter. We’ve also added our Facebook Calendar so that you’ll always know where to find us & our furry friends throughout Stark county and surrounding area to promote animal welfare, adoption, and education.

Shelter News aslo informs you with updates from our board president, articles from area veterinarians, and other contributors that “speak for those who cannot speak for themselves”.

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President's Report

In Northeast Ohio we can never be sure of the weather, regardless of the season. But the onset of Spring always brings new hope, vigor and excited anticipation of what changes may be in store as the days get longer and the temperature milder. At our Annual and Monthly Meetings in March the Members of the Board of Directors renewed their commitment to another term of service while we welcomed new Board Member Christi Albert , who brings her enthusiasm and well recognized business skills to an experienced board comprised of individuals who have demonstrated varied talents in serving the Stark County Humane Society for many years. It is an honor for me to once again serve as President and a privilege to be in a position to observe a diverse group of veterinarians, medical personnel, attorneys, architects, computer experts, multimedia personnel, law enforcement officers, public servants, financial officers and business people bring their tireless energy to the task of creating the best possible environment for our furry friends seeking a loving, adoptive home and for the individuals visiting the Shelter who wish to be their adoptive parents.

It is a genuine pleasure for me to be associated with Executive Director Jackie Godbey, whose administrative skills, knowledge, experience and expertise are in evidence every single day as she leads a dedicated Staff in rescuing abused or abandoned cats and dogs, maintaining the physical structure, ensuring the most modern medical facilities, providing direction and training to volunteers and educating all of us concerning the latest legal standards animal welfare facilities such as ours are expected to meet. And I consider myself extremely fortunate to have a front row seat giving me an up close and personal view as the Executive Director, Staff, Volunteers and Board Members forge ahead in implementing an ambitious five year plan to create a physical structure that will maximize the safety, health and quality of life of our furry friends and serve as a model for others to emulate when considering renovation of animal welfare facilities.

As we proceed into Spring we humbly ask for the continued support of the community for our fundraisers and events designed to ensure we have the financial resources needed to implement and maintain the conditions needed to achieve our plans. We pledge to rededicate ourselves to making every effort to ensure we continue to warrant the trust of all of our supporters that is so crucial to enabling us to fulfill our Mission...

"Speak for Those Who Cannot Speak for Themselves."

Jim Fidler, Board President

Save The Date: Puppy Bowl at the Hall

Join us Saturday, September 9 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame for the Puppy Bowl at the Hall

All "players" will be available for adoption. Don't miss this fun time and help raise funds to cover spay & nueters at the shelter

A Word From... Dr. C.A. Heller III DVM

A lot has changed since 1975, the year the current shelter building was built, including how animal shelters are structured and operated.

So despite multiple additions and upgrades over the last forty plus years, the shelter is still in need of improvements. The Board of Directors have been working with the shelter director to implement plans to keep pace with the ever changing needs of our pet population and our building.

Following is a short summary of the projects that are underway and the plans to be initiated over the next three to five years.

Years of Ohio winters and weather have resulted in parking lot settling and drainage pipe collapse. Unfortunately during heavy rains, the shelter lobby and office area are taking on rainfall run off as water enters the front door. As with everyone’s homes and businesses, storage space is at a premium. The shelter needs to free up storage space to allow us to move forward with animal housing improvements.

The above two concerns are being addressed in a project that has been underway for over a year. Regrading the parking lot along with replacing the drainage system will correct the water issue and the building of a pole barn for storage will free up space within the shelter building to create new animal housing. After months of surveys, rainfall/drainage/runoff calculations, permitting, soil samples and estimates, this project should break ground this Summer with the cooperation of the weather.

Already underway is the planning for our next phase, animal flow and housing improvements. We have electrical, plumbing, and exhaust drawings in the works that will allow us to consolidate two laundry areas into one. This space along with the now open storage areas will result in the relocation and creation of dog housing units. We can then upgrade our cat housing resulting in a new standard of pet care and complete species separation.

Please join us in this endeavor with your continued and greatly appreciated support.

C.A. Heller III, DVM

A Word From... Dr. C.A. Heller III DVM

Spring Time

Our pets will soon be spending more of their time outdoors. With the extra time outside pet owners notice a couple of things more often.

Lots of pets enjoy eating grass. This normally occurs in the early springtime, when the grass comes out of it’s winter dormant state and starts growing rapidly. Pets are attracted to this lush grass. They have not seen it in a while and it looks like a tasty salad to them. Most pets will eat a mouthful or two and then wind up vomiting. This vomiting is oftentimes alarming to the pets owner. If your pet has been eating and drinking normally, as well as behaving normally prior to eating the grass, there is most likely no cause for alarm. Simply try and limit your pets exposure to the grass so that they do not eat enough to cause the vomiting. However, if your pet was not eating and drinking normally as well as not acting normally before eating the grass, I would consider contacting your veterinarian. Some pets when not feeling well will eat the grass in order to induce vomiting. The theory is that if they ingested something bad for them this is natures way of expelling it from their body. As a result, in this type of situation, this behavior could be an early sign of illness.

The other thing that owners notice in the late spring or early summer are circular areas of dead grass. These will occur in the areas where their pets urinate. These circular areas of dead grass can be very distressing to owners who pride themselves in having a healthy green lawn.

This dead grass is caused by uremic waste that is normal in urine. If the urea is too concentrated it will burn and kill the grass. Much like if you applied too much fertilizer to your lawn. Teaching your pet to eliminate in a far off corner of the yard is one way to combat the issue. Also encouraging your pet to drink more water will help. This dilutes the amount of urea to the point where the grass will not die. Watering down the area that was just urinated on will also dilute the urea and prevent the death of the grass.

Enjoy the warmer weather!

C.A. Heller III, DVM

Honoring those who remember us in 2022

Over this past year we want to acknowledge the generosity of those who are no longer with us or their family members, who remembered the Humane Society while suffering the loss of a loved one. We thank you for thinking of the animals during a very difficult time an would like to honor those who passed.

  • Deanna Allgood
  • Shirley Angelo
  • Chris Asmsey
  • Ken & Carole Atkinson
  • Marcella Austin
  • Bernice Baker
  • Jean Baker
  • Jake Barker
  • Heike Bartholomew
  • Carole Kay Baumbaugh
  • JoAnne Baxter
  • Bradley Beachy
  • Nancy Denbrook-Beecher
  • David Best
  • Karla Jo Bose
  • Wanda Bowman
  • Bess Boylan
  • Doris Bradley
  • Kathy Lee Brelish
  • Nancy Brooks
  • Diana Buckley
  • Susan Calabine
  • Christina Cameron
  • Ede Carretta
  • Jill Cashner
  • Wilma Smith-Charlton
  • Janice Church
  • Diane Clark
  • Barbara Cline
  • Jim Corbett
  • Dorthy Cordea
  • Richard Crescenze
  • James Croskey
  • Jaime Crowe
  • Merle Cunningham
  • Athene Curtis
  • Judy Dalby
  • Ronald DeRhodes, DVM
  • Margaret DeStefano
  • JoAnne Dively
  • Donald Dorkoff
  • Marilyn Eddy
  • Edgar Ellsworth
  • Frank Erdely
  • Frank Esposito
  • Jean Esway
  • Don & Marg Everhardt
  • Harold Filkill
  • Josephine Foraker
  • Frank Francis
  • R. Scott Freday
  • Jon Galit
  • Raymond Gardner
  • Karl Garred
  • Brandi Gear
  • Betty George
  • John Gowins
  • Shawn Graham
  • Madelyn Gratop
  • Linda Gramoy
  • Don Glick, Jr
  • Raymond Griffith
  • Cynthia Hammock
  • Ronald Harper
  • Katie Hines
  • Daniel J. Hosking
  • R. Scott Hunsinger
  • Jean Hummel
  • Linda Ickes
  • Brian Jackson
  • Ernest Jarvis
  • Amy Johnson
  • Dot Joliff
  • Michael E. Jones
  • Paul Jumps
  • Richard Karlalcic
  • Sharon Keblesh
  • James Kershner
  • Brain Knotts
  • Michelle Koch
  • Matthew Kraner
  • Raymond Krantz
  • Carl Krisvosky III
  • Sugakojan Kuhne
  • JoAnn Kutz
  • Theresa Lagambo
  • Beverly Leo
  • Amy Noel Limbach
  • Derek Limson
  • Dennis Lisk
  • Stewie Lucas
  • Kenneth Luyster
  • Chasidy Mayle, DVM
  • Mary Louise Marable
  • Anthony J. Marccocia
  • Robert Marquardt
  • Carl Martin
  • Robert Maylor
  • Carolyn McKelley
  • Linda Meala
  • Patricia Merriman
  • Paul Meyers
  • Karen Moles
  • Matthew McNutt
  • Brian Moock
  • Deborah Morrison
  • Evelyn Myers
  • Jean Newhouse
  • Roger Nixon
  • Andrew Owens
  • Faye Patton
  • Ruth Parker
  • Charlie Paul II
  • Nancy Pelger
  • Barbara Perez
  • Glenn Phillippi
  • Peter Racic
  • Pete Ramey
  • Harry Rohr
  • Holly Reusser
  • John Richardson
  • Kathryn Runser
  • John Russo
  • Michelle Salamon
  • Nathan Salyers
  • Irene Schiffner
  • Connie Schneider
  • Thomas Shriver
  • Billie Sibley
  • Ann Marie Smith
  • Barbara Smith
  • Larry Smith
  • Terri Jo Snyder
  • Lynda Sovik
  • Paul Stevens
  • Norman Sweitzer
  • Linda Taylor
  • Jack Thomas
  • Cheryl J. Treacher
  • Annie Trimmer
  • Marlene Trissel
  • Macy Wackerly
  • Jeanette Wager
  • Ginny Watkins
  • Kevin Watters
  • Betty Webb
  • Gordon Weitzel
  • Merle West
  • Joseph Whipkey
  • Connie Wilkonson
  • Lisa Willis
  • Elaine Young
  • William Young


For those of you who attended we hope you enjoyed the view from the club level!

Our sincere appreciation to those who attended, who were a lucky winner of one of our fabulous raffle items or the winner of our 50/50. We appreciate you!

We thank those of you who have contributed to our Raise The Roof pole barn fund since we asked earlier this year- We cant do it without all of you who support the shelter and our furry friends.

The goal of your Stark County Humane Society over the next several years is to separate our dogs and cats into different sections of the building, increase their kennel size and create additional community cat rooms. There are plans in place to further update all parts of the building to better serve our furry friends awaiting adoption and to better serve you as you visit to adopt or spend time as a volunteer.

With sincere appreciation,
Kathy Cowgill, Chair Ways & Means

UPDATE: Welcome Back Volunteers

Volunteers are welcome to contact the Office at (330)453-5529 to schedule an orientation! We will be hosting orientations on Fridays at 4:00pm and Saturdays at 1:00pm! Orientations will be limited to 10 volunteers per orientation. Once you have completed orientation you are welcome to sign up and start volunteering! Groups of volunteers please call the Shelter directly to schedule your group!

On behalf of myself and our furry friends, thank you!

Jackie Godbey
Executive Director

UPDATE: Callin All Cat Lovers!

The funds donated by you for the “CATIO” are much appreciated and still needed. We experiencing a drainage issue at the shelter during rains and steps are being taken to correct this as it impacts the area where the “catio” will be built. Once the drainage issue is resolved the “catio” will be built and enjoy by our feline friends. We are also going to create more community cat rooms and reduce the number of kennels for cats. Studies show that the communities are better for them.

Catio: A catio is a cat enclosure or “cat patio” that provides feline enrichment outdoors.

We need your help-while our cats are at the shelter awaiting adoption we want to give them the best possible environment. A “catio” would allow them to enjoy the outdoors safely. The catio will be installed to the west of our main entrance for all to enjoy. Please consider making a donation to this need.


Call the shelter at 330.453.5529 or online and note “catio”.

Kuranda Dog Beds

Give the gift that keeps on giving.

Each canine friend gets a Kuranda Bed in their kennel! This bed provides them days and evenings of comfort. We are currently in need of several bed. Once the need has been met, Kuranda will mark our wish list as full.

Dog in Kuranda Bed Dog in Kuranda Bed

Donate Here

Piero Memorial Fund

We would like to thank and acknowledge the Piero Memorial Fund for their kindness! With their kind donation we were able to complete our Ringworm Feline area. This is a section that was once utilized for air handlers over the past several years our HVAC system has been upgraded. With the upgrades of our HVAC system so where the air handlers. Therefore, we had an open area to be filled and utilized!

This area is now an area that allows us to safely treat our feline friends for ringworm if needed!

Ringworm Feline Area

A Message of Thanks from the Executive Director

We would like to take moment to thank and recognize the Essential Employees of the Stark County Humane Society! During these trying times and Covid 19 our staff has continued to work diligently to provide for the less fortunate animals of our community! A huge thank you to all of you for your continued support of our mission, “We speak for those that cannot speak for themselves”! This would not be possible without you!

We wish all of you a Happy and Safe Holiday Season! On behalf of myself and our furry friends, thank you!

Jackie Godbey
Executive Director

A Word From... Dr. C.A. Heller III DVM

Selecting/Adopting a New Pet

There are many things to consider when contemplating adding a pet to your home. Things like how much time and energy are available to dedicate to the care of the new addition. How much will the care of this pet cost? What type of pet would best fit in your home? How much training will be needed?

Someone who has limited mobility may find it best to consider adding a fish tank or a pet bird. These animals can be easily enjoyed in one location. They also do not require walking outside for exercise and eliminations.

Another person might be very busy and not able to be at home a lot. For this person a cat might be the ideal pet. Cats are very independent and do not mind being alone. They do not require much in the way of training. They perform all eliminations in a litter box and as a result do not require walks. Because they graze when eating, they can be left with plenty of food and water and it will last the day.

For people who have more time available a dog might be the correct choice. They do require a higher level of training in order to get them housebroken. They also need to be taught some basic commands like how to sit, come when called, stay in place, heel when walked and drop unwanted things from their mouth. There are lots of other things that they can be taught to do, it is just a matter of time and effort. Remember that dogs come in all sizes and energy levels. Someone who has a very active lifestyle can select a breed that is very active and requires a lot of exercise. The next person may require a laid back and calm dog. Your local veterinarians are excellent sources of information about what pets may or may not fit into your home. Please do not hesitate to ask for their input before making your selection. Many dog and cat breeds are known to have genetic susceptibilities to certain illnesses. Your veterinarian can provide you guidance to help minimize selecting an afflicted individual.

Above all do not rush the process! Take your time and the right pet will eventually find you.

C.A. Heller III, DVM

We Need Your Help

The Stark County Humane Society is successful today all because of you. Through the years you have supported us whenever we have asked.

We have installed new air handlers in our facility to provide quality heating and cooling for the employees and our furry friends. This project was a large undertaking for us, successful due to past fund raisers and donations from you.

The shelter has a wonderful walking path on our property, it is used daily by staff and volunteers exercising the dogs. The love the opportunity to get out and spend time with a handler. Along the path we have several “paw-tios” that were constructed from memorial bricks, purchased by you.

The PAWS wing is now complete-we received a generous donation from to start the project and with help from you it was completed. It is a wonderful addition to our building, featuring extra large kennels and a indoor play area.

But we still need your help. The SCHS was constructed more than 30 years ago and it has met our needs in every way. Generous donations from you have filled many areas of the shelter that could be put to better use. We are creating a 10 year plan to better use our building to best keep our cats and dogs comfortable while awaiting their forever home.

In order to achieve this we are going to have a pole barn constructed on property that can house “cold storage” items so the interior of our building can be better utilized.

This is where we need your help. With the pandemic of 2020 carrying into 2021 our major fund raisers have been put on hold. We were fortunate to hold our Reverse Raffle in June and just recently enjoyed the Mutt Strut at the shelter. But we need to raise funds for our pole barn. Please consider making a donation to our “Raise the Roof” fund. If you wish you can mail us a check or call the shelter with a credit card number, but be sure and tell us it is for the pole barn. You can also donate through our website, but please make a note that it is for the “Raise the Roof” fund.

If you donate to help us complete this project you will be invited to the SCHS to write your name on our “wall of donors” in our pole barn once it is completed.

I thank you for your support of the Stark County Humane Society, and I want each of you to know how important you are to our continued work in the community.

In appreciation,
Kathy Cowgill,
Chair Social/Ways and Means

Foster the Fuzzies

Kitten season is coming soon, and the shelter needs fosters. If you love kittens and have a safe space and some time for tons of cuddles and kisses, please become a kitten foster. The SCHS will provide you with a starter kit, instructions for fostering, scheduled checkups and medicine if needed, and support from an experienced foster mom.

Call Shetzi, Foster Coordinator, at 330-453-5529 to learn more and to put your name on a list to become a kitten foster.

Want to help those in need, but cannot forster? Please consider donating items for the Foster Kitten Take-Home Box (newborn to three-week old kittens):

  • Plastic Storage Tub to house kittens*
  • Package of bottles and nipples*
  • Container of KMR (Kitten Milk Replacement)
  • Box of rice cereal powder
  • Wash Clothes*
  • Hand Towels*
  • Soft blanket*
  • Puppy pads*
  • Heating pad*
  • Roll of toilet paper
  • Roll of paper towels

*These items are to be returned to the Humane Society Shelter when the kittens are ready for adoption.

Welcome to Addition!

We are happy to announce that the addition is Open! addition

A Word From... Dr. C.A. Heller III DVM


One of the most common problems that pets face is the illness of obesity. This is usually the result of a lack of exercise and too much food. Most house pets will eat more food than they really need. Long term obesity can lead to diabetes, premature arthritis, early heart disease and slipped spinal cord disks. Maintaining a proper weight has been shown to result in a longer lifespan. As a result, it is well worth a pet owner’s time and effort to prevent excessive weight gain in their pets.

The best way to determine if your pet is too heavy is to simply run your hands over their back and sides. If it is not possible to just barely feel the backbone or the ribs your pet is too heavy. Conversely if your pet is too thin you will be able to see the ribs from a distance. If you can’t feel the ribs and backbone decrease the amount of food your pet is eating. If you can see the ribs increase the amount being fed.

Most pet's are not active enough to eat the amounts of food that are recommended on the food bags. As a result you should use these recommended amounts as a general starting point and then tailor the amount to your individual pet's needs.

By maintaining your pets’ proper weight you will be helping them live a longer healthier life. Enjoy your summer and have fun with your pets.


C.A. Heller III, DVM
Animal Care Clinic

A Word From... Dr. C.A. Heller III DVM

Pets & COVID-19 and Pets

We are now one year into the Covid 19 pandemic of 2020. By now we all know to wear masks, stay socially distanced, wash our hands frequently and get vaccinated when our turn comes.

What do we know about this virus’s effects on our animals? Just like with our human knowledge, our level of understanding of the virus is constantly changing as time passes and we learn more about it. We do know that there have been scattered reports of cats and dogs who had symptoms consistent with respiratory infections, who when tested were positive for Covid 19. These animals were found to be living with their human owners who were sick with Covid 19. It is felt that these animals were exposed to large populations of Covid 19 virus from their owners and then became sick. There has been no indication, that these positive animals were able to infect other negative Covid 19 humans.

So if you are sick from Covid 19 what steps can be taken to protect your pets? You should not only self isolate from your family but also from your pets as well. Wear masks when you have to be around your pet. Avoid close contact when grooming, feeding or letting your pet eliminate. Once you test negative for the virus it is then safe to resume normal activities with your pet.

The only animal that has been found to become infected with Covid 19 and then go on to pass the virus to none infected humans are mink. It is for this reason that the commercial mink farms in Denmark were depopulated of all mink. At this time I do not know of any vaccine that is in development for use in animals.

Keep up all current precautions until we are told that it is safe to do otherwise. Be well!

C.A. Heller III, DVM

A Word From... Dr. C.A. Heller III DVM

Blue Green Algae Toxicity

During the past several years, there has been a increase in the number of algae blooms in Ohio’s lakes and ponds. What many people do not realize, is that some of these algae blooms are caused by a type of algae called Blue Green Algae.

Blue Green Algae can produce toxins that can affect people, livestock or pets, that swim or drink from water where Blue Green Algae is growing.

Two toxins are produced by this algae. The first one is Micosystin. Mycocystin is a liver toxin. It is capable of causing vomiting, diarrhea, blood in the feces, weakness, pale mucus membranes, siezures, disorietation, coma and even death. The second toxin is Anotoxin. This is a neurologic toxin. It can cause salivation, muscle tremors, muscle rigidity, paralysis and death.

There are no known antidotes for either of these toxins. If you think that your pet has been exposed to Blue Green Algae, the first step would be a good bath. The second step would be to consult with your pet’s veterinarian. The only treatment is aggressive supportive and symptomatic treatment in the hospital.

If you see any algae in a body of water that you or your pet is going to swim in, it would be best to just assume that these toxins are present and look for another location to swim.

Have a good year and keep yourself and your pets healthy.


C.A. Heller III, DVM
Animal Care Clinic

r old Pony of the Americas mare that came to the Humane Society from a backyard in East Canton with a body condition score of 1/9. Despite her age and shocking condition, the old girl has a great will to live! When she rst arrived at the farm, it took her 4 days to pass a pile of manure! A normal horse will pass 4-8 piles of manure per day! Cinnamon has been with us for 2 weeks and she gets a little stronger everyday!

She nickers with joy when we bring her food and she even trots around her paddock. She is slowly but surely gaining weight and shedding hair. She gets fed four times a day with senior feed and hay, plus small turnout sessions four times a day. Once she is stable enough, she will have her teeth oated and will receive vaccinations. We will continue to post updates on Cinnamon and we are happy so far with her recovery process!

Church & Dwight

We would like to thank Church & Dwight of Old Port, OH for their generous donation of cat litter totaling 64,000 POUNDS!

We received the frst truck load on Thursday, February 9, 2017, and would like to thank Gary of Car Kare LLC for transporting it to the shelter and the SCHD staff for unloading the cat litter! On Tuesday, March 21, we would like to thank the local company for transporting the litter, they have chosen to remain anonymous! For the second load we had a friend of the Humane Society offer to bring and use his company’s tow motor to unload; a thank you to Bob Phillips from Action Recycling! We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all of those who helped make this possible!

A Word From... Dr. C.A. Heller III DVM


We have all heard the term neutering at one time or another. But what exactly does it mean and WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT?

Neutering is the surgical removal of a male dog’s or cat’s testicles. It is performed under a general anesthesia. In dogs, it is performed through a single incision, just ahead of the scrotum. Your veterinarian may or may not use sutures that need to be removed 10-14 days later. In cats, it is generally performed through an incision on the scrotum directly over each of the testicles. Sutures generally are not used in the male cat.

From a shelter viewpoint, neutering is done to help prevent unwanted litters of puppies and kittens. Shelters are usually overwhelmed with a seemingly endless population of unwanted animals. Anything that can help reduce the tide of unwanted animals is a great help in the situation.

From the pet’s perspective there are a number of health benefts. Neutering helps prevent roaming in both cats and dogs. It can reduce unwanted urine marking. In dogs it can prevent enlarged and sometimes abscessed prostate glands. It can also prevent perianal adenomas in dogs. Perianal adenomas are benign tumors, that grow near the rectum, in response to hormones that are present in un-neutered dogs. Un-neutered dogs can also develop perineal hernias. These hernias form in the distral part of the colon. Once this type of hernia forms, feces accumulate in the herniated portion of the colon. Affected animals will strain and be unable to pass feces. Once a perineal hernia develops, it requires invasive surgery to correct.

For all of these reasons, it is very important to have all non-breeding male animals neutered. It is for this reason, our shelter strives to have all male animals neutered prior to being adopted.


C.A. Heller III, DVM
Animal Care Clinic


On January 8, 2017 at 5:14am Rocky came into our Shelter. It was apparent he had a hard life and was in need of medical attention. He was emaciated and had been injured. With his determination and the dedication of all those at SCHS, he began to show improvements. It took nearly six weeks to bring him to health. Once healthy he was then neutered and microchipped and ready for adoption. An amazing volunteer dog walker from the Shelter fell in love with him and decided to adopt him. This gentlemen and his wife are forever loving Rocky. The pictures show his journey and his new beginning in his home. The Shelter accepted 4,649 dogs and cats into the facility last year! Rocky’s journey is just one of the many animals that found their forever homes. These journeys would not be possible without the support and efforts of the Board of Directors, Staff, Volunteers, and your friends and supporters!

On behalf of myself and our furry friends, thank you!

Sadly, It Is a Story That We Hear All Too Often

Life happens, & the pets become less of a priority. However, sometimes they don’t become a priority at all & end up neglected. One of the most common neglect injuries that we see at the Humane Society is an embedded collar. If a collar is too tight, eventually it causes irritation, infection, & a complete break in the skin. This is often a gradual, painful process. In Rocky’s case, he was tied outside with a choker chain that continually rubbed his neck as he moved around. He arrived at the shelter with deep, infected wound around about 50% of the circumference of his neck with the collar still in the wound. The collar was immediately cut out, & Rocky was started on antibiotics & pain medications. Wound care was done to help the infection clear before surgery was performed to close the wound, which healed beautifully. Just as important as the physical healing was Rocky’s emotional healing. He came in scared & depressed. Quickly, his sweet, gentle spirit came to the surface. He was adopted within a few weeks on the adoption floor to a precious couple.

Dr. Kim Carter, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Feeding and Stimulating the Kitten

Things to consider when caring for a kitten:

  1. When the kittens are brought home, set up the box with the heating pad in the bottom, followed by puppy pad and then hand towels or small thin blanket. (Heating pad should be positioned so that the kittens can maneuver away from it.)
  2. Set the heating pad to low, at frst to gauge the temperature. It should not be hot, since it could burn the kittens.
  3. Follow instructions and mix the formula making sure not to have lumps in the liquid. A whisk will work very well in mixing the formula. Mix up enough formula for several feedings.
  4. Warm the bottle with formula in a glass/cup of hot water until it achieves the warm temperature. Formula should be warm not hot when given to the kittens. Do not microwave the formula.
  5. Keep the unused formula either in a container or bottle in the refrigerator until next use.
  6. Kittens that are newborn to two weeks should be fed every one to two hours. Newborn kittens to three weeks old should be awakened to eat.
  7. Two to three week old kittens will eat every three hours.
  8. As soon as a kitten has eaten, use some toilet paper and stimulate the anus of the kitten. The toilet paper may be dampened in warm water before use. Discard toilet paper in trash or toilet. Be sure to wipe the kittens face with a wet-warm cloth before stimulating kitten.
  9. Kittens should urinate and possibly have a bowel movement after every feeding. Kittens will urinate more frequently than have a bowel movement.
  10. Place kitten back in the plastic tub with the heating pad on.

At four weeks old, add rice cereal to the formula. Mix it according to the instructions. You can also start putting soft canned cat food into the mixture at about four weeks also. Use whisk to mix in.

Volunteer Orientation

The Stark County Humane Society hosts a volunteer orientation every Saturday here at the Shelter. Orientation for volunteers is at 11:00am. Please come to the lobby of the Shelter. The Shelter is located at 5100 Peach St NE, Louisville. We recommend interested individuals to come out for orientation and we encourage you to speak with your veterinarian prior to volunteering. Many of us just want to give back. With this, you need to make sure your children, and pet(s) at home are protect from any possible fomite and zoonotic diseases.

Stark County Humane Society Facebook

We would like to invite all members to join us on Facebook. Our site is, Stark County Humane Society. Give us a “like” and keep up with all the wonderful animals of the Stark County Humane Society. The staff would like to recognize Shetzi Powers as our Facebook mistress! She updates the site daily.

Not only is she working diligently on pet photos but also on keeping all the upcoming events and outreaches posted. For the most current details of the Stark County Humane Society “Like” Stark County Humane Society.

For those whom choose not to go on Facebook you may also see our adoptable animals on As always, for more information please call the Shelter at (330) 453-5529 or visit our Facebook page.

Stark County Humane Society/Stark County Dog Warden

Last year, the shelter began working directly with the Stark County Dog Warden’s office to help place dogs at our shelter when the pound becomes full.

In 2012, the shelter along with the SCDW transferred 306 stray dogs into the Stark County Humane Society. By the shelter opening its doors to the “pound dogs” the SCDW was able to drop their euthanasia by 73%. We would like to thank the Stark County Dog Wardens Office, the staff and Board of the Stark County Humane Society for making these transfers a true success for the dogs and their forever families!

Your Kindness Can Live Forever

The animals of the Stark County Humane Society will need your help during your lifetime and forever. If you wish to remember them in your will or through your life insurance policy, our proper name is Stark County Humane Society. In providing for the animals by making the Shelter beneficiary, you can provide for the animals needs after your gone.

*Animals are not lesser creatures than humans; they are just packaged differently!*


The shelter is always in need of newspapers. We accept newspapers as long as they are bagged and or bundled. The shelter recycles any paper we cannot use for the animals. We keep a Slesnick Recycle bin at the shelter; please feel free to recycle paper products at the shelter. We also recycle aluminum cans. So before you throw away cans – papers please remember by recycling you are not just helping the environment but also the homeless animals of Stark County.

When you replace your old washer and dryer – please remember the shelter is always in need of one or the other. Our staff starts laundry in the morning and the washer and dryer keep running all day long. The staff cleans and dries every cage – every dish in the shelter on a daily basis. The blankets, bathes, and general housekeeping of the shelter equals a lot of laundry. So before, you “pitch” your old working washer and or dryer please call the shelter.

No Time Limit...

Sometimes we see some confusion on our no time limits on animals up for adoption. We have noticed recently that a lot of misinformation has been conveyed to the public regarding our policy.

The shelter does not enforce a time limit for the animals in our shelter. The animal(s) may remain at the shelter as long as they stay healthy and friendly. There are three main factors when euthanasia has to be considered. The first being an “owners request” this is when an owners pet has become very old and poor physical health warrants this. The second is when an animal has been at the shelter for an extreme long period of time and begins to show signs of “cage psychosis” in this event a veterinarian will make the diagnoses. The third reason would be due to illness, particularly ones that are highly contagious, and the severely injured animals that we pick up, usually from being hit by a car.

The Board of Directors and the staff have worked over the past several years to implement a new Veterinary Care Protocol & Policy in which the shelter follows diligently. Training programs have been provided by area veterinarians for the staff. Audits of the animal cards and medical charts are performed by Board Members on a regular basis.

Animal sheltering is one of the most difficult fields that one could choose to go into. The Board, employees and volunteers that are associated with the shelter do so willingly, so rest assured, the care and love given to the animals is truly the best we can give.