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RESCUED! Charlie was a stray who had been roaming the countryside for days with a severely broken leg.
On December 29th, we received a call for help regarding two small goats who had been abandoned in Pike County. The dog warden had found them and one was severely injured. Without hesitation, the Ohio SPCA agreed to take the goats (now named Noel and Jingle) and requested that they be transported to OSU Veterinary Hospital immediately.
A SPECIAL KIND OF LOVE - It’s not everyday that we find homes for old horses or horses with special needs. These equines often remain with the Ohio SPCA for years and sometimes for the rest of their lives. Far too often they are passed over by perspective adopters, but Kim and Steve were different.
After a post went viral on FB on May 12, members of the Ohio SPCA Response Team headed down early the next morning to remove two severely neglected horses in Highland County. Pictures received prior to removal did not prepare us for the reality of the condition of both horses. Melody, the mare, was in horrific condition with an open wound oozing pus and containing maggots. In her weakened state and with her head drooping, Melody made her way to the trailer with her pasture buddy, Sebastian. As we pulled out with our precious cargo in tow, we knew the fight for survival was about to begin.
In April 2017, the Ohio SPCA rescued 200 animals which included 30 Pugs. Hundreds of people applied to adopt these dogs. With so many wonderful people applying, it has not been an easy task to select the families.
There is nothing scarier than to have rescued animals and then wonder if you will be able to purchase hay before farmers sell out.
It was late at night when we received a call from Officer Thompson, a Lima police officer.
When the Ohio SPCA received the plea for help for a little mini horse in Pike County, Ohio, we also received a picture. We knew immediately that time was running out for this little guy. With his head drooping and his body extremely emaciated, hope was slipping away. Sterling was giving up on life.
Lima, Ohio - Humane officers with the Ohio SPCA & Humane Society along with the Ohio SPCA Response Team removed approximately 70 dogs and cats belonging to TLU Rescue from two properties over the weekend. Late Friday night, Bluffton police officers found conditions from the exterior to be concerning at the TLU Rescue facility located at 142 Vance St. in Bluffton. They then visited the rescue operator’s Greding St. residence and called the Ohio SPCA & Humane Society.
Sometimes life is unbearable and so it was for this sweet Pit Bull Terrier.
After receiving the call about a kitten dragging himself around a yard, our humane officer immediately responded.
Saturday July 9th, 2016 at J's Shawnee
2307 Spencerville Rd, Lima, Ohio 45807
All proceeds go to the Ohio & Humane Society.
When the Ohio SPCA's Honda Element was in need of significant repairs in order to be operable, Hugh White Honda graciously helped. Because of their generosity, the Ohio SPCA was quickly back on the road rescuing and safely transporting cats and dogs in need. We can’t thank them enough!
Visit their Facebook page and let them know how much their compassion for animals is appreciated.
The Ohio SPCA deals with animal cruelty complaints daily. However, sometimes a call is received that is so heartbreaking and horrifying that words cannot express the emotions felt by our humane officers, staff, and volunteers. Julius was one such case.
It’s kitten season which is always a challenge for shelters and rescues. With approximately 200 felines in our adoption center, we are helping as many cats and kittens as we can.
When the Ohio SPCA was contacted about a cat walking around with a broken leg, the caring caller was instructed to take the injured feline to a local veterinarian for immediate treatment.
During two recent investigations, our humane officers discovered emaciated deceased dogs in Lima, Ohio.
Our humane officers and animal cruelty investigators respond daily when animals need help. This little guy was reported to be terrorizing residents. Officer Jennifer Archer found him hiding in a dumpster - dirty, sick, emaciated, and with a lot of fur missing.
Just before St.Patrick’s Day, a little lamb was born. Sadly, his mother rejected him. The farmer decided that instead of bottle-feeding the lamb, he would just let nature take its course. This would mean death. Luckily for this little guy, an Ohio SPCA employee stepped up and rescued the auburn-haired baby.
When a sheriff deputy was dispatched due to a pup being struck on the highway, the dispatcher knew to call an Ohio SPCA Response Team member.
Small rural county shelters are often unable to handle neglect cases when a large number of animals must be removed. The Ohio SPCA responds when a call for help is received.
Sissy Anne ended up in a county dog shelter. This Treeing Walk Coonhound was very pregnant, but a caring assistant dog warden did not want Sissy’s babies aborted since she was so close to delivering. A video cam was set up at the adoption center, so staff and volunteers could monitor Sissy and know when she started delivering.
The Ohio SPCA responds to cases of animal hoarding monthly. Our goal is to help the animals and as a result help the persons involved.
Cider’s story is a sad one. This little miniature horse lived all alone in a pasture until someone contacted the Ohio SPCA. For approximately two years, Cider’s hooves had not been trimmed.
Sweet Charlotte was someone’s kitten and then one day they put a flea collar on her and tossed her outside.
Once again, another Ohio battle is being fought to save an orphaned deer. Two years ago, a mother deer was killed on the highway. Her newborn baby was then rescued by Jodi Proger, a Belmont County resident. Jodi nursed Wheezer the fawn and saved his life. Wheezer is now two years-old and has been a part of Jodi's life since the day she scooped him up, as he frantically ran around the body of his dead mother. Now, Jodi is fighting again to save Wheezer’s life.
At 7:30 p.m. on August, 18th in Louisville, Kentucky, a couple watched as a driver hit a dog and then floored the gas pedal and drove off. The good samaritans ran into the street, scooped the dog up, and then drove to the closet veterinary clinic. Having only $70, the clinic veterinarian examined the pup, administered pain meds, and then sent the couple on their way. For several hours they sat in their van with the pup they named Lucky and emailed and called every agency they could looking for help. Lucky was having trouble breathing, and they knew that she had a severely broken hind leg. Shortly before midnight, they called the Ohio SPCA and received the help they so desperately needed.
When a passerby noticed two skinny horses hidden in a corral behind tall vegetation, she immediately contacted the Ohio SPCA. A county humane officer was then sent to the property to investigate the cruelty complaint. Upon arrival, the officer knew without a doubt that the equines were in trouble and in danger of dying. They were literally walking skeletons covered with skin. The owner surrendered the horses to the Ohio SPCA and within hours, EJ and Toby were loaded onto a trailer.
While driving on the interstate in Columbus, a mother and son saw a chicken running in the grass.
July 4, 2015
JULY 4th - HORSES ON THE RUN! Members of the Ohio SPCA Response Team were quick to respond when the Pickaway County Sheriff's Department called for help with horses running loose.
June 13, 2015
Coco, a 7-month-old Pug-mix pup, after being hit by a car. When the Ohio SPCA animal cruelty investigator arrived at the home, Coco was lying on the deck unable to walk.
May 31, 2015
After receiving a call about a rooster in bad shape, volunteer members of the Ohio SPCA Response Team traveled three hours round-trip so this little guy could get help.
May 22, 2014
At 10:30 p.m. on May 21st, the Ohio SPCA received a call about this little girl. She was thrown from a truck traveling at 60 mph on the highway.
April 22, 2015
Once again, OSU veterinary students volunteered their time to help the Ohio SPCA. Since the spring of 2008, Goat Day, has been a popular event for OSU veterinary students and volunteers with the Ohio SPCA. Students donate their time every spring and fall to help trim hooves, vaccinate, worm, and groom animals. Goats, sheep, horses, and even the pigs receive extra attention. A HUGE THANK YOU to this great group of future veterinarians!
April 5, 2015
Too Many Cats - Far too often the Ohio SPCA is called in to help in hoarding situations involving felines. In one week’s time, the Ohio SPCA Response Team was on-the-ground to remove cats and Guinea pigs from two different homes. Approximately 50 cats were removed, immediately quarantined, and treated for Calicivirus, upper respiratory infections, and parasites. The conditions in the homes were unfit for animals or humans with high ammonia levels and rooms full of feces. Many of the cats were very sick and for some help came too late.
January 13, 2015
When Jefferson County Humane Officer Casey Robinson reached out for help, the Ohio SPCA was quick to respond. On January 13, 2015, the Ohio SPCA Response Team arrived to remove 86 farm animals. Horses, Pot-belly pigs, goats, chickens, ducks, turkeys, and geese were quickly loaded and transported to veterinarian hospitals and foster homes.
December 31, 2014
ANIMAL CRUELTY INVESTIGATIONS & RESCUE
During 2014, the Ohio SPCA has intervened for HUNDREDS of abused and neglected animals throughout Ohio. From the sick or injured kitten found in the middle of the night to starving horses in a pasture, the Ohio SPCA has responded. Animals suffering in large-scale hoarding cases were carried to safety in the arms of Ohio SPCA Response Team members. Hundreds of dogs, cats, and birds, along with 64 horses were given a second chance in life. The Ohio SPCA currently has over 150 rescued animals in our care.
December 10, 2014
RESCUED! This little mini was hidden in a barn for seven years. His hooves were never trimmed and he was never given a name. On December 9, 2014, Ohio SPCA volunteers guided this sweet little stallion to freedom. Sometimes, the first steps are the hardest and then the road to recovery begins!
November 22, 2014
THANK YOU COUNTRYSIDE ELECTRIC! After traveling on icy roads for hours, they arrived in cars, vans, and trucks hauling trailers. A crew of 15 men came to give the gift of electricity and light for two large barns. There will now be light inside and outside and NO more breaking ice in troughs. Checking on animals in the dark and working in the winter has been anything but easy for volunteers.
November 5, 2014
NONE WERE LEFT BEHIND - The Ohio SPCA Response Team was on-the-ground today for 7 horses in need of help.
October 26, 2014
On October 2, 2014, CARROLL, ERIE, and PERRY County Commissioners received final demand letters from Ohio SPCA attorney John Bell before lawsuits to end gassing were filed. The Carroll County Commissioners finally decided to remove their gas chamber and prevent any action by the Ohio SPCA.
October 25, 2014
Members of the Ohio SPCA Response Team removed cats and one rooster from a horrific hoarding situation in eastern Ohio. For the first time in a long time, these animals will breathe fresh air, drink clean water, and eat wholesome food. Their road to recovery began today.
October 12, 2014
Twenty wonderful OSU veterinarian students spent the day working with our goats and sheep. All of the animals were vaccinated, wormed, and had their hooves trimmed. For the past 7 years, groups of students have helped out the Ohio SPCA, while also having hands-on experience with farm animals in a rescue environment. Goat Day has become a favorite community service opportunity, and is now twice a year instead of once. The Ohio SPCA loves having these future veterinarians visit and lend a hand. They do an awesome job!
A HUGE THANK YOU to each and every one! See you in the spring.
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October 8, 2014
(UPDATE - DOGS IN CRITICAL CONDITION - URGENT DONATIONS NEEDED)
On September 30, 2014, the Ohio SPCA responded to an emergency hoarding situation in southern Ohio. Dogs were found dead on the property, and those that were alive were in horrific condition. Unfortunately, many were infected with parvo. 16 of the 30 dogs rescued are currently hospitalized with 13 of them being cared for at MedVet in Columbus, as we try to give them the life they deserve after suffering for so long. Most of these dogs are emaciated and hairless. They are mere skeletons covered with skin as a result of starvation. Their skin is inflamed with mange and infection and their eyes are infected. But... they have a strong will to live.
October 3, 2014
For the third time in two weeks, the Ohio SPCA Response Team is on-the-ground to help in another sad situation. A gentleman is losing his battle with cancer. His large family of felines, which he has watched over and fed, must be removed. Although, we cannot heal his cancer, we can give him peace of mind regarding the future of his feline companions. So often, our work involves helping people and the animals they love.
September 30, 2014
After being alerted to dying dogs on a property in Scioto County, the Ohio SPCA mobilized quickly for an emergency removal. In a sad situation of animal hoarding, dogs were found to be suffering from starvation and extreme cases of mange. Many of the dogs had lost all of their fur and many were mere skeletons covered in skin. Sadly, the bodies of three dogs were found. Although, help arrived too late for these little dogs, the remaining 30 dogs and one kitten were immediately transported to an animal hospital after being photographed and ID banded for evidence in court. Both residences on the property were condemned by the health department before the Ohio SPCA left the location. It is our hope that the elderly owner, who has been charged with cruelty to animals, will receive the help he needs from the appropriate agencies.
September 19, 2014
The Ohio SPCA Response Team partnered with the Hancock County Dog Wardens/Humane Agents in order to save the lives of approximately 200 parakeets in a hoarding situation. The birds were all flying free in a feces-covered cluttered room. Rescuers had to wear full face masks and hazmat suits due to the horrific fecal dust. Many dead and sick birds were discovered. As the birds were removed, treatment began for mite infestation. Many of the birds will require additional veterinarian care.
When Stud Muffin was rescued, his hooves were severely overgrown. After another hoof trim, he will be in perfect shape once again. When we first set eyes on little Stud Muffin, our hearts hurt. This sweet little one has now received the help he needed from expert farriers with Rood and Riddle Podiatry Center in KY.
We are glad that the family who rescued Muffin reached out for help!
Thank you Rood and Riddle!
July 17, 2014
ANNIE is 32 years old and on Thursday, July 17, her journey to slaughter in Mexico was to begin. Instead of suffering through a 48 hour non-stop trip on an overloaded trailer and then dying by gunshot or a knife in her spine, Annie and 3 other horses were rescued by the Ohio SPCA. Annie, Fancy, Apollo, and Buttercup are safe now. The only journey with the Ohio SPCA is to the GOOD LIFE.