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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: To fight animal cruelty, help animals in need and advocate for their well-being.

Programs: The animal care, customer care and community relations operations provide services for pets and people including animal adoption, access to low cost spay/neuter, dog training, emergency sheltering for the pets of victims of domestic violence and humane education. More than 90 percent of our funding is provided by donations and fees for services, we are not a government agency and we do not receive operating support from national organizations. The capital area humane society relies on the support of private donors and volunteers to make our work possible. In 2014, cahs found new homes for 847 dogs, 1,819 cats, 66 rabbits and 124 other types of animals, such as pocket pets, birds, etc.

animal cruelty investigations: cahs is the lead agency in franklin county investigating cases of animal cruelty, neglect and abandonment. The commissioned humane agents enforce all local and state laws pertaining to the care and treatment of animals as reported by members of the public and partner agencies including other law enforcement agencies, health departments, code enforcement and social service agencies. The cruelty investigation team of five agents reviewed over 6,000 claims in 2014 and seized over 1,000 animals. More than 95 percent of the cases filed by the capital area humane society in the franklin county environmental court resulted in conviction of a defendant.

veterinary services: an on-site medical clinic that provides medical care and support for incoming, adoptable and cruelty case animals. These services include spay/neuter surgeries, dental procedures and other surgeries. We partner extensively with the ohio state university college of veterinary medicine and each 4th year student spends two weeks at our facility before graduation as part of their core curriculum. In 2014, the veterinary services performed more than 2,500 spay/neuter surgeries. In addition, all adopted animals receive basic vaccinations, rabies inoculation, testing for contagious diseases and all dogs, cats and rabbits are spayed or neutered.

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Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 2

It's concerning that there seems to be no information since 2007 about the number of animals that are euthanized. I completed training, and the staff are evasive about giving out this information as well. For someone who would like to make a educated decision on where to spend my volunteer time, and do that with this information, I feel like they are not being transparent. The answers are, oh, some Monday's I don't do any, other Monday's I might do 3-4. But they aren't sure how many they did last year. I am sure they know that information. They tax returns show exact numbers for how many dogs they place, so I bet they know how many dogs they put to sleep! Why can't people be transparent. I suspect it is because there euthanasia rate, last time they disclosed, was over 70 percent! Not many volunteers are going to feel good about that.

Review from Guidestar


Rating: 5

I have served as a volunteer at the Capital Area Humane Society in numerous capacities for roughly 250 hours over the past twelve months. My experience has been uniformly positive.

My fellow volunteers and staff have been mature, disciplined, communicative and well-informed almost without exception. Every person at the shelter is empowered to share information for the benefit of the animals. The new training program, which begins in September, represents a substantial time commitment and minor financial commitment for new volunteers. Although this will reduce the total number of new volunteers going forward, I believe that the Humane Society will be best served by people who are willing to make such a commitment and who can take full advantage of the extensive training that will be required. Opportunities for advancement as a volunteer seem to be limited only by each person's desire to learn, practice and participate.

The facilities, including the veterinary clinic and other areas not visible to the public, are are hygienic and properly maintained. Many customers remark that they are impressed with the rooms where the adoptable animals are housed - the temperature is pleasant year-round, bedding is freshly washed, newspapers are regularly changed, and excrement is cleaned up promptly. The housing for non-adoptable animals, the grooming and training facilities, and even the interiors of the humane agents' vans are no different.

Of the Humane Society's many programs beyond its basic shelter operations, I am most familiar with the Department of Cruelty Investigations, which investigates all reports of animal abuse, abandonment and neglect in Franklin County without any support from outside funding. The humane agents' professionalism and their ability to manage time and resources never ceases to amaze me.

I have heard two concerns expressed from time to time: the rate of feline euthanasia and the issue of executive compensation. However, I have not heard any suggestions for improvement based on widely-accepted best practices or examples from comparable organizations. It's easy to say that a group can spend its money more efficiently, especially when lives are at stake. I'm sure that the decision-makers at CAHS would be happy to hear specific constructive criticism, because in my experience they do value feedback and transparency.

I intend to continue volunteering at CAHS indefinitely, and I am confident that any funds I donate will be put to good use.

Review from Guidestar


Rating: 5

I have adopted from this organization and spent time here as a volunteer. They conduct cruelty investigations for our county and shelter over 10,000 animals each year. This is a professional organization - focused on providing great care and services for pets in our community. I've witnessed staff go to extraordinary lengths to help pets. Their greatest challenge is funding - if you check their 990 and the budget for our local animal control facility - you'll find their budget is half that of the county run shelter and they generally handle a similar number of animals. They do good work - I'd encourage people to visit the facility and talk to staff & volunteers - ask for a tour if you want to see behind the scenes. I am proud to support their work!

Review from Guidestar


General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I find it interesting that the names and salary of the five highest staff members isnt listed in the 2008 tax form. It has been in the past. I know of at least 2 staff members making well over the fifty thousand that they ask them to list. I wonder could it be they dont want people to know the high end salary they pay with their hand out for more money?

Review from Guidestar


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

This organization uses the term "humane" in it's title name loosely. Check out www.capitalarea.org to read the real truth about what happens there and how their funds are misused.

Review from Guidestar