Rescued dogs looking for forever homes


At the request of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), CHA Animal Shelter received 17 dogs removed from an overcrowded home in Shadyside, Ohio where more than 90 dogs were rescued from neglect in late May.

The dogs of varying breeds, sizes, and ages, including pregnant mothers were found living in a single-wide trailer, and many were confined to a room with no access to fresh air, food, or water. Since the initial rescue, the dogs have settled into a temporary shelter operated by the ASPCA where they have been receiving behavioral and medical treatment to prepare them for adoption.

“These dogs have been through a lot, but they are so resilient despite everything,” said Kelsey Smucker, executive director of CHA Animal Shelter. “The team at CHA is thankful to now be entrusted with their care and we are looking forward to matching all of these dogs with adoptive families.”

“When the ASPCA assists with the rescue of animal victims of neglect or cruelty, our priority is not only to remove those animals from harm but to provide them with the care they need to prepare them for life in new, loving homes,” said Jasmine Holsinger, with the ASPCA. “This case required collaboration across multiple animal welfare organizations and we are grateful to Belmont County Animal Rescue League and our placement partners, including CHA Animal Shelter, for helping us give these dogs a second chance.”

Due to the diligent and timely care provided to the dogs, all of the dogs were able to be placed immediately on the adoption floor upon arrival at CHA. A few have found homes, but several are still available for adoption and can be met by appointment.

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CHA Animal Shelter is a non-profit animal shelter in northeast Columbus. CHA is funded solely from adoption fees, donations from the public, and its own fundraising efforts. The organization’s mission is to serve the people and animals of central Ohio by providing safe, temporary shelter and care for abandoned or otherwise homeless cats and dogs, and to reduce pet overpopulation by means of spay and neuter, education, and community outreach.


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