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May 12, 2020


As Ohio focuses on a responsible start up, the Holmes County Dog Warden’s Department will be open to the public beginning today May 12, 2020. We ask that you pay attention to the following guidelines and rules relating to our facility and services.

  1. Visits to the shelter will be by appointment only.
  2. When visiting the shelter, we will be assisting customers through the window located to the right of the front door.
  3. All adoptable dogs will be out front in their outdoor runs and can be viewed without entering the building. Adoptions and dog visits will be conducted outside.
  4.  We WILL also be accepting owner surrenders at this time.
  5. Practice social distancing as our staff will be doing the same.
  6. We will still be closed on weekends until further notice.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this pandemic. We appreciate all the hard work Holmes County residents have been doing to keep our community safe and healthy!


It’s been very clear that COVID-19 has brought out the best in communities across the country and even world. IT’S SO SO GOOD! Here in Holmes County Ohio the Dog Warden’s Department will be making the following changes in the way we handle day to day business. For the following changes to be effective mitigation strategies we need our community and dog owners to step up to the plate.

First and foremost, we will do everything within our ability to return dogs to their owners while in the field. This will allow you to continue staying at home as ODH has ordered. It will also allow us to keep our shelter population down until we open back up. However, this cannot be accomplished unless you have a license on your dog, or you have filed a lost dog report with our department.  GET YOUR TAG AND CALL US WHEN YOUR DOG GOES MISISNG. THIS IS SO IMPORANT!  

We are currently closed to the public however we still have stray dogs entering our facility. If you call in with a stray dog, we may ask you to hang on to it for the time being. Our department will supply food if necessary. We will post the dog on our page and attempt to find its owner while the dog is in your care.  We understand that this may be asking a lot and we also understand if you are unable to keep the dog for a few days.  

If you do find a stray here a few things that may help. The Holmes County Dog Warden’s Department has a lost dog board that you will now have access to at http://holmescountydogwarden.com/lost-found/lost-dogs/ This will be refreshed every day. If you find a stray, please reference this page. Lost dog reports without photos will appear at the top and if photos are submitted with the report they will appear at the bottom.

Lost dog reports can be submitted via phone 330-674-6301, via email at holmescountydogwarden@gmail.com and via our website at http://holmescountydogwarden.com/lost-found/lost-found-dog-application/

If you need to redeem your dog, you can schedule an appointment by calling 330-674-6301

Our office is keeping a list of interested adopters and when the time comes, we will contact you about scheduling an appointment to view the dog you are interested in. Please feel free to contact us about adoption even though we are closed.

Due to COVID-19 officers may ask you questions relating to health in relations to symptoms of COVID-19 or recent contact with a confirmed positive person before responding to calls. Please do not be offended this is just a way that we are trying to keep our community safe and our officers safe so that we will always be here to serve you. When our officer arrives, we ask that you keep a 6-foot distance between yourself and the officer unless otherwise advised by the officer.

We appreciate your understanding as we work though this Pandemic together as a community! As always, we will do our best to keep the citizens and the dogs of Holmes County safe. Thank you!  

Dog licenses can be purchased online at https://client.pointandpay.net/web/HolmesCountyAuditor

If you need to rehome a dog you can do so via Adopt a Pet.com https://www.adoptapet.com/ . Our shelter is not currently accepting owner surrenders.




As warm weather comes swooping in so does the increased number of intakes. To decrease the kennel population during the Pandemic, the Holmes County Dog Warden’s Department will be having an adoption day. This day will take place Friday of each week. Here are the rules.

  1. If you are sick or have been exposed to someone who was confirmed to have COVID-19 please stay at home.
  2. Adoptions will be by appointment only. You can call 330-674-6301 to schedule an appointment. Appointments will be every 30 minutes with a break for lunch. You must know which dog you wish to meet in advance. You can follow our available dogs at http://holmescountydogwarden.com/adoption/available-dogs/.
  3. All visits and transactions will be done outside.
  4. No out of state visitors as there is a travel restriction in place by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine.
  5. We ask that you stay 6 feet away from employees and wait for their instructions and guidance when you arrive.
  6. Please limit the number of visitors to 1-2 people.

With that being said there is no better time to bring a new family member home. Stay tuned each day to get up close and personal with each available dog.

Please keep in mind no adoption is worth spreading this virus. Please stay at home if you are unwell or have been exposed. If you don’t adopt or can’t adopt due to being sick rest assured the dog will be well taken care of. No dogs are in danger at this moment.

2/2/2021 UPDATE


We ask that you follow all social distancing guidelines and that you wear a mask inside the building. Adoptions are still by appointment only. You can schedule and appointment by calling our office at 330-674-6301. Thank you