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Community Animal Control Departments
Municipal Dog Wardens:
Bexley ................ 614 239 8881 
Reynoldsburg ...... 614 866 6622 
Upper Arlington .... 614 459 2800
Whitehall ..............614 237 6333 
Worthington ......... 614 885 4463 

Westerville.............614 901 6863
Gahanna ............. 614 471 8080 
County Dog Wardens:
Delaware ..........740 548 7313 
Fairfield ............740 653 4582 
Licking .............740 349 6562 
Madison ...........740 852 2972 
Pickaway .........740 474 3741 
Union .............. 937 513 6426 
PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT EVEN IF YOU REPORT AN ANIMAL LOST OR FOUND TO A LOCAL SHELTER,  THEY ARE OFTEN SO BUSY JUST TAKING CARE OF THE OVERWHELMING NUMBER OF ANIMALS THAT COME TO THEM, THAT YOUR INFORMATION MAY BE OVERLOOKED. IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A LOST PET,  IT IS ABSOLUTELY VITAL THAT YOU GO TO THE SHELTERS IN PERSON AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE.
Local Animal Shelters
There are a number of shelters and rescue groups that will keep an animal until a home can be found for it. Unfortunately, the two largest shelters, Franklin County Dog Shelter and Capital Area Humane Society have to euthanize  surplus or unadoptable animals.

The following shelters have recorded telephone messages with directions on how to reach them, and other basic information. They are open only at certain hours as indicated. You can also click on their name to link to their web site.

Franklin County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center
Franklin County Department of Animal Control
Shelter Division: (614) 525-DOGS (3647)
Enforcement Division: (614) 525-3400
Accepts all dogs, but no cats,
Mon - Fri: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sat and Sun: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The Franklin County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center is supported by the sale of dog licenses, adoption fees, redemption fees, donations, and other miscellaneous income. In addition to these fees, they also receive a supplemental grant each year from the county's general fund.

All lost dogs should be brought to this shelter. If a dog has a current license tag, it is held for a maximum of 14 days while attempts are made to contact the owner. If a dog does not have a current license, the animal is held for three days at which time it is evaluated for adoption.

This agency will also post "found" reports on their bulletin board. Call the Dog Shelter to request a form. DO NOT BRING CATS TO THIS FACILITY.

Dog-e Bulletin Board, sponsored by the Franklin County Auditor. Use this link to trace the owner of a dog you have found that has license tags but no direct owner ID. You can also report lost or found dogs on this site.

Capital Area Humane Society
(614) 777-7387
Accepts all cats but only owner surrendered dogs.
Mon - Thurs 2-7 PM
Fri 2 - 8PM
Sat and Sun: 12 - 6 PM

The Capital Area Humane Society is a private, not for profit organization. They accept all cats, but there are always too many to hold and most have to be put down. During "kitten season" they may take in anywhere from 40 to 100 in a single day, but there is holding space for only 80. Last year CAHS took in about 10,000 cats and kittens and were able to rehome only about 1,000.  It is necessary to visit CAHS daily if you are looking for your lost cat.

If you have a cat or kitten that you cannot keep, If at all possible, try to find a home for it on your own. 

CAHS has the additional task of responding to thousands of calls regarding cruelty cases every year. They are the only agency in Columbus that does this. 

Most people have no idea how overwhelming is the task of our local shelters and humane societies. PLEASE spay or neuter your pets and try to place unwanted pets on your own.

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This page last revised March 2012