For the past several years – Jefferson County Humane Society (located in Wintersville, Ohio) has worked very hard to accommodate the vast need for low-cost veterinarian services for pet owners in and around the Ohio Valley area.

JCHS has grown to offer affordable spay & neuter options, dental care services and weekly wellness clinics – all with shelter and public pets in mind.
( view a list of the medical services currently offered at JCHS by visiting our low-cost pet care section of this website )

The JCHS team of medical professionals have done a wonderful job so far, but it’s been realized that it is no longer feasible for them to handle the demands they’re faced with each day – operating out of one very small room located in the back of the Jefferson County Animal Shelter.

It’s no secret that accessible low-cost medical options are a void that needs filled for Ohio Valley pet owners – and JCHS decided to take their efforts to the next level!

JCHS recently acquired a new building located at 81 Talbott Drive in Wintersville, Ohio – and have set fourth to expand the low-cost veterinary services they already offer.

The new facility is going to allow the JCHS medical team to focus solely on the medical needs of both shelter & public pets in one designated area – so that the JCHS shelter team members can carry on with their goals of caring for & finding furr’ever homes for the countless stray, abused, neglected, and unwanted animals of Jefferson County, Ohio.


Jefferson County Humane Society is asking for your support in making our community a better place – for both people and their pets.
Major renovations have taken place at the new medical building, and additional medical equipment & other costly elements (to improve both the new facility and medical services that are offered) are on the wish list.


Jefferson County Humane Society relies on monetary contributions since the organization does not receive funding from national organizations or government tax dollars to run any programs that they currently offer.
By making a donation to the capital campaign, you will be contributing to the care and well-being of shelter and local animals for many years to come.

Please take a minute to look at the giving options provided and consider partnering with Jefferson County Humane Society to provide the programs that the Ohio Valley area truly deserves.

You can contribute quickly and easily online – DONATE NOW!

Please make checks payable to Jefferson County Humane Society and mail to:
Jefferson County Humane Society (JCHS)
P.O. Box 233
Steubenville, Ohio 43952

JCHS knows that many of you who wish to help may not have the capacity to provide a sizable gift at one time – and that’s okay!
Consider this…
A reoccurring monthly donation of just $25 will equal $300 in just 12 months.
A $50 monthly donation will be $600 in just 12 months!
You can set up a monetary donation to be automatically contributed each month for just 12 months below :

Jefferson County Humane Society is excited to share this venture with you!

Learn all about the medical services offered by JCHS by visiting the low-cost pet care section of this website…

Please feel free to contact Jefferson County Humane Society today with any questions :

Phone : 740-314-5583
E-mail :
Facebook: @jeffersoncountyhumanesociety

There’s No Place Like Home | Tips for Lost Pet Owners

Having your pet stray away from home can be a very stressful experience. It’s easy to not think rationally and consider some simple steps you can take to attempt to become reunited again.
Hopefully, we can help by providing the tips listed below…

1.) Don’t waste time “beating yourself up”. Your pet straying away from home does not define you as a good or bad pet owner. Animals are naturally curious, and sometimes that can lead to the unfortunate scenario of them straying away from their owner. It’s more important to focus on becoming reunited with your pet again – safely. It’s definitely an upsetting situation, but try to remain as calm and clear minded as possible.

2.) Contact your local animal shelter(s)/humane society. Let them know that your pet has strayed away from home and provide them with information about your pet and reliable ways to get in touch with you if your pet ends up in their care. You may be surprised to find out that your pet is already waiting for you at their facility.

*** Be sure to ask the shelter if they will reach out to your local Dog Warden as well. In most cases, the Dog Warden and the Animal Shelter are 2 separate entities. Find out how you can notify the Dog Warden as well. ***

3.) If you use any type of social media – take advantage of it! Upload and share some visually clear photos of your pet – along with a good description of the animal and reliable ways to contact you if your pet has been found. Don’t limit yourself and just share this information with your family and friends. Perform a search on the social media site that you use for the official pages or groups connected to your local animal shelter(s), city, clubs, etc. Everybody knows somebody – and that “somebody” just might have your pet. Along with your personal social media accounts – you’re more than welcome to share your lost pet’s photos and information with the 15,000+ followers of our Facebook Page.

Jefferson County Humane Society share a photo of every stray animal that makes their way to our shelter on their Facebook Page. This helps them become very successful in reuniting lost pets with their owners.

A live feed of our Facebook Page posts is available to view below…

*** Keep in mind that social media is not the only way you can share photos and information about your lost pet. You can send a mass text out to your family and friends to pass along, e-mail it, and share the info on sites that provide free local classified ads online. ***

4.) Watch for ads shared by someone housing a stray pet. They may be actively looking for the owner of a lost pet that they are caring for, and they may have not come across any material showing that you are the lost pet’s owner and are actively searching for them.

5.) The Herald Star located in Steubenville, Ohio will run a free 3-day Lost Or Found Advertisement. Contact them at 740-283-4711.

6.) Sometimes good old fashioned posters that you can create and hang up around the area you lost the animal work better than “new-age” techniques. It doesn’t hurt to knock on a few neighborly doors as well.

7.) A great resource for potentially finding a lost pet is a website called PetFBI.


Top 5 Reasons to Microchip Your Pet, How It Works, and the Importance of Proper Pet Identification

Top 5 Reasons to Microchip Your Pet:
• It’s the only true – permanent method of pet identification
• Lasts for the lifetime of your pet
• Pets experience a quick and painless procedure, just like a vaccination
• You have the best chance of your pet returning to you should they go missing
• Microchipping is recommended by the AVMA, AAHA, ASPCA, SAWA, the Humane Society, and others.

What is a microchip?
A microchip is a tiny transponder about the size of a grain of rice that uses radio frequency waves to transmit a unique ID number associated with your pet. They’re implanted just under the skin, between the shoulder blades.

How does a microchip work?
The microchip itself does not have a battery or any other form of power supply. It is “passive.” The “passive” microchip is activated only when it comes in contact with an “active” handheld scanner used by a trained, animal professional. The handheld scanner reads the radio frequency of the chip and displays your pet’s unique ID number on the screen. The ID number is input into the data base registry to get your contact information. They contact you and you can be reunited with your lost pet.

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After a pet receives a microchip…
Typically – after a pet receives a microchip – the pet owner is instructed to go to a specific website and create a profile for their pet that is associated with their pet’s personal ID number assigned to its microchip. Some pet microchip companies create a profile for you and your pet via in person or over the phone – however, most pet microchipping companies require the owner to follow through with enter their pets information on their own time.

It’s VERY important for pet owners that have a microchipped pet to do as instructed from the beginning, and be responsible about keeping their pet’s information up to date. We can’t stress that enough.

JCHS has experienced several situations where a pet was microchipped but the information attached to their ID number was incorrect – providing an old phone number, the name of the current owner’s ex-wife that moved to France 5 years ago and is now MIA, the home address of what’s now become a parking lot, the list goes on and on…



Part of being a responsible pet owner is making sure your pet is wearing an ID tag containing its owner’s current contact information – attached to an appropriately sized collar.

The “jingle jangle” of charms hanging from your pets collar can play a major role in getting them back into your arms – in the rare case that they stray away from home.

Practically all stray pets that make their way to the shelter have a collar on, but with no ID tag attached – which makes it extra difficult to track down the human that they belong to.

If you are a pet owner, you are your pet’s “voice“.
Help them avoid any unnecessary stress by providing them with proper identification.

Highly consider having your pet microchipped!

It’s very common for a pet to somehow lose their collar or ID tag…
A microchip can help in that situation!

JCHS offers pet microchips to public pets for just $17.00 during their weekly wellness events! LEARN MORE…

If you’d like information about pet microchipping at JCHS – please contact us, and we’d be more than happy to help you!

Jefferson County Humane Society
200 Airpark Drive
Wintersville, OH 43953

Housing A Stray Pet

Here are some tips for anyone that is currently housing a stray pet, but needs some advice on how to successfully attempt to reunite the pet with its owner.

1.) Always remember that the animal currently in your care should be assumed as already being someone’s pet. Treat it just like a member of your family that needs a place to stay until they can make it back to their own home. The animal you have has no voice. It may be scared. It may just want love. It needs help getting back to where it came from. You have become its advocate for the time being. Do your best to be responsible and make it feel as comfortable as possible. Food, water, a cozy environment, and nothing but love is a great way to begin your journey!

2.) If the pet is wearing a collar with a Jefferson County Dog License (Ohio) attached to it, you can actually look up the information of the owner online by visiting this website. You just provide the Dog Tag Number and Select The Year Of The Tag. Details about who registered the tag will become available.

3.) If the pet was found in Jefferson County, Ohio – call us (Jefferson County Humane Society | 1-740-314-5583) to see if anyone has been searching for the pet that you’ve found. We will create a record of your call, and we will make sure we pass the information along to any potential owners that may contact us. You’re more than welcome to stop by during our shelter hours of operation to have the animal scanned to see if they have been microchipped.

4.) If you use any type of social media, capture a nice and visually clear photo of the animal and make a post to share with your contacts – asking them to share your post with their contacts as well. Be sure to provide a basic description of what the animal looks like and include the physical location that it was found. It’s nice to include things like “wearing a pink collar with diamonds” or has a name tag that says “Matilda” on it – however, consider keeping those details to yourself until someone contacts you claiming to be the owner of the animal. This way, you can use those types of details as a way for supposed owners to prove they are being honest with you. It’s unfortunate, but there are people in the world that would actually pretend to be the owner of a lost pet just to acquire a pet for themselves. When taking your photos of the animal to share, consider removing any items that might help a fake owner achieve their goal. Along with your personal social media accounts – you’re more than welcome to share the information and photos with the 15,000+ followers of our Facebook Page.

Keep in mind that social media is not the only way you can share a photo of a lost pet. You can send a mass text out to your family and friends to pass along, e-mail it, and share on sites that provide free local classified ads online.

5.) Watch for ads shared by the pets owner. They may be actively looking for their pet and have no clue you’ve been housing and sharing that the pet is currently with you.

6.) The Herald Star located in Steubenville, Ohio will run a free 3-day Lost Or Found Advertisement. Contact them at 740-283-4711.

7.) Sometimes good old fashioned posters that you can create and hang up around the area you found the animal work better than “new-age” techniques. It doesn’t hurt to knock on a few neighborly doors as well.

8.) A great resource for potentially reuniting a lost pet with its owner is a website called PetFBI.

No luck finding the owner of the stray pet you found?

There are times when no matter what you’ve tried to do to help a lost pet – there is no successful outcome in reuniting it with its owner.

Don’t feel defeated. These things just happen.

You can either allow the animal to officially join your family – OR – if you live in Jefferson County, Ohio and are unable to continue caring for the lost pet, please contact Jefferson County Humane Society 1-740-314-5583 and a member of our shelter staff will be happy to assist you.

If you have helped a lost animal by giving them a new furr’ever home or removed an animal from a bad situation…


August 2016 | Volunteer of the Month : Traci McFadden


Traci is a long-time Jefferson County Humane Society Volunteer – that we could not do without!

She’s often asked to work with our larger dog breeds that need a little TLC.
She’s fabulous at whipping them into shape – with no problem!

She’s always willing to help transport an animal and is involved with many fundraisers we hold throughout the year.
Anytime we need help – Traci is there!

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Traci is helping us create a Cage Break Program that will be such a treat for our shelter dogs!
She’s definitely invaluable to the Shelter Staff and Residents!

Congratulations Traci – THANK YOU!

July 2016 | Volunteer of the Month : Annette Buckmaster


Annette is very involved in our off-site adoptions and fundraisers!

She is one of our most devoted & regular “cat ladies”.
There’s no doubt you’ll find her in our cat room cleaning, playing, socializing, and loving on our shelter feline friends.

It’s volunteers like Annette who tremendously help our staff enrich the animal’s lives while they wait for new homes.


Our Shelter Staff relies on people like Annette in so many ways, and JCHS is so grateful for the kindness and selflessness of this wonderful volunteer!

Congratulations Annette – THANK YOU!

June 2016 | Volunteer of the Month : Holly Pate


Holly has been a Jefferson County Humane Society Volunteer for a long time.
We would honestly have to publish a book – listing all of the ways she’s contributed to us over the years!


She’s one of our cat room specialists, a reliable foster mother for kittens in need, always willing to help with our off-site adoptions & transports, and has organized several successful fundraisers for JCHS!

We are so lucky to have Holly with us, and we are very grateful for her years of support!


May 2016 | Volunteer of the Month : Pat Cox

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Pat has been a Jefferson County Humane Society Volunteer for some time now.

He’s definitely a jack of all trades – reliable transporter of our shelter animals, bartender at our fundraising events, dog walker, our shelter go-to “maintenance engineer”  – you name it!
If we need it – Pat is there for us.

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As well as his family fostering and adopting shelter animals – Pat is a very valued JCHS Volunteer, and we appreciate everything he does!

Congrats Pat – THANK YOU!