May 2017 | Volunteer of the Month : Jayce Hicks

I’d like to introduce our volunteer of the month, the one, the only, Jayce Hicks. This sweet, caring, affectionate, dependable, beautiful girl is at the shelter weekly with her dear friend, Di, which we nicknamed them the “dynamic duo” because there is no task that they can’t handle. Jayce always has a smile on her face, even after deep cleaning the cat rooms. Once she finishes a task, she finds a staff and asks if they need help! She is AMAZING! On holidays, when the shelter is closed to the public, the “dynamic duo” come in to take care of all the felines, cleaning, feeding, spending time with each one and making sure all doggies are happy and healthy, by showering them with affection. If you see Jayce around, let her know how important she is to our community.


February 2017 | Volunteer of the Month : George Wilson

Say hello to George Wilson, our February volunteer of the month. George became involved at the shelter after his retirement…now he’s busier than ever !!! He is a devoted dog walker and always helps out at the off site events ! He’s a staff favorite and everyone’s Valentine!!!! 🙂. We are so lucky to have him as part of our shelter family.


January 2017 | Volunteer of the Month : Cherry Lee

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Meet our Volunteer of the Month for January 2017, Cherry Lee. Ever see a beautiful picture of one of our shelter animals? That’s the work of this incredibly talented photographer who works behind the scenes capturing the perfect shots and helping us show to the public how beautiful our animals are. Who knows how many animals have been adopted as a direct result of her time and talent ! She’s also one of our favorite “foster failures”. Cherry fostered the cuties pictured below….now they are part of her home !! 🙂 We are so grateful she’s part of our Humane Society family ! 

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December 2016 | Volunteer of the Month : J.C. Hicks


Say hello to our December volunteer of the month, J. C. Hicks ! We’re all used to seeing JC around, if there’s a fund raiser, she’s there. If there’s a clean up job, she’s there. She steps up for every need and just asks …what needs to be done?   She’s invaluable to our shelter and we’re grateful for her many hours of selfless service.


Congratulations J.C – THANK YOU!

November 2016 | Volunteer of the Month : Sydnee Kirkpatrick


Say hello to Sydney Kirkpatrick, our November volunteer of the month. Sydney is one of our junior volunteers. She’s been coming to the shelter with her mother, board member Kristi, for a long time!

She’s great with the pups and the big dogs too ! She often helps at off-site adoptions, tag days and wherever needed ! It’s so wonderful to have a young person show such devotion to the animals….she’s beloved and an inspiration to all of us at the Humane Society !


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Congratulations Sydnee – THANK YOU!

October 2016 | Volunteer of the Month : Debbie “GiGi” Northcraft


Meet our October volunteer of the month, Debbie Northcraft. Debbie is one of our best. She’s a long time, faithful & dependable volunteer.

If there’s a need, you can always count on her doing her very best to be there for the animals. She’s a dog walker, cat cleaner, transporter, off-site adoption participant, Walmart tagger…..and the list goes on ! Sometimes it’s just a matter of sitting and giving love to a scared animal….that small gesture can make a world of difference !


Congratulations GiGi – THANK YOU!

September 2016 | Volunteer of the Month : Chris Fisher Cox

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Meet our September volunteer of the month, Chris Fisher Cox. Chris has been with us through thick & thin ! She’s a dog walker, rescue transporter, foster parent, fundraising tagger, lost dog tracker…..and the list goes on.

Through struggles of her own…she never lets the animals down. We’re proud to have her as part of our organization.

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Congratulations Chris – THANK YOU!

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 on the right hand side of this website.  —>

*** 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 every Wednesday evening between the hours of 5pm and 8pm for just $15.00

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