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Humane society of the ohio valley

90 mt. tom road
Marietta, OH 45750
740-373-5959
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User Reviews (126)

  • 1. new life for HSOV

    by: MarshaCountryDream

    The HSOV is experiencing a rebirth of sorts, with the new board voted in late last year, our lovely new President (J.Snell), now a new shelter manager (S.Goff), and a new Executive Director. I'm the new volunteer coordinator and there are so many people wanting to help we're overwhelmed sometimes, but it's a GOOD thing.

    Pros

    HSOV has a new shelter manager and new Exec. Director

    Cons

    facility needs renovation

  • 2. Rating just went up

    by: whatah

    The Humane Society of the Ohio Valley's rating just went up. Now that Sue Goff is managing it, it will be a cleaner, less harsh environment. She is working diligently to find the dogs and cats good homes. She has an expertise in this area having a multiple dog household herself. She has a true love for animals and it shows. And she's my mom ;)

    Pros

    doing everything they can for the animals

    Cons

    far away from me

  • 3. OHIO VALLEY KENNELS

    by: CYNTHIASNOLAN

    THIS IS A VERY NICE BORDING KENNEL. PETS SEEM TO BE VERY COMFORTABLE IN THIS LOCATION. WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

    Pros

    PET SEEMS COMFORTABLE

    Cons

    NEEDS TO BE CLOSER TO TOWN

  • 4. sherida atkinson

    by: spottedmama

    The oiho valley humane society of marietta has always been good to me and to any animal they have. I have foster for them before and also donated but they need so much more. I know they try so hard to find homes for all the animals and Butch who works there is great with the animals I know he is very much a lover of animal, I have seen animals that acted like they would eat you up and Butch can calm them down and pet them and they are fine. We need more people like we have and like we just lost our manager. We do have a new one and I am excited to meet her. I hope more people will see our shelter the way I do. Thanks for you hard work everyone. Sherida

    Pros

    the people who work there are great with the animals and people.

    Cons

    needs more help and money to running it.

  • 5. Another Chance

    by: ranacastabiana

    Don't you wish you lived in Hollywood? The pets at this Ohio facility are all treated like stars. Thank you for the care you give to the animals that you receive!!!!

    Pros

    Great Hearts

    Cons

    Not enough money to meet the needs of the many

  • 6. wonderful shelter, great staff

    by: bcam0403

    great shelter in a much needed area. We have frequented the shelter many times and try to drop off much needed supplies when we can. One of our most cherished kitties came from the shelter.

    Pros

    great staff, caring individuals

    Cons

    still needs improvement. Zootoo could help.

  • 7. How to get involved?

    by: rcdakeri

    I would like to know how people can become more involved in the Humane Society?

    Pros

    Amazing staff

    Cons

    needs more repairs and upgrades

  • 8. help us out

    by: sassychic246

    This would be a great opportunity for our humane society to give everything to the animals that need our help. There is only so much we can do on our own.

    Pros

    gives the animals that need help the help they need

    Cons

    not enough!!!

  • 9. Support This Shelter!

    by: saralimb

    When I visited this shelter I was greeted with a very loving staff that only wants the best. This shelter has a very active Board of Directors and a wonderful shelter Manager. It is clear that this Humane Society dedicates all of its efforts toward tending for and finding loving forever homes for displaced animals. \n\nHowever, this shelter is in desperate need of extensive repairs. This past week it was discovered that due to an aging facility, one of the structural walls is starting to crumble, compromising the integrity of the facility. It is clear that we need to take a more active role in helping this shelter.\n\nThis shelter came in second place in last year's Million Dollar Shelter Makeover, and clearly deserves to win this year. I urge everyone to participate in supporting this shelter not only on Zootoo, but elsewhere as well.

    Pros

    All animals no matter how in need will find comfort here.

    Cons

    The shelter is in desperate need of funding!

  • 10. good stuff

    by: calical6905

    i really like this place it has a great atmosphere

    Pros

    good stuff

    Cons

    noce

  • 11. Great shelter, but could use help

    by: littlekelv

    A very helpful organization for the ohio valley.

    Pros

    Staff is very friendly and knowledgable

    Cons

    The place is too small and needs renovated.

  • 12. Great Shelter

    by: jamiepchs

    I have worked with this humane society threw my own shelter. They have a wonderful staff that is always willing to answer your questions and help you out. They adopt out lots of animals to wonderful homes. Great shelter. I look forward to working with them in the future.

    Pros

    There of the animals.

    Cons

    none

  • 13. Nice Shelter

    by: GinaS12345

    The workers and volunteers seem to do the best with what they have got. It is a nice place. I try to stop in with donations as frequently as I can.

    Pros

    The people there are wonderful

    Cons

    The shelter is old

  • 14. A Great First Experience

    by: TayK

    I'm planning on volunteering at the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley this year, and just visited them yesterday for their Blood Drive. Although I couldn't give blood, I had a great time meeting everyone, and immediately felt comfortable. Thanks for making it such a wonderful first experience for me. \r\n\r\nI was so surprised when Mrs. Snell showed me how little the Humane Society actually has to get by with, when they have so many animals in need there. For what they have available to them, they're doing a great job, and it's obvious that everyone there genuinely loves and wants to help the animals.

    Pros

    wonderful, warm employees, a friendly environment, and sweet animals

    Cons

    not enough resources to go around

  • 15. Better every day!

    by: constable73

    Our shelter is making great strides to overcomes the problems in the past. Since the Zootoo Contest, we have had alot more interest with volunteers and getting our membership up. I would love to see so many volunteers come out on a daily basis to help the shelter employees. Please become a member today.

    Pros

    Lots of loving animals

    Cons

    not enough homes

  • 16. Crewl crewl crewl

    by: SWQBOYTWO

    Dont putdown animals its crewl

    Pros

    im a pet lover

    Cons

    it is crewl

  • 17. Wonderful shelter

    by: KiCatGrl

    Unfortunately my husband and I have rescued several cats that we really wanted to keep but couldn't afford to so we had to take them here. The staff was very nice and understanding. If we ever adopt again we will be going here.

    Pros

    good staff, knowledgeable, love the animals they help

    Cons

    location

  • 18. Our Washington County Humane Society

    by: ztT4MP47453041

    In my opinion, I think that our local humane society should win the makeover. My Aunt has bought 2 dogs from there and has said that it is a little bit small, too small for the animals.For what is best for these furry,cute,animals.....................I think that we should get a makeover.

    Pros

    The Humane Society has great service!

    Cons

    It is a little bit small for the animals

  • 19. YAH!

    by: OutbackRubberDuckie

    IT ROCKS!

    Pros

    hI

    Cons

    YAH

  • 20. good care

    by: tsmackley

    I have heard good things about this place it treats the animals good and tries to find homes for them all.

    Pros

    Take good care of animals

    Cons

    finding enough people to care

  • 21. Good Shelter

    by: TracyMc

    This is a great shelter, the employees are really helpful. I have gotten a couple animals from them and the staff was very helpful in helping me make the right decision.

    Pros

    Helpful staff

    Cons

    None

  • 22. Wonderful Spirit

    by: Karen1357

    I visited this shelter about two weeks ago. As I walked around and listened to all the workers talk about the various animals I knew they really cared. I couldn't leave without adopting! I found the only kitten there, who was sick, tiny, and needed a home. He's now a very happy little guy and loves to play with his big sister Abigail. Thanks so much for bringing Winston into my life!

    Pros

    Wonderful staff who really care about their jobs and the animals they care for.

    Cons

    Lack of funding makes for tight quarters.

  • 23. Support HSOV

    by: pwalter

    HSOV has always been prevented from doing the job they would like to do because their facility is old and small, their staffing is too small and their financial support is poor.\r\n\r\nA sucessful humane socity needs public suppport, financial support and volunteers from the community to be sucessful.\r\n\r\nA goal of a No Kill Shelter is possible with support and money. \r\n\r\nIt is time to put the past history behind them and continue to grow and find homes for animals in need. \r\nEuthanasia should be a thing of the past. Animals need homes, not put down. The goal is possible with the publics help.

    Pros

    Marietta has a great staff with big hearts

    Cons

    They don't have the money or facility to do the job that they would like to do

  • 24. Loving people in a heartbreaker building. Please makeover!

    by: FirefighterJack

    Dogs had to lay in own feces and urine.Just not enough space. The animals need off floors and on a raised bed. I don't think the outside kennels are even covered. They need more volunteers. Broke our hearts to see these animals. We wanted to take them all home.

    Pros

    Staff was helpful and knowledgable about the animals they had.

    Cons

    Not enough space for animals. Need dogs off floor onto beds.

  • 25. small shelter needs help

    by: dhines

    I have been to this shelter a number of times donating food, cleaning products, litter. They need a complete makeover, this shelter has been stuggling for years. The staff is dedicated and helpful.

    Pros

    tries their best

    Cons

    too small for the number that come in

  • 26. Help is always there

    by: daniel1950

    This is one of the most caring shelters around. The staff obviously loves what they are doing and have the animals best interest at heart

    Pros

    easy to find

    Cons

    needs more funding

  • 27. Needs Help

    by: EmilWhy49

    I love this place. Although I don't visit there to often I always want to go out and see all of the dogs and cats. It is very sad to see all the poor stray or abandoned cats and dogs. Our family was fortunate enough to purchase a dog from here. That was two years ago and I just love my dog to death. This shelter is very overcrowded and is in desperate need. Please help and consider donating items, money, or your time to help this wonderful shelter

    Pros

    Great animals and staff

    Cons

    small

  • 28. Doing the best they can with what they have.

    by: orngeblosum

    The facility needs all the help it can get to continue to help the animals in our area. They are committed to doing the best they can but are challenged by a small facility which is in great need of updates. Those who put their heart into this shelter deserve to be rewarded for their efforts with much deserved funding to update this facility and feed the animals.

    Pros

    Staff is very considerate

    Cons

    Facilities are substandard

  • 29. Needs Improvement

    by: yellowjacket9695

    This facility is overcrowded and and needs help.The place needs to be bigger or there needs to be less homeless animals.One or the other.They are in desperate need of a grant or a makeover, therefore I am supporting them to win this makeover!

    Pros

    Great place to adopt a pet

    Cons

    CROWDED

  • 30. For Jazz

    by: ddecker

    We adopted Jazz from the shelter over 12 years ago. We instantly fell in love with him, and he repaid us 100-fold with love, loyalty, comfort, friendship, and security. He was here when our children were born, and he loved and protected them every day. He was their best friend, their protector, their playmate, and many times, their pillow. Jazz died on Feb. 12, 2008. We miss him terribly! When the time comes and we decide that we are ready for another dog, we will definitely head straight for the shelter. We will never be able to replace Jazz, but we are so grateful to have had this amazing creature in our lives. I am so thankful to the shelter for taking such terrific care of these amazing animals. The staff does such a great job with the little resources they have. Please support the shelter in whatever way you can. Please adopt from the shelter. Please save the lives of these remarkable and loving animals. There are so many rewards in adopting from the shelter. The reward that meant the most to us was Jazz's love.\r\n\r\nThank you Jazz for sharing your life with us! Thank you, to the shelter, for saving Jazz especially for us!

    Pros

    the reward you get for saving a "shelter" pet is LOVE

    Cons

    it's heartbreaking having to leave the others behind

  • 31. Great people, facility needs help!

    by: XrayMD

    OK, I may have some bias. I have been involved with the HSOV in one form or another for a little more than 8 years. I spent time and money there in the early part of that period painting, constructing and wiring the place for internet. More recently, I have been a board member for 6 years. I can tell you you have no idea how far this shelter has come in that time. While we have come a long way, we are definitely in need of a new physical plant. Sometimes it seems we are applying bandages to the wounds out there. Most recently, we find ourselves in need of a new water heater. OK, that's a fairly small thing, but you wouldn't believe the costs involved. A lot of people have come forward and have been helping the shelter with Zootoo's contest. I hope that this outpouring of support continues once the contest is over... no matter what the outcome.

    Pros

    Great animals to choose from, caring staff

    Cons

    facility is outdated, expensive upkeep

  • 32. Greatest people

    by: Barker4

    This is a wonderful shelter. I've apoted dogs from this shelter many times and have always been treated very nicely. This has been a great experence being a zootooer and working with all the great Washington County people. I will never forget you all and what you have done for this shelter. Thank you everyone!

    Pros

    Wonderful Staff

    Cons

    Nothing

  • 33. Help this shelter

    by: ZachS

    I've only been to this shelter a couple of times. But the times I've been there, I've seen the desperate need for updates. The animals are too crowded, but taken care of. The staff can only do so much with what they have. Even if they don't win, we need to continue to try and help.

    Pros

    the shelter helps the homeless

    Cons

    very outdated

  • 34. Dedicated shelter manager and employees with limited funds

    by: CoachBryon

    With limited funds, this shelter is doing a remarkable job in housing and feeding the many abandoned and unwanted animals that are dropped off to them every day. It takes a very special person to be able to give so much and care so deeply yet know that in spite of all your hard work and effort that you do not have it in your power to save them all. Only wish we had a vet willing to partner with this shelter to provide low cost spaying and neutering, and that every animal that is brought into the shelter could be spayed or neutered before it leave the shelter when it is adopted.

    Pros

    Genuinely cares about the animals

    Cons

    Limited funding

  • 35. memories

    by: Bokeshow

    I worked at the HSOV shelter for 3 years. It was a hard and disgusting job, but it was a rewarding job. It was an experience I still draw on today. This shelter has overcome great adversity and I glad that I was part of that.

    Pros

    Provides animals in the area a chance at a home

    Cons

    they don't have the proper funding

  • 36. We're Lucky

    by: jubro

    We are lucky to have a facility such as this in our area. Our family has adopted dogs from OVHS over the years. Each one has remained healthy and active into old age. You can tell the staff loves animals.

    Pros

    Caring staff

    Cons

    Limited funds

  • 37. wonderful

    by: rlittleton

    My son was there yesterday to volunteer. Wonderful facility and staff. Had a great time with the animals

    Pros

    very clean

    Cons

    not everyone gets a home

  • 38. what a great shelter

    by: ohdixie

    This is a very caring shelter. They do what they can to help with what little they have to work with. The staff is awesome. Especially Jim, who I think would take them all home if he could.\r\n\r\nKeep up the good work guys.\r\n\r\n\r\n

    Pros

    these people go beyond to keep this up and running

    Cons

    not enough room

  • 39. Help the animals

    by: JeanneBeck

    The shelter has improved since I got my first shelter dog in 1986. Shadow was astray that had been picked up and she was the greatest snoodle. When she passed on I headed right to the shelter. Walking the puppies for the adult dogs, the ones who look with those eyes wanting a good home. As always there were many purebred dogs there. I wish if people were looking for a purebred, they would check the shelter first. \r\nThe shelter now has more outside sheltering for the dogs and more space for them to run and get out on these sunny days. The areas are clean. The entrance is clean and inviting. They are also doing alot with getting the community aware of them and involved in supporting in various ways.

    Pros

    doing the best with what they have

    Cons

    old building , needs updating

  • 40. Great people working wonders with what they have

    by: hollidayabroad

    We have always got our pets from HSOV and will continue to do so. These people work tirelessly in the community & try so hard to find loving homes for every animal they care for. \nKeep up the good work, I hope you get the extra resources you so desperately need.

    Pros

    Loving, caring, knowledgeable and dedicated staff

    Cons

    suffers from lack of space, a million bucks would help out with that!

  • 41. OH WOW

    by: EK4567

    I love the shelter and i can not wait til i see it with the makeover done to it.

    Pros

    What a good shelter

    Cons

    .....

  • 42. good job!

    by: pms

    I can't believe you've been in business so long! You must be doing something right, so keep up the good work.

    Pros

    caring people

    Cons

    None

  • 43. wonderful place to find a forever friend

    by: KPHump

    This is the place to go to find your true forever friend. Please volunteer here if you can - it is very sad but also very fulfilling. Butch rocks!

    Pros

    location

    Cons

    hours

  • 44. This organization has a good reputation in the area

    by: Vettemandude

    I think that our shelter does admirable work with the limited facilities and funds they have available to them. They do have a good reputation and deserve to win this contest.

    Pros

    Take good care of the stray and unwanted pets

    Cons

    Building needs some improvements

  • 45. MOV

    by: marissa1986

    I did not know that the MOV Humane society was the first in Ohio! That is wonderful to know! A few years ago I got my cat, Annie Mae, at the MOVHS. She was the first kitten I saw and the one I kept coming back to. The staff was very friendly and very knowledgeable of where Annie came from.

    Pros

    Friendly staff

    Cons

    not so good building

  • 46. I love it :]

    by: Alyssaaustere

    I love the people that work here.\r\nI always enjoy going to volunteer.

    Pros

    Amazing people.

    Cons

    It's a bit run down..

  • 47. Our humane society

    by: rebecca2

    The staff at the humane society are very respectful to the animals lives. They take very good care for the animals safety and health. The staff will accept any stray animal to keep them safe from the elements of the environment.

    Pros

    Staff have respect for the animals there.

    Cons

    None

  • 48. The staff was great when we go our dog!

    by: smock1976

    We chose our last dog from the Humane Society. We were looking for a specific, special dog to fit in with our existing dogs, one with personality and not too big. One of the workers listened, pointed out dogs he thought might work, and spent a lot of time with us. We ended up choosing our Sassy. She has been wonderful, exactly what our household needed, and a great addition to our home. They allowed us to 'foster' her to make sure she was right for us. We knew the first night she wasn't going back! She continues to delight us with her antics, and we look forward to many years with her.

    Pros

    Very caring, listened to our needs

    Cons

    limited staff

  • 49. very caring for the welfare of the animals

    by: jjarcher

    The staff is very caring. Cheryl is great. They do the best they can with the little amount of funding they have.

    Pros

    caring

    Cons

    not enough funding

  • 50. Saving Animals

    by: hunting2dude

    They do everything they can to find forever homes for animals and foster homes for when they are over run.

    Pros

    Everyone is helpful and tries to find homes for all the animals.

    Cons

    Need a bigger place Hope you win.

  • 51. Great Job!

    by: Sacredsistersofmercy

    The Humane Society of the Mid Ohio Valley does the work in this area to protect and find homes for abandoned and neglected animals. All the contact I have had with them has been very positive and helpful. They really need an expanded and better funded facility and program.

    Pros

    The staff has great heart.

    Cons

    The facility and programs are extremely underfunded.

  • 52. Wonderful shelter very much in need of the makeover

    by: JLOCH

    I have 2 wonderful dogs that have come from this shelter. The animals at the shelter are well-cared for. It is a fairly small facility that has been around for awhile. While it is clean, it surely could benefit from a complete makeover. The staff works very hard to make and keep this the best as possible. They get a lot of volunteer help but they have to work hard for it. They receive many animals from all of Washington County and they deserve the best physical plant available to help then to continue to provide this level of service to the county.

    Pros

    Wonderful shelter in need of help

    Cons

    they really need a new physical plant

  • 53. humane society review

    by: kittykitty72006

    really, this humane society really needes this makeover becuase look at all the great pets that need adopting and it is so small if it does get this makeover it will be cool and make people want to hjelp out and adopt a great and loving pet

    Pros

    they have alot of great pets and awesome staff

    Cons

    they have so many pets that dont get adopted

  • 54. Don't give up!!

    by: cathyn

    They were so helpful when I got my kittens from there. The staff is doing a wonderful job.

    Pros

    caring helpers

    Cons

    none

  • 55. Thank you all...

    by: rhonda52

    I praise you all on the work you do everyday. I really hope that with our community pulling together and bringing awareness to the shelter that we get the help we so desperately need. Thank you all for everything you do.

    Pros

    Friendly and dedicated staff

    Cons

    in desperate need of financial and building repair

  • 56. hsov

    by: bdgill

    As i used to work for the HSOV, i know the staff, and the animals. Everyone works so hard to keep the place running. HSOV is short on help,and volunteers were always a blessing when working there. I miss you guys!! =)

    Pros

    great staff

    Cons

    short on help

  • 57. A truly HUMANE place

    by: torquemom

    This place is so great - they run in the red so much trying to keep as many animals alive and healthy as possible without having to resort to the 'humane' resort of eauthanization. I really am glad we are so close to getting this place a makeover.

    Pros

    More care than you could want

    Cons

    Really needs that makeover ;)

  • 58. Great Work

    by: jkr1028

    They do a great job with what they have. Our dog Denali came from there and she's the best dog I've ever seen. So well mannered you would never have thought she came from a shelter. I would love to see them get an update at the shelter they desperately need it!

    Pros

    Great staff

    Cons

    Facility needs updated and they need more money to care for the animals

  • 59. Great job

    by: girl2526

    We got our dog Brownie from the shelter. He is a St. Bernard Mix and was a stray. He is a great dog and I wish that we could adopt more. I really hope you guys win. This is a great shelter.

    Pros

    Everyone is helpful and tries to find homes for all the animals.

    Cons

    Need a bigger place Hope you win.

  • 60. anything is pawsible with your help

    by: maryeddy

    We accept all surrenders but space is our problem. If we could have a bigger facility and more money to operate , we could become a no-kill shelter which is the goal of all animal shelters. The staff is caring and knowledeable but this is not enough. We would like to spay/neuter all animals coming in and going out of our shelter

    Pros

    knowledgeable, caring staff with not enough money

    Cons

    more room and facilities to keep more animals and funds to spay/neuter all animals adopted

  • 61. WE NEED THIS MAKEOVER

    by: 8Amy8

    Our shelter has been in a bad state for a while now, and is absolutely the most deserving candidate for a makeover. Just read the "cons" part of my review to see all the problems it is dealing with. It simply isn't equipped to deal with all of the homeless animals; just from today there were two litters of puppies dropped off, since Thursday - 6 litters. Our shelter has been struggling for so long now, and it would really mean a lot to our town to win something like this.

    Pros

    friendly animals, a great staff, and easy to work with

    Cons

    not enough room for animals (have to rotate groups in and out several times a day if there's bad weather or at night), small location, not enough money for food-leashes-medicine-neuter/spaying-bedding-toys-etc., can't keep up with incoming animals (many euthanized), much more - HELP!

  • 62. This shelter needs help!

    by: Ciji1106

    How can anyone possible find a con when they are trying to save animals!! Even though this shelter needs improvement SOO bad I think they do what they can and use the resources they have very effectivly. I always adopt first! I got my first baby boy from this shelter and I dont know where I'd be without him! I just love him!

    Pros

    Saving animals duh ha ha

    Cons

    No cons!

  • 63. Wonderful

    by: jaymie

    I have never adopted from the shelter - but I know many who have and they have nothing but wonderful things to say about the staff and volunteers. I hope to be able to volunteer there in the future!!!

    Pros

    Super friendly people

    Cons

    They need more room

  • 64. Our Gabby's 1st Home

    by: myersmccombs

    Nearly ten years ago I adopted my Gabby from the Humand Society of the Ohio Valley. She's a welcoming wag at the end of a long day and a gentle nudge as a good morning greeting. An addition to our family that I can not begin to imagine living without. I truly wish that people would stop purchasing trendy dogs for their breed or ability to be stuffed into a designer shoulder bag. I wish those people would just adopt a friend that will be appreciative for its short but incredible life. The service that the Ohio Valley Humane Society provides is hugely underappreciated. They saved my Gabby and I hope to help them save thousands more just like her! Thank You, Jamie McCombs

    Pros

    Wonderful, caring staff that are beyond helpful.

    Cons

    Need a better facility to carry out their mission.

  • 65. we need this so bad

    by: blacksheep

    We need this so very bad. The shelter group has worked so very hard to make the community aware of what they need and do. We have dogs from the shelter in every parade, we do adopt a thons and we have so many wonderful volunteers. Please help us get this makeover.

    Pros

    has a dedicated staff that really cares

    Cons

    more animals than it can handle

  • 66. Help is needed

    by: GPster

    This is a case of the "little shelter that could". The staff and volunteers do a remarkable job. Keep up the good work.

    Pros

    they make a dollar go a long way

    Cons

    not enough dollars to go around

  • 67. I hope you win

    by: Cindie67

    I adopted Smokey from here about a month ago. I love him very much and he is a great cat. This shelter is in need of a make over. All of the staff were very nice and knew the animals , and I hope that you all are award the winners of this competion.These animals deserve to all be winners.

    Pros

    Everyone working in this shelter are extremely nice people

    Cons

    They have to many animals that need good homes.

  • 68. our humane society

    by: PEGGYMILLER

    i visit often and donate what i can. we need more space at our local shelter. i believe that the people involved their are helpful and eager to help the animals and to provide for them. they need more volunteers and more money. they do try to do as much as they can to see that the animals go to good homes. i do think they should advertise as much as they can, and stress that the animals should be sterilized as soon as possible\r\n

    Pros

    staff

    Cons

    not enough funding

  • 69. Helping our homless pets

    by: hillbill

    IT IS JUST HORIBLE!\r\nthe animals in our humane society all need homes or at least a more clean place to stay while the are waiting. I hate the thoght of having to kill animals because there is not enogh space for some many.\r\n

    Pros

    well, if we get the million dollars well will have a more clean area for our pets

    Cons

    the humane society is very dirty and we need more money.

  • 70. great

    by: jhupp22

    very nice staff and great animals to adopt but it would be so great for the to win a makeover we greatly deserve it

    Pros

    nice staff

    Cons

    dirty

  • 71. Deserves our support

    by: khenderson

    We have adopted from the shelter twice and obtained healthy pets. In addition, our Girl Scout troop has volunteered there twice. The staff works well with the public and appreciates any help offered. This facility does the best it can with the funds it has. Thanks, Humane Society of the Ohio Valley!

    Pros

    Friendly, dedicated staff

    Cons

    Limited funds

  • 72. Bowzer!

    by: eschultheisz

    I went in on a thursday and found Bowzer,my hound.I then asked her to hold him for me,so that my boyfriend could come look at him.We came in Saturday,he fell in love with Bowzer.We came back Tuesday to take him home!He is such a smart dog!And I'd like to thank the HSOV for taking wonderful care of him until we came and got him!\r\n Sincerely,\r\n Erica Schultheisz

    Pros

    keep the Animals well fed and gives them a place to live until they find their forever home!

    Cons

    Not really any.

  • 73. House of Hope for Pets

    by: gary1964

    The HSOV is the House of Hope for Pets for the Ohio Valley, the society, staff and volunteer's do an excellent job with what they have to work with. \r\n\r\nWe have adopted 2 dogs from the Society and they are wonderful, loving, playful pets.\r\n\r\nWe wish the HSOV the very best of luck in this competition.\r\n\r\n\r\n

    Pros

    The society do an excellent Job

    Cons

    Not enough consistent funds

  • 74. Top 20: This Deserves it

    by: haileyxlovesxyou

    i love this place, the people that work there try extremely hard. please get this into the top 20, it deffinently deserves it!!\n\n~!hailey! <3

    Pros

    Amazing

    Cons

    Nothing

  • 75. YES.AMAZING.

    by: jessiegetfreaky

    We are doing so much to help out.This is fun,i thought it would be so dumb, but it is amazing.We can make it.

    Pros

    Takes care of animals well.Keeps them healthy, and strong

    Cons

    none.

  • 76. pet lover

    by: samantha80

    human society is gret with careing for animals need a makeover to shelter more animals so they dont put them down p.s. if you want a pet just go to the human society these pets need a loving home too\r\n

    Pros

    nice workers

    Cons

    too stuffed with pets

  • 77. Great Shelter

    by: courtneyrenee1

    It is a great shelter. I adopted my dog Izzy from there. He has been great protector as well as a very sweet, loving dog. The staff was very helpful when we picked him up. My only regret is that we could not adopt Izzy's sister also (we could only afford one dog at the time). I can only hope that this shelter receives the grand prize makeover!

    Pros

    They have a very nice staff who care very much for the animals

    Cons

    Not enough room to accomodate the large number of animals in the area

  • 78. Great Human Society

    by: tigersgurl14

    I think that this place is great. I've heard that they let you do things like walk the dogs and fun stuff like that. The staff is very managable and nice too. I think that this is a great place for the animals that do not have a home here in the ohio valley. They give the animals another chance.

    Pros

    let people interact with the animals, the staff is great

    Cons

    not really any cons except that we need the money to help support the animals

  • 79. A Really Good Home For Animals

    by: AutumnLeaf

    A really well put to gether Humane Society. Everyone is nice and the animals are taken good care of!

    Pros

    every thing is good

    Cons

    nothing is bad

  • 80. great humane society

    by: shadowpup

    The staff is kind and lets kids walk the dogs. The staff manage everything well and I really like this shelter because they just don't give it to people who is going to hurt the dogs and cats. I think this shelter is a good place.

    Pros

    -

    Cons

    -

  • 81. Very nice shelter

    by: sublimegurl

    I have heard many success stories of animals adopted from this shelter. They help locate permanent families for pets in need.

    Pros

    Nice, caring, clean

    Cons

    crowded

  • 82. Over all

    by: Rosalielewis

    Was very impressed with the center. cages and\r\nDog runs were clean and will kept

    Pros

    Clean

    Cons

    Entrance

  • 83. Grestest

    by: vivL

    This shelter is great and contributes greatly to the comunity and best of all the animals

    Pros

    very good

    Cons

    none

  • 84. Yes!!!

    by: Andystewart

    This is awesome! We made it to the top 20! Keep up the good work everyone!!!

    Pros

    Helping pets!

    Cons

    None!

  • 85. A wonderful shelter

    by: JesseClark

    This shelter takes good care of the animals there. They work so hard to give them a better life. The workers, volunteers and the animals deserve all they help they can get.

    Pros

    helpful

    Cons

    none

  • 86. shelter

    by: EarlK

    what little I know about this shelter is all good granted its limited but all good

    Pros

    good people

    Cons

    dont know any

  • 87. Purina One cat food

    by: gramcracker

    Urinary tract formula has appealed to my cats while apparently enhancing their health.

    Pros

    Healthful, apparently flavorful

    Cons

    A little pricey

  • 88. Great

    by: Lizzied932

    We've adopted several animals from the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. If we had more room, we'd go back for another animal.

    Pros

    Knowledgeable Staff

    Cons

    Location

  • 89. adopt a pet today

    by: moneletto

    Better than it was! Our shelter has come along way but has alot more work ahead.

    Pros

    friendly

    Cons

    small facility

  • 90. MID OHIO VALLEY

    by: blondiebaby2904

    I PERSONALLY HAVE VOLENTERED AT THE SHELTER,AND IT BREAKS MY HEART TO KNOW THAT SO MANY PEOPLE DO NOT WANT THEY PETS OR HAVE RESTICTIONS AS TO WHY THEY HAVE TO GET RID OF A LIFE LONG FRIEND,BUT THE STAFF AT THE SHELTER ARE SO SWEET IN TAKING CARE OF ALL THE ANIMALS NEEDS THERE,AND DO WHAT THEY CAN WITH THE LIMITED ROOM THEY HAVE,IT IS SAD TO SAY THAT THEY HAVE TO ASK PEOPLE TO TAKE ANIMALS TO OTHER SHELTERS BECAUSE OF THE SPACE.BUT YOU CAN ONLY DO SO MUCH,AND THEY HAVE NEW VOLLENTERS THERE ALOT,SO MANY YOUNG PEOPLE WILLING TO TAKE THE TIME TO HELP OUT,AND THEM I AM SO HAPPY AGAIN TO SEE THEM WORKING ,OR PLAYING OR EVEN WALKING THE ANIMALS,TO KNOW THAT THE ANIMALS ARE NOT ALONE ANY LONGER.THE MID OHIO VALLEY HUMANE SOCIETY DOES SO WELL,CONSERDING THEY ARE A SMALL FACILITY,BUT THEY ARE GREAT PEOPLE,AND STAFFF MAKING OTHER PEOPLE HAPPY KNOWING THEY ARE TAKING HOME A LIFE LONG COMPANION,

    Pros

    AWSOME PEOPLE TO BE AROUND

    Cons

    NOT ENOUGH ROOM IN SHELTER

  • 91. they try very hard with very little money

    by: KKat12

    I think they try very hard. We have a lot of stray pets in this area and they do the best they can.

    Pros

    caring people

    Cons

    need more help

  • 92. our shelter

    by: hkids6

    our local humane society is always clean, with people there to help when needed. my sister and other people i know have adopted pets from here, and were pleased with their service also... thanks for keeping it a wonderful place

    Pros

    friendly staff, clean

    Cons

    later hours

  • 93. great place

    by: jaf

    The work they do here is phenominal. The staff is very knowledgable and they really care for the animals. I really hope they win the makeover.

    Pros

    work

    Cons

    nothing

  • 94. Great Shelter!!

    by: tifjon

    HSOV is a small shelter that does everything they can with what they have to care for the animals and keep their best interest in mind. It would be great to win this makeover - imagine the good they could do with a larger, up-to-date facility. This shelter and staff are irreplaceable.

    Pros

    Caring staff

    Cons

    Financial Support

  • 95. Well deserving shelter for this makeover

    by: MattFoster

    This is a great staff of people. They do the best they can with what they have to work with. They take care of the unwanted, abused, neglected animals of Washington County on a budget that is so small.

    Pros

    Caring, help the animals

    Cons

    need more funding

  • 96. A helpful place for animals

    by: tlauer

    I think it is great that they take in and care for animals. It has to be a hard job to do. They deserve all the help they can get.

    Pros

    Helps animals

    Cons

    none

  • 97. A Hard-Working and Deserving Shelter

    by: djoliver66

    This shelter and is employees and volunteers are so great. They make the best home they can for the animals in this shelter. Its a shame they have to work so hard because others are negligent and irresponsible.

    Pros

    Helpful

    Cons

    none

  • 98. A friend in Connecticut

    by: KathCT

    Greetings from Connecticut! I have had the honor of working with Celeste, a volunteer with this shelter, to transport dogs from HSOV to my shelter here in CT. I first visited HSOV in January of this year and first have to comment on the dedication of Celeste - she is a huge asset to your shelter and has helped save many lives! And then we have done two more tranports since then, bringing a total of about 30 dogs here to DAWS for adoption.\r\nAs far as the shelter itself, it is large but could certainly use a million dollar makeover (as most of us could) :) The dogs could use more exercise yards and my suggestion would be for a few quiet indoor rooms where potential adopters can spend time with the animals, and where the dogs can get away from the barking and stimulation for some quiet time. My shelter has a small and modest "real life room", and something like that might really help the HSOV dog residents.\r\nWe were there on the weekend so did not get to meet Cheryl, but we did meet Sharon and she was helpful and friendly, providing us with information about the dogs we were taking with us. We also had some help from the HSOV kennel staff in the morning when we loaded up our vehicle for the transport home.\r\nAt the time we visited, HSOV was caring for many, many animals and doing what they could to keep them healthy and find them homes. I would encourage anyone in the area to look at this shelter when they consider adopting their next pet - they certainly have a large variety of deserving dogs and cats up for adoption.

    Pros

    Celeste! Nice staff.

    Cons

    Dogs would like to go outside more - volunteer!

  • 99. Great Shelter

    by: JGeb

    This humane society really cares about helping animals. I hope that we can work together over the next couple weeks and make it into the top 20 to show them how much we support them and to thank them all for the hard work they do for our areas animals!

    Pros

    Great staff and volunteers!

    Cons

    none

  • 100. Great Shelter

    by: vickeybicky01

    I have heard nothing but good stuff about this shelter. Although I personally have never visited it, my friend, who's a veterinarian, has visited it when he went to go pick up a pet on vacation. He never got a pet, but all he's been talking about since he got back is this shelter in Marietta, Ohio. From all the great talk, I'd say this shelter is one of the best! Thank you for your service toward all the poor, homeless animals.

    Pros

    Helping all the poor animals

    Cons

    None

  • 101. A great place

    by: bmc812

    A worth while organization and they deserve any and all help they can get.

    Pros

    everything

    Cons

    none

  • 102. Glad we have this shelter.......

    by: StacyCraigOrr

    I've been to the Humane Society on Mt Tom Rd quite a few times, and the caretakers there are always friendly and helpful. I am glad that the animals have a group of people like them to help and care for them. I will continue to make trips there to drop off food, toys, etc.

    Pros

    not just "a place to work"

    Cons

    needs more room for animals

  • 103. Caring People

    by: TheBeagleLover

    This is a very small animal shelter, yet the people that work there are very caring to give up their time for the poor animals. A very great place overall.

    Pros

    Very caring staff.

    Cons

    Small area to work with.

  • 104. we love our dog

    by: brendakbeaver

    We got our dog Duke five years ago and Butch told us that he was going to be put down if he didn't find a home. All it took was Duke leaning on me and I was in love with him. He has been a great friend and we love him and the rest of our "zoo" very much.

    Pros

    it gives animals a second chance to have a loving family

    Cons

    thay are overcrowded a lot of the time

  • 105. Such a good place

    by: robinann

    They are so good here - they need our help. Why do more people not care? These people - Cheryl, Sharon, and Butch - and the kennel techs - keep it going - for animals that would have otherwise been dumped on the road. I hope so much that they get the help they so need. This is a great shelter. Please, everyone, support them - long after the contest is over.

    Pros

    caring, good people

    Cons

    not enough funds, space, or help

  • 106. Great Staff - Great Shelter

    by: hmdi

    Such a great group of people trying to care for these animals that nobody wants. I wish so much that they could win the makeover. These animals need our help. This caring staff deserves more help and decent wages and benefits. I hope that people in the community reach out to help our shelter and wonderful animals and staff, no matter what the outcome of this contest is.

    Pros

    kind, caring, doing the best they can

    Cons

    lack of money, space, and people

  • 107. Great Place and People

    by: hmclark

    I just recently moved away, but I lived in Marietta for 20 years. I've seen this shelter grow and become such a better place over the years. The staff is kind and caring. The beautiful animals need the support. They deserve it. The shelter needs more room, more help, and more funding. I hope so much that they get it. What strides they have made. They deserve this makeover so much.

    Pros

    wonderful staff, great animals

    Cons

    lack of funds, space, and support

  • 108. Such a Great Shelter and People

    by: GeneK

    This shelter has such a great staff - Cheryl, the manager - is wonderful - so kind and caring and devoted. Sharon - the ass't. mgr/adoption clerk is as caring and nice as you can get. And Butch - why he has stayed - I am just simply thankful - what a tough job he has as humane officer . This shelter was so bad - but is now - 10 years later - so good. I really care about animals. These abused, neglected, and abandoned animals need us. I am so grateful to the staff - and hope so much we win the makeover - our animals are worth our efforts. We need space, updates, and more help. I hope everyone who can joins to help. But - even if we don't win - please everyone - still help the shelter. The animals are worth it.

    Pros

    Kind staff, great animals

    Cons

    under-funded, need space

  • 109. give them a forever home!!!

    by: CathyBeaver

    our classroom from the wccc delivers our n.i.e. papers to the shelter every other wednesday. the boys in our room wish to see the animals every time we are there. its heart wrenching as to the number of animals there. although our shelter is up to snuff on most everything, they need the money for a makeover. have all your friends sign up, march 31 is fast approaching.

    Pros

    always helpful, always busy working

    Cons

    to many unwanted animals

  • 110. HSOV

    by: RANKPA

    I feel that all individuals involved at the HSOV (behind the scenes and those at the workers at the shelter) strive to make the facility the best it can in the care of it's animals. The shelter has seen some tough times but those involved always come through in dealing with whatever the situation may be.

    Pros

    The folks at the shelter are harding working and dedicated to the animals which come & go

    Cons

    it is unfortunate that a shelter is even necesary

  • 111. Dedicated Shelter Manger & Employees

    by: EricMerrow

    I have had many wonderful opportunities to volunteer for this very worthwhile organization. I commend Cheryl, Mgr. and Butch, Humane Officier and all the employees for doing the best they can with very limited funds. The animals are their main concern!

    Pros

    The animals are the main concern.

    Cons

    More funding needed and more space.

  • 112. Thank you HSOV!

    by: DoggoneJohn

    I wish for HSOV to get a shelter makeover, they need it so bad. I only wish I was 20 people and had a million dollars myself to help them update the facility. The staff are miracle workers keeping that place going, if only the people in this area cared more and had their pets fixed.

    Pros

    knowledgeable and helpful staff, lots of love!

    Cons

    need a new facility!

  • 113. What a journey it has been...

    by: montgomerysue

    This is a great shelter. It is filled with people who care about the well-being and safety of the unwanted, neglected and abused animals of Washington County. It took a lot of volunteers, donations and hard work to get our current building. Our current president was actually involved with getting that building! But the building has a lot of wear and tear and a huge lack of space for the increasing number of animals we get each year. I always said if I won the lottery the first thing I would do is build a new shelter for the HSOV. We need a new shelter for the health, safety and well-being of the animals and staff and volunteers! \r\nGood job to everyone who has ever worked, volunteered or someway has helped our shelter. Thank you.

    Pros

    Dedicated and caring staff

    Cons

    We need a bigger shelter and more members to join our shelter!

  • 114. What a great shelter

    by: Winstonsfamily

    I have to say being a past employee I know from the inside out how tough it is to keep a shelter going. They do such a great job at HSOV. I know they are very hard working people and try their best to place every animal that comes through the door. Oh and Winston say, THANKS HSOV for saving my life and making my family the happiest people on earth!!!

    Pros

    They do their best.

    Cons

    There is never enough money, time or help!

  • 115. Help Humane Society of OV!!!

    by: bboyce

    This shelter deserves a makeover! The staff works hard with what they have, but we all know the facility needs more! The animals deserve a chance! Look how far we've gotten just in the past day with the points standing! Keep up the good work zootooers!

    Pros

    Caring members, clean facility, staff works hard

    Cons

    Not enough support and resources

  • 116. help out humane society!

    by: brutusbuckeye21

    This shelter is a great one. Only if we had more funding we could as a community make it better.

    Pros

    b

    Cons

    s

  • 117. Needs Help!

    by: mgebczyk

    This humane society does the best it can with the little money it gets. I would love to see this shelter given some money to help with updates. I'm sure the staff and volunteers would use it to best meet the needs of helping the most animals.

    Pros

    Great Staff, Caring, Hard Workers

    Cons

    Facilities need updated

  • 118. Caring people

    by: 2caatsonedog

    I have not been there but they have a lot of caring individuals that are raising money to help the animals so that they can be adopted.

    Pros

    Caring people

    Cons

    none

  • 119. Loving Shelter

    by: iluvfancy

    This shelter deserves a new makeover more than anyone I know of. The workers are the most caring and loving ppl around. Hats off to the shelter!

    Pros

    So loving and caring

    Cons

    shelter needs a makeover

  • 120. Love this shelter

    by: Jennasmom

    This shelter needs this makeover. They never turn away animals unless they absolutely have to. They all work hard and love the animals. They are given such a small budget and rely soley on donations. Help them out!

    Pros

    Loving

    Cons

    Run down

  • 121. Makeover - an Awesome idea

    by: Lorilw

    Wouldn't it be an excellent idea if everyone that is supporting HSOV would donate $5.00 to a fund earmarked specifically for building renovations? \n\nAnd then...all you smokers out there...you can pay (what is it now $4.00 a pack?) a pack of smokes to the shelter for immunizations etc.\n\nThose 'soda pop' addicts (like myself) can donate the cost of a 12 pack of soda. \n\nAnyone willing to take the challenge? Btw...I work at a credit union and would be willing to set up an account to put the building renovations in (would require two HSOV board signatures to withdraw all money if the board would approve this...or maybe they already have a building fund we could donate directly to?)\n\nBoard members...let us know!!!

    Pros

    Employees dedication

    Cons

    Not enough funding!

  • 122. Animal Shelters

    by: adnyl67

    The humane society continues to be my charity of choice. Through a strong volunteer base, the services provided have improved dramatically. This is area is fortunate to have the shelter doing everything it can do to place animals versus euthanizing. The shelter needs much more support to do even greater things for animals.

    Pros

    strong volunteer base

    Cons

    limited budget

  • 123. Came a long way

    by: lunamoth

    This facility has come a long way. My dog came from here and she is a wonderful member of the family.

    Pros

    Staff is willing to help

    Cons

    restricted hours

  • 124. POINTS and more POINTS!!

    by: BrookeRudolph

    Our humane society has come a long way and has a lot of potential. It's very difficult to maintain it with such a small amount of funding but somehoe it keeps it's head above water. This make over would be a long awaited blessing for the employees and for the homeless animals.

    Pros

    improving!

    Cons

    But still have a long way to go!

  • 125. A little support would go a long way

    by: danchey05

    This shelter has come a long way in a few years. If it had more support from the community it would be an amazing shelter. The staff is very caring and dedicated to the animals they work with. They are also rescue friendly and they are willing to go the extra mile to help both the animals and new pet owners.

    Pros

    very knowledgeable staff

    Cons

    not enough funding or support from local community

  • 126. This Humane Society has come a long way.

    by: DebbieKelley

    This humane society was in really bad shape for so very long. Through hard work on the part of many dedicated people who love animals, it has come a long, long way in caring for the abused, neglected and abandoned animals in the county. Every aspect of the humane society has been vastly improved. But funding is a big problem, thus putting a lot of stress on the staff. They need more help and more money and more space. The animals are treated with love, helped medically as best as is possible, our humane officer is over-worked, but thankfully he stays. We have a wonderful and caring manager, but there just isn't enough funding. But it is finally a place where a person can bring an abandoned animal and know it will be taken care of. I am thankful for this, and for the people who work there.

    Pros

    Very KIND manager and staff

    Cons

    underfunded