No Dogs Available For Adoption at Ross County Humane Society

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Jenn Thomas’ Facebook post Friday reads “For the first time in history the words ‘I’m sorry we don’t have any dogs available for adoption’ are coming out of our mouths. I know this is what we strive for but… “ 

A pleasing statement with rare words from the Executive Director of the Ross County Human Society

During her five years leading the dog shelter, there’s often a proverbial “No Vacancy” sign while being stuffed to the gills with residents awaiting a good home.

Much of that changed when Ohio’s Stay-At-Home Order was enacted in March. Families began applying for adoptions and successful matches have left the RCHS with empty kennels.

As of the Mothers Day weekend, there were just eight dogs at the shelter, all matched and awaiting pick up by their new families.

Admittedly, it’s an oddity.

Already adopted, ready for pick up from his new family.

Thomas and her staff know the current circumstance won’t last forever, because there’ll be more dogs in need of rescue in the future. But for now, they’re enjoying the moment. 

Early this year, plans were set in place to begin a capital campaign for a goal of $200,000 and a total rebuild of the shelter. Just as the COVID-19 pandemic has stalled plans for many, that has also included the Humane Society’s project. Once business returns to a sense of normalcy, they’ll pick the project up again, including raising funds. 

Thomas says the shelter is working with Gigi’s Shelter for Dogs for the project. 

Gigi’s recently renovated the shelters in Jackson and Lawrence Counties and has Ross County next on their list with construction planned for next month. Thomas says considering the economic crunch created by the pandemic, she felt coming to businesses for building funds would be inappropriate. 

“I’m going to raise the money” she told Litter Media “if I have to do it $5 at a time. When I say I’m going to make something happen, I make it happen… the easy way or the hard way.”

The capital project aside, the Humane Society still operates on donation. Fundraising for the non-profit is an ongoing effort to meet their near $500,000 annual budget. Only about 25% of that budget is met by the Ross County Commissioners for the Dog Warden contract.

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Empty kennels at the Ross County Humane Society
The oddity of empty kennels at the Ross County Humane Society.

90% of Ohio’s Retail to Reopen Tuesday

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During his news conference Monday afternoon, Governor Mike DeWine said 90% of Ohio’s retail shops will be open for business come Tuesday May 12th.

Those businesses are also expected to follow the Responsible Restart Ohio guidelines SEE MORE HERE.

“Each individual business will determine if customers will be required to wear face coverings” said DeWine.

Next in the phase to reopen Ohio, salons, barbershops and outdoor dining at restaurants Friday May 15th with indoor dining May 21st. READ MORE HERE

The Governor said his team isn’t ready to make an announcement regarding Child Care Services.

As for Ross County, Chillicothe-Ross Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Mike Throne said while guesting on The City of Chillicothe Ohio’s Facebook Page with Mayor Luke Feeney, “Follow the rules. Now’s not the time to decide you’re gonna try to do something outside of the rules.” Throne was citing his words to Chamber members last Friday.

“It’s time to get things together and start opening and hopefully start your business’s recovery.”

Monday morning conversation with Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Mike Throne about how we reopen.

Posted by City of Chillicothe, Ohio on Monday, May 11, 2020

COVID-19 NUMBERS:

As of 2pmET Monday, statewide total cases number 24,777 with 4,413 hospitalizations and 1,357 total deaths.

Cases by county in the Scioto Valley Region: Fairfield, 178; Fayette, 23; Highland, 12; Hocking, 22; Jackson, 8; Pickaway, 1,933; Pike, 5; Ross, 53; Scioto, 13; Vinton, 12 

LOCAL PRISONS:

CCI: 1 staff testing positive, 6 inmates in isolation, 6 testing positive, 1 pending results

RCI: None affected

PCI: 107 staff testing positive, 1 death, 64 recovered, 404 inmates testing positive, 27 confirmed deaths, 19 pending results and 1,231 recovered.

SEE ALL THE ODRC NUMBERS