Wayne County Dog Shelter

Wooster, Ohio

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About Wayne County Animal Shelter

Wayne County Animal Shelter, locally known as Wayne County Dog Shelter, opened in September 2015. They're a county-operated dog shelter that's responsible for caring for the stray dogs of Wayne County, Ohio. They work hard to reunite dogs with their owners, provide adoption services, and offer educational programs on dog care and safety to the community.

Contact Info

5694 Burbank Rd
(330) 345-1018
Website: waynedogshelter.org

Hours of Operation

Tue - Fri: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Mon: Closed

Adoption Process

Here are the steps in the adoption process at Wayne County Dog Shelter:

  1. Complete an adoption application here, or you can complete one out in person at the shelter.
  2. Once you’ve been approved to adopt, spend time with the dog you’re interested in.  
  3. If you and the excited doggie are a good match, you’ll need a driver’s license or proof of residence to proceed with the adoption process.  
  4. It's always a good idea to bring any dogs you currently have to meet the new dog on neutral ground.
  5. After being approved and selecting the dog you’d like to adopt, the process takes, on average, 15-20 minutes to complete.  
  6. Complete all the required paperwork, pay the adoption fee, and you’re officially the parent of a new furrball.

When adopting a new dog, there are many factors Wayne County Dog Shelter wants you to take into consideration:

  • Remember that these are shelter dogs. Many of the dogs come from good homes and have been well cared for, but others have had a very rough life without love, attention, or training.
  • Dogs often come without a known history. There’s no guarantee a dog is housetrained, won’t chew on your shoes, or won’t chase cows and chickens. You’ll need to invest patience and time in training them. In return, you’ll be showered with love. Rescue dogs need you and are well worth the time and effort.
  • Are you ready to take on what could be a 15+ year commitment? If you move, will you be taking the dog with you? Are you expecting a child? Will you feel comfortable with a dog around your new baby? These are questions you should consider before adopting.
  • Dogs come with a heavy financial cost. The adoption fee is nothing compared to the expense of caring for a dog, including daily food, a leash, a collar, food bowls, water bowls, and possibly a dog house. Monthly, you should provide flea, tick, and heartworm prevention and may even need to see a groomer. Yearly, you’ll need to purchase a dog license and vaccinate your dog. Then, of course, the dog might have other medical expenses. Dogs can be very costly. Because you love your pet and want to provide what's best for them, make sure you’re prepared for the financial responsibility that comes with owning a pet.

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees at Wayne County Animal Shelter are as follows:

  • Puppies: $75
  • Adults: $75

Your adoption fee covers a 5-way vaccination, bordetella vaccination, rabies vaccination,

deworming, flea treatment, a dog license, microchipping, heartworm testing, and a spay and neuter voucher, which covers half the cost of the procedure when performed by a participating veterinarian.

Adoption Process & Fees

Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!

In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.

Why Rescue A Shelter Dog?

Because shelter dogs are full of love!

Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?

I can't say for certain, but yes.

Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:

  1. Love
  2. Patient
  3. Training

Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Aggression toward people & pets
  3. Resource guarding
  4. Destructive behavior
  5. Housetraining regression
  6. Poor social skills
  7. Leash reactivity & barrier-related aggression
  8. Constant whining

These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.

Animal Shelter vs Humane Society vs Rescue: What's the Difference?

You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.

Animal Shelters

  • Most Animal Shelters are city or county-run organizations, often operated by the local Animal Control department, that manage strays and handle owner surrenders.
  • They usually have kennel facilities you can visit to adopt animals, and they usually have less stringent adoption requirements, lower adoption fees, and same-day adoptions (because their goal is to get animals out of the shelter).
  • Unfortunately, they usually know very little about each animal, including their true personalities and any behavioral problems.

Humane Societies

  • Most Humane Societies are non-profit organizations, many of which are no-kill shelters.
  • Some (but not all) are affiliated with The Humane Society of the United States.
  • They exist to improve animal welfare in the local community and often partner with city or county-run Animal Shelters that often euthanize animals due to capacity restraints.
  • They usually have kennel facilities, sometimes at multiple locations, and usually offer other services to the community such as low-cost spay/neuter clinics, community education programs, and more.
  • They may also have some animals in foster care.
  • There's a lot of variation in process and fees among Humane Societies, but they usually have really good websites that detail everything for you.


  • Most Rescues are foster-based organizations that don't have physical facilities.
  • They usually have websites and contact emails, but not all of them have phone numbers.
  • Because they don't have a physical facility, you need to view animals in their foster network online, usually on their website but sometimes on their member pages on either PetFinder or Adopt-a-Pet.
  • If you see an animal you'd like to meet, contact the rescue using the process listed on their website or via email. They'll help you through the application process and set up a time for you to meet the animal at the foster's home.
  • Adopting from a rescue generally is the most expensive option here and takes the longest, but you get an animal that's been cared for in a loving home environment and their foster can tell you a lot about their personality.

6 Tips to Improve Your Adoption Experience

Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.

  1. See an animal online that you'd like to meet? Call the shelter before your visit to make sure the animal is still available. This especially applies for puppies, which are adopted out quickly.
  2. Usually, you'll need to get some paperwork in order: a photo ID, vaccination/medical records for any pets you currently have, possibly your vet's contact info and a couple of personal references, and (for renters) proof you're allowed to have a pet (copy of your lease or your landlord's contact info).
  3. If you need to provide contact info for your vet, let your vet know ahead of time. Otherwise, they may not release your information.
  4. Many shelters require your current dogs to meet adoptive dogs. Your current dogs need to be up-to-date on vaccinations.
  5. Some shelters require you to schedule a home visit to ensure a suitable living environment for the new animal.
  6. Adoption fees may seem excessive, but they're actually amazing values. Truthfully, caring for a pet is expensive. Most adoption fees include required medical care to get the animal ready for their new home including (but not limited to) spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, general vet exams, flea/tick treatment, deworming, heartworm testing/treatment for dogs, and feline leukemia and feline AIDS testing/treatment for cats. In general, your adoption fee is less than the cost of this care, so you're saving money in addition to your new animal's life!

If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!

For more information about what's included in your adoption fee, or any other questions about the adoption process, reach out to
Wayne County Dog Shelter
directly using the contact info above.

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