The Fairfield County branch of the Ohio State Humane Society was formed in February 1886 in a meeting at Lancaster's City Hall. Historically the organization was loosely formed by community members who were interested in protecting the rights of animals. Around 1980, the Fairfield Area Humane Society became a small non-profit agency mandated by the Ohio Revised Code to investigate and refer for prosecution incidents of animal cruelty, abuse and neglect.
With the support of the people of Fairfield County, we have worked to improve the welfare of animals through education, legislation and prevention of cruelty. We are a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, guided by a dedicated board. Though united with many humane societies across the country in a common concern for animals, the Fairfield Area Humane Society is an independent organization relying on the generosity of donations from the people of Fairfield County. For that, we thank you.
The Fairfield Area Humane Society is an independent, non-profit, no-kill* organization dedicated to the humane treatment of animals through protection, placement, and education.
To achieve these goals we:
Investigate reports of cruelty, abuse and neglect of animals
Prosecute those parties involved in deliberate or careless abuse or neglect of animals.
Operate an adoption program
Educate adults & children about animal welfare issues
Advocate animal welfare issues
Provide Lost/Found assistance to pet owners
Provide a means to promote volunteerism in one's community
Definition of No-Kill: Only healthy animals not known to have exhibited potentially dangerous or vicious tendencies or serious behavioral disorders should be made available for adoption.
Adopting a friend
To begin the adoption process you must first visit our website
The adoption process consists of three steps:
1. Select the pet you are interested in by indicating the animals name or ID number
2. Fill out an adoption application
3. There is at least a 24 hour waiting period for adoption approval.
Please note you must be 21 years old or older to adopt from our agency
Adoption fees are determined on an individual basis for each animal. Contact us with any questions you may have regarding the adoption fee.
All dogs start their vaccines, are tested for heartworm disease (dogs 6 months and older), wormed, treated for fleas, and are spayed or neutered prior to adoption. The adoption fee also includes a dog license. All cats start their vaccines, are tested for feline leukemia, wormed, treated for fleas, and are spayed or neutered prior to adoption.
Come Visit Us!
The Fairfield Area Humane Society is at 1721 Granville Pike, which is Route 37, in Lancaster. We sit on the west side of the road and share a driveway with the Fairfield County Dog Shelter. The Humane Society is the brick building at the top of the hill.
Visit our website for a map, or call for directions.
Fairfield Area Humane Society 1721 Granville Pike