Dog Adoption Information

The fee for adopting a dog is $130. The adoption includes:
  1. Current Licking County License.
  2. Bordetella and DALPP Vaccination.
  3. Microchip
  4. Animals are provided dewormer (although pups are dewormed by staff).This does not guarantee that your dog will remain worm-free. Please take a stool sample to your veterinarian on the initial visit.
  5. Pre surgery exam from our contracted veterinarian
  6. Booster vaccinations from our contracted veterinarian
  7. Rabies vaccination from our contracted veterinarian
  8. 30 days of free pet health insurance
  9. Spay/Neuter- Your pet will be scheduled for the first available by vet office

It is always possible that an animal can harbor an illness in an incubation stage and may become ill after adoption. Thus, we cannot guarantee health. However, within 14 days of the initial adoption, you may bring the pet back to the shelter for an exchange of another animal of your choosing.
Except we cannot reuse the dog's license or refund that fee. Upon getting an adoption exchange for either medical or behavior problems, the adopter must pay for a different dog license.

The future health of the pet is the responsibility of the adopter. The animal should have regular veterinary care, including parasite stool examination and treatment when necessary, yearly vaccinations (distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus). Rabies vaccinations should be given every 1-3 years. Dogs should be tested periodically for heart worms and receive preventive treatment.

Adopters must be at least 18 years of age. Adoptions will be permitted only to a responsible individual. We discourage the adoption of puppies under the age of four months to homes with small children.

We recommend that no dog be used exclusively as a guard dog, hunting dog, or to be chained outside continuously. For large dogs, a large fenced area is highly recommended.

All pertinent animal protection and control laws must be obeyed.


Our adoption policies were established to ensure the placement of our animals into permanent, responsible homes, and they comply with the guidelines and regulations set by Licking County Animal Control. If you have any questions about these policies, feel free to consult one of our staff members.


"No owner, keeper, or harborer of a dog more than three months of age, nor owner of a dog kennel, shall fail to file the application for registration required by section 955.01 of the Revised Code, nor shall he fail to pay the legal fee therefor." The penalty for violating this law is a maximum of $100.00 for the first offense and $250.00 and 30 days in jail for any subsequent offense.

Dog License can be purchased at the Licking County Auditor's Office, the Licking County Auditor's Satellite Office in Pataskala, and the Licking County Animal Shelter.

All current dog laws are found in Revised Code Chapter 955. Go to:

544 Dog Leg Road
Heath, Ohio, 43056
Phone (740)349-6563

Located at the corner of S.R. 13 & Hopewell Dr.

Shelter hours are from 8am to 4pm Sunday through Saturday for walk-in lost pet/adoption services. Phone hours are 8am to 4pm Sunday through Saturday. Closed all legal holidays.