About Us

Columbiana County Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) registered nonprofit organization. We receive no government funding. 


We're not affiliated with any agency (county, state or government). We're supported by donations and fundraising.

We respond to complaints of animals being abused, neglected, and abandoned, and hoarding cases. Cases include companion animals & farm animals, not wildlife (ODNR).



  • Operate as a county humane society serving Columbiana County, Ohio, pursuant to ORC §1717.05.


  • Educate the general public on the purpose of the Columbiana County Humane Society.


  • Promote humane principles and animal welfare.


  • Employ a humane agent to enforce laws for the prevention of cruelty to animals.

Differences Between the Humane Officer and the Dog Warden

The Humane Officer Protects Companion Animals from People
Humane Officers are employees of a Humane Society, usually a private, non­profit, and independent organization. The Humane Society is not controlled by any national organization, but is instead governed by a local Board of Directors and is supported by donations from private citizens, businesses, grants, and fees from services provided.
Humane Officers are required to complete certification training and are sworn in by a county probate judge. These officers respond to situations involving neglected, abused, mistreated, and injured animals. The Humane Officers are trained to enforce state animal cruelty laws under Ohio Revised Code 1717.
Call the Humane Society to report:

  • Animal abuse or neglect

  • Animals living in unsafe or unhealthy conditions

  • Abandoned animals that are confined to a premise

  • Injured and sick cats

  • Hoarding situations

  • When caregivers for an animal are arrested or taken to the hospital and no family is available to care for them

The Dog Warden Protects People from Animals
Dog Wardens are employed by the county and are responsible for picking up stray dogs, enforcing dog laws, including licensing, handling claims on dog damage to livestock, and many other dog-related complaints.
Dog Wardens can be funded through fees received from dog license sales and other fines and fees. Dog Wardens work with stray dogs and with dogs that are unwanted by their owners. In the state of Ohio, Dog Wardens are not required to handle cats.
Call the Dog Warden to report:

  • Stray dogs

  • Dog licensing issues

  • Destruction by at-large dogs

  • Aggressive animal concerns

  • Nuisance issues

  • Dog bites

  • Injured stray dogs

Email: columbianacountyhumanesociety@gmail.com

Phone: 234-575-7177

Adoption Hours By Appointment

Address: 1825 S. Lincoln Ave. 
PO Box 101
Salem, OH 44460

CCHS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the state of Ohio
Columbiana County Humane Society
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