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The Wayne County Dog Shelter is a dog shelter that serves Wooster and the surrounding area. Their mission is to care for unwanted animals in a loving a compassionate way and to promote a humane and animal-friendly community through community outreach and education. They aim to reduce the stray dog population and help save more than 1,000 dogs per year. 

Community involvement and education are near and dear to this shelter's heart, so proper education is one of their biggest community goals. They offer a variety of programs on the importance of spaying and neutering, the necessity of licensing your dog, and how to be a loving and responsible dog owner. Community education programs include classes such as pet care, safety around animals, animal cruelty, and more. They also host a wide range of dog-centered and dog-friendly events throughout the year. They have an annual Bark Ball, Pet Safety and Preparedness Fair, Howl'o'Ween dog walk, and yearly Santa Paw open house at their shelter. 

With a similar mission, the Wayne County Humane Society is a no-kill shelter and is dedicated to finding a home for every adoptable pet, reducing the number of unwanted animals in the community, and rehabilitating animals. They have been in operation since 1973 and have gone through many transitions over the years. 

Most recently, they have become a smaller, more intimate and independent non-profit shelter. Therefore, they rely on the community heavily to help support their shelter and mission. They encourage members of the community the volunteer at the shelter and involve the community as much as possible. They do a bunch of adoption events throughout the year, have photos with Santa during the holidays for pets and families, and host fundraisers like summer clambakes to help support their shelter. 


Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Wooster

  • Admission $50.00
    Month February
    Duration 5:50 pm - 9:30 pm

    #1 2nd Annual Wayne County Bark Ball

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    In February, join the Wayne County Dog Shelter for their annual Bark Ball! This is their largest fundraiser of the year and you surely don't want to miss out. All of the proceeds from this event go to the shelter's medical fund to help save dog's lives. The Bark Ball will take place on February 10th from 5:30 pm-9:30 pm at the Shisler Conference Center in Wooster, Ohio. There will be a silent auction, food, drinks, and much more. Although dogs are not allowed at this event, it is a very special night for local dog lovers and the shelter as it saves so many local dog's lives. We had to include it!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month June
    Duration 9:00 am Onward

    #2 Pet Safety and Preparedness Fair

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    During June, take your pup and attend this super fun pet safety fair at the Wayne County Dog Shelter! There will be a ton of dog-centered vendors, yummy doggie treats, a pet spa, pet caricatures, K9 demonstrations, frozen yogurt, and more! We recommend treating your special friend to a pup cup of frozen yogurt. Of course, dogs are welcome to attend with you, as this event is for them! Only friendly and non-agressive dogs allowed. They must be leashed at all times. Proceeds will go to the dog shelter.
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  • Admission $5.00
    Month October
    Duration 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

    #3 Howl-O-Ween Dog Walk

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    In October, at Oak Hill Park in Wooster join in on the fun and attend this Halloween event with your dog! It costs just $5 per dog. There will be a spooktacular doggie costume contest, refreshments, and snacks for both humans and dogs. The top 3 winners of the costume contest will win a special prize. There will also be a dog walk through the beautiful Oak Hill Park as well. It is a great socialization event for your pooch to meet some new friends. Plus, all of the proceeds will go to helping the dogs at the Wooster Dog Rescue!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month December
    Duration 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    #4 Santa Paws Open House

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    This event takes place on a specified date in December and is a much anticipated annual event for pups and their families. Head on over to the Wayne County Dog Rescue building for special Christmas photos of your favorite fur baby an Santa Clause. This is a free event and photography is done by H&R Fotostudio. There will also be an array of local vendors that have tons of dog-related items and a delicious bake sale for some tasty treats, plus free refreshments. You can also browse and meet some of the adorable dogs for adoption that day as well. Adoptions fees are rediced for the day!
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  • Admission $25.00
    Month August
    Duration 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    #5 Paws in the Park Pawty

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    You can count on another Paws in the Park Pawty from the Humane Society in Wooster each year! It takes place at Freedlander Park in Wooster. This is a dog-centered event, allowing you to swim in the local pool with your pup and other attendees - can you talk about pawsome? There will also be food, music and tons of fun for both you and your four-legged friend. This is a must-attend event for the summertime!
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