Check Humane Society of the Ohio Valley for lost dogs

The Humane Society of the Ohio Valley, at 90 Mount Tom Road, Marietta, has been in existence for 150 years and can boast of being the oldest organization of its kind in the State of Ohio and one of the oldest in the USA. The shelter is easy to find. Just off the Pike, turn on to County House Lane (across from Lowe’s and at Tractor Supply and Wings, Etc.). Simply make a right at the sign at the top of the hill with the shelter designation.

The purpose of the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley is to promote the welfare of the animals within greater Washington County, Ohio. The HSOV does an excellent job of it by providing a safe haven for strays, lost and/or abused animals, community education, complaint investigation, and adoption availability.

Some in our community might not realize that dogs picked up throughout Washington County could be at the HSOV and consequently are unclaimed by their owners. For example, if your dog goes missing in Belpre, there is a high probability that he/she could be in Marietta at the HSOV. Please visit the HSOV to look for your dog.

There is excellent information about “Lost” and “Found” dogs on the Washington County website at, Departments, Dog Warden. The following excerpt on “Lost Dogs” is from the website, and, as indicated below, please remember to visit the HSOV, Marietta if your dog goes missing.

Lost Dogs: Contact the Dog Warden’s office at (740) 373-6623, Ext. 4021. Our office will fill out a Lost Dog Report. Give us the most detailed description of your dog possible. The more you can tell us about your dog, the easier identification will be for us. We receive almost 500 dogs per year, and detailed descriptions are a must! The color of the collar is also extremely helpful.

Visit the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley to look for your dog. Our employees will work very hard to help identify your dog, but many dogs look a great deal alike. Also, every dog that is brought to the shelter is scanned for a microchip. The dog is also compared to all lost dog reports on hand before the impoundment is complete.

Please refer to the dog warden website for specific information needed for a Lost Dog Report. The more information you can give us about the dog, the better we can identify your dog.

Linda L. Perry (HSOV Volunteer)

Washington, W.Va.