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Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinics


RASCAL - mobile low cost clinic based in Franklin county; travels to other counties. 614-791-SPAY
Friends of Animals 1-800-321-PETS
Spay USA 1-800-248-SPAY
PetFix 216.536.0930

Akron Area
Citizens for Humane Animal Practices (Cats only) 330-724-6181
AlterPet Inc. 330-321-6243
Pet Guards 330-849-0635

Central Ohio
Pet Solutions (614) 262-4353 852 E Hudson St, Columbus, Ohio
Cat Welfare 614-268-6096
Citizens for Humane Action 614-891-5280
Mobile Spay/Neuter Unit 614-348-7298
Care Pet Clinic 614-252-4353
Spay/Neuter Clinic 614-761-7551 614-367-9933
Pet Concern 614-885-3186
Humane Society of Delaware Co. 740-369-7387
Franklin County Dog Shelter 614 462-5581
VetsCare 614-777-4339
S.T.O.P. (Mansfield) 419-774-1738
Knox County Humane Society 740-392-2287
Animal Outreach

Cleveland Area
City of Cleveland Kennel 216-664-2759
Spay Neuter Clinic 216-398-1081
A Snip in Time 216-651-7142

Greater Toledo
Planned Pethood 419-826-3499
United Humanitarians 419-537-1970
Maumee Valley Save a Pet 419-470-2988
Animal Wings 419-861-0485
Humane Ohio 419-266-5607
Wyandot County Humane Society 888-294-4477 419-294-4477

Northeast Ohio
Holmes County Humane Society 330-231-5439
Angels for Animals 330-549-1111
Animal Protection Guild 330-649-0443
Stow Kent Animal Hospital Inc. 330-673-0049 This vet honors spay/neuter certificates! Please first contact the vet clinic then call Friends of Animals at 1-800-321-PETS to purchase the certificate.

Southern Ohio Area
Advocates For Animals, Inc. 740-373-0017
Humane Society of Greene Co. 937 376-3001
Mason Family Pet Hospital 513-398-8700
United Coalition for Animals 513-721-7387
Pet Advocate League 937-278-8330
MASH 513-561-6274
The Spay/Neuter Clinic 513-772-1091
SPCA Cincinnati 513-541-6100
All Creatures Animal Hospital 513-797-7387 ext. 109
Sierra's Haven for New & Used Pets
Miami County Animal Shelter 937-332-6919


Animal Cruelty/Violence Towards Humans

Criminologists, psychologists and sociologists have known for years that those who are violent offenders frequently have histories of childhood animal cruelty. Professionals recognize that animal abuse is often a warning sign for future violent behavior. Animal Cruelty is also an indication that domestic violence and child abuse exists in the family household.

The Humane Society of the United State's 2001 report of Animal Cruelty Cases reveals that 20% of intentional violent acts against animals were committed by teenagers and that 95% of those teenagers were males under the age of 18. Animal cruelty acts are often committed by people who feel powerless or unnoticed. Others use animal cruelty to shock, threaten and intimidate those around them. Some use animal cruelty to get revenge. Many children who perform acts of cruelty are simply copying what they have seen or what others have done to them.

The Humane Society of the United States has created a First Strike Campaign to facilitate knowledge and coordination between communities and anti-violence agencies. Veterinarians, school teachers, humane societies, social and children's services and others are encouraged to create common reporting and assistance procedures. To learn more about First Strike, call 1-888-213-0956 or visit:
href="">The Humane Society of the United States
For more information on human/animal abuse:
A.S.H. Program
The Abuse of Animals and Domestic Violence
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Animal Abuse and Youth Violence
Domestic Violence and Cruelty to Animals
American Humane Association National Resource Center on the Link
Animal Abuse and Domestic Violence: The Zero
Animal Abuse Prevention Agency Inc.
Animal Abuser database
British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Animal Protection Legislation
AntiCruelty Statutes
Center for Human-Animal Bond
Humane Link
Latham Foundation
National Animal Abuse Registry
Project Pooch
Psychologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
The Shiloh Project

If you suspect abuse call your police department, humane society, animal shelter and childrens services if a child is involved.

BarkPark provides educational material on Child/Animal violence to teachers, veterinarians and physicians.
If you would like to receive one of our packets please contact for more information.


Puppy Mills

Puppy Mills are mass breeding establishments that produce puppies for wholesalers.

Characteristics of puppy mills include:

Cages stacked upon cages stuffed with matted, sickly dogs.
Cages filled with feces, dead puppies and injured, untreated dogs.
Dogs bred through every heat season from the time they first mature until they die.

Characteristics of a puppy mill puppy are:

poor genetic makeup
no socialization skills
high incidence of allergies, infections and illnesses

Puppy mill puppies are sold to wholesalers who pick them up and transport them in semi-trucks to puppy auctions. Pet stores and dealers attend the auctions to supply their stocks.

What can you do to help?

NEVER buy a pet from a petstore! Petstores will tell you they don't purchase their puppies from puppy mills and that's true. They purchase them from the auction or the wholesale dealers!

Tell anyone you know who is contemplating purchasing a pet about puppy mills. Encourage them to adopt from a shelter or animal rescue organization. Remember, 25% of animals euthanized in shelters are purebreds. Thousand of breed specific adoption agencies exist. Look at our links page for the names nearest you.

Give to The Halley Fund. BarkPark had it's initial beginning because of a special puppymill cocker spaniel named Halley. Donate to BarkPark through PayPal and let us know to use it for The Halley Fund which works to educate and stop the business of puppymills.

For more detailed information on puppymills, visit:
Companion Animal Protection Society
PETA Fact Sheet
Help Puppies
No Puppy Mills
People Aganist Puppymills
Prisoners of Greed
Puppymill Fighters
Puppymill Rescue
Stop Pet Store Abuse
Stop Puppy Mills
The Voice for Dogs


Pet Loss


The Ohio State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital
Bond-Centered Education and Practice Program
601 Vernon Tharp Street
Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-6963
Program Coordinator: Joelle Nielson


I CAN’T STOP CRYING…IS THIS NORMAL? After the death of a companion-animal, you may experience an “I-just-can’t-believe-it-feeling.” It’s hard to fully absorb the idea that the pet you have loved so much is no longer an active part of your life. As the numbness begins to wear off, you may begin to cry, feel sad, depressed, confused, and/or angry. You may even experience unexpected physical reactions such as an upset stomach, dry mouth, feelings of drowsiness and wanting to sleep all the time, restlessness and insomnia, and/or changes in appetite. Some pet owners report seeing, hearing, or feeling the physical presence of their deceased pet. The anguish that you feel is natural—and part of the pain that comes with losing a beloved family member. Your reactions are understandable and not something you need to apologize for or be embarrassed about.
Often pet loss is made even more difficult because others don’t appreciate how deep the attachment to a companion-animal can be. Even members within the same family may respond to the death of a companion-animal differently. Some family members may cry or feel sad. Others may become angry or act as if nothing has changed. Children may begin to act out at school or isolate from friends and family. There are many factors that can affect each family member's grieving process. For example, past experiences with grief and/or death, individual personality differences and histories, degree and quality of social support, spiritual, religious, and ethnic background, cultural influences, age, gender, and the special nature of the human-companion animal bond, may all play a role in how someone responds to the death of a loved one.


Established in 2002, the Bond-Centered Education and Practice Program (BCEPP) is an integral part of the Ohio State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital and Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences. The Program’s mission, Honoring Every Bond with Service Excellence, recognizes the need for veterinary professionals to communicate and relate effectively with companion-animal families. Through our interdisciplinary team of veterinary and mental health professionals, BCEPP provides education and training for veterinary students and veterinary personnel. Special attention is given to human emotions, positive coping strategies, supportive intervention techniques, interpersonal relationships, and effective communication skills. We also offer direct support and telephone support to families coping with the recent loss, illness, euthanasia, or death of a companion animal. BOND-CENTERED SERVICES Direct support programs for companion-animal families coping with the illness, injury, loss, or death of a companion-animal. Communication-based curriculum for veterinary students. Education and resource packets for companion-animal families and veterinary practices. Telephone and web-based education and support services for companion-animal families and veterinary practices.
The C.ompanion A.nimal L.istening L.ine (C.A.L.L.) (614) 292-1823
Established in 1995, the C.A.L.L. line is staffed by The Ohio State University veterinary students and supervised by a licensed independent social worker. Hundreds of companion-animal families and veterinary practices call our listening line each year to receive emotional support and grief education information. C.A.L.L. hours are as follows:
Monday-Friday, 6:30 P.M.-9:30 p.m. EST; Saturday -Sunday 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. EST.

Petloss@osu.eduCompanion-animal families and veterinary practices may also contact the Bond-Centered Education and Practice Program through our e-mail support and information service. Staffed by a licensed independent social worker, provides grief education, counseling, resources, referrals, and follow-up services for hundreds of companion-animal families and veterinary practices each year.

For more information:
The Animal Love and Loss Network
The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement
Cornell University Pet Loss Support
Grief Healing
Heavens Playground
In Memory of Pets
Lightning Strike
Pet Loss Grief Support
Pet Loss Support Page
Rainbows Bridge
Tufts University
Virtual Pet Cemetery

For recommended reading please go to BarkPark Books


How to Find Your Lost Pet

Response time is always crucial. You need all the help you can get. If you have family or friends who can assist you, then divide the work. Carry out these tasks immediately upon losing a dog:

WALK, RUN & DRIVE around the area. Talk to anyone outside, but quickly, and see if they saw your dog.

Create a FLYER with a picture of the dog. Call the local authorities to see if there is an ordinance that prohibits the posting of flyers or signs on utility poles. If so, what about realtor-type signs in the ground?

Create SIGNS using heavy paper stock in a fluorescent color. Stick to basics, as you need all the details to be big, bold and easy to read from a distance. People in vehicles need to see it all at a glance. Use signs in addition to flyers that you post in stores and give as handouts. Post signs and flyers on telephone poles, depending on foot/car traffic and sidewalks. Realtor signs can be used as an alternative to posting on poles. Get permission from property owners before putting them on private property. Illegally posted signs that are removed by others waste valuable time.

CALL the local Animal Control Officer (ACO) immediately, no matter what the hour. Leave a message if necessary. You can get the ACO’s name & number by calling the Police Department’s non-emergency number. ACO’s can be full or part time. Some towns share and big cities may have several. As soon as possible, get a picture flyer with detailed description to the ACO and the person(s) responsible for removal of dead animals from the street. If your dog was bought from a breeder or adopted from Rescue, you need to call them NOW. Do not hesitate. You need the help they can give you. Dogs can cross into other towns very quickly Call and get a flyer to the ACO of each surrounding town. Check the animal shelter DAILY. Do not leave it up to the employees to look for or identify your dog.

GIVE FLYERS TO: owners, managers or department heads, talking with the person in charge when possible. Ask that they post your flyer in an area frequented by the employees. Circulate flyers to: Police & fire depts., Veterinarians, shelters, kennels, breeders, groomers, pet sitters, farm feed and pet supply stores, doughnut shops, convenience food stores, golf courses, amusement parks, airports, senior centers, churches, libraries, car dealers, junkyards, rubbish transfer stations or the local “dump,” public works, local and state highway, parks & recreation, school buildings/grounds, cable, gas and electric companies. Visit any place that sells or serves food and also talk with the cook or person who throws the trash into the dumpster. Give flyers to walkers, joggers, people with dogs, mail trucks, FED EX, UPS, landscapers, construction crews, rubbish and recycling trucks.

Place an ad with a picture in the local paper. Sometimes the local “free” paper will run an ad for you. Tape signs/flyers on your vehicle for maximum publicity. Stay “ahead” and go to homes & businesses within a 3-mile radius to post and hand out flyers. Skip around if necessary, but cover key areas. Post at intersections, school districts and athletic fields. If you have help, the search area can be expanded immediately or on a “as needed” basis. It is far better to talk to people in the area than to stuff a mailbox (illegal). Leave flyers on windshields, under flowerpots, in newspaper bins, etc. Paper carriers might help by giving flyers to customers. Smile, be polite, courteous & always on a positive note. Go to search areas with flyers at different times throughout the day & evening. Let people know that they are vital to successful lost dog search efforts and reinforce “Do Not Chase - Call Us.” Tell everyone; if the flyers remain posted, the dog is still missing.

Dogs may return to the area from which they bolted at any time, whether or not they are familiar with the place. Anticipate their possible return and place these items outside the door normally used when walking the dog: food, water and familiar scent items such as the dog’s blanket, crate, toy, owner’s smelly shirt, socks or used pillowcase. Try to keep items dry and in a sheltered location. Organizations to list your lost pet on:

Franklin County Animal Shelter(614)462-4360
Lost/Found Reports: (614)471-7397

Lost and
Missing Pet Network


Find a dog/cat?

If you have helped a dog by getting that dog off the street or out of a bad situation, thank you.


1. Call Franklin County Animal Shelter(614)462-4360
2. View/post reports at PetFBI
3. Check ads in city and local papers
4. File a report at local lost/found service. (614)471-7397
5. Take the pet to your local vet or humane society to scan for a micro chip.


1. Take the dog to the Franklin County Animal shelter. Cats may be taken to the Capital Area Humane Society.
2. Call a pure breed/mixed breed rescue to see if they can assist you. You can find a listing of these organizations on the BarkPark Links page.
3. Try to place the dog on your own.
4. DO NOT advertise "Free to a good home," many times the nice family who wants your free pet is a buncher who collects pets to sell for experimentation at laboratories or someone looking to find live bait to train fighting pit bulls.

For more information:
The Tragedy of Free to a Good Home
Animal Aid
How to Address "Free to a Good Home" Ads in Your Community


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