Rescue Village today.
It started with a vision of a more humane
world and a down-to-earth devotion to saving animals from
homelessness and harm.
Geauga Humane Society (GHS) has a proud
history of being a leading animal welfare agency in northeast
Ohio. We began our life-saving work in 1974 when GHS founder,
Arlene MacDonald, and a small group of committed animal advocates
embarked on a labor of love.
At the beginning the animals were sheltered
in private homes. In 1980, GHS moved into the tiny 800 sq.
ft. leased space on Merritt Road in Chardon, Ohio. What our
original shelter lacked in size was made up for by a driving
passion and enormous energy to better the lives of animals
and to help educate people to have respect for all living
The Merritt Road shelter circa 1989.
Our dreams were large. With
leadership, and the generosity of thousands of people, including
major donors and visionary foundations, we took a giant step.
In 2001 GHS opened a new state-of-the-art 10,500 square foot
facility on a 14 acre parcel of land on Chillicothe Road
in Russell Township, Ohio. We named it Rescue Village.
Today Rescue Village is a vital center
for animal welfare. You can learn about the hallmark programs
and services we have established throughout this website.
Building on the courageous and innovative spirit that brought
us this far, we continue to embrace the vision of a world
where the relationship between human beings and animals center
on empathy and kindness.
Animals at Rescue Village are cared
for until they find a new home, including those that are
abused, sick or injured, those that may need behavior training,
or those that simply need the gift of time. Animals are never
euthanized due to age, special needs, or lack of space.
Our passion for combining professionalism
with innovation, collaboration, and a great big heart runs
through everything we do. All who come through these doors,
be they four-legged or two-legged (or the occasional turtle
or snake), are treated with respect.
Geauga Humane Society's Rescue
Village goes above and beyond for the animals and for the
people of northeast Ohio. We started with a vision that
continues to capture our imagination and fuel our efforts
~ look at us now and join with us on this journey!
- to shelter and
find homes for sick, injured, abused, and abandoned
domestic animals that have no other alternatives
- to foster compassion
for all living things through education
- to reduce pet
overpopulation through spay/neuter programs
- to prevent cruelty
by enforcing animal protection laws