Please, spay or neuter your pets! Every year shelters receive over 4 million more dogs and puppies than they can find homes for. Homeless dogs often end up abandoned with tragic results.
Spaying your female or neutering your male can prevent unwanted puppies. Getting your pet fixed will also reduce marking, aggressive and nuisance behaviors, and can prevent or reduce incidence of certain types of cancer, helping your pet live a longer, healthier life.
Area Low Cost Spay/Neuter Surgery Clinics
Many Also Offer Vaccinations and Other Routine Veterinary Services
- Shelter Outreach Services Clinic (West)
3121 W. Broad St., Columbus
- Rascal Animal Hospital (Northwest)
5830 Britton Parkway, Dublin
- Pet Solutions (North)
852 E. Hudson Ave., Columbus
- Spay Neuter Clinic (SE Cols)
3196 S. Hamilton Rd. (South of Refugee behind K-Mart)
- Capital City Spay Neuter Clinic (Northwest)
2752 Sawbury Blvd., Dublin (Behind BP station)
Low Cost Rabies Clinics
The rabies immunization clinics are sponsored by Franklin County Public Health and the Columbus Academy of Veterinary Medicine. We would like to thank our other partners that make these clinics possible.
All dogs and cats in Franklin County are required to be vaccinated against rabies and are required to wear their rabies tag.
Rabies is a virus that attacks the nerves and brain tissue of most animals.
Free Prescription Discount card
The Franklin County Prescription Discount Card is good for pets as well as pet owners!
Use the card to save on prescription medications for your pet.
After Hours/Emergency Vet Care
OSU Vet Emergency Services
Capital Vet Referral & Emergency
Pet Food Pantry
For pet owners who are experiencing temporary financial difficulty providing food for their pets. We accept donations of dog and cat food for our pet food pantry, and redistribute it to pet owners in need. Any dog owner with a legally licensed dog may register to receive free food. You must show proof of dog license when you register. Cats are not required to register.
The pet food pantry is open during regular business hours: 11 am-7 pm weekdays and 9 am - 5 pm weekends. Pet food donations may be dropped off at any time. Open or partial bags are also accepted.
Public Dog Parks
Alum Creek Dog Park
Alum Creek Dog Park is a 4-acre public dog park located in the Alum Creek State Park adjacent to the reservoir with water access for dogs to swim, a dog wash station, drinking water for dogs and their owners, and restroom facilities. Separate small dog area. Visit their website for more information.
Big Walnut Dog Park
Big Walnut Dog Park is the first off-leash public dog park in the city of Columbus. It is located on the east side of Columbus on Livingston Avenue and includes three fenced acres and a pond.
Breck Community Park
Pet-friendly park with separate off-leash areas for large and small dogs is located at located at 3005 Demorest Road, Grove City. The park also features walking and biking paths, and a water fountain with pet-bowl function.
Columbus Downtown Dog Park
Columbus Downtown Dog Park is located at the corner of Spring and Fourth Streets.
Columbus MetroParks offers 12 public pet trails at area public parks. All pets are required to be on a 6-foot or shorter leash. Visit their website and click on "parks" to find a pet-friendly trail at a park near you.
Godown Dog Park
Godown Dog Park is a public 10-acre park located near Linworth & Godown Rds, including one acre small dog area, a divided four-and-a-half acre large dog area with benches, a hydrant for filling water bowls, pathways winding through the park and a paved parking lot.
Granville Dog Park
Granville Dog Park is located in Wildwood Park north of Rt. 37 in Granville. It is a public dog park.
Heritage Trail Dog Park (Hilliard)
Public 4-acre dog park located at 7262Â Hayden Run Road,at the Heritage Trailhead.
in Hilliard. It features 3-acre large and 1-acre small dogs areas and a doggie "sprinkle area" with water features and a doggie drinking fountain.
Nando's Dog Park
Nando's Dog Park is a public 2-acre dog park located in Darree Fields Park in Dublin. It features large and small dogs area and picnic facilities. Visit their website for more information.
Pizzurro Park Dog Park
Pizzurro Park Dog Park is a public 4 acre fenced park in Gahanna. It is open year 'round. It contains a separate fenced area for small dogs 25 pounds or less and an agility area for all dogs. A paved path runs through the large dog area making it accessible for wheelchairs.
Scioto Audibon Park
Scioto Audibon Park is a public 2-acre dog park located downtown on the Whittier Pennisula with separate areas for small dogs and large dogs, each with its own agility course.
Sycamore Plains Dog Park at Three Creeks Metro Park
Sycamore Plains Dog Park at Three Creeks Metro Park is a public 4-acre dog park with separate areas for large and small dogs. It is open 6:30 am - 10 pm during the summer months.
Violet Township Dog Park
Violet Township Dog Park at the corner of Stemen & Pickerington Rd. a public dog park.
Walnut Woods Dog Park (Groveport)
A 4-acre public dog park in the new Buckeye Area of Walnut Woods Metro park just east of Groveport. Includes separate areas for large and small dogs, as well as a shallow swimming area.
Westerville Bark Park
Westerville Bark Park is a public 2-acre large dog park with areas for both large and small dogs located in Brookedge Park south of Schrock Rd, east of Cleveland Avenue and west of Westerville Rd. Entrance is securely gated, with a dog water fountain, hydrants, ADA access and activity stations.
Wheeler Park is a public four-acre park in the short north area with a fenced area for dogs.
Other Public Parks which are popular with dog owners: Goodale Park, Schiller Park, Park of Roses and Antrim Park.
Animal Abuse & Cruelty Investigations
Pet owners should include provisions for their pets in any household disaster plan. Pets are usually not allowed in emergency shelters, therefore it is important that you have a plan for your pets in the event you are ever forced to evacuate your home.
When disaster strikes, always keep your pets with you. If it isn't safe for you to stay put, it isn't safe to leave your pets behind.
Hurricanes, floods, tornados, wildfires, acts of terrorism, hazardous material spills-disasters can strike anytime, anywhere. It is imperative that you make preparations to evacuate your family and your pets in any situation. In the event of a disaster, proper preparation will pay off with the safety of your family and pets.
Have a Designated "Safe Spot" In Your Home
In the event of a tornado, make sure all family members know where to go in your home, usually a basement corner or inside room. Take your pets with you to the safe spot. Include pet food and water, leash, etc. with your emergency provisions.
Many pets can also become frightened by lightning or severe thunderstorms. Plan ahead and make sure your pets are inside the house before the storm arrives. If your pet is especially anxious during storms, see your vet for advice on medications to help calm your pet.
If You Evacuate, Take Your Pets With You!
The single most important thing you can do to protect your pets is to take them with you when you evacuate. Animals left behind in a disaster can easily be injured, lost, or killed. Animals left inside your home can escape through storm-damaged areas, such as broken windows. Animals turned loose to fend for themselves are likely to become victims of exposure, starvation, predators, contaminated food or water, or accidents. Leaving dogs tied or chained outside in a disaster is a death sentence.
- If you leave, even if you think you may be gone only for a few hours, take your animals. Once you leave, you have no way of knowing how long you'll be kept out of the area, and you may not be able to go back for your pets.
- Leave early-don't wait for a mandatory evacuation order. An unnecessary trip is far better than waiting too long to leave safely with your pets. If you wait to be evacuated by emergency officials, you may be told to leave your pets behind.
- Transport your pets in a carrier for the duration of the disaster. This makes your pets feel safer and more secure.
- Know your pets' usual hiding places so that you can easily locate them in times of stress.
Don't Forget ID
Your pets should be wearing up-to-date identification at all times. It's a good idea to also include the back-up phone number of a friend or relative outside your immediate area-if your pet is lost, you'll want to provide a number on the tag that will be answered even if you're out of your home.
Find a Safe Place Ahead of Time
Because evacuation shelters generally don't accept pets (except for service animals), you must plan ahead to ensure that your family and pets will have a safe place to stay. Don't wait until disaster strikes to do your research.
- Contact hotels and motels outside your immediate area to check policies on accepting pets. Ask about any restrictions on number, size, and species. Ask if "no pet" policies would be waived in an emergency. Make a list of pet-friendly places and keep it handy. Call ahead for a reservation as soon as you think you might have to leave your home.
- Check with friends, relatives, or others outside your immediate area. Ask if they would be able to shelter you and your animals or just your animals, if necessary. If you have more than one pet, you may have to be prepared to house them separately.
- Also, ask a friend, family member or a neighbor if they will look after your pets if you are unable to return to your home due to a disaster. Make sure they have a key to your house to use in an emergency.
- Make a list of boarding facilities and veterinary offices that might be able to shelter animals in emergencies; include 24-hour telephone numbers.
- Ask your local animal shelter if it provides foster care or shelter for pets in an emergency. This should be your last resort, as shelters have limited resources and are likely to be stretched to their limits. especially during an emergency.
Assemble A "Pet Survival Kit" In Advance
Make sure it's all packed and ready to grab in case you need to evacuate quickly. You should include:
- Water, food and containers
- A leash/muzzle/harness
- A copy of your pet's current vaccinations and health records, license numbers and microchip numbers
- Any medications your pet needs
- A pet carrier, cage or crate
- Plastic bags for waste pick-up
- A current photo of your pet in case you become separated
Are you prepared for an "Everyday Emergency"?
What if you are unable to return home to your pets due to icy roads, bad storm or a medical emergency?
Make sure a trusted friend or neighbor has a key to your house and is willing to take care of your pets. Tell the friend where to find your emergency pet kit, leashes, etc.
For more information about preparing for emergencies, please visit the Humane Society of the United States web site.
Complaints About Barking Dogs
For problems inside the city of Columbus, please contact the City Prosecutor's office to file a complaint, 645-7483.
For all other areas within Franklin County, please call your local police department or the Franklin County Sherriff's Department at 525-3333.
How To Report Dog Fighting
We need your help to crack down on illegal dog fighting. To report someone you know who is involved with dog fighting, please call the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Special Investigations Unit at 614-525-3318. You can remain anonymous.
Or call the Ohio Attorney General's Tip Line at 877-244-6446. If your information leads to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in dog fighting or cock fighting, the Humane Society of the United States offers a reward of up to $5,000.
Cat Shelters & Rescues
With the exception of a few resident shelter kitties, the Franklin County Dog Shelter only houses dogs. If you are looking to adopt a cat you may find them on our website, or visit one of these area shelters:
Other Animal Shelters
Ohio Wildlife Center
Ohio Division of Wildlife
Dead Animal Removal
Call the Division of Refuse at 614-645-5966.
For Interstate highways
Call the Ohio Department of Transportation at 614-799-9237.
For all other areas of the county
Call your local municipal or township trustee office.
Other Animal Problems
Local & Municipal Animal Control Agencies
Dog Wardens for Neighboring Counties