girl in red hat hugging a dog

The Fairfield County branch of the Ohio State Humane Society was

formed in February 1886

in a meeting at Lancaster's City Hall. Historically the organization was loosely formed by community members who were interested in protecting the rights of animals. Around 1980, the Fairfield Area Humane Society became a small non-profit agency

mandated by the Ohio Revised Code

to investigate and refer for prosecution incidents of animal cruelty, abuse and neglect.

With the support of the people of Fairfield County, we have worked to

improve the welfare of animals

through education, legislation and prevention of cruelty. We often get confused with the Fairfield County Dog Shelter, which is a government agency. We are a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, guided by a dedicated board. Though united with many humane societies across the country in a common concern for animals, the

Fairfield Area Humane Society

is an independent organization relying on the generosity of donations from the people of Fairfield County. For that, we thank you.