Mission Statement

Who We Are: Licking County Humane Society (LCHS)

Mission Statement:

The Licking County Humane Society provides a secure shelter for dogs and cats while maintaining the resources needed to ensure they are placed for adoption with care and respect.

Furthermore we are a public advocate for the proper treatment of all animals and to ensure that their overpopulation is controlled by spaying and neutering.

The Licking County Humane Society is a no-kill shelter, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Annual Reports



Per LCHS financial policies an independent audit is conducted every 3 years.


990 Forms




Board Members

Lori Carlson, MPA - Executive Director

Board Members

Matt Dole- President

Amy Davison, Esq - Vice President

Phillip Walpole- Treasurer

Rhonda Hagans, MBA - Recording Secretary

Amy Barnes - General Board Member

Gloria Goodwin - General Board Member

Trudy Pieper -General Board Member

Rick Orr - General Board Member

Rachel Powell - General Board Member

Kay Murphy - General Board Member

Dr. Joanna Reen, DVM - General Board Member

Peggy Evans - General Board Member

Karen Schenk - General Board Member

Board Meetings are the 3rd Tuesday of every other month at 6:30 PM and are being held at:

The Licking County Humane Society

825 Thornwood Dr.
Heath, OH 43056
Meetings are open to the public

Gift Policies

Solicitation and Acceptance of Gifts Policies

LCHS solicits and accepts gifts that are consistent with its mission and that support its core programs, as well as special projects.

LCHS solicitations will be accurate, truthful, and candid. Solicitation materials shall follow all federal and state requirements for solicitations.

Donations will generally be accepted from individuals, partnerships, corporations, foundations, government agencies, or other entities, without limitations unless acceptance of gifts from a specific source is inconsistent with the mission of LCHS.

In the course of its regular fundraising activities, LCHS will accept donations of the following: money, securities, real property, and personal property. Certain types of gifts must be reviewed prior to their being accepted because they will create liabilities or impose special obligations on LCHS. The types of gifts that will require review, and the review process, are as follows:

  • Gifts of real property-land and/or buildings may only be accepted upon approval of the Board of Directors or its designated committee;
  • Gifts of personal property-personal property such as automobiles, furniture, business equipment, may only be accepted upon approval of the Executive Director;
  • Gifts of securities-stocks, bonds, or other securities may only be accepted upon approval of the Executive Director;
  • Restricted gifts-gifts that may only be used for restricted purposes may only be accepted upon approval of the Executive Director;
  • Unusual gifts-gifts that are out of the ordinary, such that they differ significantly from the amounts or types of gifts that are routinely received by the organization, may only be accepted upon approval of the Executive Director.

LCHS may elect to refuse gifts of cash, securities, real estate or other items of value if there is reason to believe that such gifts are incompatible with the mission of the organization, conflict with its core values, or would create a financial, administrative, or programmatic burden. The Executive Director is directed to refer questionable gifts to the Executive Committee or the Board of Directors for guidance on a case by case basis. Employees of the organization are encouraged to bring to the attention of the Executive Director, or the senior development executive, any concerns they may have about the appropriateness of accepting any gift.

LCHS may elect to refuse gifts of any type if the potential gift poses a conflict of interest including but not limited to real conflicts of interests, appearances of conflicts of interest, or perceived conflicts of interest.

LCHS follows the Donor Bill of Rights (developed by American Association of Fund Raising Counsel, Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals).

When funds are accepted with restrictions, restrictions will be honored.

Requests by donors to remain anonymous have their names removed from mailing lists, or to restrict appeals will be honored. Information about donors that should be private will not be made public. Donors will not be subject to excessive pressure when LCHS does not pay fundraisers based on a percentage of the amount raised or other commission formula. LCHS only hires fundraisers and fundraising counsel who are properly registered with the APPLICABLE STATE AUTHORITIES.

LCHS Development Directors and/or Executive Director will approve all fundraising activity conducted by any staff, volunteers, consultants, contractors, board members, and others soliciting on behalf of the organization.

Donor Relations & Privacy

Donor Relationships and Privacy

LCHS respects the privacy of donors and works to safeguard the confidentiality of information that a donor reasonably would expect to be private.

LCHS provides donors an opportunity to state that they prefer to remain anonymous and that their name, the amount of their gift, or other information not be publicly released.

LCHS provides donors an opportunity to have their names removed from any mailing lists which are sold, rented, or exchanged.

LCHS honors requests by a donor to curtail repeated mailings or telephone solicitations from in house lists.

LCHS solicitations are free from undue influence or excessive pressure, and are respectful of the needs and interests of the donor or potential donor

Donor Privacy

All information concerning donors or prospective donors, including their names, addresses, and telephone numbers, the names of their beneficiaries, the amount of their gift, etc., shall be kept strictly confidential by LCHS and its staff unless permission is obtained from the donor to release such information.

Gifts and donations may be restricted by a donor for use in any specific service area, and/or for any stated LCHS purpose or program, and these requests must be honored.

Every donor will receive a copy of the Donor's Bill of Rights.

Donor Bill of Rights

A Donor Bill of Rights

PHILANTHROPY is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To ensure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not-for-profit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:

  1. To be informed of the organization’s mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
  2. To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization’s governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgement in its stewardship responsibilities.
  3. To have access to the organization’s most recent financial statements.
  4. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
  5. To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.
  6. To be assured that information about their donations is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
  7. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
  8. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
  9. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.
  10. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.

Donor Bill of Rights

Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Giving Institute: Leading Consultants to Non-Profits

(in formation) Independent Sector National Catholic Development Conference (NCDC) National Committee on Planned Giving (NCPG) Council for Resource Development (CRD) United Way of America

Contact Us

Contact US

Licking County Humane Society (740) 323-2100

Adoptions (740) 323-2100

Admissions (740) 323-2100

Animal Cruelty - Humane Agent: Paula Evans (740) 967-3700

Directions to Shelter (740) 323-2100

Employment Opportunities (740) 323-2100

Fax (740) 323-2107

Foster Program (740) 323-2100

Lost and Found Pets Licking County Animal Shelter (740) 349-6562

Volunteer Program (740) 323-2100

Community Speaking Lori Carlson (740) 323-2100

Contact Us by Email:

Questions about Adoptions: info@lchspets.org

Questions about Admissions: info@lchspets.org

Questions about LCHS-Related: info@lchspets.org

Questions/Comments/Problems about Web Site: info@lchspets.org

Our Building Address:

Licking County Humane Society

825 Thornwood Drive

Heath, OH 43056