Animal groups in Erie County, Ottawa County join forces

Organizations that rescue animals never have enough space or enough money.
Tom Jackson
Feb 8, 2013


But two animal groups with somewhat different missions have reached across Edison Bridge, discovering that sharing space, dog collars and other resources can help both.

Erie County Humane Society, in Sandusky, and Island Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary, near Port Clinton, have forged a cooperative relationship, sending animals and supplies back and forth.

"I really want to show we are working together for the benefit of the animals," said Nancy Benevento-Brown, founder and CEO of Island Safe Harbor, located on State Road across from Erie-Ottawa Regional Airport.

The Humane Society's goal is to provide a temporary home for dogs and cats until a permanent home is found. It had 28 animal adoptions last month and adopts out about 350 a year, said Amy Wieber, the shelter manager.

Island Safe Harbor also does adoptions. It found homes for about 90 animals last year, but adopted out 71 of them in the last few weeks of 2012, after a much-publicized series of rescues of dogs from "puppy mills" in Holmes County, Benevento-Brown said. 

After reading about the rescues, "people wanted to be a part of the solution," Benevento-Brown said. 

A major role for Island Safe Harbor is to provide a permanent home for special-needs animals, dogs and cats, including those with physical problems, as they'reunlikely to find a permanent home. When the shelters have space, the two groups have agreed to accept animals from each other.

After Island Safe Harbor rescued dozens of Holmes County dogs, for instance, the Humane Society took four dogs. Two have been adopted out and two others, after they're neutered, have homes waiting, said Barbara Hargreaves, director of the Humane Society.

The shelters also share supplies.

"Nancy sent out a report she really needs collars," Hargreaves said. "We have a lot of collars."

Benevento-Brown said she took some heat from supporters who believe that Erie County's Humane Society euthanizes animals when it runs out of space. That's a bad rap, Benevento-Brown said — the Humane Society only euthanizes animals when it's medically necessary.

Only one dog was euthanized in the last year, Hargreaves said.

The December report shows three cats where euthanized that month: two for medical reasons and one because it bit a shelter worker.

Hargreaves said the Humane Society also has a cooperative relationship with the Erie County Dog Pound.

The two facilities recently swapped two dogs, with the dog pound sending over a beagle, Sara Lee, and the Humane Society giving the pound a black lab.

The dog pound does a good job of adopting out large dogs, Wieber said.



Kottage Kat

This wonderful!!!!


Licorice Schtick

Maybe they will figure out how to get Erie Countians to pay for a facility that only benefits Ottawa County. That's what they do with the airport.


Funny how Ottawa County's humane society is not involved.


You don't suppose it's because no one asked them, do you?


it is because Ottawa County has no more room for any more cats because they are a true no kill shelter unlike Erie County Humane soceity who puts hundred of cats to death every year because they have too many, subscribe to the erie county humane soceity newsletter if you don't beleive me and look at the year end totals of how many animals they put down, it is disgusting


I have mentioned this in a previous article here....Erei County Humane Society is under new leadership and I believe and know there will be may changes that will be a positive move for our County Society...This joint cooperation between Nancy's wonderful organization and the Erie County Humane Society is just a start!!!! Have faith and believe that the work Barbara is doing is fantastic and there is still more to come!!!! Barbara came not a mess adn she has taken anumber of cracks form uninformed individuals! She will be there shortly 2 years...a slight bit short of the month of my Maggie's death....and I am back to support and keep her excited and moving towards many valuable facets of an exceptional "RESCUE SHELTER"...For me ...the Humane Society's mission statement should eventually and clearly state "We are a NO KILL SHELTER and a RESCUE SHELTER" I will not support it without those terms! And my words and mission would have hard consequences for them if not met! But I feel no need to threaten them because I believe every effort is now being taken to make our County one of the best!!! And Barbara Hargreaves is our best person to get us on that road of success!!But she needs a team of concerned believers to help finacially, spiritually, and bodily!! They are not killing dogs or cats because of "no room at the inn". That has stopped and will be forever!!! I have been working with some exceptional folks at both the State and the National levels concerning rescue transports and also my going to and participating in activities concerning proposed Ohio State Legislation! We have two of the most noted supporters in our two counties, Huron and Erie County. Their input for SB130 was very important! Not everthing was acquired but we have something to begin 2013 with a stronger mission to end animal abuse and neglect in Ohio! ..Nancy Benevento - Brown is an exceptional lady I admire greatly and we all can learn alot from her!!!!!. I have my own special reason for my coming back! I am doing this to remember my Maggie and also for the innocent precious bundles of joy we have in our Erie County! It is our job as a "County Community" to protect, nurture , and love the animals of Erie County.
david e. morgan of milan, ohio


I do apologize for typographical errors! I should ahve proofread the entier sincere apology! david