Dog shelter needs air conditioning

GoFundMe account set up

By Sarina Atwell - Morrow County Dog Warden

MOUNT GILEAD — From humble beginnings in an old building at the back of the Morrow County Fairgrounds, the new Morrow County Dog Shelter was built through a generous private donation, and opened in November of 2015.

The facility is a vast improvement over the previous building. However, while the office and reception areas are air conditioned, the new building budget was exhausted before air conditioning could be added to the kennel area. Each summer, we use fans and struggle to keep the dogs cool, and keep the humidity under control.

The Friends of the Morrow County Dog Shelter, a 501(c3) non-profit, is proud to support an effort to raise funds to air condition the dog kennel area. A GoFundMe campaign, called Dog Shelter Needs Air Conditioning, was launched on November 6, 2018, with a target of $15,000, the current estimate for kennel area AC.

Already the campaign has raised over $11,000. If the goal is exceeded, any excess funds will be used to off-set the increased utility costs caused by the air conditioning, and any other needed improvements. The plan is to have the new AC system installed and operational for the summer of 2019.

The shelter staff loves and cares for every dog that comes under our care, and we work hard to place each one in a loving, permanent home. Using social media, we have built a network of supporters and rescues throughout Ohio and surrounding states, we are reaching out now to this network for support.

Donations can be made through the GoFundMe campaign, or directly to the Friends of the Morrow County Dog Shelter, PO Box 511, Mt. Gilead, OH, 43338 – checks must be made out to The Friends of the Morrow County Dog Shelter. You may also use PayPal at

Please help with any amount you can donate – it will be greatly appreciated. Please follow the campaign’s progress on GoFundMe, on the shelter’s Facebook page, and celebrate with us when the goal is reached.

GoFundMe account set up

By Sarina Atwell

Morrow County Dog Warden