Fort Defiance Humane Society

Where Your Best Friend Waits

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About us

Mission Statement
Our Mission is to continually demonstrate our commitment to the highest principles of humane care and professional treatment for all injured, ill, stray or unwanted animals.

Our commitment to offer nothing but the very best is reflected in our vision & mission statements. We exist because of our volunteers and we are very grateful to those who have made us what we are today. We now strive to take our organization to the next level so that we can serve the animals even better and continue to keep them fully satisfied. 

The Fort Defiance Humane Society (FDHS) was officially started back in 1966.  The old dairy barn, which still stands to this day, was used as the shelter in 1971.
About 20 years later, a generous donation from Mr. Justin F. Coressel started a group effort to raise funds to build a new shelter, and on October 16, 1996 FDHS moved into our current building.

The Fort Defiance Humane Society is a 501(c)(3)  non-profit organization run by a small staff of one full-time shelter director, two full time employees, a part time feline attendant, and a part-time humane agent. The operation of the shelter relies heavily on the generous commitment of several volunteers, including members of the Board of Directors. 

Hours of Operation
7 days a week, including Saturday and Sunday, from Noon to 5:00 pm. We are closed on Easter Sunday.

Contact Information

Telephone: 419-658-2298
Fax: 419-658-2165

PO Box 2
Defiance, OH 43512


Your generosity is what allows us to operate and continue to save lives.
We sincerely appreciate your support!