• Every Pet Deserves a Good Home

    Our mission is to rescue, heal, adopt, and advocate for homeless, sick, injured, and abused animals.

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  • Services for Pet Owners

    At FDHS, you’ll find services to assist you as a pet owner.

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Contact Info

(419) 658-2298
7169 State Route 15 – PO Box 2
Defiance, Ohio 43512


Business Hours

Monday – Friday 11:00am – 4:00 pm

Saturday & Sunday – (By Appointment Only)

***Meet and greets with approved adoption application***


Animal Authorities

Report Animal Cruelty – (419) 658-2298
Defiance Co. Dog Warden – (419) 784-2335
Defiance County Sheriff – (419) 784-1155
Defiance City Police – (419) 784-5050
Hicksville Village Police – (419) 542-6661
Wildlife Contact – (800) Wildlife

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We Are Their Voice.


The Fort Defiance Humane Society is a non-profit, compassionate, animal-advocacy organization established in 1966 to provide the Defiance area community with resources to:

  • Rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome abused, neglected, or unwanted animals
  • Develop and administer programs designed to educate the community on responsible pet ownership
  • Aggressively control animal abuse and overpopulation.

Caring for Animals in Defiance County

Fort Defiance Humane Society (FDHS) is an independent, registered 501-c3 nonprofit, local animal shelter. We work to help those animals that cannot help themselves through focusing our efforts on rescuing animals, caring for them, and finding them a new home. While animals are in our care, we keep them safe and provide them with shelter, medical care, and nutrition so that they are prepared to thrive at their new “furever” home, and lead a happy, healthy life.

FDHS employs the only Humane Agent in the area, responding to reports of animal abuse, neglect, and cruelty. We rely primarily on donations, grants, and fundraisers to continue our work of “rescuing the abused and loving the abandoned” animals in Defiance County.

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