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We established in an effort to improve conditions at the dog pound and to alleviate the suffering of companion animals in Belmont County. Today with close to 3000 members, we strive to make our shelter one of the best in Ohio. At the present time, approximately one-third of the operating funds for the shelter are provided by BCARL (Belmont County Animal Rescue League), including all funding for the care of animals. We have teamed with the local correctional facility to carefully select inmates to complete basic training for chosen dogs.

Dog license sales, fines and fund drives provide us with help in funding animal care (including spay/neuter), daily operations, improvements and employee salaries. With your help and support we can continue to save more animals.
Our dogs and cats are adopted by approved individuals and/or families.They must be adopted as companion animals and live in the house with their family. We will not adopt a pet to someone who tends to allow the animal to live outside. In the event one of our dogs goes to a rescue, we will consider only those rescues who are 501C3's.  These are non-profit organizations who adopt only to approved individuals and/or families. They do not sell dogs or cats to the public, retail establishments, or pet stores. 

Ongoing Projects
Organizing your garage or basement?? Hauling away old newspaper and cardboard?? We can help. We are now accepting old newspapers, magazines,and books for recycling  to benefit the animals at the shelter. Please drop off your discarded paper at The Belmont County Animal Shelter in the bins provided. Thank you!
The following are available for purchase at the shelter:
            T-shirts $12.00 each  (Sixe 2x and 3x: $14.00 each)
            Car & Refrigerator Magnets with your breed of dog, cat, or pet: $5.00 each
Please drop your change in our "doggie banks" located at retail establishments throughout our county.

 If you like to "google", try using Goodsearch instead. Goodsearch is a search engine powered by Yahoo. Visit and type in the name Belmont County Animal Rescue League where it asks for name of charity/organization. Every time you search the net, BCARL will receive a donation of a penny from Goodsearch. If everyone does this, the pennies will accumulate fast!
Check out Many retail establishments (eg. Apple, Bloomingdales, Pet Meds, Staples,, to name just a few) have registered with igive. All you have to do is register with igive as well and select the Belmont County Animal Shelter as your choice of cause, and any time you make an on-line purchase with one of these companies, a portion of your purchase will be donated to us. 

If you are interested in donating needed shelter items, these can be dropped off at the shelter.
If you are interested in making a monetary donation via Paypal please click on the Donate Now tab. Other monetary donations may be sent to the shelter.
 The Ohio Pet Fund
Ohio Pet License Plates are vehicle registration tags that raise funds for educaion and spay/neuter of pets for low-income families and for dogs and cats adopted from qualifying shelters like us.  To purchase this plate and help fund these programs, visit  or visit your local BMV.
Adoption applications for our cats and dogs can be filled out at the shelter or online by clicking the Adopt Now! button. Approval can take up to a week and applications are approved with the animal's best interest in mind.  If you are approved, your dog or cat must first be spayed or neutered before you may take her/him home.  Adoption fees are $100-$500 depending on breed, amount of vet care, etc.  Payment may be made by cash or check at the shelter or by clicking on the Donate Now button for PayPal.
To view our dogs and cats, visit



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