Our Mission and By-Laws

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The purpose of the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley shall be to promote the welfare of the animals within greater Washington County, Ohio in the following manner:

  1. Provide a safe haven for stray, lost and /or abused animals through operating an animal shelter.

  2. Educate the Communities served by the Society on the need for humane care of animals,   the need for animal population control, the relief of animal suffering, and the services offered by the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley.

  3. Investigate and prosecute complaints of animal abuse and neglect as permitted by the Ohio Revised Code.

  4. Provide for the adoption of animals by people who can demonstrate that they will provide care consistent with the purposes of the Society.


HSOV, Inc. is funded in part by fund raising activities, services provided to the City of Marietta
and the Washington County Commissioners, Marietta Community Foundation, memorial
contributions and bequests, and private and business donations.  For more information about our finances and budget, please visit our Guidestar profile by clicking here: 




Board Members 

Ethan Gerber, President

Leight Murray, Vice President

Mike Montgomery, Treasurer

Jim Raney, Secretary

Amber Dennison
Flite Freimann

Esther Salem
Keri Stan


Board Meeting Information

Regular board meetings will usually be held on the first Wednesday of every month, at 6 p.m.  All board meeting minutes will be posted here once approved by the board at the following month's meeting.  When special board meetings are called/held, those meeting minutes will also be posted here.  Any public comment, questions or concerns for the HSOV Board of Directors may be emailed to board@hsov.org 


The following is a list of the 2021 regular board meetings:

  • January 6

  • February 3

  • March 3

  • April 7

  • May 5

  • June 2

  • July 7

  • August 4

  • September 8

  • October 6

  • November 3

  • December 1 - Annual Meeting

Board Meeting Minutes

Shelter Management
Canoe Trip with a Dog

Shelter Manager

Scott leads our team including daily shelter operations, cleaning and animal care.  Scott works with staff and reports to the Board of Directors to ensure our mission is being achieved, short and long term.  Scott attends monthly commissioner meetings and board meetings to ensure communication is flowing and to help serve the Washington County Community while working together to decrease euthanasia, save & enrich lives and promote quality care for companion animals in our local area.  

Man's Best friend

Shelter Assistant Manager

 Rachal helps Scott lead our shelter team.  This dynamic duo support each other while stepping in to help clean kennels, but also over see the bigger picture daily at the shelter.  We are all working together, with the community, to decrease euthanasia, save and enrich the lives and promote quality care for companion animals in our local area.


We are accepting applications for kennel technicians.  All positions have job descriptions on Indeed may be applied to through the Indeed links on the appropriate pink button.