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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 

Amber Dennison, President
Michael Miller, Vice President
Mike Montgomery, Treasurer
Michele Newbanks, Secretary
Tammy Bates

Esther Salem


Board Meeting Information 2023

 2023 Board meetings will be held at 304 Putnam St. Marietta (conference room on the second floor of the Administrative Services and Health Department)

Regular board meetings will usually be held on the second Wednesday of every month, at 7 p.m.  The location will be 304 Putnam Street, Marietta, Administrative Services and Health Department), unless otherwise noted.  All board meeting minutes will be posted here once approved by the board at the following month's meeting.  Any public comment, questions or concerns for the HSOV Board of Directors may be emailed to 


The following is a list of the 2023 regular board meetings:

  • January 11

  • February 8

  • March 8

  • April 12

  • May 10

  • June 14

  • July 12

  • August 9

  • September 13

  • October 11

  • November 8

  • December 13 - Annual Meeting/Election

Board Meeting Minutes

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Leading our team
Shelter Management

Shelter Director 

Karissa Reynolds leads our team including daily shelter operations, cleaning and animal care.  Works with staff and reports to the Board of Directors to ensure our mission is being achieved, short and long term.  She attends 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.  Karissa says, " “We want to focus on the well-being of our animals with training programs, playgroups, enrichment, and more availability for adopters to interact with potential fur-members. We also want to focus on our presence in the community.” 

Dog giving a high five

Shelter Assistant Manager

 Kati helps the director lead our shelter team.  This dynamic duo supports each other while stepping in to help clean kennels, but they also oversee 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.

Image by Krista Mangulsone

Shelter Kennel Manager

 Rachal helps oversee the enrichment & medical wellbeing of the animals in our care.  She has a passion for making the dogs and cats happier and more comfortable while they are at HSOV awaiting their forever homes.  

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