Small-Town Animal Shelter Making Huge Impacts


Wagging tales greet you as you pull into the Champaign County Animal Welfare League driveway. 

Located at 3858 State Route 56 in Mechanicsburg sits a 72-acre non-profit animal shelter that rescues, rehabilitates, and rehomes animals that need a loving family. 

In 2015, the shelter was created to provide loving care and helping hands, and they have done just that. 

Last year, over 350 dogs were rescued and adopted by people to give these four-legged friends a life outside of the cage.

At the end of this January, the shelter teamed up to rescue over 70 dogs from an Amish mill in Degraff. 

Tiger Franks, the Executive Director of Champaign County Animal Welfare League, talks about the impact of this rescue:

Before any animal from the shelter gets adopted, they are spayed, microchipped, vaccinated, heartworm tested, and treated with flea and heartworm prevention.

If you are interested in adopting an animal from the shelter, you can start by filling out an application HERE.

There is an application fee of $15 that is valid for up to a year.

You can see the current pets available HERE.

Those who cannot adopt but would like to donate, you can do so HERE or text “CCAWL” to 26989 to make a one-time or monthly donation.

Volunteers for walking/caring for the animals are always needed to give them the proper care they deserve. 

If you or someone you know would like to volunteer your time, call (937)834-5236, email, or visit their Facebook page to get connected.

To see more information on the Champaign County Animal Welfare League, you can visit their website HERE.

As Tiger Franks says, “It takes a village!”