Debs Dogs gives animals better lives through adoption


By Tyler R. Deitsch - [email protected]



Volunteer Stephanie Ruvoldt holds a dog at a recent adoption event by Debs Dogs.

Volunteer Stephanie Ruvoldt holds a dog at a recent adoption event by Debs Dogs.


Tyler R. Deitsch | The Lima News

Debbie Helser, the founder of Debs Dogs, holds several puppies at a recent adoption event.

Debbie Helser, the founder of Debs Dogs, holds several puppies at a recent adoption event.


Tyler R. Deitsch | The Lima News

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LIMA — Debbie Helser has been helping animals in Lima and Allen County for decades. Her organization, Debs Dogs, has been a functioning non-profit organization since 2008.

Helser works with volunteers to foster stray, sick and injured animals in the hope of finding homes for them and improving their quality of life.

Helser also operates a TNR project, which stands for Tag, Neuter and Return. The goal of TNR is to minimize the number of feral cats in an area, which can cause strain on local environments, and the cats often have a lower quality of life.

Helser estimated that her organization helps nearly 350 cats and dogs a year. Helser expressed her gratitude to the community for its help to support her program through donations, volunteers and adoptions. Debs Dogs relies on donations to help the animals it fosters and receives pet food from organizations such as the West Ohio Food Bank. Funding for TNR projects comes from grants distributed by the Ohio Pet Fund, which derives its funds from the sale of special pet license plates.

On Feb. 12, Helser hosted an adoption event at Pets Supplies Plus in Lima. The animals assisted by Debs Dogs are fostered in volunteers’ homes; monthly events like this are opportunities for people to come and meet the dogs waiting for forever homes.

There was a large group of people in the aisle with about 12 dogs available. Helser and her volunteers were there to facilitate adoption processes and visit people who had come in with dogs they had adopted from her organization. The dogs are doted upon by children and families.

Volunteer Stephanie Ruvoldt of Lima said she had fostered many dogs for the organization. She was holding Macer, a 14-week-old Shorkie, a Yorkshire Terrier and Shih Tzu mix.

If you are interested in getting involved, donating, fostering or adopting, vists debsdogs.org and the Debs Dogs Facebook page. Debs Dogs maintains a thorough adoption process to ensure that pets go to stable homes that offer the best life possible.

Volunteer Stephanie Ruvoldt holds a dog at a recent adoption event by Debs Dogs.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/03/web1_DebsDogs-1-.jpgVolunteer Stephanie Ruvoldt holds a dog at a recent adoption event by Debs Dogs. Tyler R. Deitsch | The Lima News
Debbie Helser, the founder of Debs Dogs, holds several puppies at a recent adoption event.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/03/web1_DebsDogs-2-.jpgDebbie Helser, the founder of Debs Dogs, holds several puppies at a recent adoption event. Tyler R. Deitsch | The Lima News

By Tyler R. Deitsch

[email protected]

CELEBRATING OUR SPIRIT

Celebrating Our Spirit celebrates small organizations, showcasing examples where the little guys are accomplishing big things. Read more stories online at LimaOhio.com/tag/spirit.

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