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Who We Are: Gigi’s is a regional care organization that gets homeless dogs in rural shelters home faster and healthier by providing access to quality shelter, veterinary, and behavior care.

Our 3-building, state-of-the-art campus includes a fully equipped hospital, comprehensive behavioral wellness center, adoption center, stand-alone infectious disease treatment center, and housing for more than 85 homeless dogs at a time. With a full veterinary team and a veterinary behaviorist, Gigi's has the expertise and ability to save and serve more than 6,000 homeless, helpless dogs each year.

What We Do: We partner with rural shelters to bring homeless dogs to our campus to receive comprehensive care, which can cost thousands of dollars per dog, including:

  • free vaccines

  • full veterinary care

  • dental and surgical procedures

  • behavioral support

  • shelter transportation and housing

  • adoption services

Most dogs in our program are then adopted faster and healthier, instead of spending months in a rural shelter waiting for a home with little to no access to a veterinarian.

Why We’re Important: Most rural shelters are over-filled, don’t have access to veterinary services, and are struggling to provide quality care to dogs. And to make matters worse, most shelters can only find homes for one of every five dogs within their county shelter. To solve these problems, Gigi’s provides access to comprehensive care – shelter, veterinary care, behavioral support, and adoption – to rural shelters at no cost.

How We Impact the Community: Gigi's has the expertise and ability to rescue, rehabilitate, and serve thousands of homeless dogs every year. Each year, we:

  • Heal and save thousands of shelter dogs

  • Provide 5,500 free vaccines for homeless dogs in rural, impoverished communities

  • Perform 1,400+ free or low-cost surgeries for shelter dogs

  • Drive 35,000 miles each year to connect homeless dogs with adoptive families

  • Provide life-saving treatment to shelter dogs diagnosed with parvovirus in Gigi’s Parvovirus Treatment Center

How You Can Help: Made possible by the generous support of our founders, 100% of the donations we receive go directly to saving homeless dogs. Your generosity is critical to our ability to continue healing and saving shelter dogs. Join Team Gigi's by giving to save homeless dogs today at!

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6175 Wright Rd, Canal Winchester, Ohio 43110


Director: Justin McKinniss

Board Chair: Jim Phieffer


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