The Problem + Solution2019-01-29T23:15:05+00:00

Gigi’s innovation is solving problems

Below we outline the challenges that face the many passionate people who live to serve dogs around the state of Ohio. Through our partnership with Columbus Humane, Gigi’s Shelter for Dogs ensures that more dogs will be adopted.

Many municipal animal shelters across Ohio, particularly in rural areas, are overwhelmed with homeless dogs. These shelters also have incredibly limited resources to keep dogs healthy while they wait for a family to adopt them.

Too many dogs and too few resources mean that, even with the very best of intentions, dogs will get sick and/or decline behaviorally in many of these shelters.

Not all animal shelters are overcrowded with adoptable dogs. In fact, some shelters, like Columbus Humane, have the capacity to help more dogs find homes. The challenge here can actually be more adopters than dogs. But getting dogs from another shelter ready for adoption requires extra space and evaluation capacity, otherwise destination shelters risk exposing their existing population to diseases from incoming dogs.


Destination shelters have empty kennels and a desire to help more dogs; while fantastic families go without a new pup or consider purchasing from pet stores.

Gigi’s Path is an efficient system that invests first in source shelters to provide vaccinations, training and ongoing coaching so that dogs don’t get sick while in care. Gigi’s staff then picks up dogs from source shelters and brings them back to Gigi’s in Columbus where dogs receive medical and behavioral evaluations to prepare them for adoption. Once the dogs are all clear, they are transported to Columbus Humane for adoption and often find a new family within the first day.

The Impact for Dogs

Adoptions that used to take weeks and sometimes even months, are now accomplished within days on the Gigi’s Path and dogs don’t get sick while waiting for a new home.

The Impact for Shelters

Gigi’s provides vaccinations, supplies and training to source shelters and funds the transport, veterinary care, behavioral support, housing and shelter processing costs for all dogs in the program.  This frees both source shelters and destination shelters to do what they do best – take in dogs and get dogs adopted.