If it were up to us, The Worthington Inn would be a haven for homeless or abandoned animals in Columbus. Imagine tabby cats as bus boys, bulldogs as dishwashers and a handsome golden retriever as your friendly bartender. Obviously, the Columbus Health Department would not approve of this four-legged staffing,  so The Worthington Inn had to resort to a less allergy-inducing effort. Instead, as the summer winds down into the muggy days of August and the start of the school year is just around the corner, The Worthington Inn will be hosting the Dog (and Cat!) Days of Summer fundraiser. The week of August 20-26, The Worthington Inn  will donate 5% of every bill to Ohio Animal Companion. All you have to do is dine with us and you’ll support animal welfare in central Ohio!

Ohio Animal Companion is a non-profit organization that focuses on the human aspect of pet ownership. The mission of Ohio Animal Companion is to reduce the number of homeless pets in the state of Ohio and foster appreciation for all animals by educating the public on lifelong responsible pet ownership, promoting the efforts of area rescues and shelters, and encouraging humane interaction with wildlife. 


Ohio Animal Companion’s goal is to inform, educate, and entertain pet owners in order to keep pets in their homes for life.


During  its six years in existence, Ohio Animal Companion has provided programming and resources to fulfill its mission, including:

  • Tackle Pet Hunger Campaign each fall to benefit area pet food pantries. Every year, animals are reluctantly returned to shelters or given away because their owners are unable to care for them due to a difficult financial situation. Pet food pantries assist pet owners in acquiring pet food when times are tough. Pet Promise, a beneficiary of Tackle Pet Hunger event, also uses the pet food collected for other programming, such as the City Kitty program. This year’s Tackle Pet Hunger campaign will occur October 30-12, 2016 with a goal of collecting 4,000 lbs of cat and dog food. Click here for more information, to get involved, or to find a collection site.
  • Behavior/Health and Wellness Workshops for pet owners including Pet First Aid, Pet Nutrition, and Bringing Home Baby (Getting a Pet Ready for a New Baby). The next workshop is Pet First Aid and CPR on September 24-click here to reserve your spot!
  • Up-to-date resource listings for pet food assistance programs, low cost spay/neuter services, pet medical assistance programs, pet loss support groups
  • Environmental enrichment


  • Information on humane wildlife interaction and appreciation

In the next year, Ohio Animal Companion hopes to add webinar workshops and guided nature walks to its resources and programs. Additional funding would allow move the organization to establish more programming well as the long-term goal as expanding its mission beyond central Ohio.

Can’t make it to Dog (and Cat!) Days of Summer, but would still like to donate the cause? Visit their website or make an effort to donate to their upcoming Tackle Pet Hunger Campaign. We look forward to dining with you and Fido next week! “Bone” Appetit!

Group of cats and dogs