About Us

Shelter Outreach Services of Ohio is a low-cost, nonprofit spay and neuter clinic serving low income families and animal rescue organizations in the greater Columbus area. Our mission is to improve the quality of life of shelter animals and companion animals of low income families by providing affordable veterinary care and to help reduce the homeless pet population through spay/neuter programs.

SOS of Ohio was established in 2007 by Dr. Melanie deHaan as a mobile mash clinic serving humane societies and area shelters. In February of 2009, SOS of Ohio was reestablished in its current form as a Humane Alliance style, high-volume, stationary clinic serving both rescue organizations and the general public.

While our primary focus remains spay and neuter, we also offer other low-cost veterinary services, vaccinations and treatments at the time of surgery. SOS of Ohio also hosts a comprehensive set of special programs including our Transport Program, Community Outreach and Events Team, Feral Cat Program, Spay/Neuter Voucher Program and holds special benefit events open to the community.

Location

Our clinic is conveniently located at:
3121 West Broad St. Columbus, Ohio 43204
Between Westgate Ave and Brinker Ave, across from Chase Bank

If traveling from the East:
We are located approximately 2.5 miles West of I-70

If traveling from the West:
We are located approximately 2 miles East of I-270

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Hours

Here at SOS of Ohio, surgeries are scheduled by appointment only, unless the animal is a truly feral, humanely trapped cat (please see FERAL CATS for more information).

We are open Monday-Friday 7:30am-6pm for surgeries.

We accept ferals/stray cats for surgery Monday-Friday 7:30am-2pm.

Schedule your appointment by calling (614) 396-8707.

The best time to reach us is between 9:30am and 3:30pm. If you do not reach us, please feel free to leave a message with your contact information and we will return your call as soon as possible.

What you need to know BEFORE and AFTER your appointment…

Meet the Staff

 Melanie deHaan, DVM | Founder and Medical Director

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Dr. deHaan is the founder and Medical Director of SOS of Ohio. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, class of 2006. Dr. deHaan was the founder and president of the The Ohio State University’s Shelter Medicine Club, a co-chair of the Community Service Committee, and received the American Veterinary Medical Association’s award for Outstanding Senior Service her graduating year. Dr. deHaan is a member of the OVMA, AVMA, and Association of Shelter Veterinarians.  She does relief work for private practices across the city, but her special interest is Shelter Medicine with a focus on high-volume spay and neuter surgery.

 Aleshia (Aley) Overbey | Clinic Manager

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Aleshia Overbey graduated in 1998 with an Associates Degree in Equine Science. Since that time she has found that working with small animals is, as equally, rewarding. She enjoys spending her time helping with foster animals through SOS.

 Erin Martinez, DVM | Veterinarian

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Dr. Martinez graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in June of 2010. Prior to coming to Ohio for vet school she worked in multiple small animal clinics in Maryland and Washington, DC. After a rotation her senior year at Capital Area Humane Society, she discovered an interest in shelter medicine and spay/neuter surgery. Dr. Martinez started at SOS shortly after graduation and greatly enjoys the new experiences everyday. When not working, Dr. Martinez loves to spend time with her husband and their pets, Muncher, the great dane, and the cats, Dozer and Dizzy.

 Angie Bockover, RVT | Veterinary Technician

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Angie Bockover is a Registered Veterinary Technician.  She graduated from Columbus State Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology in 1998. She worked at the Humane Society of Delaware County for 10 years. She is a member of the OVTA. Angie has an active interest in rescue and re-homing pets in need and ending pet overpopulation. She hopes to have her own Chihuahua rescue someday. She enjoys traveling, camping, gardening, and reading. Angie is happy to share her home with 2 Chihuahuas, 3 cats, and a cockatiel.

  …More staff bios to come!