OAA in Action

02/27/2020: OAA President Dr. Mark Bamberger, Esq., shared his passion for, and the fascinating history about, wolves who were saved from drug kingpins in a conversation on “Why do Pets Matter?”

02/26/2020: OAA Executive Director Vicki Deisner testified in support of Ohio House Bill 350 which would reinstate laws against bestiality and make cockfighting a felony statewide

02/12/2020: OAA Executive Director Vicki Deisner, Board Secretary Michelle Lanham, and OAA Veterinary Advisor Dr. Joanna Reen met with Hilliard City officials and community leaders to assist in the creation of a community cat ordinance


02/05/2020:  OAA Executive Director Vicki Deisner testified in support of OH Senate Bill 205 (Increase the Penalty for Cruelty to or Killing of Companion Animals) in the OH Senate Judiciary Committee


01/23/2020: OAA Executive Director Vicki Deisner met with Ohio State Representative Edwards and the Directors of the Humane Society of the United States and Ohio Animal Welfare Federation. Athens County 6th-graders Annamarie Montle and Emma Pelot presented their briefing about stopping dog abuse.

01/22/2020:  OAA Executive Director Vicki Deisner briefed the Lucas County Domestic Violence Task Force on The Link Between Interpersonal Violence and Animal Abuse and the status of Ohio House Bill 33, which would require the reporting of animal abuse by social workers. 

12/13/2019:  OAA Executive Director Vicki Deisner presented on the link between animal and human violence at the Cleveland Elder Abuse/Domestic Violence Roundtable

11/25/2019: OAA Secretary Michelle Lanham and OAA Executive Director Vicki Deisner attended, and Vicki testified at, the Hilliard City Council hearing.  Hilliard City Council withdrew the ordinance and committed to working with the community on a community cat solution.


11/19/2019: OAA joined The National Coalition to End Wildlife Killing Contests


11/14/2019: OAA President Vicki Deisner and Board member Aimee Schwab attended the Annual Conference of the Ohio Community Wildlife Cooperative.  Keynote speaker Stan Gerht, Professor and WIldlife Extension Specialist at The Ohio State University, presented on his 20-year urban coyote project and spoke of the thousands of coyotes co-exising with Chicago’s residents.and the important ecological role they play.

11/14/2019: OAA President Vicki Deisner presented to the annual meeting of the National Association of Social Workers (Ohio Chapter in Columbus) an overview of domestic violence research and trends regarding the link between animal and human violence

11/10/2019: OAA Board President Vicki Deisner was interviewed on the Mindy Drayer radio show regarding the the importance of President Trump signing the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act


10/30/2019: OAA President Vicki Deisner presented a continuing education course on the link between animal abuse and human violence to Lucas County social workers

10/26/2019: OAA President Vicki Deisner had an op-ed published in The Columbus Dispatch about an abuser taking advantage of a victim’s bond with a pet and the need for resources for domestic violence victims and their pets and cross-reporting animal and human abuse.  See our Ohio House Bill 33 Action Alert and ask your state representative to support the cross-reporting of animal abuse.

10/26/2019: OAA President Vicki Deisner participated in The Together Initiative for Ohio’s Community Cats “Community Cat Summit V” in Strongsville OH where key Midwest speakers spoke on a variety of topics including how to resolve conflicts with neighbors, using data to make an evidence-based case for trap/neuter/return, and constructing robust community cat legislation

10/23/2019: OAA President Vicki Deisner participated on the Lucas County Domestic Violence Task Force


08/2019: OAA wrote the Garfield Heights major and city council urging repeal of the ban on feeding stray cats in response to the nationally-publicized plight of a 79-year-old woman facing jail time


08/2019: OAA pledged support of and endorsed non-lethal community cat management through The Together Initiative for Ohio’s Community Cats



06/2019: OAA joined 19 other state animal welfare organizations in signing the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation‘s letter to the Chairwoman of the Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations regarding US Department of Agriculture’s failure to effectively enforce the Animal Welfare Act as it applies to commercial dog breeding.

05/2019: OAA joined the Animal Welfare Institute, The Humane Society of the United States, Animal Legal Defense Fund, Red Rover, National Link Coalition, the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, and the National Animal Care & Control Association in providing testimony on Ohio House Bill 33 which would mandate the cross-reporting of animal and human violence. Sponsored by Representative Lanese and cosponsored by Representative Carruthers, it has been introduced and had sponsor and proponent testimony in the House Criminal Justice Committee. Hearings are expected to continue this fall when the legislature returns.

03/2019: OAA Board members assisted Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) in conducting regional cross-reporting seminars in March 2019 in Cleveland, Toledo, and Columbus with keynote speaker Phil Arkow, Coordinator of the National Link Coalition.

03/2019: During Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) open houses, OAA partnered with other animal welfare advocates to provide testimony in support of continuing the ban on bobcat trapping and to request ODNR eliminate coyote-killing contests in Ohio.