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A New “Leash” on Life

As playful dogs romp and wrestle in the field behind the Delaware County Dog Shelter, it’s hard to imagine a time when they were emaciated, sick, and in some cases, clinging to life. Thanks to a generous Columbus Foundation donor, today they are healthy and thriving in their forever homes.

The John E. Peyton Family Foundation provides critical funding to support animal care organizations serving Delaware County. When dogs are found abandoned, neglected, or removed from unsafe situations, the fund helps cover the cost for veterinary care, treating heartworm and other conditions, and spaying and neutering—an important service the shelter wasn’t able to provide before.

This is truly lifesaving support.

— John King, Assistant Dog Warden for Delaware County

Mr. Peyton, a mail clerk for the United States Postal Service for more than 30 years, had a deep love for Ohio State University football and enjoyed stamp collecting. His planned gift, established before his death in 2009, created the Field of Interest Fund that today provides for animals in Delaware County and also supports programs that advance agriculture and natural resources education at The Ohio State University.

For some four-legged friends, like Tug, a lab mix, and Tess, a Yorkie, this support has made all the difference.

“Without this critical funding from the Peyton Family Foundation, the future of these dogs would be much different,” said John King, Assistant Dog Warden for Delaware County. “We are able to get them the care they need so they can be adopted into loving homes. This is truly lifesaving support.”


Delaware County Assistant Dog Warden John King (left) with Tug, and Assistant Dog Warden Daniel James with Tess at the Delaware County Dog Shelter.

Fund Name

John E. Peyton Family Foundation



Field of Interest Fund