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The Montgomery County Animal Resource Center is the largest open admission companion animal shelter in the greater Dayton region. As part of our service to the citizens of Montgomery County, our agency takes in thousands of dogs & cats each year. In addition to direct adoptions, the Animal Resource Center, part of the Dayton Alliance for Companion Animals, works with the Humane Society of Greater Dayton and the SICSA Pet Adoption Center along with many placement partners to find homes for as many dogs & cats as possible. The Animal Resource Center has not euthanized any adoptable dog for lack of space since 2008 and no adoptable cat since 2014 meeting our goal of ending the euthanasia of healthy, behaviorally sound pets by 2015.

A dog that is not wearing his/her license is required to be held for a minimum of three (3) days so make sure your dog has his/her license on! The Montgomery County Dog License fee is $20.00 for altered dogs and $24 for unaltered dogs.


Below is a list of animals that have been found and brought to our shelter. The list is not guaranteed to be complete and therefore should not be used in place of walking through our kennels.

We shelter cats from all over the County so if you have lost your cat, make sure to look here, in addition to the Humane Society of Greater Dayton and SICSA.

View Lost Dogs | View Lost Cats

In March of 2005, we moved into our new state-of-the-art, 24,000 square foot facility.

Contact the ARC:
 (937) 898-4457   

Office Fax: (937) 454-8139 

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6790 Webster St. Dayton, OH 45414 View Map

Shelter Hours: 
10 am - 6 pm, Monday-Friday 

10 am - 4 pm, Saturday 
11 am - 1 pm, Sundays & Holidays

To better serve the citizens of Montgomery County, we will now be open on Sundays and holidays* for lost and found searches ONLY.  During these special hours, we can only accept cash (with exact change), checks, MasterCard or Visa, and proper ID is required. 

*Excluding Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day

Temperatures are falling and so are adoption prices!

Winter Adoption Specials

Now through January 27, 2018, the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center is offering half off adoption specials on select dogs and puppies.  Puppies are $82 and dogs are $72.  Adoptions include:

2018 License
1st round of vaccines

Dog License Bone   Blue
West Carrollton Civic Center
300 E. Central Ave.
Thursday, January 25, 2018, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Trotwood Fire Station 72
5769 Little Richmond Rd.
Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.


Cold Weather Pet Safety


When temperatures (and snow) begin to fall, pets need extra care and shelter. The Animal Resource Center responds to conditions complaints for animals outside in unfit conditions. 
Please keep your pet safe and warm this winter:
  • Dogs housed outdoors require shelter and it must protect them from the elements. A raised dog house with three sides, roof and wind flap along with proper bedding such as straw is recommended. State code does not require animals to be housed indoors.
  • Water bowls should be checked frequently as frozen water is not acceptable under the law.
  • Outdoor dogs require more food in colder temperatures to help generate body heat.
  • Chemicals & salt used to melt ice & snow are hazardous to pets’ paws. Be prepared to wipe off pets’ feet if they are exposed to these chemicals.
  • Antifreeze may protect your radiator but it is deadly to pets. Clean up any spills immediately and, if your pet is exposed, seek veterinary medical attention immediately.
  • Warm car engines are a favorite place for cats in the cold. Before starting your cat, bang on the hood or honk your horn and allow a few extra seconds for any stowaways to escape. 
If you see any animal you believe to be neglected, contact the Animal Resource Center at 937-898-4457 or by email at   While Ohio Revised Code allows any person to protect an animal, attempting to do so may not have the desired result. Officers investigations are based on the scene as they observe it so making changes before an officer arrives may compromise any enforcement action. Photographs & witness statements from persons willing to testify in court are very helpful; however, the ARC does accept anonymous complaints. Animal Care & Control Officers are on duty seven days a week from 8am – 9pm.  

You "Can" Help!
ARC in Need of Canned, Wet Pet Food and Other Items

The Montgomery County Animal Resource Center is in need of donations for the pets in our care:

Canned Dog and Cat Food, Hot Dogs, Bleach

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Now, every dog that enters the ARC system becomes registered on Finding Rover. Users of Finding Rover can search the shelter right from their smartphone or computer in efforts to find their missing dog, a neighbor’s missing dog, or search for adoptable dogs. The Montgomery County, Ohio Animal Resource Center is now the first shelter in Ohio to offer the Finding Rover application which offers facial recognition technology to identify lost pets.  Finding Rover is a free service for identifying lost and found dogs in real-time with facial recognition technology accessible through the smartphone app and website.

Every dog that leaves the ARC, through a reunion or an adoption, can remain protected on Finding Rover when the pet-parent completes registration with an email. If that dog ever gets lost, their record will already be in the system, allowing for easy identification.

Registration of your pet is simple and free. Once your dogs are registered, they’re protected for life.  Registration is easy through Facebook and email – all you need is a picture of your dog and a zip code.  Anyone with a mobile phone can take a photo of a lost dog, which will be instantly posted on Finding Rover.

Finding Rover is currently available on iOS, Android, and online at for FREE.

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