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    Animal Resource Center



    Photo Courtesy of Jim Witmer 

    Contact Us:

    Shelter: (937) 898-4457 
    Office Fax: (937) 454-8139
    E-mail: AnimalShelter@mcohio.org

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    6790 Webster St.
    Dayton, OH 45414
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    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 Years Day. 

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    2015 Dog Licenses On Sale Now!

    2015 Montgomery County dog licenses go on sale Monday, December 1, 2014!  Dog owners can purchase their license from December 1, 2014 through January 31, 2015. 

    Owners whose dogs have been spayed or neutered will pay a $20 license fee.  Owners whose dogs have not been altered will pay $24 per dog license.

    All currently licensed dogs registered as spayed or neutered will automatically pay the $20 license fee.  For newly acquired dogs, owners can:

    • Provide veterinary records confirming spay / neuter status
    • Submit a form provided by the County and completed by their veterinarian
    • Submit a legal affidavit affirming that their dog is altered

    There are exceptions made for dog breeders who have proper registration and hunters who have a valid hunting license and use their dog for hunting. In addition, dogs that are medically certified by their veterinarian as being too old or health compromised may receive the $20 rate by providing certification with their application to the Auditor's Office.  In addition, a “lifetime” dog license is available for purchase only at the Auditor’s Office for $100.

    Licenses are available online at www.mcohio.org/dogs, at Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith’s Office, the Animal Resource Center and numerous outposts.  Call 937-225-4314 for more information.

    Dog license sales are the Animal Resource Center’s major source of funding.  Proceeds from license sales ensure that the Animal Resource Center can care for stray and lost animals, spay and neuter every animal that leaves the center as an adopted pet and provide animal control services throughout the County.

    The Animal Resource Center is a nationally recognized shelter providing excellent service and care to the citizens of Montgomery County and their pets.

    Thank You, Lucky's Taproom & Eatery!!


    This year's Black Friday Pet Adoption Event on Friday, November 28th was another huge success thanks to the generosity of Lucky's Taproom & Eatery in the Oregon District. Thank you, Lucky's, for the generous donation!!

    THANK YOU LexisNexis

    Lexus Nexis Volunteers

    A BIG Thank You to this group from LexisNexis that volunteered at the Animal Resource Center on Monday, November 17th and donated much-needed supplies! We are so grateful to our community partners!


    MVCTC Students Visit the ARC

    On November 12, 2014, over 50 students from Miami Valley Career Technology Center’s veterinary class with instructor Dr. Neiligh visited the ARC for introduction and operation lecture with Shelter Supervisor Mick Sagester and hands-on physical exams and socializing of our dogs with RVT Malinda Jonker and Dr. Kelly Meyer.

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    Halloween Safety Tips for Your Pets

    Dogs as Ghosts

    The scariest, spookiest time of the year is upon us.  This is the time when all the ghosts, goblins, ghouls and other monsters will be out in full force visiting our homes.  The Montgomery County Animal Resource Center recommends that dog and cat owners take precautions to keep their pets safe this Halloween.

    1. Trick-or-Treat:  That bowl of candy for trick-or-treaters is not for pets.  Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, is dangerous for dogs and cats.  Additionally, candy containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can be problematic as well.  If it is suspected that your pet has ingested something toxic, call your Veterinarian.
    2. Carved pumpkins are festive this time of year, but if a candle is used to light your jack-o-lantern, place them in an area where pets will be unlikely to knock them over, thus avoiding a fire.
    3. Electric lights and other decorations should be out of the reach of pets.  If the cords are chewed on, your pet may suffer burns or possibly a life threatening shock.
    4. Do not put your pet in a costume unless you know that they love it.  Those pets that do not like being in costume will be caused undue stress this time of year.
    5. If you do dress up your pet, make certain that the costume does not constrict the pet’s natural movements or impede their ability to see, hear, breathe or to bark or meow.  As an alternative you may wish to consider a festive bandana.
    6. Closely inspect your pet’s costume to ensure that there are no dangling pieces that can be easily chewed off that they could choke on. 
    7. Even some of the most social pets should be kept in a separate room from the front door during trick-or treat hours.  Too many human ghouls can be scary and stressful for them.
    8. When opening the door for our trick-or-treaters, make certain that your pet does not dart out the door.
    9. Lastly, make certain that your pet(s) has proper identification.  If your pet should escape and become lost, a collar with license or other ID can be a lifesaver.  Remember, your dog’s license is its ticket home.  Additionally, visit your local animal control/shelter to see if your pet is there and/or to place a lost report.

    ARC Volunteer Receives National Award

    John Crouch

    Montgomery County Animal Resource Center volunteer, John Crouch, has been named the 2014 “Diane Lane Memorial Award” recipient by the National Animal Control Association for outstanding volunteer service.

    John’s dedication to the ARC stretches 17 years.  An important part of a successful adoption program is the ability to present a clean, well-groomed dog.  John volunteers full-time each week to bathe and groom the many dogs that come to the ARC.  He came to the shelter without any knowledge of grooming, and worked for a short time with a professional groomer to learn the craft.  John grooms 10 or more dogs a day. The current grooming room was developed with John’s input and is truly his place at the shelter.

    According to NACA, the nominee selected to win this award must be someone who is not directly employed in the animal control field, but is a volunteer in animal welfare-related activities. He or she will have demonstrated exceptional dedication or performed outstanding work far beyond the requirements of the volunteer position.

    The ARC adopts out thousands of dogs each year. John bathes and grooms all of them before they are moved into the adoption room.  Along with that number, John clips, brushes and bathes other dogs and puppies that come to the shelter in horrific shape.  This is truly a testament to his caring for sheltered animals. 

    “John truly exemplifies the spirit for which this award was created,” said ARC Director Mark Kumpf.  “There is no doubt that John’s long term commitment to the ARC is reflected in the positive comments we receive from the public about the cleanliness of the shelter and the animals for adoption.”

    John travelled to Phoenix, Arizona on Thursday, September 4, 2014 to receive his award at the annual NACA Conference.

    In 2010 and 2012, the Montgomery County ARC received the NACA Outstanding Agency Award for its effective training program for personnel, outstanding/innovative public education programs, and active community involvement. 

    Veterinary Intern Program

    The Montgomery County Animal Resource Center is proud to partner with multiple universities across the country on its Veterinary Intern Program.  These veterinary students gain valuable, hands-on experience during their time at the ARC.  Click on the photo below to view the video:

    Vet Interns

      ARC Amazon Wish List

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    Don't forget your dog is required by law to display a valid 2014 Dog License

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    The Montgomery County Animal Resource Center is proud to be one of only 60 Shelters in US that participates in the Pets Mart Charities Rescue Waggin! Please watch this video to learn more!


     Montgomery County Bark Park Video

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    Iams logoARC thanks the Iams Corporation for their generosity and support of our shelter.  The premium food that Iams donates to feed the 10,000+ cats and dogs that come to us each year is a huge help!  The waste bag dispensers at the Montgomery County Bark Park help keep the park clean and make it a fun place to visit.  

    Iams Dog & Cat Food on the Web:
    Iams | Eukanuba | Iams Dog & Cat Food Company
    Iams Truth | Iams Against Cruelty




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    Bark Park Big Hill - Closing

    The time has come. Some of you may have noticed the large "patches" on the hill. With the constant rain and weather, the hill hasn't been keeping up appearances. We received word from the Solid Waste folks that November 12, 2014, the main hill will close for the winter. In the interim, please stay away from the patches and any cones that have been put out. These mark areas that are either undergoing refurbishment or repair. On a positive note, a grant application has been submitted for new furniture and replacement trash receptacles for the park. We will keep everyone posted on the developments. Sonny's Acres will remain open throughout the winter season.

    Mingle With Our Mutts

    Please join us the Second Sunday of each month from Noon - 2 PM for Mingle with Our Mutts we will have lots of adoptable dogs and cats looking for new homes.