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The Montgomery County Animal Resource Center serves as the dog warden for Montgomery County (Ohio state law requires every county to have one), which means we handle all the stray dogs for the county. We are also the largest companion animal shelter in the greater Dayton region. We take in over 7,000 dogs and 3,500 cats per year and adopt out over 1,800 dogs and cats per year.

Check out these ARC statistics.

A dog that is not wearing his/her license is held for only 3 days so make sure your dog has his/her license on! The 2015 Montgomery County Dog License fee is $20.00 for altered dogs and $24 for unaltered dogs.  For more dog licensing information, visit the Montgomery County Auditor.

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.

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

Summer Pet Safety Tips
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A summer heat advisory has been issued for Montgomery County and citizens have been advised to limit physical activity, drink plenty of fluids (water), and the very young and aged should remain indoors.  In addition, the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center would like to add that pet owners should be mindful during this advisory and the rest of summer. 

  • Limit physical activities to the cooler times of the day (mornings and evenings).  Walk your pets or visit the dog parks during these cooler periods.
  • Watch the humidity as it can affect your pet as well.  Pets pant in order to cool their bodies and if the humidity is too high they have difficulty cooling themselves resulting in elevated body temperatures.
  • If at all possible, bring your pet indoors.  If not, make certain that your pet has shelter/shade to protect it from the heat and that there is plenty of fresh potable water available for your pet.
  • Watch for signs of heat stroke.  Signs of heat stroke in pets are heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, lethargy, lack of coordination, vomiting, seizures and eventually losing consciousness.  The very young, aged, overweight dogs are ones which are highly susceptible to heat stroke along with certain breeds (Pugs, Boxers, Bulldogs for example).  If your pet is suffering from heat stroke, owners should move their pet to a shaded or air conditioned area.  Begin cooling the animal’s body by applying cold towels to the head, neck and chest area or by running cool (not cold) water over the animal and seek veterinary attention.
  • Never leave your pet in a parked vehicle even for a few minutes or with the vehicle running and with the air conditioner on.  On a warm/hot day temperatures inside a vehicle can escalate to dangerous levels in a very short period of time. 

The Animal Resource Center receives many heat related calls daily and with the temperatures predicted, animals will be at greater risk.  Pet owners need to take precautions for their pets at all times but particularly during these times of excessive heat. 

For more information or to report an animal welfare check one can contact the Animal Resource Center at 898-4457.

2016 Animal Care & Control Officers Appreciation

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Pictured (L to R):
Front Row:  Ellen Paul and Payton Krebs
Second Row:  Brian Baker, Josh Cusick, Beverly White, Steve Hurd, Torbin Peterson, Director Mark Kumpf
Back Row:  Montgomery County Commissioners Dan Foley, Judy Dodge and Debbie Lieberman, Assistant County Administrator Amy Wiedeman

On Thursday, April 14, 2016, the Montgomery County Board of County Commissioners recognized the Animal Care & Control Officers of the Animal Resource Center.  The recognition comes as part of National Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week. 

Each year, the National Animal Care & Control Association (NACA) celebrates and promotes the women and men of the animal control profession who tirelessly working to improve the welfare of people and animals.  It is also a week to honor those professionals who died in the line of duty. 

“Our community is incredibly fortunate to have these men and women working each and every day to protect people and pets,” said County Commission President Judy Dodge.  “Our ACCOs work tirelessly to protect the welfare of helpless animals and pets that are rescued from injury, disease, abuse and starvation.” 

Animal control professionals provide an invaluable service to the citizens throughout the nation.  Enforcement of animal laws, rabies prevention, humane education and the care of stray animals are just a few of the many services that animal control professionals provide on a daily basis.

ARC Hosting Link Seminar 
"The Link Between Violence to People and Violence to Animals"
Monday, April 18, 2016 - Sinclair Community College
FREE - 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Building 12, Room 116
Registration required:  937-264-5475 or

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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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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!

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ARC 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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