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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.

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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

 ARC Announces Charges in Animal Cruelty Case

The Montgomery County Animal Resource Center seized “Bo,” an emaciated Doberman, along with three other dogs on July 25, 2016 in the 2000 block of Richard Street in Dayton. “Bo,” along with “Annie,” “Max,” and “Bubba” were taken to the Animal Resource Center for evaluation and treatment. “Bo” was in the worst condition being more than thirty (30) pounds under ideal weight. The care and treatment for all of the dogs has been ongoing and the investigation has concluded.

A case file was submitted to the City of Dayton Prosecutor’s Office for the following persons in this case. Charges were accepted and approved as follows:

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959.131 (B) Cruelty to Animals “No person shall knowingly torture, torment, needlessly mutilate or maim, cruelly beat, poison, needlessly kill, or commit an act of cruelty against a companion animal.”

959.131 (C) No person who confines or who is the custodian or caretaker of a companion animal shall negligently do any of the following:

(1) Commit any act by which unnecessary or unjustifiable pain or suffering is caused, permitted, or allowed to continue, when there is a reasonable remedy or relief, against the companion animal;

(2) Omit any act of care by which unnecessary or unjustifiable pain or suffering is caused, permitted, or allowed to continue, when there is a reasonable remedy or relief, against the companion animal;

(3) Commit any act of neglect by which unnecessary or unjustifiable pain or suffering is caused, permitted, or allowed to continue, when there is a reasonable remedy or relief, against the companion animal;

Penalties possible for 1st Degree Misdemeanor: 180 days confinement, $1000 fine

Penalties possible for 2nd Degree Misdemeanor: 90 days confinement, $750 fine

The case is set for a hearing on September 6, 2016 in Dayton Municipal Court. Arraignment is set for the same date following the impoundment hearing.

The dogs remain in the care of the Animal Resource Center and are not available for adoption.
Bo   Before      Bo   After   In the care of ARC
Bo Before - June 2016                                                                 Bo in August 2016 at the Animal Resource Center

 Montgomery County Announces Amnesty Period for Dog Licenses

Beginning Friday, August 26 through Friday, September 9, Montgomery County dog owners can purchase a license for their canine without penalty fees.  On Tuesday, August 23, 2016 the Montgomery County Commissioners passed a resolution to establish the “Amnesty Dog License Period.”   

The Amnesty program is designed to encourage dog owners to license their dogs and pay only the standard license fee with no penalty.  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.

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.

Revenue from licensing is the Animal Resource Center’s major source of funding.  Proceeds from license sales help the Animal Resource Center to care for stray and lost animals, spay and neuter every animal that leaves the center as an adopted pet and provide animal control services to our community.

Amnesty dog licenses will be sold from Friday, August 26 through Friday, September 9 at the following locations:

  • Montgomery County Auditor’s Office, County Administration Building, 451 W. Third Street, Dayton
  • Online at:
  • Animal Resource Center, 6790 Webster Street, Dayton
  • Humane Society of Greater Dayton - 1661 Nicholas Road, Dayton, OH
  • SICSA, 2600 Wilmington Pike, Kettering                                     

You can also purchase your amnesty dog license at the ARC booth at the Montgomery County Fair from August 31 through September 5.

A Montgomery County dog license can be traced 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  A license distinguishes a lost dog from a stray dog.  A Montgomery County Dog License provides legal proof of ownership, and licensed dogs are eligible for the Vacation Registration Program.  For more information, contact the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center at:  937-898-4457.

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:
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Iams Truth | Iams Against Cruelty

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