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    How many animals do you help each year?
    We provide shelter to approximately 10,000 pets each year. Our Animal Care and Control Officers respond to over 15,000 requests for service that usually involve rescuing a lost, stray, sick or injured dog from the streets. Additionally we investigate about 1,200 complaints of canine cruelty and/or neglect. 
    Can you find my pet a new home?
    We are a full-service facility and do accept pets (dogs and cats) directly from their owners. We cannot, however, guarantee finding your pet a home. Our main criterion for selecting pets for adoption surround health and behavior issues. Only pets we believe are healthy and temperamentally sound are made available for adoption. We will certainly do what we can.
    Is the Animal Shelter the same as the Humane Society?

    No. There exists both the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center and the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. While combined at one time, the organizations have been separated since 1981 with the Humane Society keeping the Danner Avenue location and the Shelter moving to Webster St. in the Vandalia area.

    The Animal Resource Center is a full-service agency responsible for rescuing and sheltering our community's lost and stray dogs. We are responsible also for the enforcement of Ohio's dog laws.

    The Animal Resource Center is funded primarily through the sale of dog licenses. Other sources of funding include adoption and board fees, donations, and contracts. About one-fourth of the organization's funding comes from general tax dollars. The Humane Society's funding is from donations and grants.

    All three animal agencies in our community (the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center, the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, and SICSA) offer animals for adoption. Each agency, also, promotes spay/neutering through a variety of programs. There is no shortage of sheltered pets needing homes in our community.

    How can I help?

    The best way is for you to be a responsible pet owner:

    • Spay/neuter your pet
    • License your dog 
    • Keep a tag on your pet
    • Don't let your pet run loose unattended

    And, then encourage others to follow your example.

    • View our Wish List of donations
    • Tell anyone looking to add a pet to his or her family to come to the Shelter.
    • Tax deductible monetary donations are most welcome! You may designate a specific fund you would like to contribute to:
    • Medical Fund - monies used to provide medical services to pets with special needs
    • Share in the Caring Fund - general donation

    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.