What to do if you have lost your dog
stray dogs picked up by Animal Care & Control Officers are taken to the our facility, located at 6790 Webster Street, Dayton, Ohio 45414. We also receive many stray dogs turned in by private citizens.
If a dog is wearing a current Montgomery County dog license, it will be held at the Shelter for fourteen (14) days.
By law unlicensed dogs are only held for three (3) days.
Every attempt is made to reunite the lost dog with its owner. After the waiting period, dogs are evaluated for adoption,released to a reputable rescue group, or euthanized.
IF YOU HAVE LOST YOUR DOG THIS IS THE FIRST PLACE YOU SHOULD LOOK!!
If you have lost your dog, visit the Shelter immediately and in person to look for your dog. Due to the large number of dogs received daily at the Shelter, we are unable to positively identify or answer questions about lost dogs over the phone.
To claim a lost dog from the Shelter you must be eighteen years of age or older and have a valid picture I.D. We can accept cash, checks, Visa or Mastercard for redemptions.
It would be helpful for you to bring proof of a current dog license for your pet.
- We charge an impound fee of $30 for the first impound, $50 for the second impound and $75 for the third impound during a calendar year.
- In addition to impound charges, we also charge $15 a day for boarding.
- If the dog does not have a current license, there will be additional fees. Dogs will not be released without a current license.
|Tips for Finding a Lost Pet
Start looking immediately. Don't wait for your pet to find their way home. Don't assume that because he/she ran off before and made it back home safely that your pet will be as lucky this time.
Come into the Shelter to look. We will do our best to help you over the phone but it is often difficult to say for certain if your pet is here. Descriptions can be vague in terms of color, size, and even breeds. We may have 200 animals receiving shelter and care. Many of these pets may be described as black/brown; medium; shepard mixes. Please come in as soon as possible and visit the Montgomery County Animal Shelter everyday until your pet is found.
We conduct lost and founds throughout the day, if you would like to accompany our staff member and walk through the kennels to look for your lost pet please visit Monday - Friday 3 PM - 6 PM; Saturday's 2 PM - 4 PM and Sunday's and Holidays 11 AM - 1 PM. During all other hours a staff member will search the kennels for animals that match the description given.
- Mail carrier
- Bus drivers
- Your vet
- Anyone who regularly is in your neighborhood
Make Up Flyers
- Describe your pet in detail
- Copy a clear photo if available
- List more than one phone number
- Post wherever you have permission to do so
- School bulletin boards
- Gas station
- Vet offices
- Church bulletin boards
- Distribute at a major shopping complex/grocery in your area. This will provide a greater range of coverage than going door to door.
Place an ad in the newspaper.
Dayton Daily News: (937) 223-1515 (may offer special rates)
Report to local law enforcement. Not all will accept but many do take a report
Check with other area agencies:
|Butler County Animal Shelter
|Clark County Animal Shelter
|Darke County Animal Shelter
|Greene County Animal Shelter
|Fairborn County Animal Shelter
|Humane Society of Greater Dayton
|Miami County Animal Shelter
|Preble County Animal Shelter
|Warren County Animal Shelter
|Pet FBI Database
| Never Assume That Your Pet Was Stolen!
Unfortunately, there is no shortage of animals in our community. The classifieds are full of "Free To A Good Home" ads placed by owners who need to or want to get rid of their pet. Most people who want a dog have a dog. People are not going to steal someone's pet when there are so many available with no threat of legal recourse.
No matter how sweet, talented, obedient and/or wonderful your lost pet is most people will attempt to locate the rightful owner. We get calls daily from people wanting to return an obviously loved and owned pet.
How did your pet get loose?
Hopefully, your pet will be home again soon.
- Repair that hole in the fence.
- Put a lock on the gate.
- Replace that clothesline with a chain the size and weight appropriate for your dog.
- Do not use a corkscrew type tie outs
An ounce of prevention:
- Do not leave your pet outside when you are not home.
- Spay or neuter your pet.
- Train your pet to come when called.
- Regularly exercise your pet.
- Train your pet to sit and not dart out your door.
- Caution your kids and their friends about leaving the doors/gates open.
- Remember to keep license information updated with current address and phone number.
What to do if you find a dog
- If you find a dog that is wearing a license tag, call us at 937-898-4457 with the tag number. We will look up the name, address and phone number of the owner for you. It is very possible that the dog's owner lives nearby and the animal can be returned to the owner without Animal Control being involved.
- You can also look up the dog's license tag number yourself on the internet to track down the dog's owner visit http://www.mcohio.org//government/auditor/dog_licenses.html
- If you cannot locate the dog's owner, you may bring it here to the shelter or call us at 937-898-4457 to come pick it up.
If you find a dog that is not wearing a license tag and you wish to provide a temporary home, call the Animal Resource Center at 937-898-4457. Give the shelter all of the available information on the dog and a Found Report will be posted at the Shelter.