Volunteer with Us

There’s a lot that goes into running an animal shelter, and we couldn’t do it without a little help from our friends. Volunteers are crucial to the success of the Animal Resource Center, dedicating their time and energy to help find loving homes for as many pets as possible.

From cleanup crew, to grooming, to photographers and trainers, there are volunteer opportunities for everyone to give back to the community and help our pups.

12 – 15 years old 16 – 17 years old 18+ years old
· Complete the volunteer application and waiver of liability with parent or guardian signature

· Attend orientation and training with a parent/guardian

· Must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian at all times while in the shelter

· Complete the volunteer application and waiver of liability with parent or guardian signature

· Attend orientation and training

· Complete the volunteer application and waiver of liability

· Attend orientation and training

Sign up to volunteer with us!

After you’ve signed up, we will review your information and reach out to schedule an orientation/training session. If you have any questions, please contact our Outreach Specialist at (937) 264-5462.

Foster Dogs

It’s true what they say; there’s no place like home. From puppies that need a little extra TLC, to senior pups looking for a quiet home and a comfy bed, every dog can benefit from getting out of the shelter and into a foster home.

At the Animal Resource Center, our goal is to find loving homes for as many pets as possible. When you foster dogs, you’re helping us achieve that goal by providing the love, attention and socialization they need to put their best paw forward and increase their chances of adoption. To put it simply, by opening your home to a foster pet, you’re saving lives.

Here is how Fostering works:

  • Sign up to be a Foster Caregiver below.
  • Animal Resource Center will contact the foster applicant to schedule orientation and training.
  • Animal Resource Center works with the foster caregiver to identify a foster dog for their home.
  • During the foster care period, fosters update Animal Resource Center regarding the animal’s progress and provide transportation to medical appointments at Animal Resource Center, if needed.
  • Foster caregivers are ambassadors for the fostered animal and strive to find a loving home for permanent placement.
  • Adoption of the fostered animal is finalized at Animal Resource Center.
  • Animal Resource Center works with the foster caregiver to identify the next potential foster dog for their home.

Save lives – sign up to foster!

If you have questions, please contact our Foster Coordinator, Steve Glardon, at ARCFoster@mcohio.org or (937) 264-3327.

Become a Rescue Partner

To achieve our goal of finding loving homes for as many of our pets as possible, the Animal Resource Center relies on partners. We work with local shelters like The Humane Society of Greater Dayton and the SICSA Pet Adoption Center. We also partner with many home- and foster-based rescues both in Ohio and out of state.

The Animal Resource Center always welcomes new rescue partners. It’s only through our combined efforts that we’ll be able to help as many of these pets find their forever homes.

To work with the Animal Resource Center, you’ll need:

  • To be a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit (or in the documented approval process)
  • Registration with the Ohio Secretary of State as a nonprofit organization (or registered in the state of operation)
  • Both in-state and out-of-state rescues must register as a rescue with the Ohio Department of Agriculture
  • A copy of your most recent IRS 990 filing
  • A list of two people approved to pick up animals with names
  • To follow all laws in the Ohio Revised Code

The Animal Resource Center may contact our rescue partners for help with animal placement. For more information and to apply to be a rescue partner with the Animal Resource Center, see our application packet below or email our Outreach Coordinator.

Rescue partner application packet

Donate

Donations keep the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center (ARC) running smoothly, and they keep all our furry friends clean, safe, and happy. We need your donations, in either supplies or funds, to keep the shelter running.

Non-Monetary Donations

As a generous donor, please understand you may not specify the use of, or maintain control over, the donation once it is given to the ARC. Likewise, ARC cannot obligate itself to use the donated item(s) for a particular animal or purpose.

ARC strives to use these donations to help animals in the shelter and in our community.

Rubbing alcohol Distilled water
Paper towels/tissues Nylabone and Kong chew toys (large red & black Kongs only)
Plain hot dogs for giving dogs medication Sandwich, quart and gallon size Ziploc bags
Baby wipes Treat pouches
Bleach (regular only, no scented) Color construction paper and holiday stickers
Color laser jet paper and photo printer paper Holiday print fabric
Oatmeal-based shampoo Plastic storage containers w/lids
Dog treats/biscuits Dish soap
Towels, comforters, quilts Wicker baskets (all sizes)
Anti-bacterial hand gel AA, AAA, C, D, and 9-volt batteries
Sharpie and dry erase markers Basket muzzles
Dog houses (igloo or wood) Animal crates/carriers
Index cards (3×5 and 4×6) Canned dog and cat food
Plastic folding table 6 foot long slip leads
Kennel treat buckets Hard plastic toys
Flash drives Apple juice
Vegetable, beef, and/or chicken broth Peanut butter (xylitol free)
Canned pumpkin Fruit – fresh or baby food (apples, bananas, blueberries, cantaloupe, mango, peaches, pears, pineapple, raspberries, strawberries, watermelon)
Vegetables – fresh or baby food (cucumbers, carrots, celery, green beans, peas) Plain graham crackers
Plain yogurt (xylitol free) Plain applesauce (xylitol free)
Plain and/or Honey Nut Cheerios Canned cheese
Plain low-fat cream cheese Plain low-fat cottage cheese
Mozzarella string cheese

Donate through our Amazon Wish List

Monetary donations

Leave the shopping to us! All donations are tax-deductible. Make checks payable to “Animal Resource Center.”

Montgomery County Animal Resource Center
6790 Webster St.
Dayton, Ohio 45414

What is my donation used for?

As a generous donor, you can select which fund your donation is applied to. Montgomery County Animal Resource Center (ARC) accepts donations in three funds:

  1. Caring Heart Fund
  2. General Donation Fund
  3. Tiny Tim Fund

Please understand, donors may not specify use of, or maintain control over, the donation once it is given to the ARC. Likewise, ARC cannot obligate itself to use the funds for a particular animal or purpose, or in any way outside of the fund’s stated purpose.

Caring Heart Fund

Montgomery County Animal Resource Center (ARC) Caring Heart fund exists to off-set the cost for spay/neuter surgery thereby reducing overpopulation through the generosity of our community.Funds are used for the alteration of dog’s in ARC’s care. Your donations pay for ARC’s cost to perform spay/neuter surgery.

General Donation Fund

Montgomery County Animal Resource Center (ARC) General Donation fund exists to off-set ARC’s operating costs through the generosity of our community. Funds are used to provide general care to animals while in ARC’s care. Your donations pay for sheltering and medical oversight needs.

Tiny Tim Fund

Montgomery County Animal Resource Center (ARC) Tiny Tim fund exists to reward animals with quality of life through the generosity of our community. Funds are used for ARC dogs with treatable medical conditions whose circumstances surpass ARC’s operational budget. Your donations pay for diagnostic, treatment, and post-care services.