Our Mission

Serving the community and pets of Montgomery County through effective public safety, humane animal welfare, and connecting pets to forever homes.

Our Vision

Enriching the lives of pets and people in our community.

Our Values

We support a collaborative organization.

We create and maintain a culture of safety.

We are compassionate and respectful.

We are committed to healthy communication.

We achieve excellence through continual improvement.

The Montgomery County Animal Resource Center is a 24,000-square-foot open admission companion animal shelter. As part of our service to the citizens of Montgomery County, our agency takes in more than one thousand dogs each year. In addition to direct adoptions, the Animal Resource Center works with the Humane Society of Greater Dayton and the SICSA Pet Adoption Center along with many placement partners to find homes for as many animals as possible.

Animal Care Team Our Animal Care Providers are responsible for the general care and well-being of all dogs housed at the ARC.  Their duties include, but are not limited to, feeding, watering, enriching and socializing ARC dogs, promoting responsible pet ownership by counseling adopters and educating pet owners, collaborating with fosters and volunteers, assisting pet owners who are missing their dog, etc.

Enforcement Team Our Animal Care and Control Officers are responsible for patrolling Montgomery County to ensure the safety of dogs and people.  Their duties include, but are not limited to, promoting responsible pet ownership, returning dogs found in the field to their owners, responding to calls for service related to stray and/or aggressive dog(s), investigating dog bites and potential cruelty/neglect situations, assisting local law enforcement, enforcing the Ohio Revised Code (ORC), etc.

Veterinary Care Team– Our Director of Veterinary Services, Registered Veterinary Technicians, and Vet Assistant are responsible for the health and medical care of dogs housed at ARC.  Their charge includes, but is not limited to, performing examinations, diagnosing and preparing treatment plans, administering medications, performing spay/neuter and other required surgeries on ARC dogs, performing forensic examinations for cruelty/neglect cases, conducting behavior modification, connecting pet owners to training and behavior strategies, collaborating with fosters and volunteers, promoting responsible pet ownership, etc.



Outreach Team Our Outreach Specialist is responsible for coordinating and maintaining ARC’s partnerships with our community.  This includes, but is not limited to, overseeing the ARC’s volunteer and foster programs, promoting responsible pet ownership by coordinating off-site adoption and/or educational events, partnering with rescue groups to transfer animals out of the shelter and into loving homes, etc.

Customer Service Team– Our Clerical Processing Specialists and Operations Specialists are responsible for assisting residents in a variety of situations.  Their functions include, but are not limited to, communicating with clients on the phone and in-person, collaborating with fosters and volunteers, providing information about dogs in our shelter, finalizing adoptionsreuniting dogs with their owners, promoting responsible pet ownership by offering various resources and information to pet owners, etc.


6790 Webster St.
Dayton, Ohio 45414


Please be aware that we stop getting dogs out and processing adoption paperwork half an hour before close.

Sunday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lost and found searches only)
Monday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To better serve the citizens of Montgomery County, the Animal Resource Center is open on Sundays and holidays (except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day) for lost and found searches only. During these special times, we can accept cash (with exact change), checks, MasterCard or Visa, and proper ID is required.

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If you have an animal complaint please visit the Animal Care and Control page. To submit a request for records, visit our public record request portal.