Volunteer with Us

Our volunteers are crucial to the success of the Animal Resource Center. We are lucky to have so many volunteers dedicated to the care of our pets. Our volunteers donate about 500 hours a month!

Children must be 12 years old to volunteer. Those between the ages of 12 and 15 must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian at all times while in the shelter. Children from the ages of 16 to 18 may volunteer without a parent after attending the orientation, training, and an initial period of coming into the shelter.

Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian during the orientation and training, and parents must sign a waiver of liability form.

For more information on the next volunteer orientation session, call (937) 264-3327 or come to the Animal Resource Center. All orientations are held at the Animal Resource Center.

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


Donations keep the Animal Resource Center 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.


Rubbing alcohol Distilled water
Bleach (regular only, no scented) Nylabone and Kong brand chew toys (red Kongs only)
Rope chews Ziploc bags
Anti-bacterial hand gel Hot dogs for giving dogs medication
Paper towels Color construction paper and holiday stickers
Color laser jet paper Holiday print fabric
Oatmeal-based shampoo Plastic storage containers w/lids
Dog treats/biscuits Dish soap
Towels, comforters, quilts Wicker baskets (all sizes)
Tissues AA, AAA, C, D, and 9-volt batteries
Sharpie markers Photo printer paper
Dog houses (igloo or wood) Animal crates/carriers
Index cards (3×5 and 4×6) Canned dog and cat food
Plastic folding table

Donate through our Amazon Wish List

Monetary donations

Leave the shopping to us. We’ll use your monetary donations for the benefit of all our animals. All donations are tax-deductible. Make checks payable to “Animal Resource Center.”

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