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What to do if you’ve lost your dog:

All stray dogs picked up by Animal Care & Control Officers are taken to 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 a minimum of three (3) days. Every attempt is made to reunite the lost dog with its owner. After the waiting period, dogs are evaluated for adoption and/or released to a reputable rescue group. We do our best to work with the community to ensure that we do not have to euthanize for space. In some cases, dogs may be euthanized for health or behavior reasons.

If you have lost your dog, this is the first place you should look!

Found animals are not available for adoption because they are presumed owned. Only those animals listed on the pet adoption pages are adoptable. Any picture that appears on the found pages are animals that are not claimed and may be moved into our adoption program after the legal holding period. Please check pet adoptions daily for updates.

Fees for Lost Pets

  1. We charge an impound fee of $30 for the first impound, $50 for the second impound and $75 for the third impound.
  2. In addition to impound charges, we also charge $15 a day for boarding.
  3. 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 to the Animal Resource Center 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; shepherd mixes. Please come in as soon as possible and visit the Montgomery County Animal Shelter every day 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.

Make sure to tell everyone (mail carrier, neighbors, bus drivers, children, your vet, and anyone who regularly is in your neighborhood) that your pet is missing. Create and post fliers that describe your pet in detail and have a clear photo if available. List more than one phone number and post wherever you have permission to do so (school bulletin boards, gas stations, vet offices, church bulletin boards) and distribute at a major shopping complex/grocery in your area. This will provide a greater range of coverage than going door to door.

Placing an ad in the newspaper is also an option. Contact Dayton Daily News at (937) 223-1515.

Also check your local newspapers.

Report to local law enforcement. Not all will accept, but many will take a report.

Check with other area agencies: Never Assume That Your Pet Was Stolen!

Butler County Animal Shelter (513) 867-5727
Clark County Animal Shelter (937) 399-2917
Darke County Animal Shelter (937) 547-1645
Greene County Animal Shelter (937) 562-7400
Humane Society of Greater Dayton (937) 268-7387
Miami County Animal Shelter (937) 332-6919
Preble County Animal Shelter (937) 456-4818
SICSA (937) 294-6505
Warren County Animal Shelter (513) 695-1352
Pet FBI Database

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 If you cannot locate the dog’s owner, you may bring it here to the Animal Resource Center 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. Give the shelter all available information on the dog and a Found Report will be posted at the shelter.

Finding Rover app

The Animal Resource Center uses the Finding Rover app, which uses facial recognition technology to identify lost pets. Finding Rover is a free service for identifying lost and found dogs in real-time.

Every dog who enters the Animal Resource Center is registered on Finding Rover. Through the app or website, you can see if your pet has come to the Animal Resource Center.

For additional future protection after you reunite with your dog or adopt from Animal Resource Center, you can register with the Finding Rover service with your email address. Your dog’s record will remain in the system for easy identification if your dog is lost in the future.

You can register your pet for free at or through the iOS or Android apps.