Each year, the Montgomery County Animal Shelter cares for approximately 7,000 dogs.  Most of these pets are rescued from the streets by our Animal Care and Control Officers.  Some are brought in by concerned citizens and others by their owners who can no longer care for them.

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.

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Holding periods

Licensed dogs

A licensed dog that is wearing its license is held for 14 days. The owner is sent a certified letter notifying them that the dog is at the Animal Resource Center. If the dog is not wearing its license, it’s not considered a licensed dog under state law. We have no way of matching unlicensed dogs with our database.

Your dog’s license is her ticket home. Please make sure your dog is always wearing her license. We know how stressful it is to lose a pet. We want to return them home to you.

Unlicensed dogs

An unlicensed dog is available for reclaim for only 3 days under state law. After 3 days, we decide whether to place the dog up for adoption, rescue or euthanize the dog.

We do NOT do lost and found over the phone. Please come to the shelter to identify your pet. She’s counting on you!

Working with rescues

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 agree to the Humane Discourse pledge from the Humane Society of the United States
  • 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