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Will the Full-Service Animal Hospital replace my veterinarian?

No, we absolutely want people to have a close relationship with a private practice veterinarian. The Full-Service Animal Hospital will be designed to help individuals and families who are financially struggling and who have considered either giving up their family pets or putting them to sleep because they cannot afford traditional veterinary care for conditions that are treatable. In addition, it can be used for people who are simply trying to be a Good Samaritan by helping an injured companion animal that they found. The plan is to operate the hospital on a sliding pay scale so no matter your income level, you have options to care for a companion animal.

Will you be able to adopt animals from your current location as well as the new Adoption Center?

Once the Adoption Center is up and running, all adoptions will go through there or one of our other offsite adoption centers. The current location of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton will be where we house animals who are being prepared for adoption.

Will the High-Volume Spay/Neuter Clinic alter my personal pet?

One of our missions is to lower pet overpopulation in the Miami Valley in order to decrease the number of animals entering shelters. We currently, with our limited resources, are helping as many people as we can with spays and neuters. We do foresee continuing to help with spay/neuter procedures through the High-Volume Spay/Neuter Clinic.

What types of animals will be available at our Adoption Center?

The Humane Society of Greater Dayton is proud to be the only organization in the community that works with all types of animals. All adoptable animals that come in through our programs will ultimately be housed at our Adoption Center. This includes animals such as dogs, cats, rabbits, small animals, birds, reptiles and many others. Exception could be things such as farm animals.

How can I help?

We can’t do the amazing work in the community without people like you! If you are interested in helping with the UnLEASH the Change campaign, visit and sign up by clicking the “Be Part of the Change” button. Your support means the world to us!

Will this create additional jobs for the Miami Valley?

Yes! With this expansion the Humane Society of Greater Dayton will grow our staffing to meet the needs of the community. In addition, we will be growing opportunities through our volunteer program.

What is the timeline for this project?

Currently, this is a three-year vision for expansion and growth.

Where will these facilities be located?

We are planning for three of the four projects including the High-Volume Spay/Neuter Clinic, Full-Service Animal Hospital and Cruelty/Neglect Structure, to be housed at our current Humane Society of Greater Dayton campus. The fourth project, the Adoption Center, will be held at another location.

How much will this expansion cost?

Right now, we want to get the community involved to be part of this change. We have undergone months of strategic planning and we met with many donors and groups about the expansion. As we move forward in this process we will release a detailed plan and discuss how we can all work together to transform Dayton and UnLEASH the Change. Please continually visit for more information.

What impact will the High-Volume Spay/Neuter Clinic have on the community?

Currently, the Humane Society of Greater Dayton spays or neuters an average of 4,000 animals each year. With more than an estimated 50,000 free-roaming cats in just Montgomery County, the 4,000 we spay/neuter is just a drop in the bucket. By creating this facility, we can expand our Trap-Neuter-Return program and really tackle cat overpopulation in a humane and effective manner. This initiative will drastically reduce the number of free-roaming cats in our communities and it will lower the cat nuisance calls received by city officials.

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Here are Resources to help you promote this exciting time for both the Humane Society of Greater Dayton and the people and pets within the Miami Valley! 

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1. High-Volume Spay/Neuter Clinic 


With more than 50,000 stray cats in our community, the 4,000 we spay/neuter each year is only a drop in the bucket in tackling the pet overpopulation problem


Create a no-kill community where cats and dogs are not euthanized due to overpopulation


Create a high-volume spay/neuter facility where we can alter 20,000 animals each year. This increase can help lower cat overpopulation in a humane way



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2. Full-Service Animal Hospital


There is currently no full-service animal hospitals within the City of Dayton making caring for a pet more difficult for families in need. Plus, the Humane Society pay thousands to offsite vets to care for animals in emergency situations


Provide high-quality medical care to underserved families within our community


Build a full-service animal hospital where we can offer veterinarian services on a sliding scale and keep healthy pets in their forever homes


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3. Cruelty/Neglect Resources


With limited space, at our current shelter, we must rent emergency housing for animals who come in as part of large cruelty cases


Give proper shelter and equipment to our cruelty/neglect department to allow them to assist all types of animals who have been abused


Build a barn onsite and purchase a mobile emergency unit to improve the efficiency of our cruelty/neglect department

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4. Adoption Center & Boarding


With our current facility many of our cages are taken up by animals not yet available for adoption, which limits the animals we can help


Provide an upscale and inviting environment for people to find and adopt new pets or board their pets while away


Build an adoption facility at a second location that is in a high-traffic area and can help gain exposure for the pets in our care while also allowing for additional earned revenue via boarding services



For More Information

Courtney Steckel

Director of Development

(937) 262-5923




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Dear Friends,

Since the Humane Society of Greater Dayton opened its doors in 1902, it has been our goal to improve the lives of animals and people within our community. We have accomplished many milestones throughout the years and in more recent times we have become a no-kill facility.

We have implemented many proactive programs such as Trap-Neuter-Return to effectively and ethically decrease the number of free-roaming cats; and expanded adoption locations including our own cat adoption store, the MeowZa Cat Boutique at the Dayton Mall.

Our organization is on the forefront of addressing animal-related issues occurring within the Miami Valley. Over the years, the Humane Society of Greater Dayton has seen an ever-increasing need to:

  • Tackle our community pet overpopulation
  • Expand our ability to care for animals who are abused
  • Provide more homes for pets in need
  • Assist struggling families in taking better care of their pets

As many of you know, our current facility is at capacity and we are challenged by a growing need to help more animals. For the past year, we’ve been developing a dynamic strategic plan to further address our
community’s needs.

I am delighted to share the Humane Society of Greater Dayton will be working with our community and our partners to transform animal welfare in the Miami Valley. This means more spay/neuters, more help for abused and neglected animals, more adoptions and more help for struggling families trying to care for their furry family members.

It’s time to UnLEASH the Change!

Over the next few months we will be sharing with you our long-term vision for transforming animal welfare within the Miami Valley. Please see the conceptual images we have developed. We are excited to work with you to make this vision a reality! Join us and be part of the change!


Brian Weltge
President & CEO

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Courtney Steckel

Director of Development

(937) 262-5923


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