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Sep 16

Adopters: We Need Your Help!

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Adopters, We need your help to help more animals!

Exciting news! The Humane Society of Greater Dayton has a chance to win $100,000, but we need your help!


What do we need from you? It's simple: share your story of love! The Petco Foundation wants to know how the love of your adopted pet has changed your life for the better. 


Because if you've ever shared your life with a pet, you know: love changes everything. It changes your mornings. It changes your routine. It changes your perspective. Tell the Petco Foundation how your pet brings more joy to your life each day, and how their love changed your life, big or small, and made it better. That's why the Petco Foundation and this year's Holiday Wishes campaign are All for Love. 


By submitting your adoption story and giving us the opportunity to participate in this year's campaign, we have the chance to receive up to $100,000 in grants to continue doing what we do best - saving lives. 


And get this: if our organization is selected to receive the $100,000 grand prize as a result of your story submission, you will receive a $1,000 Petco gift card! 


If you adopted your pet through us, please consider submitting your story (500 words max) along with photos and/or video of your pet. Be sure to talk about how your pet has changed your life and how we helped you find each other!

The deadline to submit your story and nominate us for the Holiday Wishes grant is October 15, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. CST. There is a limited number of submissions guaranteed to be reviewed so please visit to get started as soon as poosible. 


Also, be sure to include the contact information below on  your submission form to ensure that we can respond to Petco Foundation if your story is selected as a finalist! Please include:


Thank you for giving a loving home to one of our amazing animals and thank you for taking the time to share your story of love! The love you have for your pet will help us help more animals experience the same love in their own forever homes!


Sep 2

HSGD Helps Save Rabbits in Wake of Louisianna Flooding

1259e7af e5a2 4f4b 825b a4a3899b596aThis past weekend, members of our volunteer group the Bunny Brigade participated in a multi-state, multi-bunny rescue to help save the lives of rabbits from a rescue organization in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. This rescue group needed help due to the flooding down there and they had nowhere to house the bunnies in their care. 


The Humane Society of Greater Dayton was one of many rescues to jump in and help! Our Bunny Brigade drove to Kentucky where they picked up 7 rabbits. Four of these rabbits Abby, Squirrel, Doc and Happy, are staying at our shelter, while we worked with another group to transport the other three to a shelter in Michigan. Right now, Abby and Squirrel are available for adoption. Doc and Happy will be ready later in September. 


If you are interested in helping the rabbits in our care, please make a donation to the Huamne Society of Greater Dayton and in the notes sections please specify that it is for the Rabbit Program. You can also become a member of our Bunny Brigade by volunteering! For more information, check out our Volunteer page

Aug 26

Celebrate National Dog Day


We know you all spoil your four-legged friends every day of the year, but today it is time to do a little something special for your favorite pooch! Today, is National Dog Day! Give your dogs a little extra love and maybe a couple more treats and show them how much you care!

Did you adopte a pet from the Humane Society of Greater Dayton? We want to hear from  you! Share with us your pet stories! Include your updates, photos and videos and e-mail them to



Jul 21

Keep Pets Safe as Temperature Rise

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This weekend the heat of summer is predicted to reach dangerous levels. The National Weather Service has issued a severe weather alert for our area. With humidity expected to top 100 degrees, it is vital you keep yourself and your pets in a cool area.

If you have witnessed any animal that has been outdoors for an extended period of time and who is not protected from the sweltering heat, please call the Humane Society’s cruelty/neglect hotline at (855) PETS-911 or (855) 738-7911. For all dogs left outdoors, you can also call the Animal Resource Center at (937) 898-4457. Let’s work together to keep all of our pets safe this summer!

As temperatures continue to rise outside, the Humane Society of Greater Dayton recommends these quick and easy steps to keep your animals safe this summer.

  1. Supply water – Have fresh, clean water available at all times to keep your pets hydrated and cool in the heat.
  2. Offer shelter – Providing shelter from the sun will help keep your animals cooler and out of harm’s way. Whether it is a covered structure or a shaded area, make sure that if your animals are outside, they have a place to escape from the direct sun.
  3. Keep air flowing freely – Avoid putting your pets in an enclosed shelter during hot weather. Air cannot flow freely and the temperature inside the enclosure can become very hot and harmful, very quickly.
  4. Avoid leaving pets in vehicles – Animals can overheat very fast and in just a few minutes the temperature inside a vehicle can rise to dangerous levels for your pet, which could lead to heat-related health problems.
  5. Exercise in mornings or evenings – During these hot temperatures it is safer for your pets to take walks during the morning or evening hours. This way the sun is not at its peak and temperatures are more manageable for animals.
  6. Keep coolants and chemicals away - Using coolants or lawn chemicals in the summer can be harmful to your pets. If ingested, these types of materials can make your pets sick or may even kill them. Keep these items out of your pet’s reach.
  7. Groom your pets – If you have longhaired animals, help them beat the heat and stay cool by grooming them. Besides haircuts, brushing your pets regularly will help them stay tangle free and will allow air to reach their skin more easily.
  8. Be aware of problems – If your pet is panting excessively, lethargic, showing signs of stress or exhibiting a change in their behavior they may be suffering from heat-related problems. If you notice any of these symptoms contact your veterinarian immediately.
  9. Find ways to cool down pets – Whether it is a dip in a lake or filling up a baby pool in your backyard, letting pets take a dip helps to keep them cooler as temperatures rise. 
Jun 29

Have a Safe Fourth of July with Pets

With the red, white and blue of the Fourth of July you may also be thinking of cookouts, lounging outside with friends and family and of course fireworks. Although this holiday can be relaxing and fun for your family, it can be stressful and scary for your pet. Here are a few tips to keep your pet relaxed and healthy during your Fourth of July festivities.


Watch What They Eat

With so many cookouts planned for the Fourth, it is easy for your pets to hop up and grab themselves a special treat. It is also more tempting to feed your pets a scrap or two from your plate so they feel part of the festivities. Resist these temptations. By keeping your pets away from raw foods and by feeding them their normal diet, you are helping your pet’s digestive system. Changing even one meal for your pet can give them diarrhea or severe indigestion. Plus, there are many common foods that people eat such as onions, chocolate, avocados, grapes and raisons that can be very toxic to animals.

Avoid the Repellent

Bugs can be a nuisance to you and your pet while enjoying the outdoors. However, don’t be tempted to apply bug or insect repellent to your pet unless it specifically says that it is pet-friendly. If your pet ingests this product, they can suffer many side effects such as drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy or excessive thirst. Also products containing DEET can lead to neurological problems in your pets. These same issues can also arise with the use of sunscreen, so please make sure anything you apply to your pet is specifically pet-friendly.

Don’t Leave Alcohol Unattended

Alcohol can be poisonous to your pets. If it is consumed, your pet can become very intoxicated, weak, depressed or even go into a coma. In severe cases, respiratory failure can occur and may even result in death.

Avoid the Fireworks

Not only can loud fireworks scare your pets, making them more likely to run away or hide, the use of home fireworks can pose the risk of burns to your curious pets. Many fireworks contain toxic substances that could be lethal if ingested. If your pet is scared of fireworks, try to make the evening as calm as possible for them. Keep them at home and don’t take them to Fourth of July festivities. Make sure to keep them in an escape-proof area where they can feel safe and out of harm’s way. Play some calming music to drown out the boom of the fireworks and provide them with some familiar items such as their bed or toys to let them feel comforted.

ID Your Pets

With so much commotion and loud noises associated with the Fourth of July, pets may run away or become lost in an attempt to hide. Make sure your pets stay safe and are returned to you if they become lost. Have an identification collar on your pets that clearly has a number to call if they are found. In addition, it is important to microchip your pets. Microchipping your pet takes just minutes to do. It is just a little chip (the size of a grain of rice) that goes under your pet’s skin. If your pet arrives to a shelter or vet’s office, the chip can be scanned and your contact information will pop up allowing them to notify you that they found your pet.

Do you have a question for Brian? E-mail him at Brian Weltge is the President and CEO of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. The Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to building loving relationships between people and pets. Founded 114 years ago, it is the largest and most established “no-kill” animal welfare agency in the area. It focuses on pet adoptions, eliminating pet overpopulation, providing education and ensuring the humane treatment of animals. For more information about the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, call 937- 268-PETS (7387) or visit