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What Kinds of Animals Does the Humane Society of Greater Dayton Care for?

All kinds!

  • Birds
  • Cats
  • Dogs
  • Exotic animals (including amphibians and reptiles)
  • Farm animals
  • Small animals (including rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats, etc.)
  • Wild animals

What Do “Spay” and “Neuter” Mean?

Spaying or neutering is a surgical procedure that prevents animals from reproducing. Female animals are spayed; male animals are neutered. The Humane Society of Greater Dayton provides low-cost spay/neuter services for the community.

Why Do You Recommend Spaying or Neutering Pets and Community Cats?

We recommend spaying or neutering your pets, to help reduce the animal population in Montgomery County. We also offer spay/neuter services for “community” (stray and feral) cats.

Fast Facts

  • If every home in America took in all of the nation’s community cats, each home would have 49 felines.
  • In six years, one female dog and her puppies can give birth to 67,000 puppies.
  • In seven years, one cat and her kittens can produce 420,000 kittens.

What Is Animal Cruelty?

We define animal cruelty as any behavior that is harmful to an animal, including neglect and physical harm. Animal cruelty is illegal in all 50 states.

What Should I Do If I See Animal Cruelty?

The Humane Society of Greater Dayton depends on the public to report any suspected case of animal cruelty. Write down all of the information you can; include details on the “who, what, where and when” of the situation. Then contact us at 937/268-PETS (7387) or fill out our online cruelty report.

What Is the Total Cat and Dog Population in Montgomery County?

There are approximately 287,600 cats and dogs in Montgomery County.

How Much Does It Cost Each Year to Care for a Pet?

Service Cost
Veterinary visits $300 – $600
Food $185 – $245
Kennel boarding $100 – $200
Grooming $25 – $115
Vitamins/medication $5 – $125
Treats $40 – $75
Toys $30 – $50
Other expenses $100 – $300
Average annual cost $785 – $1,710

What Is the Total Number of Homeless Cats and Dogs Entering Shelters Nationwide?

The annual total number of homeless dogs and cats estimated to enter shelters across the United States each year is 6 to 8 million.

How Many Cats and Dogs Are Euthanized by Shelters Nationwide?

Approximately 3 to 4 million cats and dogs are euthanized by United States shelters annually.

How Many Shelter Cats and Dogs in the United States Are Adopted or Reclaimed by Owners?

Approximately 3 to 4 million cats and dogs are adopted from United States shelters each year. Owners reclaim 30 percent of dogs and 2 to 5 percent of cats entering shelters.

What Can I Do to Help?

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