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Humane Society of Greater Dayton

Humane Society of Greater Dayton

The Humane Society of Greater Dayton's main facility is conveniently located just minutes from I-75 and the University of Dayton Arena, at 1661 Nicholas Road. For directions, visit our map here.



Humane Society of Greater Dayton
1661 Nicholas Road
Dayton, OH 45417
937/268-PETS (7387)

Hours of Operation

Tuesday–Friday, 1:00–6:00 PM
Saturday, 12:00–4:00 PM
Closed Sunday & Monday

MeowZa! Cat Boutique

Browse our intimate adoption and retail venue, located next to Sears in the Dayton Mall.



MeowZa! Cat Boutique
Dayton Mall, next to Sears
937/434-MEOW (6369)

Hours of Operation

Sunday: 12 to 6 p.m.

Monday and Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 12 to 8 p.m.

Saturday: 12 to 6 p.m.

Offsite Locations

The Humane Society of Greater Dayton also operates offsite adoption centers at various pet-supply stores and other businesses in the Greater Dayton area. If you are interested in becoming an offsite adoption location, contact Brian Weltge at Here is a complete list of our current offsite locations: 

Our Mission

Rabbit - Male Owner

To build a community in which all animals are valued and free from suffering and life is enhanced through relationships with pets

Our Vision

Building loving and valued relationships between animals and people.

What We Do

  • We find homes for homeless pets.
  • We reunite lost pets with their families.
  • We reduce pet overpopulation, through proactive spay/neuter programs.
  • We work to eliminate animal abuse and neglect, through cruelty investigations and community action.
  • We serve as a resource for pet owners, to enhance the human-animal bond.
  • We collaborate with community organizations and companies, to make our programs more effective.
  • We strive to be the area's most proactive and effective animal-care agency.

Did You Know?

  • The largest no-kill animal welfare agency
  • The only agency to care for all types of animals
  • The only agency with humane agents investigating cruelty and neglect
  • The longest-serving agency helping animals since 1902
  • Solely funded by individuals, corporations and grants

The Humane Society of Greater Dayton is a nonprofit organization supported entirely by the generous contributions of the community. We have served Montgomery County for more than 100 years and are the oldest, most established animal-wellness center in the area.

The Humane Society of Greater Dayton is committed to helping lost, abandoned and homeless animals, and to providing Dayton's families with the resources to become loving, lifelong pet owners.

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Our Organization

HSGD - Old Building

The Humane Society of Greater Dayton – a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization – has been serving the Greater Dayton community since 1902, when a handful of public-spirited Daytonians banded together to launch the
city's first humane society. The purpose of the society was to promote the principles of humane treatment to all creatures. It was off
to a forceful start, thanks to the organizational ability of such leaders as John H. Patterson, Mrs. George Shaw Greene, Grace A. Greene and R.G. Corwin. Since its inception the Humane Society of Greater Dayton's respect for animals has been unconditional – the abused animal's right to medical assistance or, if necessary, a dignified, humane death.

The Humane Society of Greater Dayton has grown and flourished. We are the oldest, most established animal-advocate center in the area. We now serve a population of over 574,000 in a 462-square-mile area. Our services include:

Our Facility

The Humane Society of Greater Dayton held a pet parade in 1924, to celebrate the opening of a new animal shelter. The 1924 facility was in operation until the '50s, when the building pictured above was erected on Danner Avenue. In 1994, the Caryl D. Philips Animal Care Center was constructed. This new facility was totally funded through grants and gifts from individuals, businesses and corporations. The facility greatly improved Humane Society of Greater Dayton operations, by providing optimum animal care. At full capacity we can house 160 cats and 36 dogs. The building includes:

Volunteer - Girl with Kitten

  • A dog kennel, with indoor and outdoor access
  • Five cat rooms, including:
    • An intake room
    • A testing/vaccination room
    • An isolation room, in which we treat sick animals
    • A cageless adoption room with
      cat trees
    • A second adoption room
  • A "rabbitat," dedicated to housing bunnies awaiting new homes
  • Two visiting rooms, providing adopters and their potential new family members with a quiet place to bond
  • Space for birds and other small animals
  • A veterinary/surgical suite


With your assistance the Humane Society of Greater Dayton does everything it can to help pets and community animals. Watch this video to learn more about us and how we care for animals throughout Montgomery County.

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Looking for a fullfiling job in animal welfare? Check out someone of positions we currently have available at our shelter! 


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Updated March 2018