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Adoption Policies

Interested in adopting a pet from the Humane Society of Greater Dayton? There are three easy ways:

  1. Visit us at our main location, at 1661 Nicholas Road.
  2. Browse our cats, dogs and other animals on our website. Don’t see the new family member of your dreams? Our Pet Alert service can help.
  3. Meet our adoptable cats and kittens at one of our offsite adoption-center partners. You can view the offsite adoption list here.

And if you’ve been thinking of opening your home and your heart to a special-needs pet or precious pair of pets, you need look no further than the Humane Society of Greater Dayton.

Adopting from the Humane Society of Greater Dayton doesn’t just help an animal find a forever family; it also makes good financial sense for you. All of our pets:

  • Are spayed or neutered
  • Are up to date on vaccinations and medical care
  • Receive world-class nutrition, thanks to the generous support of The Iams Company
  • Receive daily socialization and love

When you adopt, you’ll receive a starter food packet, cat or dog collar, information on local vets and pet-supply stores, and other relevant brochures on issues like declawing, housetraining and other topics.

To save time, fill out our adoption questionnaire and bring it with you. Download it here:

Individuals visiting the Humane Society of Greater Dayton with the intent of adopting must fill out this questionnaire (also known as the pre-adoption application/survey). The application/survey is to be used as a tool to initiate conversation. Adoption-counseling skills are used to match the family/individual with an animal and to provide education to our clients.

Foster to Adopt is a program for those who are not sure if an animal will be a good fit for their home. This program allows them to take the animal home for a trial period of two days to a week, following completion of foster paperwork. The animal must then be returned to the Humane Society of Greater Dayton or adopted by the clients.

Each adoption evaluation process should consider the following:

Policies - Rabbit - Female Owner

  • We adopt family pets.
  • We recommend appropriate facilities to contain pets (e.g., evidence of fenced yard is a recommendation, not a requirement).
  • We require adherence to all laws and ordinances.
  • We encourage (not require) all family/
    household members to be present. All adults must be aware of the potential adoption.
  • We strongly encourage (not require) all children under 10 years of age to be present at some point during the adoption process.
  • We encourage other family-owned pets to meet and get acquainted with the prospective new
    family member.
  • We require that landlords approve pet ownership and number of pets.
  • We require that all animals receive regular vet care/visits – not annual vaccinations, because this varies from one veterinarian to another. If adopters currently own pets, there should be evidence of regular veterinary visits (i.e., within one to two years).
  • Adopted animals must be taken to a veterinarian within seven business days.
  • We discourage adopting a pet for another person (not present), unless it is a young animal for a child. Clients may purchase adoption gift certificates.
  • We do not adopt to minors. The person responsible for the pet must be 18 years of age or older.
  • We do not adopt to college students living in a dormitory.
  • We encourage pets to be primarily kept indoors. Many animals prefer to be outside for extended periods. Adoption decisions will be made based on each animal’s behavior, breed and any other extenuating circumstances. Cats may be kept inside or outside. (Note: Declawed cats and cats residing in cities that have “no outside cat” ordinances are exceptions; these cats must be kept inside.)
  • Adopters must present valid identification (driver’s license, major credit card, passport or current utility bill).
  • Adopters must have a working telephone number or cell phone in their household.
  • Adopters must provide a work number or alternate-contact telephone number.
  • A family member in the household must be gainfully employed full time or show proof of their ability to finance animal-care expenses (food, vaccinations, accidents, etc.).
  • If an adopter is single and living at home with parents, one parent must be present or reached by telephone at the time of adoption.
  • Dogs will not be placed to serve only as guard dogs or hunting dogs, and cats will not be placed to function only as mousers or barn cats. (Special circumstances may permit such placements, as deemed necessary by supervisor or management.)

Adoption Fees

  • Kittens/cats: $45–$75
  • Puppies/dogs: $200–$300
    • Dog license (Montgomery County only): $20.75
  • Rabbits: $65
  • Ferrets: $65
  • Other animals: fee determined by shelter manager

When you adopt from the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, you are giving a pet a forever home and adding joy to your family!

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