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When we first saw Angora, she was very matted, small and underweight, even for a Maltese. Most of her teeth had been pulled because of decay. To top it off, she was over 9 years old. I knew that an "old lady" like her would have a hard time finding a new home; and since I am a groomer, I knew that I could give her a very good home. She has put on a healthy weight, eats hard food well with her remaining teeth, is groomed regularly and loves her lap time with me. She is a princess!


I got a very special birthday gift from my parents. They knew that after a bad breakup, I needed something to make me smile again. And into my life came Carlisle (formerly "Rush"). This little guy has had me smiling every day since I adopted him. He is the best friend and companion that a person could have. The whole family has fallen in love with this bright, cute, smart border collie. He excelled in obedience class and outshines them all. He is the light of my life and truly spoiled. I'm in love with the little guy named Carlisle.


This is a picture of Benjamin, the cat we adopted from you through the Pet Supplies Plus store in Centerville in early 2017. He has settled in well and seems to like being a part of our family. He loves to hang out with his humans, look out the windows and front door to watch for squirrels and chase his toys or play "fetch." Benjamin is very sweet and affectionate and loves to have his belly rubbed every morning. We love Benjamin! 

- The Schnell Family


In the summer our family spends Saturday mornings at the Webster Street Market. We love to get fresh produce, breakfast and flowers. On July 11, we brought home Buddy, a black lab mix, instead. We found Buddy at the Humane Society of Greater Dayton booth. An engaging puppy, he stole the lid of my coffee cup and gave abundant kisses. It was love at first sight. We took him home that day.

Since then Buddy has become an important member of our family. He is a loyal companion and friend. He knows many tricks and commands, and loves to play. We enjoy hiking and running with Buddy. Buddy loves to meet new people and play with other dogs.


Hi, everyone. I'm Frankie. I'm almost 10 years old, and I hoped that someone would want me after I had been abandoned in a bark park. I was adopted after being at the Humane Society of Greater Dayton for a month. My new dad saw my picture on the shelter website and called about me. When he heard my story, he came down to see me. He wanted me and hoped that I would choose him as well. I did; and as you can see, I'm a very happy boy now.

My dad makes sure that I'm fed and watered regularly throughout each day. He spends loads of time giving me the love and attention that I didn't get from my previous human. He brushes me daily; and when he gave me my first bath, it was heaven. My dad really knows how to give a great shampoo! I'm a very good boy and do not have accidents in the house. We go walking in the park and for rides in the car. He took me to meet my new doctor, and she was super impressed with me. Now I have all of my shots boostered, and my dad got me my license. I know he really loves me, and I love him too!

To my shelter mates, hold onto your hope of having a good home. I just know that there've gotta be more people out there like my dad. He wants to add something to my story:

Frankie gives me a new reason to get up and greet each day again. I had had to put my 15½-year-old dog to sleep a few weeks before I met Frankie. I didn't know if I would ever open up to another dog again. Seeing and meeting Frankie made me realize that I had two choices. I could close myself off and wither away, or open myself up and love again. I made the second choice, and I have no regrets about it. He has brought joy back into my house and made it our home.


I saw this guy at one of your remote adoption centers around Thanksgiving last year. He just looked so sad! And he was one of the most unusual cats I had ever seen. He was huge and the closest thing I had ever seen to a male calico. When I was a little kid, a family friend (Herb S.) would always tell me that if I ever found a male calico, it would be really special, because calicos were almost always girls. I went home and told my husband jokingly that I had just met our next cat. He gave me a strange look. I kept going back to the pet-supply store to see Marble. The more I saw him, the more I knew that he would become our cat. He was so sad and lonely! My heart went out to him. So the last weekend of November, we went in and filled out the paperwork to adopt Marble. I renamed him Herb, in honor of the family friend who always told me how special a male tricolor would be. And Herb is special!

I have included a picture. The other big cat is Garfunkle, whom we adopted from you back in 1993! He is 18 now, diabetic, arthritic and totally loved!!! The little brown tiger is Gir. He was a little kitten whom we saved from being put down because he had no home, the vet whom he was dumped off at couldn't keep him, and no one seemed wanted him. We took him. There are three other guys in the house, plus a male dog who came from you. I am the only girl in the house, but there is lots of love!


Holly had a rough start to her life. She came to the Humane Society of Greater Dayton after being removed from a home as part of a hoarding case. She was one of nearly 150 animals removed from the home including rabbits, birds and chickens.

Although her life did not start well, Holly had nothing but greatness ahead of her. After the Humane Society cared for her and made her healthy again, she was relocated to the Cleveland Animal Protective League where she was then adopted by the Akron Zoo. In no time at all, Holly fit right in to her new surroundings!

She is now actually part of the zoo's animal ambassador program and works with zoo staff on the Zoomobile to help teach people about pet responsibility and the important role rabbits play in the wild. She spends her days visiting schools, libraries, camps and senior centers with her new friends including another rabbit, a guinea pig and a chinchilla. 


I was formerly known as Angel; my new name is Kiya. My family adopted me the day after Thanksgiving. Since my arrival I have visited the local doggie parlor, for my first shampoo and haircut. My new doggie 'do included a festive Christmas bow, which was not my favorite part.

I love my new home; there is plenty of room to run around. I am excited for this summer, so that I can venture out into the backyard. I have taken up some new hobbies at my home, including chasing my reflection in the mirror and playing with my bone. Along with my new family, I met my new roomie, Otis, a very big cat.

I am glad that Rachel, the very nice lady at the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, helped me find my home. I know that my new family loves me, because they even let me sleep in their bed!


About 3 years ago, I looked into adopting a cat from a shelter. I looked online and saw Larry's picture. He was purrrfect for me! Ever since I adopted him from the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, my life has been truly blessed by this little guy. I am so happy that I've given Larry a forever home and all of the love and attention he can get!


This is Lexi, whom we adopted from the Humane Society of Greater Dayton.


Lily and I met in February, and it was love at first sight! She is an all-black domestic shorthair, with the cutest little meow. She has a huge personality and loves to play. She is nearing her first birthday, and she is getting so big! We've had absolutely no problems with her. She is as healthy as a horse! I love her to death, and I am so glad that the Humane Society of Greater Dayton brought us together!


I adopted Conner in July. He now goes by Marley. There were some concerns about aggression, which I am happy to report are unfounded. He is absolutely awesome and is doing just fine. He loves Jake (chocolate lab brother) and gets along well with kids, adults, other animals, etc.


We adopted a dog named Beethoven from you in early July, and we wanted to thank you this holiday season for the gift you've given us. We renamed him Moose, and he's a cherished member of our family. Moose is about as spoiled as a dog could be. He's got a huge yard and his own kiddie pool (known as The Moose Pool), and we walk him several miles a day. Moose loves to play and adores kids. He's stolen our hearts. Thank you for giving us Moose, and making his life and ours all the better!


Paddy is my first cat as an adult (I'm in college). I was drawn to him because of his tabby markings and because I knew that I wanted a grown shelter cat. He's turned out to be absolutely wonderful; he has so much personality! Everything about him is special to me. I guess you could say that I really am in love. His favorite things are "crinkle"-ball cat toys, playing fetch, marching on the bed and getting a good chin scratch. Thank you so much for such a dear family member.


I have had Peanut for about three years now. I adopted him as an adult dog from the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. He is a pug-beagle mix who was somewhat timid upon coming home. Within a few months, he opened up and turned out to be the most lovable, compassionate animal I have ever been around. He gets along well with other animals and children, and enjoys taking naps and burrowing under blankets.

At Peanut's adoption, the staff wasn't exactly sure how old he was. The vet thinks that he is now about 9 years old. He comes with me to the office on a daily basis, and brings a positive and warm morale to the entire staff.

Working with the Humane Society of Greater Dayton was a very educating and pleasant experience. The entire staff was incredibly helpful and provided exceptional care to each of the animals at their location. I feel blessed that I was able to adopt such a wonderful animal from their team.


Adopted in the middle of July 2015, Pete the cat (formally known as Constance) has been a great, cuddly addition to our family and a wonderful buddy to our 7-year-old son. There is no shortage of love or fun between these two! 

- Leah Bergman


We went to a special "Home 4 the Holidays" adoption event sponsored by local shelters at the Dayton Mall...and he was there!

Potato was just a small ball of fluff when we saw him; but he loved people and just wanted to be the center of attention. He just loved to be held and loved by everyone. His foster mom said that he was found in a crate on the side of the road, along with another dog: a young black lab who had a collar embedded in his neck. Poor Tato was just a young pup, probably younger than 8 weeks, when he was abandoned. But he was taken in by the Humane Society of Greater Dayton and then given a good foster home until he was found by us!

Potato (formerly Sting) just loves people and gets along very well with his "sister": our cat, Sata. He's a ball of energy, but he's also stubborn and very smart. We're blessed that we found him and so very glad for all that the Humane Society does to save precious pups like him!

Puddy Tat

I was adopted by a beautiful tuxedo cat at an adopt-a-thon at the Dayton Mall. I was told that her name was Kelly, but her foster mom said that her name was Clara; however, since she came home, she answers to Puddy Tat (or Pud for short). She is truly my Christmas blessing and continues to bring joy to my life every day. Thank you for taking care of her until we found each other and for bringing us together.


On January 8 of last year, I came to your facility in search of a friend. Everyone at the Humane Society of Greater Dayton was very nice and helpful to me in my search, allowing me all the time I needed to look around. There were so many sweet cats and kittens, it was almost impossible to choose just one; but one little critter followed me around the cat room. He was a cute little orange-tiger boy, and his name was Carson (later to be renamed Riley).

Riley has been just the sweetest, most well-adjusted cat, and he is simply thriving in his new home. I credit his friendliness and sweetness to the fantastic socialization provided by his foster family, and I have to thank you. Thanks for taking care of my cat baby until I could get there. I would recommend you to anyone looking for a pet.


Hello, everyone at the Humane Society of Greater Dayton who took such great care of me and all of the other animals, while helping us all to be placed in wonderful homes with such great new owners. Hope you are all doing well. Just wanted to send a "bark" and "tail wag" your way.

I am having a great summer, with lots of adventures. I met a new best friend: my buddy, a female terrier who also loves to play! I love my new family; they spoil me with lots of toys, walks and adventures, kisses, petting and hugs. I did get a little bit chunkier, because I love to eat; and I get all kinds of treats, just for doing tricks and being a good girl. Ahhh, this is the life!

Thank you all once again so very much, from all of us animals whom you so graciously cared for and nursed to good health, then found such great, loving homes. No disrespect, ladies, but I now go by the name Ruby (formerly Jellybeans) – just thought it suited me a little better. God bless you all. You definitely have my "paws" up! Paws in the air to everyone, keep up the great work that you do, and tail wags and licks your way. Take care.


I adopted Salem (then known as Eldon) from the Humane Society of Greater Dayton in 2007. I had only had one cat in all of my life: a black cat named Blackie. I had Blackie from the time I was in kindergarten until the summer after I graduated from college. My heart was broken when Blackie died; but he instilled in me a love for black cats.

I waited two years, until I got a place of my own, to adopt again and let the sadness of Blackie's passing away heal. My sister took me to the Humane Society, and I immediately saw a little black kitten in the cage by the door. I took him to the visiting room, where he climbed over me, purred and played with a string. The next week Salem came home with me. I have never had a cat as cuddly and with such personality. He keeps me laughing and comforts me when I am sad. I cannot imagine life without my Salem!


We recently lost our beloved 14-year-old female cat, Tsk, and were anxious to adopt another companion for our 4-year-old male Manx, Tom. We absolutely love the Manx breed and, with your assistance, found a perfect female Manx companion in 4-month-old "Cutie."

We have since renamed her Tisha, which is of Latin origin and means "great joy" – and she is! She is so loving and affectionate, always happy to see everyone – underfoot, between legs, climbing your legs, in your lap! She just loves to be loved! She's really beginning to show her personality now; she's so curious and into everything; we have to watch her constantly! Her antics, though, sometimes have us laughing until we're in tears! That's what we love about the Manx breed: their loyalty and their comical personalties! And her little stubby tail: she "wags" it when she's happy or excited, but especially when she's playing. She's hilarious!

Thank you for helping us find the PURRfect feline companion!


This is Toasty, you called her Millie, that we adopted from you a year ago. My husband and I are very grateful that we got to take Millie. she goes with us everywhere; to get gas, bank, to get Grain , working on the farm, she does everything with us. She has a tremendous amount of energy . even with all the farm work we needed something extra for her to do because she was so intelligent, so she's also now an agility dog. I never did agility before and never cared if she won a thing, I just wanted to have fun with her but she has surprised everyone. This past weekend she won first place on Saturday and first place on Sunday at her first-ever agility trial. This super intelligent loving little dog has truly been a great gift thank you Humane Society for our baby!

- John and Lori Woodruff


I adopted Travis about a year ago. He was two years old when I adopted him. He hid under the bed for the first few days, but he lost his shyness and now he is always in bed with me or lying by my side on the couch. When he is not napping, he is drinking out of our goldfish's bowl, as he will not drink out of his water bowl. I was looking for a laid-back cat, and that's exactly what I got.


We adopted Trooper – or maybe I should say that he adopted us – in the fall of 2003. He has been a real blessing, with his very outgoing, fun, friendly nature. He has become a very important member of our family; and we thank the Humane Society of Greater Dayton for giving us the blessing of adopting not only him, but also two other cats who have very much touched our lives.


I'm so grateful to the Humane Society and Petsmart for helping me find my little kitten!  On July 12, 2015 we said goodbye to my beautiful calico cat Millie, who had made it to a ripe old age of 15.  Unfortunately she had developed a lot of medical problems and would not get better.  I was broken hearted to lose my Millie.  Initially I thought it might be a good idea to see what it's like to not have a pet. I very quickly became lonely for someone to take care of, so I started "just looking."  I went to Petsmart to look at the cats for adoption just to see how it felt.  A tiny little gray ball of fur caught my eye right away, but it still felt too soon.  The Petsmart worker warned me that the kittens "go fast" and this particular kitten might not be there if I came back another day.  I took my chances. Over the course of about a week, I looked at and even visited a shelter, but it was always the little gray one who had my heart.  I actually visited her THREE TIMES at Petsmart before I was ready to bring a new feline friend to my home.  The workers at Petsmart were so patient with me and knew this was a serious decision.  In the end, I took that little bitty one home, and I love her so much.  No cat can ever take Millie's place, but I found out there's a lot of love in my heart to share with other kitties.  I named my little gray kitten Winnie Lou (I call her Winifred Louise when she is in trouble!), and I couldn't be happier with my decision to adopt her!   

Luke & Ike

A while back, two beautiful Percherons, named Luke & Ike, served their purpose to a carriage company and were subsequently discarded, like trash, by their owner to suffer the horrors of starvation, no vet care, no farrier, no nothing. In steps the real hero, a sworn law enforcement Humane Agent named Heather. After months of observing and trying her hardest (as animal laws unfortunately don't give a lot of wiggle room for actually helping) and after many visits to the abuser at his home, Heather was able to get this man to sign over Luke & Ike to her (I might mention she got there just in the knick of time as he had his vet there to put them down to try to stya out of trouble). This woman is incredible and has done all she can to protect the ones that cannot speak for themselves. She didn't have an absolute plan, but she saved the boys. In steps the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization who I don't believe has ever been recognized for their huge part in saving the boys. This Humane Society and Heather found the rescue organization that would house the boys until they could find a home. The reason I am writing this morning is to let you all know who is really responsible for saving the lives of the boys and from the bottom of my heart, I sing your praises Heather and the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Your heart my break daily with what you see and deal with, but I thank you for having the courage to step up and speak for those who have no voice. My boys are proof of your huge heart. 

- Karen, owner of Luke & Ike