Community Programs

Creating Connections and Opening Hearts

Browse the sections below to learn about the programs and services we provide for our community here at the Humane Society of Greater Dayton.

The Golden Ears

The Golden Ears is a partnership between the Humane Society of Greater Dayton and the Senior Resource Connection’s Meals on Wheels program. Through this program, we ensure local seniors receiving Meals on Wheels can get the resources they need to keep their pets happy and healthy!

Book Buddies

Help your young child build their reading confidence while helping shelter pets relax and socialize with our Book Buddies Program!


Helping the community grow and learn is something our staff loves to do. Do you want one of our staff members to come out to speak to your group or class? Reach out today! A representative will get back to you to confirm.


Please schedule your tour at least two weeks in advance to ensure availability and allow time for program preparation. A representative of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton will contact you directly to confirm your tour date and time.

Birthday Parties

Come party with the animals when you host a birthday party at the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. Bring the birthday boy or girl and up to 8-10 friends to our place for a two-hour party that’s perfect for young animal lovers. Just bring cake, food and drinks. We’ve got everything else.

Become a Pet Therapy Volunteer

We enlist the aid of volunteers who take our shelter animals into the community for hands-on therapy. Animals regularly visit retirement communities, rehabilitation facilities, and Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (MRDD) centers. Using their personal vehicles, volunteers take kittens, dogs, and even the occasional rabbit or ferret to as many as 10 locations per month. The Humane Society of Greater Dayton provides the necessary carriers and crates to transport the animals, as well as towels (for the occasional accident), toys, water bottles, and treats.

If you would like to become a Pet Therapy volunteer or if you are a group interested in having the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, contact us, and we will have someone reach out to you.