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Who we are

Believers in animal dignity, value, and justice.

We’re here for them

We are a no-kill organization and the largest, most-established animal welfare agency to care for all types of animals in the Miami Valley. We want to enhance the pet-human relationship. We investigate animal cruelty, enforce laws, and perform rescues to ensure all animals are valued and free from suffering. The Humane Society of Greater Dayton is a single-entity nonprofit and not affiliated with any other animal organization or humane society on a regional, state or national level. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, we are solely funded through community efforts including donations from individuals, companies and grants.

Our history

The Humane Society of Greater Dayton’s mission began in 1902 to promote the principles of humane treatment for all animals. Dayton’s leaders of the day John H. Patterson, Daisy Shaw Greene, Grace A. Greene, and R.G. Corwin provided guidance for the newborn organization. Since then, our devotion to animals and animal lovers has been unconditional.

Public-spirited citizens eventually raised the Humane Society of Greater Dayton into the oldest, most established community advocacy organization in the Miami Valley. We currently serve a population of more than 570,000 in a 462-square mile region and provide services including pet adoptions, spay/neuter and veterinary care, cruelty prevention, humane education, pet therapy and so much more.


We strive to build a community in which all animals are valued and free from suffering and life is enhanced through the relationship between people and pets.


The Humane Society of Greater Dayton values loving relationships between animals and people and these relationships are the foundation of our organization. We create these bonds by finding homes for homeless pets and reuniting lost pets with their families. Our organization also provides resources to help strengthen the human-animal bond.


We have two main facilities in the area to serve you as well as more than 10 offsite adoption locations. Our main location on Nicholas Road houses dogs, cats, rabbits and more! The MeowZa Cat Boutique located inside the Dayton Mall is your one-stop shop to adopt cats and get everything you need to care for your furry feline friend!

Humane Society of Greater Dayton

1661 Nicholas Rd
Dayton, OH 45417

(937) 268-PETS (7387)


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

MeowZa Cat Boutique

Dayton Mall (across from Dick’s Sporting Goods) 2700 Miamisburg Centerville Road, Dayton, OH 45459

(937) 434-MEOW (6369)


Sunday: 12 to 6 p.m.
Monday: Closed
Tuesday – Friday: 12 to 8 p.m.
Saturday: 12 to 6 p.m.

About the facility

Our main facility is located minutes from I-75 and the University of Dayton arena. MeowZa Cat Boutique is located inside the Dayton Mall across from Dick’s Sporting Goods at 2700 Miamisburg Centerville Road, Dayton, OH 45459. We also operate many offsite adoption centers at various pet stores and other area businesses in the greater Dayton area.

Current offsite locations include: Pawsome Pet Supplies, Petco Englewood, Petco Kettering (Town and Country Mall), Petsmart Beavercreek, Petsmart Centerville, Petsmart Huber Heights, Petsmart Miamisburg, Pet Supplies Plus Centerville, Pet Supplies Plus Kettering.


Facility features

  • 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

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

Our team

Meet our Animal Lovers. These pet passionate people keep our mission and vision alive.

Brian Weltge

President & CEO
(937) 262-5928

Mackenzie Phillips

Shelter Manager
(937) 262-5926

Courtney Steckel

Director of Development
(937) 262-5923

Jessica Garringer

Marketing and PR Manager
(937) 262-5929

Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

Humane Society of Greater Dayton Board of Trustees as of February 2019.


Kim Lopez, Chair
Director of Sales, Eleven Fifty Seven

Kevin V. Simon, Vice Chair
Attorney at Law, Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP

Joyce Cology, Second Vice Chair

Jim Hoffman, Treasurer

Beth Redden, Secretary
Director of Development, Five Rivers MetroParks

Ernest “Ren” Badman
Chief, Financial Integration & Analysis, WPAFB

Lisa Block
President, McGohan Brabender

Nicholas Davis
Attorney, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

Kim Frisco
Chief, Community and Public Relations, Dayton VA Medical Center

Deborah Linz
Anchor, Fox 45/ABC 22 

Kathy Payne
Retired, Friends of the Humane Society

Jim Porter
Director of Healthcare Systems, Danis Building Construction Company

Sharon Schroder
Director of Business Development & Regulatory Affairs, DP&L Energy

Kent Sholder
Senior Landscape Sales Professional, Grunder Landscaping Co.


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