Our Promise to You
The Humane Society of Greater Dayton (HSGD) is committed to complete transparency with our community, protecting our visitor’s privacy, and keeping personal information private. Browse the sections below to learn more about our privacy, donation, and adoption policies or to view our financials, 990’s, and annual reports.
How We Collect Information About You
Information You Voluntarily Provide
The Humane Society of Greater Dayton collects and maintains certain personal information about you when you send us an e-mail or complete any of our online forms, such as when you request information from us, make a donation, subscribe to one of our online newsletters, request to become a member or forward a web page, electronic postcard, electronic ballot or electronic newsletter. Such information may include your name, mailing address, and e-mail address. It may also include the e-mail addresses of those to whom you forward HSGD electronic content and any other information collected in the forms. You may be asked to provide credit card information to become a member of the HSGD, contribute to the HSGD, purchase certain information or materials from the HSGD, or subscribe to various HSGD publications.
Other Information Collected
Hsdayton.org also collects certain other information that cannot identify you personally when visiting our website. This information includes your IP address and your domain name. Hsdayton.org logs these IP addresses and domain names, aggregates them for system administration, and monitors the use of our site. We use the aggregated information to measure the number of visits to our site, the average time spent on our site, the number of pages viewed, and various other site statistics. This monitoring helps us provide a more useful and engaging online experience to hsdayton.org visitors and helps us improve the quality of our content.
Ways Information About You Is Used
We may use the information that you voluntarily provide to:
- Contact you regarding animal-related issues we feel you may be interested in.
- Keep you updated regarding the Humane Society of Greater Dayton’s programs.
- Extend an invitation to you to support our programs.
We may also send such information to the people whose e-mail addresses you provide when forwarding HSGD electronic content. When we do so, our sole intent is to enlarge our family of informed animal advocates and organizational supporters. Every recipient of our electronic communications can quickly and easily “opt-out” of future such communications by following the instructions on any electronic communication that we send.
Partnering Website Policies
From time to time, the Humane Society of Greater Dayton may link to other websites not affiliated with the HSGD. The HSGD attempts to link only to those websites that also respect a visitor’s privacy and the goals of the HSGD; however, the HSGD cannot be responsible for the content or policies of third-party websites. Please check with these third-party organizations or companies for their specific privacy policies. If you find inoperable links or are concerned about any of the sites that the HSGD currently links to, please inform the HSGD by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Humane Society of Greater Dayton uses generally accepted, industry-standard security systems, software, and encryption technologies to protect against unauthorized access to HSGD servers, equipment, and other components of our online presence. This includes using industry-standard security systems to protect credit card processing information.
Contacting the HSGD
Ways to Adopt
Interested in adopting a pet from the Humane Society of Greater Dayton? There are three easy ways:
- Visit us at our main location, at 1661 Nicholas Road.
- Browse our cats, dogs, and other animals on our website.
- 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, look no further than the Humane Society of Greater Dayton.
What to Expect When Adopting
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 Hills Science Diet
- Receive daily socialization and love from staff and volunteers
When you adopt, you’ll receive a starter food packet, cat or dog collar/leash for $5, information on local vets and pet-supply stores, and other relevant information within our Adoption Packet on issues such as declawing, housetraining, and other topics.
Individuals visiting the Humane Society of Greater Dayton with the intent of adopting must fill out this questionnaire (also known as the adoption application). The application 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
Foster to Adopt is a program for those who are unsure 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 three days to two weeks (depending on the type of animal) following completion of foster paperwork. The animal must then be returned to the Humane Society of Greater Dayton or adopted by the clients.
Adoption Process Considerations
Each adoption evaluation process should consider the following:
- We adopt family pets.
- We recommend appropriate facilities to contain pets (e.g., evidence of a 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 dogs to meet and get acquainted with the prospective new dog family member.
- We require that landlords approve pet ownership and the number of pets.
- We require that all animals receive regular vet care/visits. If adopters currently own pets, there should be evidence of regular veterinary visits (i.e., within two years).
- Adopted animals must be taken to a veterinarian within seven to ten 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. (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 for our animals can range depending on species and age:
- Cats – $30 to $115.
- Dogs – $100 and $375.
- Rabbits – $65 to $100 (for a bonded pair).
- Pocket Pets (Guinea pigs, Ferrets, Chinchillas and Hamsters) – $10 to $100.
- Farm Animals – $100 to $1,000 (depending on animal)
- Exotics (reptiles, birds, etc.) – $50 to $200 (depending on animal)
These fees cover a number of items to help support the care of each animal, including (but not limited to) their medical care, food, shelter, spay/neuter surgery, microchip, preventative testing, and more.