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.

Privacy Policy

You can visit the HSGD website without telling us who you are or revealing any identifying information about yourself. However, because our website includes areas in which visitors can provide personally identifying information, we have developed this Privacy Policy to inform you of our policies and practices regarding information that we collect about you.

This Privacy Policy governs the URL hsdayton.org and certain electronic communications sent out by the HSGD. This website is owned and operated by the HSGD for the benefit of its members and other visitors interested in the protection of all animals. Our headquarters is located at 1661 Nicholas Road, Dayton, OH 45417. The HSGD reserves the right to modify or amend this Privacy Policy at any time and for any reason.

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.

The HSGD uses cookies in order to make results available for your on-site searches. Cookies are not used for any other reason on this site. A cookie is a small file that is sent out by a website, accepted by the user’s browser, and placed on the user’s hard drive. You can always set your browser to warn of cookies being placed and then choose which cookies you want to accept. The HSGD does not match any information gathered by cookies with personal information that you may have voluntarily submitted to the HSGD.

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 webmaster@hsdayton.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

If you would like to contact the Humane Society of Greater Dayton about correcting information that we might have collected, or if you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please e-mail us at webmaster@hsdayton.org or write to us at Webmaster, Humane Society of Greater Dayton, 1661 Nicholas Road, Dayton, OH 45417.

Donation Privacy Policy

The Humane Society of Greater Dayton is pleased to provide information to all of its customers about its online and offline donation privacy policies. Please be assured the HSGD uses its best efforts to protect visitors' privacy to this website and those who mail in or contribute offline to our organization.

Types of Information Collected and How It Is Used

HSGD gathers personal information, such as first and last names, home addresses, e-mail addresses, phone numbers, and credit card numbers. If you make an online donation, personal information will be collected from you in order to process that donation through our website.

With your permission, we will use personal information collected from you to send you information, such as HSGD updates or information regarding events, fundraising campaigns, or program information. If you do not elect to receive such materials, we will not send them to you, and you can opt-out of getting additional materials at any time.

Security of Donor Information

All donor information is stored within a donor management database within HSGD. Access to this database is restricted to personnel with legitimate business needs to access or modify the information contained therein.

Sharing of Personal Information

Companies may be engaged by HSGD to perform a variety of functions, such as assisting with donation collection, providing technical services for our Internet sites, etc. Such companies may have access to the personal information of our online and offline donors if needed to perform certain functions. However, these companies may use such personal information only for the purpose of performing that function and may not use it for any other purpose.

The Humane Society of Greater Dayton is a separate legal entity and is not affiliated with any other organization, humane society, or government agency. All donations made through our organization (both online and offline) go directly to our organization, and all funds stay within our community.

Other than as provided in this privacy policy, HSGD does not sell, transfer, or disclose personal information to third parties. We do not do donor mailings on behalf of any other organization either.

HSGD reserves the right to use or disclose any information as needed to satisfy any law, regulation, or legal request, to protect the integrity of the site, to fulfill your requests, or to cooperate in any law enforcement investigation or an investigation on a public safety matter.


You are in control of all the personal information you provide to us online and through our mail pieces. If at any time you would like to correct the personal information we have about you or if you would like to change your preferences for contacts from us, you can let us know by contacting us at the postal address listed below. In order to review any personal information we have about you or to ask us to delete that information or to stop further use of the information, please contact us through the address listed below.

If you would like to unsubscribe from our e-mail list, please use the unsubscribe link at the bottom of our newsletter e-mails or contact us through the postal address listed below.  It may take up to two weeks to remove you from our e-mail newsletter if we have one in production when you request to be removed. Due to advance deadlines, if you remove your name from our direct mail campaigns, it will take three months before you stop receiving information in the mail from the point you contact us.


“Cookies” are pieces of information that an Internet site transfers to an individual’s hard drive for record-keeping purposes. Cookies allow a certain Internet site to remember important information that will make your use of the site more convenient. Like most Internet sites, HSGD uses cookies for a variety of purposes in order to improve your online experience. For example, we track the total number of visitors to our site on an anonymous, aggregate basis. We may also employ cookies so that we remember you when you return to the site. We may associate personal information with a cookie file in that instance.

Use the options in your Internet browser if you do not wish to receive a cookie or if you wish to set your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie. Click on the “Help” section of your browser to learn how to change your cookie preferences. If you disable all cookies, you may not be able to take advantage of all the features of the HSGD web site.

We use Google services, such as Google Analytics, as well as other third-party vendors that place first-party and/or third-party cookies on a browser across our websites. To opt-out of Google tracking, please visit their opt-out page. We also use Google AdWords “remarketing” to market our sites across the web. We place a cookie on a browser, and then Google reads these cookies and may serve an ad on a third-party site. You may opt-out of this ad serving on Google’s opt-out page. If you are concerned about third-party cookies served by networks, you should also visit the Network Advertising Initiative opt-out page.

Links to Other Sites

We may offer links to sites that are not operated by HSGD. If you visit one of these linked sites, you should review their privacy and other policies. We are not responsible for the policies and practices of other companies.

Changes to our Privacy Policy

Our privacy policy became in 2015. From time to time, it may be necessary for the HSGD to change its privacy policy, so we suggest that you check here periodically. Rest assured, however, that any changes will not be retroactively applied and will not alter how we handle previously collected information.

Adoption Policies

Ways to Adopt

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.
  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, 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.

Adoption Questionnaire

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

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.