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I Lost My Pet.

Lost_DogLost Dogs

If you have lost your dog, you can call the Humane Society of Greater Dayton at 937/268-PETS (7387) to file a report. This report will help us identify any lost dogs brought to our facility. 

The Montgomery County Animal Resource Center’s animal care and control officers (not affiliated with the Humane Society of Greater Dayton) are required by law to pick up any free-roaming dogs. All stray dogs are taken to the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center, located at 6790 Webster Street, Dayton, OH 45414. Dogs found by citizens are often taken to the Animal Resource Center. We recommend that you visit their shelter immediately and frequently, if you have lost your dog.  

If a lost dog is brought to the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, every attempt will be made to reunite the dog with its owner. This includes checking the dog’s license and scanning the animal for a pet-identification microchip. To identify a dog by its license, we enter its license number into the Montgomery County Auditor’s website. Please make sure that the Auditor’s office has your current contact information. 

Humane Society employees will also scan lost dogs for a microchip. If a microchip is found, it will direct us back to the microchip company. The microchip company will provide the owner’s contact information. Please make sure that your information is current with the microchip company. Note that microchips are not GPS-enabled; we cannot find your lost dog through GPS-tracking techniques.  

If Humane Society of Greater Dayton staff members are unable to obtain identifying information on a lost dog entering our building, the dog will be sent to the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center for a specified holding period. Again, we recommend that you visit their shelter immediately and frequently, if you have lost your dog. 

Other resources for finding your lost dog:

  • Place an advertisement in your local newspaper. Some newspapers will provide this service
    at no charge.
  • Make fliers and post them around your neighborhood.
  • Visit your neighbors in person and tell them about your lost dog.
  • Post your lost dog on websites such as petfbi.org or missingpet.net.
  • Visit the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center frequently. 

Note: The Humane Society of Greater Dayton is not affiliated with the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center. Information regarding the Animal Resource Center’s policies is posted as a courtesy only and should be verified with the Animal Resource Center at 937/898-4457.  

Lost_CatLost Cats

If you have lost your cat, the first places to look are the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center and SICSA. Unless restricted by a city ordinance, cats are allowed to roam free. Animal care and control officers do not pick up stray cats in most areas of Montgomery County. 

You can call the Humane Society of Greater Dayton at 937/268-PETS (7387) to file a report for a lost cat.  

The Montgomery County Animal Resource Center accepts stray cats from Brookville, Huber Heights, Kettering, Miamisburg, Vandalia, West Carrollton and Five Rivers MetroParks. If you have lost your cat in one of these municipalities, please contact the Animal Resource Center at 937/898-4457. The Humane Society of Greater Dayton accepts cats from all other cities and townships within Montgomery County. Please visit our facility immediately and frequently to look for your cat. We are located at 1661 Nicholas Road, Dayton, OH 45417. 

You are not required by law to buy a license for your cat. We do recommend purchasing a cat registration tag through the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center. If your cat is brought to either the Humane Society or the Animal Resource Center, attempts will be made to contact the owner using the tag information.  

Humane Society of Greater Dayton employees will check incoming stray cats for a microchip. If a microchip is found, it will direct us back to the microchip company. The microchip company will provide the owner’s contact information. Please make sure that your information is current with the microchip company. Note that microchips are not GPS-enabled; we cannot find your lost cat through GPS-tracking techniques.  

Other resources for finding your lost cat:

  • Place an advertisement in your local newspaper. Some newspapers will provide this service
    at no charge.
  • Make fliers and post them around your neighborhood.
  • Visit your neighbors in person and tell them about your lost cat.
  • Post your lost cat on websites such as petfbi.org or missingpet.net.
  • Visit the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center and SICSA frequently. 

Note: The Humane Society of Greater Dayton is not affiliated with the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center. Information regarding the Animal Resource Center’s policies is posted as a courtesy only and should be verified with the Animal Resource Center at 937/898-4457.

Other Lost Animals

If you have lost another species of animal, please call the Humane Society of Greater Dayton at
937/268-PETS (7387).

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