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The Montgomery County Animal Resource Center serves as the dog warden for Montgomery County (Ohio state law requires every county to have one), which means we handle all the stray dogs for the county. We are also the largest companion animal shelter in the greater Dayton region. We take in over 7,000 dogs and 3,500 cats per year and adopt out over 1,800 dogs and cats per year.

Check out these ARC statistics.

A dog that is not wearing his/her license is held for only 3 days so make sure your dog has his/her license on! The 2017 Montgomery County Dog License fee is $20.00 for altered dogs and $24 for unaltered dogs. For more dog licensing information, visit the Montgomery County Auditor.


Below is a list of animals that have been found and brought to our shelter. The list is not guaranteed to be complete and therefore should not be used in place of walking through our kennels.

We shelter cats from all over the County so if you have lost your cat, make sure to look here, in addition to the Humane Society of Greater Dayton and SICSA.

View Lost Dogs | View Lost Cats


In March of 2005, we moved into our new state-of-the-art, 24,000 square foot facility.

Contact the ARC:
 (937) 898-4457   

Office Fax: (937) 454-8139 

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6790 Webster St. Dayton, OH 45414 View Map

Shelter Hours: 
10 am - 6 pm, Monday-Friday 

10 am - 4 pm, Saturday 
11 am - 1 pm, Sundays & Holidays

To better serve the citizens of Montgomery County, we will now be open on Sundays and holidays* for lost and found searches ONLY.  During these special hours, we can only accept cash (with exact change), checks, MasterCard or Visa, and proper ID is required. 

*Excluding Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day

Home  the Holidays

The Home 4 the Holidays Pet Adopt-A-Thon is Saturday, December 16 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Dayton Mall, 2700 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd, Dayton, OH 45459! 

The Montgomery County Animal Resource Center, the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, and SICSA Pet Adoption Center will be showing available pets in need of a loving home.  Find the perfect faithful companion during Home 4 the Holidays Pet Adopt-A-Thon!   

For more information, call (937) 898-4457 or email the shelter at

You "Can" Help!
ARC in Need of Canned, Wet Pet Food and Other Items

The Montgomery County Animal Resource Center is in need of donations for the pets in our care:

Canned Dog and Cat Food, Hot Dogs, Bleach


ARC Donations

"Game of Homes"
Cats & Kittens Adoption Special

Dragons are in short supply, but CATS ARE HERE.
Through September 9, 2017, select cats and kittens are $20.
Adoptions include spay/neuter, first vaccines and dewormer, microchip, cat registration, and adoption kit.

CAT Adoptions Game of Homes

Hot Dog!  You "Can" Give!

With more dogs and cats finding their way to the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center, we are in need of donated cans of wet pet food.  The wet food is easier to digest for some of our at-risk pets that we are nursing back to health on   their way to being adopted.  Thank you for always supporting the ARC!!

Wet Food Hot Dogs Drive


Now, every dog that enters the ARC system becomes registered on Finding Rover. Users of Finding Rover can search the shelter right from their smartphone or computer in efforts to find their missing dog, a neighbor’s missing dog, or search for adoptable dogs. The Montgomery County, Ohio Animal Resource Center is now the first shelter in Ohio to offer the Finding Rover application which offers facial recognition technology to identify lost pets.  Finding Rover is a free service for identifying lost and found dogs in real-time with facial recognition technology accessible through the smartphone app and website.

Every dog that leaves the ARC, through a reunion or an adoption, can remain protected on Finding Rover when the pet-parent completes registration with an email. If that dog ever gets lost, their record will already be in the system, allowing for easy identification.

Registration of your pet is simple and free. Once your dogs are registered, they’re protected for life.  Registration is easy through Facebook and email – all you need is a picture of your dog and a zip code.  Anyone with a mobile phone can take a photo of a lost dog, which will be instantly posted on Finding Rover.

Finding Rover is currently available on iOS, Android, and online at for FREE.

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