July 2020
Snuggle Up with a Furry Friend
as Part of Our Foster Roster
Spring and Summer are the breeding seasons for many animals including cats, dogs and rabbits. During this time of year, it is common for our shelter to see an influx of baby animals. Of course, we want to help as many of these animals as we can, but we need your help to do so! As a limited-intake facility, we are only able to take in as many animals as we have space for. This is why our foster families play such an important role to our shelter. Thanks to our fosters who temporarily open their homes to underage animals, we are able to take in and help save more animals in our community.

Helping is Easy!
With a short-term commitment you can make long-lasting impacts! We are flexible and will work with your schedule to make the fostering experience a positive one. Whether you are home now due to quarantine, can only foster for a specific portion of the year or are limited to what types of animals you want to foster, we are here to work with you! Plus, as a new foster, we will give you all the training and supplies you need to make your fostering experience a positive and successful one!

What Can You Foster?
We are always in need of fosters who are able to help all types of animals, but will work with each individual or family to ensure you are comfortable with what you are fostering. Right now, we are looking for people to foster:
  • Cats & kittens
  • Dogs & puppies
  • Rabbits or small animals (guinea pigs, ferrets, etc.)
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Adoptions Continue by Appointment Only

We know many of you are excited to adopt a new pet and we love the enthusiasm. As of right now, we are processing adoptions by appointment only

How Does the Process Work?
If you see an animal on our website that you like, fill out an adoption application. You can find an application by clicking on the animal’s information at   www.hsdayton.org/adopt  and then printing out the application. You can then email your application to   front_desk@hsdayton.org . If you can’t scan and email in your application, an attached photo of the filled in application will work as well.
To be fair, our adoption counselors review applications in the order they are received. The first application that is approved will be the first permitted to adopt. We do continue to accept and review application in case an approved application falls through.

Once your application is approved, an adoption counselor will reach out to you to schedule a time for you to meet with the animal that you are interested in adopting. In some cases, we receive multiple applications for one animal, so please be patient with us as we navigate through this appointment process. Our goal is always to help as many people find their perfect match as possible and we appreciate all of your understanding and patience as we move forward.
News You Can Use
Show Homeless Pets Some Love for Christmas in July
In a time when so much is uncertain in our normal lives, one thing has been consistent, our commitment to you and to the animals in our community. Despite closures, reopenings and new normals, our team has been dedicated to the protection and care of the animals in the Miami Valley.

Thanks to your support, we have not let the barriers of 2020 stand in our way. This is why your support is needed now more than ever. For 118 years, we have been your leader in animal welfare and we will continue to do so no matter the situation. As we enter into July, we ask you to help sprinkle some Christmas cheer to the animals at our shelter as they patiently wait for their forever homes. You can support our Christmas in July campaign all month long! Your support helps us provide the hundreds of animals in our care with:
  • Nourishing food to fill their bellies
  • Comfortable bedding for them to lay their heads and relax
  • Top-notch medical care to ensure they remain healthy and happy
  • Playful toys to keep them entertained and engaged

Throughout this unprecedented time, our humane agents have continued to have their feet on the ground and are out in the community protecting the abused and neglected animals that need our help. From placing all of our animals into temporary foster homes during the quarantine to finding them permanent forever homes now, our animal care staff has been working tirelessly to impact as many animals as possible! Our veterinary team has been battling cat overpopulation through spay and neuter surgeries as well as providing top-notch medical care to the animals at our shelter.We are here to help the animals in our community and with your help we can continue to impact them in a positive way. Thank you so much for your generosity and support and for loving animals as much as we do!
Help Cats Find Homes and Save July 10th through 12th
We have partnered with BISSELL Pet Foundation with one goal in mind - to find more cats forever homes! From July 10th through July 12th, BISSELL Pet Foundation is sponsoring a reduced adoption fee at 160 shelters across the country and the Humane Society of Greater Dayton is one of them. Let's empty the shelter and puts cats into loving homes! You simply pay $25 to adopt a cat from either our main shelter or the MeowZa Cat Boutique and BISSELL will cover the rest of the adoption fee. If you are looking to welcome a new cat or kitten into your home, now is the perfect time to do so!
Register for the 9th Annual Fore Paws Golf Classic
Hey there you animal-loving golfers, we haven't forgotten about you!

To keep our golfers safe, we are doing things a little bit differently for this year's 9th annual Fore Paws Golf Classic.

Rather than having one set time for everyone to come together and enjoy a day at The Golf Club at Yankee Trace, we are having people set up tee times between August 10th through the 14th. This way your team can golf at a time that works for you, but your scores will be collected and you can still contribute to the competition. Click below for details!
This Fourth of July, Make Sure to Keep Your Pets Safe
Normally, the Fourth of July is associated with cookouts, lounging with family and of course fireworks. Although this holiday can be relaxing and fun for your family, it can be stressful and scary for your pet. Here are a few tips to keep your pet relaxed and healthy during your Fourth of July festivities.
  • Avoid fireworks
  • ID your pets
  • Don't leave alcohol unattended
  • Watch what they eat
  • Avoid bug repellent
Get a Humane Society Face Mask While Supplies Last
Need a face mask, we can help! Have you checked out the Humane Society of Greater Dayton's online store yet? Not only do you get to have fun online shopping, but you are also helping the animals at our shelter! With every purchase you make, a portion of each sale goes right to our shelter to help our animals. We have some great items available and will continue to add more so keep checking back again and again!
Sign Up for Our Virtual Cat Trapper Training Class
Learn all about the basics of Trap-Neuter-Return and cat trapping in our new virtual class!

Every Wednesday starting at 5 p.m. we will offer a free Cat Trapper Training class.

This class is free to attend and is open to the public. It will teach you the basics of Trap-Neuter-Return as well as how to safely use humane traps.