May 2020
Safely and Slowly the Humane Society of Greater Dayton Moves to Reopen Main Shelter
As our state begins to slowly reopen, the Humane Society of Greater Dayton is also starting to reopen some of our programs. The safety of our staff, our animals and our community continues to be our top priority. This will be a gradual process that will limit interactions and maintain safe social distancing per the recommendations of our state leaders.

May 5th
On May 5th, we plan to reopen our Community Cat Program. As warm weather is upon us, so is Kitten Season (the time of year when cats breed and an influx of kittens come into shelters). Starting next week, we will have staff on site to begin spaying and neutering these community cats again. Surgeries are done by appointment only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Cats must be unowned community cats and must be brought to us in a humane trap. If you need to rent a trap, we will have curbside trap rentals available starting next week between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

The community cats will be dropped off in their traps for surgery curbside between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. It is important for all trappers to stay in their cars and call our curbside number for a staff member to come out and assist you. Pick-up for the community cats once they are spayed or neutered will be between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. curbside at the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. For everyone's safety, volunteers and the general public will not be allowed into the shelter yet.

We are also offering a virtual Cat Trapper Training Course every Wednesday that is free and open to the public. Register now for one of our upcoming classes here . To schedule a time to have a community cat spayed or neutered, contact us at 937-268-PETS (7387).

May 12th
We know many of you are excited to adopt a new pet and we love the enthusiasm. As of right now, we are planning to open our Adoption Program up by appointment only starting May 12th. We will have more information regarding this in the next few days, so please make sure to follow us on our Facebook page for more information. Again, safety is our number one concern. We want to help as many people and animals as we can, but we have to be responsible and safe as we move forward. Thank you all for your support!
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#GivingTuesdayNow Spotlights
a Critical Time in Giving

This is a time of uncertainty for us all. Your first priority should always be yourself and your family. However, as a nonprofit that relies solely on donations, this shutdown has greatly impacted our organization. If you do have the opportunity and means available to give, we encourage you to donate on our Facebook page or through our website .

As part of #GivingTuesdayNow, a few of our generous donors came together and will match all donations given to our organization through May 5th (up to $3,500). That means you an double your impact and turn your $50 into $100 for the animals! Donate now through May 5th to have your donation doubled! All of your gift stays right in our community and will help our shelter continue to provide lifesaving care as we all work to get through this difficult time.
Social Distancing Saves Lives
Wash Your Hands
Quarantine & Chill
Get a Reusable Face Mask with Every Order You Place
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 just released three new shirt designs to keep you stylish in quarantine, too! Plus, to keep you safe, with every order placed in May, we will provide you with a free reusable face mask.
Resources for Pet Owners Escaping Abuse
Support. Safety. Hope. These are the three things the Humane Society of Greater Dayton along with the YWCA Dayton and the Artemis Center want to provide to people in abusive situations and their pets. Through the Safe Pet Shelter Program, those in abusive relationships can reach out to one of these groups. We work directly with them to temporarily house pets while individuals and families are able to flee abusive situations. This way the people and the pets remain safe!
Keep You and Your Pets Safe During Pandemic
Although there is currently no evidence showing that you can transfer COVID-19 to your pets, we at the Humane Society of Greater Dayton want to make sure you are taking added precautions to keep yourself and your pets safe.

Here are a few tips all pet owners can follow to stay safe as we all do our part to stay home, wash our hands and continue to distance ourselves from others so that we can help flatten the curve.
How Can You Help from Home?
Bored at Home? We Can Help You Pass the Time!
Being home in quarantine can seem a little like Groundhog's Day for many of us. We have many people reaching out to us wanting to know how they can help the shelter during this time. Below are a few ways you can help while staying safe in your home.
Shop Online at Target to Help Pets in Need
Now through June 30th, we have partnered with Target as part of their Target Circle Program. Create a Target account or sign in and when you shop online or in-store you accumulate votes. Visit your online account and you can designate your votes for the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. You votes turn into donations right to the animals in our care!
Grab Some Four Legged Lager at the Grocery
Getting your list together for your next grocery pickup? We have partnered with The Dayton Beer Company to create the Four Legged Lager! This specialty can contains The Dayton Beer Company's " Gem City Light” beer, which is a light lager brewed with carapils malt fermented with a German lager yeast. It is crisp, light and refreshing. 
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 open to the public and will teach you the basics of TNR as well as how to safely use humane traps.
Open Your Home, Sign Up to Join Our Foster Roster
Kitten Season is upon us. With that comes an influx of kittens born as strays. We want to help as many as we can, but we can't do it without you! Sign up to become a foster by emailing us at With a short-term commitment you can make long-lasting impacts!
Get a Quote for Good from State Farm Insurance
We’re excited to partner again with Carrie Lifer State Farm Insurance Agency Inc  for their “Quotes for Good” campaign! Through all of May, for every person who contacts them and completes an auto, fire, life or health quote, they will donate $10 to the animals in our care. When calling in for your quote, be sure to mention "Quotes for Good" and the Humane Society of Greater Dayton for the quote to qualify. You must be a new customer or a current State Farm customer that has policies with this agent. If the individual currently has policies with the agent, they will need to quote business that they do not already have with the agent.
Contact State Farm Agent Joshua Salyers through email at or by calling 937-434-2654.
Engage With Us on Social Media or Give a Review
As we are all scrolling through our phones, pause and engage with us. Whether you give a heart to a post, comment or share, your input helps more people see our content. Make sure you follow us on our many social media platforms (we just added TikTok, too!). Have a little extra time, write a review for our organization. You can leave reviews on Facebook, Google and Yelp. All help us continue to do the lifesaving work we do to help animals!
Make Learning Hands-On with These Activities
Looking for unique ways to liven up your child's homeschooling projects? We can help! Check out our Pinterest page for some great resources!

To help you out, we have a great board of homeschooling ideas that can get your children engaged with some hands-on learning activities. All of these are animal-themed and can provide hours of fun and learning for your child!
We Love Our Volunteers!
Volunteer of the Month:
Dale White
This month we would like to congratulate Dale White for being our May Volunteer of the Month! Dale has been with our organization since 2018. Since he started, he has put in nearly 650 hours of volunteer time helping our shelter. Our staff can always count on Dale. He has helped us in almost every volunteer position at the Humane Society of Greater Dayton and constantly steps in when there is a last-minute need.

Dale is always happy, goofy and loves to make us all laugh with his "dad jokes." He comes in every week to help clean cat cages, dog kennels and any other miscellaneous work including working adoption events or helping with our donation box program. He is an incredible volunteer and in his role has also began helping run volunteer orientations to give his valuable perspective to new volunteers.

We once named a Great Dane after him and ever since then, we refer to him as The Great Dale. We are so lucky to have him as part of our HSGD Family and thank him so much for all he does for the animals and the staff!
Volunteering Goes Virtual During COVID-19 Shutdown
The outpouring of love from our community has been so inspiring! Our volunteer coordinator continues to work with individuals who want to be ready to volunteer with us once the shelter reopens. She is offering one-on-one virtual volunteer orientations to engage the community. During these sessions, she goes over the basic orientation, gives a virtual tour of the shelter and so much more! If you are interested in scheduling an orientation, email
We're Showing the World We're #InThisTogetherOhio
When we announced we had to close our shelters, we were amazed over how many wonderful people came forward to welcome one of our shelter animals into their homes as a foster for us.

We loved all the videos we received back and many of the families ended up adopting these animals. It has been a wonderful reminder that through it all, together we are showing the world that we are #InThisTogetherOhio.
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