April 2020
Shelter Remains Temporarily Closed
Per the recommendations of the Ohio Department of Health, CDC and WHO, the Humane Society of Greater Dayton has made the difficult decision to close its main shelter and the MeowZa Cat Boutique until further notice. This decision was not an easy one, but one we take very seriously. Our staff and volunteers work tirelessly every day to care for the animals at our shelter and always put the animals’ care first. However, at this point, we must now care for the staff. The safety of our staff and our community is of utmost importance and we will continue to stay closed until it is deemed safe for us to come together as a community again.
News You Can Use!
Uncertain Times Ahead, but Animals Still Need Us All

This is a time of uncertainty for us all. Your first priority should always be yourself and your family. However, with this shutdown, we are estimating the loss of nearly $285,000 at the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. As a nonprofit that relies solely on donations, this will greatly impact our organization, but it is something that we again feel is in the best interest of our community, our staff and our animals. If you do have the opportunity and means to give, we encourage you to donate on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/donate/3121260098098298  or by visiting  www.hsdayton.org/donate  . 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.
Furry Skurry 5K & Furry Fest Rescheduled for September
As our community continues to practice social distancing, the Humane Society of Greater Dayton has decided to postpone the 29th annual Furry Skurry 5K & Furry Fest until Saturday, September 5th.

The event will still be at Eastwood MetroPark and we encourage all of you to mark your calendars and sign up today!
What Pet Owners Need to Know About COVID-19
Many of you are wondering how COVID-19 can affect your pets. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, there is currently no evidence that pets can become sick from COVID-19. These experts as well as the CDC, OIE and WHO indicate that there is no evidence to suggest pet dogs or cats can be a source of infection including spreading the virus to people. More investigation is underway and, as we learn more, we will keep you updated.
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.
Shop the Humane Society of Greater Dayton's Store
Just because you're home doesn't mean your pet shouldn't look dapper! The Humane Society of Greater Dayton now has an online store where you can purchase bandanas, bow ties and more for your pet! Stay tuned as more items are added as well!
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!
Craft It Up with These Fun Child-Friendly Activities
Are your kiddos bouncing off the walls? Do you need to find an activity to keep them entertained? We can help! Check out our Pinterest page for some great resources!

To help you out, we have a huge board of DIY arts and crafts that you can do with your child. All of them are animal-themed and can provide hours of fun and learning!
We Love Our Volunteers!
Volunteer of the Month:
Laura Chaney
This month we would like to congratulate Laura Chaney for being our April Volunteer of the Month! Laura has put in more than 330 hours of volunteer time with us at the Humane Society of Greater Dayton and we are so grateful for all her hard work!

Laura is trained to help with dogs, cats and rabbits.She also loves to make volunteering a family event by getting her daughter, Clara, to join in and help with her! Each week, Laura helps care for the rabbits at our shelter and helps to fill in when other volunteers are unable to work. She trains new volunteers on our Bunny Program and helps with rabbit adoptions and bonding dates. In addition, she also helps with paperwork and donations as one of our Office Angels, works large events and even fosters!
Laura is incredibly dedicated, sweet, knowledgeable and is just an amazing asset to us. She is so kind to others and the animals and is quite the bunny expert! Thank you so much Laura for being part of our HSGD family and for helping so many animals find their loving forever homes!
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 jrettig@hsdayton.org.
Fosters, Thank You for Your Support During Shutdown
We asked the community if they could join our Foster Roster and help temporarily house the animals in our shelter as we prepared for the shutdown and boy, did you all step up! We had an overwhelming outpouring of people wanting to foster and our foster coordinator continues to go through the long list of individuals wanting to help. We appreciate your support and even if we do not currently have animals available to foster, we will keep your name on the list for future needs.