What to do if you find a dog:
1. The Montgomery County Animal Resource Center should be your first call for a lost or found dog in Montgomery County. They are the County facility mandated by the State of Ohio to help care for lost and stray dogs. (937) 898-4457
2. If the dog has a license you can look up the owners on the county website
3. Check for a microchip. Even if a dog doesn't have a collar with tags, if they are microchipped, the chip can be their ticket home. You can take a dog to SICSA, Humane Society of Greater Dayton, or most veterinary offices to be scanned for a microchip.
4. Post to Dayton Ohio and Surrounding Area Lost and Found Pets on Facebook and on neighborhood apps, like Nextdoor
5. Check the lost/found section of your local paper. Some people still use this!
6. Print and post flyers near the area you found the dog. You can make flyers at Pet FBI
If you are not able to locate the owner of the dog after 10 days and cannot keep the dog, then you can reach out to rescues to see if they can take in the dog. Many local rescues will not take the dog, stating that state law prohibits them from taking in strays. That is simply not true. Adopt A Pit is often not able to take in strays because we simply do not have available foster homes for them. If you are willing to foster a stray, we may be able work with you to help you find a home for an abandoned dog.
If you cannot foster, we encourage you to try to find a rescue that is available to take in the dog. Again, we recommend PAWS Adoption Center in Monroe or you can try one of the rescues listed here. Additionally, you could try to find a home using rehome.adoptapet.com or home-home.org
What to do if you lose a dog you adopted from us...
Accidents happen. Doors and gates get left open, dogs slip collars and run off. It just happens. If you adopted from us and your dog gets out and doesn't come back right away, we are here to help!
1. Call or Facebook message us. We not only notify the microchip company (remember, the chip has to stay in our name), who puts out alerts to its network of pet finders, but we will post a missing alert on our Facebook Page to reach our network of followers.
2. Post to Dayton Ohio and Surrounding Area Lost and Found Pets on Facebook and on neighborhood apps, like Nextdoor
3. Check your local shelter. If you are in Montgomery County, that is the ARC at 937-898-4457. You can also look at photos on PetHarbor, but you will have a better chance of identifying your pet if you go there in person. For more information visit ARC's Website.
4. Print and post flyers near the area you live. You can make flyers at Pet FBI
Make sure you let us know when you get your dog back so we can take the post down from our Facebook and let the microchip company know!