What to do if you find a dog...

We receive dozens of emails and Facebook messages every day from people who find pit bulls or other bully breed dogs who don't want to take them to the county shelter for fear they will be euthanized. While this is a real concern, there is a procedure that needs to be followed when you find a dog. While many of the dogs may just be strays, there are dogs whose owners are worried and looking for them, and you need to give them the best chance of being reunited with their owners. 

1. If a dog has a dog license, you can look up the number and contact the owner, or call ARC at 937-898-4457 and they can look up the owner.

Click here to look up a dog license online in Montgomery County, Ohio 

Click here to look up a dog license online in Greene County, Ohio

Click here to look up a dog license online in Warren County, Ohio

2. 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. 

If the dog doesn't have a microchip, at the minimum, you must call ARC (or your local county shelter) to file a Found Report while you search for the owner.

From the Montgomery County (Ohio) Animal Resource Center's website:

"If you find a dog that is not wearing a license tag and you wish to provide a temporary home, call the Animal Resource Center at 937-898-4457. Give the shelter all of the available information on the dog and a Found Report will be posted at the shelter."

This found report will allow an owner who goes to the shelter to look for their dog to be notified that you have their dog. However, it's not the same as seeing their dog! So make sure you post other places, including a GOOD picture!

​3. Post the dog to online Lost/Found sites:

Dayton Ohio and Surrounding Area Lost and Found Pets on Facebook

​- SICSA Lost & Found Pet Report

​- Finding Rover

​- Pet FBI

- Fido Finder

4. Check the lost/found section of your local paper. Some people still use this! 

5. 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.

​​​In the event that you do decide to rehome your dog, and you did not adopt from us, we recommend PAWS Adoption CenterSICSA, or rehome.adoptapet.com. If they are full, here is a list of other rescues you could try.

Pet Rehoming Considerations
Addresses the following:
- Your Dog's Breeder
- Evaluating Your Dog
- Preparing Your Dog for Adoption
- Advertising

Screening Potential Adopters
Addresses the following:
- Phone Interview
- Home Visit
- Saying Goodbye
- Paperwork     

So you want to rehome your dog...

We receive dozens of emails and Facebook messages every day from people looking to surrender their dog to us, or who have found a stray pit bull and need to find a home for it. While we would love to take in every dog that needs a home, the reality is that we do not have the resources. We pull dogs from kill shelters every day to save them from euthanasia. To be perfectly honest, your dog is YOUR responsibility and you need to look out for his or her best interests. The dogs in the shelter have no one to look out for them but us. They are there because their owners already let them down. Don't be that person. Have the patience and persistence to find your dog the right home. They are a part of your family and deserve your best effort to do the right thing.

Finding a new home for your dog involves several steps. We are providing the following resources, courtesy of Pit Bull Rescue Central, to help you with this task.

​​Do You Really Have To?
Addresses the following:
- Pet Allergies to Pet
- Having a Baby
- Moving
- Not Enough Time for Dog
- Dog Behavior Issues

The Reality of Pit Bull Adoption
Addresses the following:
- Animal Shelters
- No-kill Shelters
- Breed Rescues

Adopt A Pit.
Not the Bull.

Re-homing and Found Dogs