A Community that embodies humane treatment of all animals.


To be a driving force in promoting animal welfare, strengthening the human-animal bond, providing humane education and eliminating pet overpopulation.

We are hiring for the following positions:

Annual Reports

Community Partners

We at SPCA Cincinnati are grateful for the invaluable support of our community partners, who work alongside us to fulfill our mission. We couldn't do what we do without you.


Your Local Animal Shelter

The SPCA Cincinnati is your Cincinnati Hometown animal shelter and has been for 150 years. When you ask, “Who is the SPCA near me?”, you’ll find us, with solutions for everything animal-related — from pet adoptions to vaccination clinics. We provide compassionate care for any animals that come to us, from food to medical care, exercise, enrichment, and love to get them ready to go to their new homes. 

We are the pet placement experts locally and across our nation, making the SPCA Cincinnati the place to go for adopting cats and dogs, as well as small animals. 

We do all we can to support people so that pet surrender is a last resort, such as providing pet food donations for those under financial strain and behavioral training. We partner with human social service agencies to keep pets in their current homes and to improve their quality of life. We value innovative educational techniques to keep pets and families together, enrich shelter life, promote the humane treatment of all animals, and prevent pet overpopulation. 

Our work is made possible through the compassion and generosity of donors — caring friends like you.


For any other positions, please fill out and mail this application along with a resume and any other materials, to our shelter at this address:

Click here to print out an employment application (PDF).


SPCA Cincinnati
11900 Conrey Road
Cincinnati, OH  45249

Click a year to view the annual report for the year. 







There has been a Schiff family member involved with SPCA Cincinnati for nearly 50 years. Currently that member is Tom Schiff, a recipient of the PB Johnston Humane Care award. Tom has been a generous contributor and friend to staff and furry friends. There isn’t an event he does not support, even helping design a special event recognizing donors in his own home.



The staff and volunteers of the SPCA Cincinnati strive to give the animals in their care the best humane treatment and to continuously offer and develop programs to support those who own and care for animals.

The SPCA Cincinnati offers many programs and services, including animal adoptions, animal cruelty investigations, spaying and neutering shelter animals, animal rescue, foster care, obedience training, and the area’s most extensive humane education program. The SPCA Cincinnati also works to introduce animals into the lives of people in our community, including those in hospitals, nursing homes, children’s homes, and schools, and works with victims of domestic violence to both provide shelter for their animals, and to help them rehabilitate.

Animal Summary

Thanks to our Adopters, Contributors, and Volunteers, the SPCA Cincinnati has been able to sustain our family-friendly adoption fees to help save more animals' lives. We are open 356 days a year, totaling 2,136 hours, to serve the Tri-State.  


March YTD Dog & Cat Stats

Cincinnati animal shelter ambulance

The SPCA Cincinnati History & Future

Founded in 1873, the SPCA Cincinnati has a long history of service to the Greater Cincinnati community. Originally founded as the Ohio Humane Society, it was the first organization of its kind in Ohio. In 1907, the name was changed to The Hamilton County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and is currently known as the SPCA Cincinnati.

For a century and a half, the SPCA Cincinnati continues to build a culture of trust within our community and with local government by unceasingly demonstrating our expertise and leadership. Over the last 5 years, our organization has positively affected the lives of more than 25,000 homeless pets.

We’re so proud to celebrate 150 years of service to our community! Learn more about activities and events to honor our past and shape our future together. 

Financial Reports

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2022  2022

Form 990

Audited Financial Statements


Tom Chatham, the SPCA Cincinnati's Immediate Past Board Chair, is actively involved in raising awareness among his business colleagues as to the importance of supporting the plight of homeless and unwanted animals entrusted to our care. Tom has been known as a matchmaker - finding humans for pets who need homes! Tom and USI have been generous supporters of our events over the years.


Animal Shelter Admissions

The SPCA Cincinnati is an open-admission shelter for Hamilton County residents only. We also practice managed intake. Breed groups, rescues, and other organizations are welcome to participate as placement partners to help find homes for some harder-to-place animals. If interested, please call 513-541-6100.

More and more animals keep coming into our shelter and we would like to save more lives. Community education is a key component of our ongoing effort to save more lives. Please know that:

  • 100% of dogs for adoption receive a rabies vaccination.
  • We are FLEA AND TICK FREE! 100% of SPCA Cincinnati dogs and cats up for adoption receive flea/tick prevention.
  • 100% of dogs up for adoption are on heartworm-preventative medication.
  • We microchip every adopted animal for permanent identification.
  • We have dramatically increased the number of adoptions by reducing fees.
  • We collaborate with key local media outlets to focus attention on adopting shelter pets.
  • We provide dog training and an animal behavior hotline.
  • We encourage responsible pet ownership.
  • We are involved in humane issues at the local, state, and national levels.
  • We communicate with every adopter to ensure successful transitions home.
  • We dispatch our mobile adoption units to regional communities to increase adoptions.

Cincinnati Equitable Chairman, Peter Alpaugh has served on SPCA Cincinnati’s Board of Trustees for many years. He and his wife Vicki are true devotees of animals everywhere, with a penchant for cats. We are grateful for our long-standing friendship with the company.


President and CEO

Mike Retzlaff

Administrative Staff

Maria Miller   Vice President, Donor Relations
Jennifer Smith, DVM      Vice President, Medical Services
Denise Jones   Director of Operations

We are proud to have IAMS™, a MARS brand, for yet another year of sponsorship and support of shelter pets across our great city. They have been a valued partner for the past two decades sponsoring our Adopt-A-Pet Fund, Fur Ball, and others. Their dedication, support, and commitment to donating truckloads of dog and cat food over the years has helped provide critical nutrition and answered the needs of our shelters for tens of thousands of animals in our care.

Gilligan Company has been there for us for so many projects from Adopt-A-Pet Fund to Fur Ball to the "Paw it Furward" pet sponsorship program to their very own Dunkin' Spotlight adoption room at the SPCA Cincinnati! They have gone above and beyond to help us out and have even fed our employees and volunteers at numerous events and celebrations. GoCo, Shell, Popeyes, and Dunkin' are just a few of Gilligan Company's brands.  

Board of Trustees


Chair: Joelle Ragland

Vice Chair: Chris Zimmerman

Secretary: Peter Alpaugh

Treasurer: Sean Gibson, CPA

Immediate Past Chair: Thomas W. Chatham


David Bauman, DVM     Barbara Boat, PhD     Marie Catanzaro
Michael Catanzaro   Diane Corman   Jo Goodman, DVM
Anita Harney   Adam Hock   Jamie Horn
Peter J. Kambelos, MD, FACP   Rick Mason   Shannah Morris
Judy Recker    Joseph Sanfillipo III   Thomas R. Schiff
Mary Ann Straley        

Boehringer Ingelheim is committed to serve humankind by offering solutions contributing to longer, healthier and happier lives for pets. As a market leader in parasiticides, vaccines and therapeutics, they take the responsibility to continuously innovate and expand pet health solutions. They have been a generous supporter of the SPCA Cincinnati, providing us with flea and tick preventative products like NexGard and the heartworm preventative, Heartgard.

The Cincinnati Reds are an invaluable supporter of our mission. SPCA Cincinnati has a longstanding partnership with the Reds and their special Bark in the Park games, where guests can enjoy the excitement of Reds baseball alongside their pet at Great American Ball Park.


Prestige AV & Creative Services is a full-service, single-source audio visual production company. They facilitate corporate and private gatherings on a local, regional, and international scale by providing the best equipment, technologies, project management and in-house services for the event industry for over 35 years. Prestige AV is the Gala Production Sponsor for the SPCA Cincinnatis largest fundraising event, the Fur Ball Gala, raising nearly $520,000 with 700 guests.

It would be hard to find a more loyal, supportive and generous friend to SPCA Cincinnati than that of Local 12, Cincinnati’s CBS affiliate television station. Since 1988, SPCA staff have brought dogs and cats into the homes of hundreds of thousands of viewers annually to promote their adoption, and the continued support of animal welfare through our annual Adopt-a-Pet Fund TV show (telethon). The hundreds of thousands of dollars raised through the telethon have supported our efforts to care for unwanted and homeless animals in the Tri-State.


Being Married with Microphones allows Chris O’Brien and his wife, Janeen Coyle together to talk about one of their most precious causes, animal welfare. Adopted pet owners themselves, their care and concern for animals shines through every Wednesday morning during “Franks Friends,” one of the most popular radio segments in the Tri-State. Frank was a Pug-not just any Pug, just ask Janeen who wrote a children’s book about him. Frank passed away and within weeks, SPCA Cincinnati had found his earthly successor, Tank. Janeen and Tank are inseparable, as is our relationship with this fun-loving and supportive couple who rarely turn down a request to emcee, judge a contest or present an award at our special events.


Our friends at La Mega on WOXY 97.7 FM have been wonderful supporters of the SPCA Cincinnati's animals and mission. La Mega is the first and, at present, only FM radio station in the Cincinnati market broadcasting primarily in Spanish. The station plays a mix of Spanish pop and rock, regional Mexican, and tropical Latin music along with featuring the latest local events, news, contests and promotions.