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.




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

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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.

Click here for a PDF for more information about the SPCA Cincinnati and our mission.

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.


Animal Summary

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


February YTD Dog & Cat Stats

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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 DBA as the SPCA Cincinnati.

The SPCA Cincinnati IS your hometown Humane Society, AND HAS BEEN SINCE 1873. We are the problem solvers for everything animal-related from pet adoptions to vaccination clinics. We provide care for any animals that come to the shelter: food, medical needs, exercise, enrichment, and affection to get them ready to go to their new homes. 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 are the pet placement experts locally and across our nation. We partner with other “People” social service agencies to keep pets within their current homes and to improve their quality of life. We value innovative educational techniques to keep pets at home, to enrich shelter life, to promote humane treatment of all animals and prevent pet overpopulation.

Financial Reports

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2021  2021

Form 990

Audited Financial Statements


Tom Chatham, SPCA Cincinnati 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! USI Insurance has been a generous supporter of our events over the years.



The SPCA Cincinnati is an open admissions 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.

  • 100% of adoptable dogs receive a rabies vaccination.
  • We are FLEA AND TICK FREE! 100% of dogs and cats receive flea/tick prevention.
  • 100% of adoptable dogs 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 level.
  • We communicate with every adopter to ensure that health and behavior are sound
  • We dispatch our mobile adoption units to communities throughout the region 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   Senior Operations Manager

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: Thomas W. Chatham

Vice Chair: Joelle Ragland

Secretary: Peter Alpaugh

Second Secretary: Chris Zimmerman

Treasurer: Sean Gibson, CPA


David Bauman, DVM     Barbara Boat, PhD     Thom Brennaman
Marie Catanzaro   Michael Catanzaro   Jo Goodman, DVM
Anita Harney   Adam Hock   Jamie Horn
Peter J. Kambelos, MD, FACP   Karen Martin   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.

Since their start in 1915, Midmark has developed into the leading solutions provider of medical, dental and veterinary care environments. They  believe that better care starts with a better designed care environment and it’s this attention to design that has enabled them to transform the clinical care environment for the betterment of all. Midmark's Greg Taylor is a valued SPCA Cincinnati Trustee and friend to our animals.

Raising Cane's is an amazing supporter of the SPCA Cincinnati and one of our favorite restaurants! It's no surprise since the founder named the restaurant after their Labrador retriever. Whether it's sponsoring our adoptions, organizing fundraisers, or providing our employees and volunteers with meals, Raising Cane's has been a devoted advocate of the SPCA Cincinnati and we are honored to have them as a friend.

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.


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.