Animal Resources

Our Reality

SPCA Cincinnati is the only open-admissions shelter in Hamilton County.  This means we never turn an animal away.  We receive over 13,000 animals each year and although we do our best to find loving homes for all of the pets in our care, we are sometimes faced with the difficult decision to humanely euthanize an animal that is deemed behaviorally or medically unfit for adoption. Length of stay and available kennel space does not determine an animal’s outcome but does impact quality of life for the animals we care for.  We do our best to keep your pet happy and healthy if you choose to bring them here, but a shelter is a very stressful environment for animals which can lead to behavior deterioration and illness.  As we find a balance between open admission and our commitment to maintaining our “no-kill” status, we are calling on the citizens of Cincinnati to help us limit the number of animals surrendered into our shelters. We ask that you do everything in your power to find alternatives to surrendering your pet to us.

We Have Answers

We have answers for many of the reasons you may be thinking about rehoming your pet.  Whether you’re experiencing issues with housing, new family members, cat or dog behavior, or the high cost of veterinary bills, we are here to help.  Please call 513-541-6100, email surrenderprevention@spcacincinnati.org or CLICK HERE for a list of resources SPCA Cincinnati can provide to you!

At SPCA Cincinnati, we want to see you and your pet stay together forever! We are here to provide you with resources for common pet surrender reasons.  Often, many issues you are facing with your pet have solvable answers with the right guidance.

Are you moving? CLICK HERE FOR PET-FRIENDLY RENTALS

Having trouble finding a rental due to your pet's breed? CLICK HERE FOR RENTALS WITHOUT BREED RESTRICTIONS

Are you having a baby? CLICK HERE FOR TRAINING TIPS

Are you or a family member allergic? CLICK HERE FOR TIPS TO COMBAT ALLERGIES

Is your cat not using the litterbox? CLICK HERE FOR TRAINING TIPS

Is your dog destructive? CLICK HERE FOR TRAINING TIPS

Does your dog bark too much? CLICK HERE FOR TRAINING TIPS

Does your dog escape the yard? CLICK HERE FOR TRAINING TIPS

Do you need financial assistance with veterinary costs? CLICK HERE FOR FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION and LOW-COST OPTIONS

SCROLL DOWN TO THE BOTTOM TO SEE OUR FULL LIBRARY OF ANIMAL TRAINING TIPS

 

Still Need to Rehome?

If rehoming your pet is your best option, we encourage you to contact the many limited admission (often referred to as “no-kill”) shelters and rescue groups around the greater Cincinnati area and statewide. Their resources are often limited and they tend to prioritize and accept highly-adoptable animals, so if your pet meets their criteria, they may have space available once a foster home opens.  CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF LOCAL LIMITED ADMISSION SHELTERS AND RESCUES. If you choose to rehome your pet on your own, please consider having him/her fixed before sending them to their new home.  This will drastically help cut down on the number of unwanted animals in our community and leave shelter space and homes open for the thousands of homeless pets we already have.  CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF LOW-COST SPAY AND NEUTER CLINICS 

SPCA Cincinnati should be your LAST RESORT.  We are overwhelmed with animals and would like to reserve our limited space for truly homeless pets.  Try these options before coming to SPCA Cincinnati:

SPCA Cincinnati Surrender Process

  1. Contact SPCA Cincinnati to discuss your options and arrange a time to bring your animal to the shelter:

513-541-6100 Northside

513-489-7387 Sharonville

  1. Bring veterinary records including vaccines, rabies, and spay/neuter (your pet will be available for adoption much sooner if he/she is already neutered/spayed and will have a better chance of staying illness-free if he/she is up to date on vaccines) CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF LOW-COST SPAY/NEUTER AND VACCINE CLINICS
  2. Bring your ID and the cost of fees.

Fees:

$20 for animals surrendered from Hamilton County

Why pay fees? When you surrender a pet to SPCA Cincinnati, you are asking us to take on the responsibility of caring for your pet until he/she finds a new home. This responsibility includes a financial burden for care, food, and veterinary services.  As a non-profit, our funds are limited to the donations we receive and your fees help us offset the expense of caring for your pet.

Due to our limited space, we do not accept animals from outside of Hamilton County. If you live outside of Hamilton County, please contact your local animal shelter.

  1. Be prepared to complete an animal profile about your pet so we can place your pet in the best home possible for his/her needs.
  2. Plan on the entire intake process taking between 20-30 minutes.

List of Shelters

Click one of the links below to view a (printable) PDF of shelters.

Area Shelters

Cat & Kitten Shelters

Dog & Puppy Shelters