Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
For instructions on how to adopt, our adoption fees and what’s included with post-adoption instructions and requirements, see How to Adopt a Pet.
After approval to adopt, you’ll need to bring your current dog(s) to the shelter to meet the dog you’re planning to adopt to ensure a good match for your family. For your convenience we’ll work with you to hold the animal until you return to the shelter later that day.
Our standard adoption fees are as follows:
- Adults (6 months and older) – $95
- Puppies (5 months and younger) – $200
- Dogs with 3 or More Application – $200
- Adults (6 months and older) – $25
- Kittens (5 months and younger) – $60 (fee waived when adopting a 2nd kitten)
See the FAQ for included services.
The following services are included with the adoption fee of a canine or feline from the Clermont County Animal Shelter.
|Age Appropriate Bordatella, Distemper, Parvo & Rabies (over 3 months)|
Heartworm Test (over 6 months) & De-Worming
|Age Appropriate FVRCP & Rabies (over 3 lbs)|
|Preventative Care||Heartworm, Flea & Tick||Flea & Tick|
Yes. We try our best to ensure a good adoption match but recognize it isn’t always a good fit. A full refund of the adoption fee will be given if the animal is returned within 72 hours of adoption. The adoption fee for an animal returned within 30 days can be applied to the adoption of a different animal, with an approved application. We always welcome our animals back, and in fact require adopters to return animals to the shelter if they’re unable to keep them.
A sponsorship gift is a one-time gift of at least $25 made to support the feeding and veterinary care of an animal at the Clermont County Animal Shelter.
Sponsorship gifts support the work of Clermont Animal CARE Humane Society. Together, we are working to become a no-kill nation. Your gift helps animals in Clermont County find homes, get medical care, and receive spay/neuter. It also supports other efforts within the County that save the lives of pets, keep families together, and more. In order to make sure that your gift has the greatest impact and helps save the maximum number of lives, its use will not be restricted to the individual care of your sponsored animal, but wherever it is needed most.
No it is not. Our caregivers are very busy providing daily care and enrichment for the approximately 2,000 animals that come through our doors a year and are unable to provide updates-on-demand for sponsored animals. However, you can stay in touch with all that’s going on at the Shelter by visiting our Facebook page.
Yes! Sharing your animal’s story and helping him or her find a home is one of the best things you can do for your sponsored pet. Sharing the link to their web page on our site on social media is a great idea to help them get adopted.
Sponsorship gifts are one-time only gifts. If you’d like to help the animals year-round, sign up for monthly giving.
The family or adopter may want privacy. However, we do occasionally get their permission to share their stories on our website, or on Facebook, so be sure to check!
By law (ORC 955.01), all dogs in the State of Ohio three months and older must be licensed by January 31st of each year, or within 30 days of bringing a new dog into your family. The standard licensing period runs December 1st through January 31. After that date, the price of a license doubles.
Your purchase of a dog license provides funding and support for Clermont Animal CARE’s activities to support the return and re-homing of lost and homeless animals in Clermont County. A dog license also increases the chances your lost pet makes his or her way back home.
Your generous donation will be used to support all the activities necessary to save more shelter animals in Clermont County and beyond. Donations not designated for a specific program will be used where it is most needed to maximize our lifesaving work. Specifically, donations go toward veterinary care, supplies, and other general operations that increase our ability to save lives.
All donations made to Clermont Animal CARE support our lifesaving mission. Our comprehensive safety net requires critical needs that you may not have considered, and these fluctuate throughout the year as we respond to at-risk animals as they occur. When you generously give generally to our operations, you allow us to earmark money for animals and programs who need it most.
First of all, thank you for your support. We accept donations in person, through mail (Clermont Animal CARE Humane Society, 4025 Filager Road, Batavia, OH 45103) and online.
Monetary funds provide us the flexibility to respond to the most pressing needs we encounter every day. However, we also need supplies. To see a full wish-list, please visit our Amazon Wish List.
When it comes to donation drives, there are many household items that we can use here at the shelter. Aside from monetary donations that allow us to designate to our most pressing needs, we need supplies in the form of, but not limited to:
- Paper towels
- Printer paper
- Gently used dog beds
- Dawn dishwasher soap
- Hand soap
- Trash bags (large and small)
- Peanut butter
- Clumping cat litter
- Royal Canin Mother and Baby Cat cat food
- Dry dog food
- Moist, stinky dog treats
- Cat toys
- Gently used nylon dog leashes and collars
Because we are on a mission. It is our goal to be the best shelter in the region but we can’t do it without your support. Clermont Animal CARE is more than a county shelter. We are a community resource that uses data-driven best practice and leads Cincinnati in progressive sheltering policies.
To save more animals! Some animals don’t do well in the shelter environment, like puppies, kittens, elderly pets and those requiring special attention, diets or medical care. The shelter’s foster care program saves two animals, the one placed into a loving foster home and the shelter animal taking its place. The success of our mission depends on a vibrant and healthy foster care program. Please consider enrolling as a foster family for a shelter animal.
We have several foster options that allow you to foster for the length of time that works best for you. Fostering can be as short as a few hours and as long as a few months. Any amount of foster time you can offer benefits the shelter and our animals.
Yes! Our Dog and Cat Program Managers will work closely with you to find the right foster animal for your home and lifestyle. If you have pets at home, we may ask you to bring them in for a meet and greet and we will always provide detailed instructions and tips for introducing pets safely. In some situations, we may recommend your pet and foster animal do not meet at all and in that case, we will provide support and instructions for that as well.
That’s OK! You can bring your foster animal back to the shelter at any time. If possible, let us know ahead of time so we can be prepared.
We have found that fostering with multiple organizations can be confusing for the foster as different shelters and rescues have different polices and procedures. In addition, animals from different organizations can come with different health requirements and vaccine history which can be dangerous for the less vaccinated animals.
If you chose to foster with Clermont Animal CARE, we simply ask that you have no other animals from other organizations in your care at the time.
Our current hours of operation are posted on the Contact Us page.
Clermont Animal CARE Humane Society accepts cash, credit/debit cards and personal checks for the payment of products and services at the Clermont County Animal Shelter.
Lost & Found
If you believe your dog is housed at the Shelter as a stray, bring proof of ownership (e.g. vet records, a photo or other confirmation) to the Clermont County Animal Shelter during normal business hours to reclaim them. See the FAQ regarding fees to reclaim lost pets.
Lost and homeless pets brought to the shelter are provided with basic medical care, food and housing during their visit. Reclaiming your pet makes room at the shelter for one that is truly homeless. To reclaim your lost pet, please be prepared to pay the following:
|Flea Treatment (if required)||$30|
|Boarding / Night||$15|
|Dog License (if required)||See Dog Licensing|
Clermont Animal CARE accepts the following forms of payment.
We provide monthly transports to the United Coalition for Animals (UCAN) Spay/Neuter Clinic. Check the calendar for dates and times.
You may have your dog or cat microchipped at the shelter for $25. Doing so provides great peace of mind to help them find their way home and also serves as a form of proof of ownership. Bring your pet (dogs on a leash, cats in a carrier) to the shelter during business hours.
To volunteer at Clermont Animal CARE independently, you must be 16 years of age or older and may work with cats, kittens or our support team. If you are under the age of 18 and want to work with dogs, you must have an adult accompany you.
Yes, we accept all school-related community service and most court-ordered community service. You may be asked to disclose the nature of your legal offense so that we can place you in the most appropriate role. Clermont Animal CARE reserves the right to deny community service volunteers for any reason.
We welcome large groups and do our best to accommodate you when we have appropriate volunteer work to be completed. As the coordination of large groups often takes up a lot of staff time, we may need to postpone your volunteer day to a date and time that coincides with our specific needs.
It depends on the volunteer role. Some volunteer positions require a consistent, weekly commitment, while others allow for more flexibility. In general, volunteers should plan on volunteering 4-8 hours per month at a minimum to maximize your impact. If you are absent for more than 2 months, you may be considered inactive and we may require you to repeat training upon return, depending on what type of volunteer activities you are participating in.
Yes. It is important for the safety of our staff, volunteers and animals that all volunteers are trained in the activities they are volunteering in.
In addition to orientation, volunteers working with cats and dogs will need to attend training sessions that go over animal handling, cage/kennel rules, and animal safety.