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.
- Morning cat care to get the cat rooms cleaned and the cats ready to welcome adopters.
- Evening “tuck-in” of cats to make sure they have all they need for the night.
- At your home: foster!
- Coming soon
- Spending time with cats to help socialize them and provide them with enrichment.
- Afternoon/evening help getting cats adopted as an Adoption Host!
- Morning dog care to assist employees with cleaning and feeding of our dogs.
- Afternoon/evening dog walking to get dogs out and provide needed enrichment to keep them healthy and happy.
- Saturday morning dog bathing to keep our dogs healthy and looking and feeling good.
- Grooming by volunteers with professional grooming experience to help clean up animals who come to use with overgrown and matted coats.
- Weekend morning/afternoon off-site adoptions to get our dogs out at local businesses and community events so they can be seen and adopted!
- At your home: foster!
- Coming soon
- Advance as a dog volunteer, learning from our Dog Program Manager, to teach dogs basic manners and commands that will make them more adoptable.
- Advance even farther to assist our Dog Program Manager with dogs who need help with behavior issues
Help with play groups so that our dogs get exercise and socialization time with other dogs.
Administrative and Others
- Photographing adoptable animals.
- Writing biographies of animals for adopters to get to know them.
- Data entry
- Return phone calls.
- Make Kongs and other enrichment items.
- Transport of animals and donations.
- Fundraising events
All volunteers must be 13+ years of age and be able to work independently.
- 13-15 year olds – cannot work directly with animals, but may create Kong enrichments, do laundry, wash dishes and assist with general cleaning.
- 16+ year olds may work with dogs or cats, as well as in administrative roles.
All volunteers must be able to work independently, regardless of age.
Yes! Our Community Service volunteer program is ideal for those who need to earn hours on a short-term basis, without a long-term commitment. You may complete an application here (opens in a new tab). Please note the following:
- Community Service Volunteers do not work directly with our animals.
- We reserve the right to refuse court-ordered service, dependent on the charges.
Our general expectation is that our volunteers commit to a regular volunteer schedule (monthly, biweekly, or weekly). The minimum monthly time commitment is generally 2-4 hours. Volunteers who are inactive for 3 months are removed from our program roster.
Yes! It is very important to us that you have the knowledge and tools to work with our animals and on behalf of our organization. All volunteers are required to complete New Volunteer Orientation (online) and those working with dogs or cats are required to complete role-specific training with our program managers.
Yes! We welcome teams of 3-10 members to volunteer at the shelter! Please email our Volunteer Services so we can arrange details.
We generally like to match volunteer groups with walking dogs. But, we have other seasonal opportunities, like landscaping and making enrichment items as well.