Looking for a new furry friend? Animal shelters resume adoptions


Thinking about adding a new four-legged friend to your family? The Humane Society of Greater Dayton and SISCA resumed adoptions earlier this week.

Both organizations are only doing adoptions by appointment early as they work to continue operations safely amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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At the Humane Society, only two people are allowed to come to an adoption appointment. Staff will wear face masks during appointments and while it is not require for visitors, the Humane Society asks those looking to adopt also wear masks.

Disposable masks will be available for those who wish to wear a mask but do not own one.

All animals available for adoption are posted at www.hsdayton.org/adopt.

If you see an animal posted of the organization’s website that you’d like to adopt, you can fill out an adoption form by clicking on the animal’s information, printing the form and then scan and email the application to

front_desk@hsdayton.org. If you are unable to scan the form, a photo attachment can also be emailed.

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The Humane Society’s adoption counselors review applications in the order they are received. Applications are continually accepted for the same animal in case an adoption falls through.

Once the application is approved, an adoption counselor will reach out to schedule a time to meet the animal.

The Humane Society plans to reopen its MeowZa Cat Boutique at the Dayton Mall on Tuesday with limited hours. All customers are strongly advised to wear a mask. Disposable masks will be available.

The store is limiting visitors to 10 people at a time. Staff will continually sanitize surfaces inside the store and will alter the layout to help people maintain social distancing.

At SISCA, staff will also wear masks during appointments and ask that anyone coming to an adoption appointment do the same.

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Before scheduling an appointment, fill out the pre-adoption questionnaire for cats or dogs.

Adoption appointments are available Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. You can schedule an appointment by calling 937-294-6506 and then select 3. You can also email adoptions@sicsa.org.

All animals eligible for adoption are available at https://www.sicsa.org/adopt/.