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Cincinnati Animal CARE Animal shelter in Cincinnati, OH

While the name is new, we’re not new to animal welfare and sheltering. Our team has wide-ranging experience in animal welfare, animal control, business operations and fundraising.

Cincinnati Animal CARE is brought to you by the same lifesaving team that ran the Clermont animal shelter (Clermont Animal CARE) for 3 years with record-breaking, lifesaving success. We are thrilled to be bringing our progressive, best-practice animal sheltering to Hamilton County.

Clermont Animal CARE successes since January 1st, 2018

We tripled our capacity for care!
Adoptions were up 64%!
Euthanasia was down 46% since the day we took over and down 96% in the last 5 years!
98% Live Release Rate since day one- the highest in county history!
Named a Top 10 Shelter in the Nation by American Pets Alive!
Launched the first ever Community Cats Program in county history!
The Executive Director and Director of Lifesaving Operations were 2 of only 26 acting animal services leaders in the nation to graduate from Best Friends Animal Society’s and Southern Utah University’s Executive Leadership Certificate Program!
How Do We Do It?
We believe that every animal deserves a chance at a live outcome, should be treated as an individual, and that lifesaving is a community ethic. We trust our community and hope you’ll trust us. We promise to always be transparent with our community- you’ll always have a ‘noses in, noses out’ monthly data report. You’ll always know exactly where we stand.

What is No-Kill?
No-kill means only euthanizing animals when there is no other live outcome option. In other words, saving every animal that can be saved, healing every animal that can be healed, training every animal that can be trained, and always prioritizing public safety and high quality of life. End of life decisions are made for mercy, not convenience or lack of space.

To be clear, euthanasia means to end suffering. If the animal isn’t suffering, then it’s simply killing.

At Cincinnati Animal CARE, we treat every animal as an individual and assess their health and temperament holistically. When we euthanize an animal, it is because we have exhausted ALL other options for a live outcome and have determined that the animal is suffering too greatly, without good prognosis, from an illness or injury or they are a true public safety risk.

Our Commitment to the County
We are committed to a healthy partnership with county officials, one that is rooted in mutual respect, open communication, transparency, and a commitment to a common vision. We believe animal services in Hamilton County will thrive under a trusting and collaborative partnership.

Our Commitment to the Community
We believe in the value of people and understand they are essential to achieving no-kill at the Northside shelter. People are the solution, not the problem and we aim to understand problems in the community and from their perspective, so that we can create shared solutions. Pet issues and challenges are actually people issues and challenges. Because lifesaving is a community ethic, we intend to provide our community with relevant, available and important messaging. We need your help, Hamilton County! We cannot achieve no-kill alone.

Our Commitment to the Animals
We operate with the belief that an animal shelter is no place to live. We believe the best thing we can do for animals in Hamilton County is to keep them out of the shelter to begin with. We are committed to comprehensive programming that works with pet owners first to seek solutions to financial, behavioral, or housing problems that are hindering responsible pet ownership with the goal of keeping pets in homes. In the event that an animal must enter our care, we believe a robust foster program is the answer to providing re-homing support while keeping them out of the shelter.

Every animal in our care will receive immediate, individual attention and consideration. Each animal is placed on a live outcome plan upon arrival and our staff are compassionate and trained in best practices to ensure the exceptional care of every animal. “The Five Freedoms” are just the minimum. We will always act with a sense of urgency when lives are on the line.

Contact Jessica Grimes
Address
3949 Colerain Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45233
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3949 Colerain Avenue

Cincinnati, OH 45233

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Adoptable pets at Cincinnati Animal CARE

We'll also keep you updated on Jack Jack's adoption status with email updates.
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Jack Jack

Mixed Breed (Small)/Mixed Breed (Medium)

Male, Adult
Cincinnati, OH
We'll also keep you updated on Sionis's adoption status with email updates.
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Sionis

Mixed Breed (Medium)/Mixed Breed (Medium)

Male, Adult
Cincinnati, OH
We'll also keep you updated on Reba's adoption status with email updates.
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Reba

Mixed Breed (Medium)/Mixed Breed (Medium)

Female, Adult
Cincinnati, OH
We'll also keep you updated on Frankfort's adoption status with email updates.
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Frankfort

Mixed Breed (Small)/Mixed Breed (Medium)

Male, Adult
Cincinnati, OH
We'll also keep you updated on Ziva's adoption status with email updates.
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Ziva

Domestic Shorthair/Mixed Breed (Medium)

Male, Adult
Cincinnati, OH
We'll also keep you updated on Kellam's adoption status with email updates.
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Kellam

Mixed Breed (Small)/Mixed Breed (Medium)

Male, Adult
Cincinnati, OH
We'll also keep you updated on Kernza's adoption status with email updates.
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Kernza

Mixed Breed (Small)/Mixed Breed (Medium)

Female, Adult
Cincinnati, OH
We'll also keep you updated on Bruce Willis's adoption status with email updates.
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Bruce Willis

Mixed Breed (Small)/Mixed Breed (Medium)

Male, Adult
Cincinnati, OH

Shelter FAQs

We take in strays and owner surrendered pets within Hamilton County, Ohio. There are no restrictions as to areas that we adopt to.

  • 1. Visit the Facility and Find a Pet
  • 2. Meet the Pet
  • 3. Sign Adoption Contract
  • 4. Pay Fee
  • 5. Take the Pet Home

Additional adoption info

We also allow adoption applications to start a conversation but it is not required as we allow walk-ins.

Pets at shelters & rescues near Cincinnati Animal CARE

NAAL

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Dachshund Rescue of Ohio

3214 Oregonia Rd,
Lebanon, OH 45036

We'll also keep you updated on Kiwi's adoption status with email updates.
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Kiwi

American Pit Bull Terrier

Female, 1 yr
Dayton, OH
We'll also keep you updated on Folk Cats : Crosby's adoption status with email updates.
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Folk Cats : Crosby

Domestic Shorthair

Male, 2 mos
Aurora, IN
We'll also keep you updated on ELWOOD's adoption status with email updates.
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ELWOOD

Siberian Husky

Male, Puppy
Lake Waynoka, OH
We'll also keep you updated on Tuffy's adoption status with email updates.
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Tuffy

Boxer/Mixed Breed (Medium)

Female, Adult
Cincinnati, OH
We'll also keep you updated on Autumn's adoption status with email updates.
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Autumn

Domestic Shorthair

Female, Senior
Williamstown, KY
We'll also keep you updated on Pocky's adoption status with email updates.
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Pocky

Domestic Shorthair

Female, 2 mos
Dayton, OH

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