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Summer Lovin' Adoption Special

Summer's more fun when you spend it with your best friend.   Right now we have more than a hundred furry best friends who desperately need loving homes.  We are full, so for a limited time we are waiving the usual adoption fee on all large and medium sized dogs.  You can adopt any dog that's at least 30 pounds or larger for just the cost of the $18 dog license!

The Shelter Needs Your Help!

There are more than 300 dogs currently in our care, with no space for new arrivals.  Please, help us make some space! 

By adopting, rescuing or reclaiming your dog from the shelter this week, you can help us save another dog's life.

Please help us spread the word, and thanks for your support.

Shelter Achieves 93% Live Release Rate

Wow!  We are so very proud of the progress we’ve made in the past year!

Our live release rate has improved from 79% a year ago, to 93% in May, 2016!

Live Release includes all dogs reclaimed by their owners, adopted or sent to rescue.  See our statistics page for more information. 

Thank you to everyone who helped address the problem of homeless dogs by adopting, reclaiming and rescuing dogs from the shelter.

Understanding the dangerous dog laws

If your dog decides to nip the mail carrier, does that make him a Dangerous Dog?

According to the Ohio Revised Code, Section 955.11: Yes, if your dog causes injury to a person, other than killing or seriously injuring a person, it is considered Dangerous.

Read the dog laws

Lost & Found Dogs


Contact us and file a lost dog report as soon as you lose your dog.   525-3647

Visit us immediately to search our lost wards for your dog, and keep checking back every day until you find your dog.   More tips on finding your lost dog.


We are very proud of our modern new facility on Tamarack Boulevard which opened in October, 2011. The Franklin County Dog Shelter & Adoption Center provides a safe, healthy environment for the dogs, visitors, volunteers and employees. The shelter is a green, environmentally-friendly building which utilizes solar panels, natural sunlight, and an energy efficient design. Specialized air filtration and cleaning systems help keep the dogs healthy by preventing the spread of diseases, and the innovative "real life" rooms provide a comfortable home-like living environment for the dogs in residence.

    Dog Licenses

    All dogs three months of age and older must be licensed annually.

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    Mingle with our Mutts

    Meet dogs from the shelter and many of those in our foster homes!

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    Low-Cost Rabies Clinics

    Low-cost rabies immunizations are available for your furry friend.

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John O'Grady President
Paula Brooks
Marilyn Brown