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Finding your lost dog

If your dog is lost, it may already be at the Franklin County Dog Shelter.  We pick up dogs 24/7 all over Franklin County.  It is possible someone has already found your dog and called us to come pick it up.

Please contact us immediately to file a LOST DOG report, and come to the shelter to look for your dog.


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

Safety Education

Deputy Wardens visit thousands of school children each year to teach them how to be safe around dogs.

Contact us at 525-5227 to request a visit to your school.

How to avoid a dog bite

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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