Today, the Humane Society of Greater Dayton officially purchased land at 2673 Austin Blvd. in Miamisburg, near Austin Landing to build a new adoption center.
“This new facility will be a wonderful gathering spot for our community. We are excited to add a location that will be a place for all families to come and visit regardless if they are looking to adopt or just want to enjoy the amenities we will provide there,” said Brian Weltge, President and CEO of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. “After many years of research and listening to the needs of our community, we have determined this high-traffic area will be a perfect location for our adoption center. We are excited for this next chapter in our organization’s 116-year history in serving the Miami Valley and look forward to helping to save even more lives through this expansion.”
The Humane Society of Greater Dayton purchased the land from the Miami Township Community Improvement Corporation for $572,000. This includes 3.8 acres of land as well as an approximately 10,000-square-foot structure, which they plan to repurpose to fit their needs. A large portion of the funding for this purchase came from estates that were set aside to support the organization’s growth initiative.
“The sale of this property to the Humane Society of Greater Dayton gives the township another avenue to provide quality services to the citizens in our community,” said Miami Township Board of Trustees President John Morris. “A piece of land that was once used for storage will now be a bustling place where we can all come together to help celebrate the bond between people and pets.”
Prior to building the new adoption center, the Humane Society of Greater Dayton plans to expand their current facility at 1661 Nicholas Road in Dayton to include a high-volume spay/neuter clinic, which in a few years time will be able to spay/neuter an estimated 20,000 animals each year. With their current facility, they are capped off around 4,000 surgeries annually. In addition, they also plan to build a needs-based, full-service animal hospital to act as a resource for those who have pets, but may need some assistance. At their current facility they are also building a structure to better house animals that come to our facility through cruelty and neglect investigations.
“We want to transform animal welfare in the Greater Dayton area with our vision for the future,” said Weltge. “We are thankful for the partnership we have created with the Miami Township Board of Trustees to purchase this land and look forward to this new site being a go-to spot to help all of the animal lovers in our community.”
In addition to the land purchased for the new facility, the Humane Society of Greater Dayton is partnering with Miami Township to address the stray cat problem plaguing their community. We will be offering a Community Cat Initiative where residents of Miami Township can rent humane traps from the shelter. These un-owned cats are then humanely trapped and brought to the Humane Society of Greater Dayton where they will be spayed/neutered and eartipped, an international symbol of a stray cat who has been altered. This will help lower the number of community cats reproducing in the township and provide a humane solution to residents.
The Humane Society of Greater Dayton is dedicated to building a community in which all animals are valued and free from suffering and family life is enhanced through the relationships with pets. Founded 116 years ago, it is the largest no-kill animal welfare agency in the Miami Valley. It focuses on pet adoptions, eliminating pet overpopulation, providing education and ensuring the humane treatment of all types of animals. For more information about the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, call (937) 268-PETS (7387) or visit www.hsdayton.org.