Love & Let Live
Every animal deserves a second chance at love — and life. We invite you to be part of the solution and give back to the animals who give us so much.
If your pet has made his or her way to HSHC, you will need to come in to reclaim your pet during our administrative and/or adoption hours. You must provide ID and proof ownership (e.g., vet records, proof of adoption/purchase, photos, obvious recognition upon sight of the pet, etc.)
Please note there is a minimum $45 Return to Owner Fee to reimburse HSHC for the following required services and the cost of care during your pet’s stay with us:
*Hamilton County’s ordinance requires that all strays brought to HSHC be microchipped. So if your pet does not have a microchip, HSHC will automatically microchip your pet and register the microchip on your behalf with 24 Hour Pet Watch.
*Strays are also vaccinated after 24-48 hours for their safety and the other animals in our care.
*Cost of daily care and owner identification efforts. Our team goes to extensive lengths to match lost pets with their owners up to and including: Searching social media and Craig’s List for matches, contacting microchip companies to track down owner contact info or where the animal was purchased/adopted, tracking down serial numbers on invisible fence collars to identify corresponding owner, and more.
*Each day after the first 24 hours a pet waits to be reunited with its owner is an additional $15/day boarding fee.
Please note that after 7 days (starting with the date of arrival), strays that have not yet been reclaimed by their owners legally become the property of the Humane Society for Hamilton County and will be placed up for adoption.