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Cincinnati Animal CARE Over-Capacity

Shelter braces for a busy Fourth of July weekend while name your price adoption fees continue

As the shelter remains over capacity, Cincinnati Animal CARE is reminding Cincinnati and Hamilton County residents to secure their pets this holiday weekend. 

“More animals come into shelters on July 4 and 5 than any other days of the year,” said Ray Anderson, Media and Community Relations Manager. “ As of this morning, we’re still at Code Red with -7 [negative-seven] kennels. Which means dogs continue to be housed in emergency backup kennels that are less spacious plus dogs are living in offices.” 

The shelter reminds the community to check that their pet’s microchip information is up to date, make sure they have a valid 2021 Hamilton County Dog License (required by Ohio law), and do not let dogs wander off-leash. “But if your pet does go missing, remember that Cincinnati Animal CARE is the new county shelter,” said Anderson. “We should be your first call at 513-541-7387.”

All stray dogs and microchipped cats are posted on the shelter’s Facebook page and website.

For families looking to add pets to their home, Cincinnati Animal CARE’s “Name Your Price” initiative remains in effect. Potential adopters can pay whatever they feel is appropriate for their new pet. Adoptions include spay/neuter surgery, microchip, and age appropriate vaccines. 

Those who wish to help but can’t adopt right now should consider fostering. They can take an animal home temporarily, get a dog or cat out of a crowded shelter environment, and it helps the shelter learn more about their personality in the home. “Fostering is the future of what we do and it makes every animal a better candidate for adoption,” said Anderson. 

Cincinnati Animal CARE is located in Northside at 3949 Colerain Avenue and is open daily from noon – 6 p.m. The shelter will be open July 4 from noon – 3 p.m. Hamilton County Dog Wardens remain available 24/7 for animal emergencies.

Cincinnati Animal CARE Humane Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to animal welfare in Hamilton County, Ohio. Cincinnati CARE is the exclusive provider of animal control and sheltering services for Hamilton County. The shelter also works to provide lost companion pets, aims to reduce the stray population, offers opportunities for unwanted animals to be adopted or rescued and provides the public with information and programs about pet ownership. Learn more at

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