Cincinnati Animal CARE Humane Society is waiving all adoption fees this Saturday and Sunday ONLY.

Free Adoption Weekend at Cincinnati Animal CARE

Shelter waives adoption fees to help clear the shelter after months of "CODE RED"

After 139 days in “Code Red” status, with ten or fewer empty kennels in-shelter, Cincinnati Animal CARE will be waiving adoption fees for all animals older than 6 months this weekend only, October 9 and 10. This will be the biggest adoption promotion the shelter has run yet, with hopes of finally clearing out the shelter and getting the population under control. 

When CARE took over as Hamilton County’s animal shelter in August 2020, the shelter was already near capacity. “We’re hopeful, 14 months later, we can finally start from zero and get our heads above water,” said Ray Anderson, Cincinnati Animal CARE’s Media and Community Relations Manager. “If you’re considering adopting an animal, this is the weekend to do it.”

Waived adoption fees will not alter the shelter’s standard adoption process. The community can rest assured that all adoption counseling and screening protocols will remain in place throughout the weekend. Cincinnati Animal CARE follows nationwide best practices and recent research has shown that reduced or waived adoption fees result in more successful adoptions, longtime shelter residents getting adopted, and increases the lifesaving rate of open-intake animal shelters.

View Cincinnati Animal CARE’s adoptable cats and dogs.

About Cincinnati Animal CARE Humane Society

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 reunite 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 For media inquiries, contact Ray Anderson,, 513-541-7387.

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