About Us

Who We Are

Cincinnati Animal CARE operates Hamilton County’s one and only animal shelter and is responsible for the county’s dog warden and animal control services. As the sole taxpayer-funded provider of these services, we are committed to ensuring that all animals in our community are valued, protected and have a safe place to call home.

We meet the immediate needs of animals that come to us through highly individualized care, life-saving solutions and temporary housing—either in the shelter itself, or in foster homes throughout the community—as we work to find safe and compatible homes for all.

Known also as “Cincy CARE,” we assumed responsibility for Hamilton County animal services in August 2020, becoming the state’s first open-admission municipal shelter committed to the humane no-kill philosophy, which means only euthanizing an animal when there is no other option for a live outcome.


Cincinnati Animal CARE’s leadership team encompasses decades of combined experience in all aspects of animal welfare, from sheltering and emergency veterinary care to behavior assessment and animal training. These skills, combined with compassion and dedication, are put to daily use with the more than 8,000 animals that come through our doors each year

Our directors and managers are uniquely connected to a national network of animal organizations from which recognized “best practices” and innovative approaches to animal sheltering and care are garnered. Our shelter staff is knowledgeable and trained to assist those looking to adopt an animal, needing resources to enable an animal to remain in an established home, or needing to surrender an animal. And our Animal Control function is staffed by professionally trained officers who are there 24/7 to respond to calls of stray, injured, abused, neglected or unsafe animals throughout our community.

We are governed by a Board of Directors composed of community leaders with broad experience in the stewardship of nonprofit organizations. The board is responsible for organizational oversight, as well as developing the policies, strategies and resources necessary to meet community needs.

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