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The League for Animal Welfare


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Adoptable Pets in Ohio
PO Box 30229
Cincinnati, OH 45230

The League for Animal Welfare is a voluntary, nonprofit, humane organization chartered in 1949. The League for Animal Welfare, which has operated as a no-kill shelter since 1964, is dedicated to bettering the lives of companion animals in the Greater Cincinnati area by providing shelter, adoption, public education, and spay/neuter programs.

Do you need to find a loving home for your pet?

No-kill shelters do wonderful work, but as a result, are often inundated with pet surrenders. In the unfortunate scenario that you have to find a new home for your pet, please read through the rehoming solution and articles on this page before contacting the shelter.

Feral Cat TNR Program
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High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter
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Rescue Groups
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Foster Care
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Comprehensive Adoption Programs
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Pet Retention
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Medical and Behavior Programs
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Public Relations/Community Involvement
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Volunteers
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Proactive Redemptions
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A Compassionate Director
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1. Feral Cat TNR Program

Many communities are embracing Trap, Neuter, Release programs (TNR) to improve animal welfare, reduce death rates, and meet obligations to public welfare.


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2. High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter

Low cost, high volume spay/neuter will quickly lead to fewer animals entering the shelter system, allowing more resources to be allocated toward saving lives.


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3. Rescue Groups

An adoption or transfer to a rescue group frees up scarce cage and kennel space, reduces expenses for feeding, cleaning, killing, and improves a community's rate of lifesaving. In an environment of millions of dogs and cats killed in shelters annually, rare is the circumstance in which a rescue group should be denied an animal.


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4. Foster Care

Volunteer foster care is crucial to No Kill. Without it, saving lives is compromised. It is a low cost, and often no cost, way of increasing a shelter's capacity, improving public relations, increasing a shelter's public image, rehabilitating sick and injured or behaviorally challenged animals, and saving lives.


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5. Comprehensive Adoption Programs

Adoptions are vital to an agency's lifesaving mission. The quantity and quality of shelter adoptions is in shelter management's hands, making lifesaving a direct function of shelter policies and practice. In fact, studies show people get their animals from shelters only 20% of the time. If shelters better promoted their animals and had adoption programs responsive to the needs of the community, including public access hours for working people, offsite adoptions, adoption incentives, and effective marketing, they could increase the number of homes available and replace killing with adoptions. Contrary to conventional wisdom, shelters can adopt their way out of killing.


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6. Pet Retention

While some of the reasons animals are surrendered to shelters are unavoidable, others can be prevented-but only if shelters are willing to work with people to help them solve their problems. Saving animals requires communities to develop innovative strategies for keeping people and their companion animals together. And the more a community sees its shelters as a place to turn for advice and assistance, the easier this job will be.


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7. Medical and Behavior Programs

In order to meet its commitment to a lifesaving guarantee for all savable animals, shelters need to keep animals happy and healthy and keep animals moving through the system. To do this, shelters must put in place comprehensive vaccination, handling, cleaning, socialization, and care policies before animals get sick and rehabilitative efforts for those who come in sick, injured, unweaned, or traumatized.


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8. Public Relations/Community Involvement

Increasing adoptions, maximizing donations, recruiting volunteers and partnering with community agencies comes down to one thing: increasing the shelter's exposure. And that means consistent marketing and public relations. Public relations and marketing are the foundation of all a shelter's activities and their success. To do all these things well, the shelter must be in the public eye.


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9. Volunteers

Volunteers are a dedicated "army of compassion" and the backbone of a successful No Kill effort. There is never enough staff, never enough dollars to hire more staff, and always more needs than paid human resources. That is where volunteers come in and make the difference between success and failure and, for the animals, life and death.


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10. Proactive Redemptions

One of the most overlooked areas for reducing killing in animal control shelters are lost animal reclaims. Sadly, besides having pet owners fill out a lost pet report, very little effort is made in this area of shelter operations. This is unfortunate because doing so-primarily shifting from passive to a more proactive approach-has proven to have a significant impact on lifesaving and allow shelters to return a large percentage of lost animals to their families.


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11. A Compassionate Director

The final element of the No Kill equation is the most important of all, without which all other elements are thwarted-a hard working, compassionate animal control or shelter director not content to regurgitate tired cliches or hide behind the myth of "too many animals, not enough homes." Unfortunately, this one is also oftentimes the hardest one to demand and find.


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We have a cat that we need to find a home for. He has become super stressed in our home with all of the changes: an outside cat, 4 grandchildren under 6 and 2 dogs in the house as well. For many years it was just he and his brother here. [I have found a home for his brother.] He is a black, DSH male. He is 6 years old, 16.5 lbs. and is UTD on all vaccines. [I have the paperwork & rabies vaccination certificate etc for him.] He is neutered and is also declawed in the front.
posted by JanieOhmerScheffler, on 2018-01-29 23:12:39
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We have a cat that we need to find a home for. He has become super stressed in our home with all of the changes: an outside cat, 4 grandchildren under 6 and 2 dogs in the house as well. For many years it was just he and his brother here. [I have found a home for his brother.] He is a black, DSH male. He is 6 years old, 16.5 lbs. and is UTD on all vaccines. [I have the paperwork & rabies vaccination certificate etc for him.] He is neutered and is also declawed in the front.
posted by JanieOhmerScheffler, on 2018-01-29 23:12:17
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Message: Hi, I am writing you as we have a male cat looks like Morris that has been fixed and survived the winter with us up here at my work in Hamilton Ohio. I have tried to find a home for him on facebook to no avail. He is very friendly and I believe he would be very adoptable. We are not able to feed him (although the clients have been doing so)as it is a liability issue and the bosses want him gone. I had heard there is a cat sanctuary on the west side of Hamilton but have been unable to find any info on them. Please let me know if you can help in any way or if you have any suggestions. He really deserves a good home and want to see him safe. He also has beautiful green eyes.
posted by AmyHenkel, on 2016-08-01 11:42:29
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i have 7 kittens that need a home or place to stay we cant feed them we feed 10 out side that people drop off to us we just cant do the kitten right by keeping them . any body please help me this gives me 17 animals and me and my husband cant keep this up we only have ss# to live on . please help . katherine . 937218 2296 [email protected] [email protected] i live in clinton county outside of wilmington
posted by KathyakapalaMulford, on 2016-03-25 21:49:37
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I have a few young cats that needs a home. I am 63 and on disability. I can no longer take care of them. boys are fixed but girls are not. They are very friendly and love attention. Most have never been outside. Please help me find homes for them, I do not want them to die. I am moving in a few months and can not take them with me. HELP !!!!
posted by BarbaraReatherford, on 2014-06-23 12:07:00
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I have been feeding a stray kitten by my home recently. She is super sweet. I have a dog and my husband is allergic to cats so I can not have her in my home. I am worried she might get hurt. PLEASE HELP. Someone help me find a shelter for her. 2541801
posted by lauramchone, on 2013-09-09 09:48:45
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I have 2 cats that I love but can no longer keep. They are 10 years old, spayed and declawed. I need to find them a kind and loving home as soon as possible, as I'm moving Aug 1 and cannot take them with me. My name is Melissa Hoppe and my email address is [email protected] My phone number is 513-891-7953. Thank you so much.
posted by mitmee_pie, on 2013-07-10 17:18:36