A Community that embodies humane treatment of all animals.


To be a driving force in promoting:

animal welfare,

strengthening the human-animal bond,

providing humane education

and eliminating pet overpopulation.


The staff and volunteers of SPCA Cincinnati strive to give the animals in their care the best humane treatment and to continuously offer and develop programs to support those who own and care for animals.

In addition to being the contracted agency that oversees stray dog control in the community, SPCA Cincinnati offers many programs and services, including animal adoptions, animal cruelty investigations, spaying and neutering shelter animals, companion animal and wildlife rescue, dog licensing, foster care program, obedience training, and the area’s most extensive humane education program. SPCA Cincinnati also works to introduce animals into the lives of people in our community, including those in hospitals, nursing homes, children’s homes, and schools, and works with victims of domestic violence to both provide shelter for their animals, and to help them rehabilitate.


Founded in 1873, SPCA Cincinnati has a long history of service to the Greater Cincinnati community. Originally founded as the Ohio Humane Society, it was the first organization of its kind in Ohio. In 1907, the name was changed to The Hamilton County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and is currently DBA as the SPCA Cincinnati.


The SPCA Cincinnati is an open admissions shelter for Hamilton County residents only. Breed groups, rescues, and other organizations are welcome to participate as placement partners to help find homes for some harder to place animals. If interested, please call Jessica Choate at the Northside Shelter, 513-541-6100, ext. 1142.

More animals keep coming - an average of 36 a day. We would like to save more lives. Community education is a key component of our ongoing effort to save more lives.

  • 100% of adoptable dogs receive a rabies vaccination.
  • We are FLEA AND TICK FREE! 100% of dogs and cats receive flea/tick prevention.
  • 100% of adoptable dogs are on heartworm preventative medication.
  • We microchip every adopted animal for permanent identification.
  • We have dramatically increased the number of adoptions by reducing fees.
  • We collaborate with key local media outlets to focus attention on adopting shelter pets.
  • We provide dog training and an animal behavior hotline.
  • We encourage responsible pet ownership
  • We are involved in humane issues at the local, state, and national level.
  • We communicate with every adopter to ensure that health and behavior are sound
  • We dispatch our mobile adoption units to communities throughout the region to increase adoptions.