The Delaware County Dog Shelter is a county-operated dog shelter and kennel. One of our goals is to find forever homes for our adoptable strays and surrenders.

Most people choosing a pet from a shelter do so with the desire to provide it a forever home. Careful screening of those wishing to adopt can help guarantee a successful, lifetime placement with a responsible owner. We also rescue dogs to 501(c)(3) rescue groups and Humane Societies. Only adoptable dogs are adopted or rescued. We will not euthanize an adoptable dog; we will house them for an indefinite period of time to achieve this goal. We pride ourselves in being people-friendly and dog-friendly! Adopt from us for $6.00!!!



Frequently Asked Questions

No, barking is a noise ordinance issue and would be covered by municipal or township laws via the police or Sheriff’s Office.

The Delaware County Dog Warden’s Office does not have the authority to control cats.  Only municipalities have the ability to enact ordinances for the control of cats.  The Humane Society of Delaware County and other non-profit organizations do the best they can to help and would be the contact point.

The Delaware County Dog Warden’s Office does not have the authority to control wildlife.  The Ohio Department of Natural Resources can be a great asset for information.  ODNR has an excellent website that can answer many questions and link to contacts at

Unfortunately you cannot.  We will check ID’s for address when conducting business.  Each county is required by the Ohio Revised Code to have a Dog Warden/Shelter, thus you will be able to seek out these functions in the county you reside.

The City of Delaware has Community Service Officers (CSO) that the Delaware County Dog Warden’s Office works with closely.  For dog related issues in the City of Delaware, the first stop would be to contact a CSO via the City of Delaware Police Dept.

Unfortunately, no positions exist for volunteers at the office.  Additionally, many pet related non-profit organizations rely on good volunteers for the vitality of their programs.  If you wish to volunteer in this field, we recommend you seek out these non-profits such as the humane societies and rescues.

For owner requested euthanasia of pets, please contact a local licensed veterinarian.  Also, the Delaware County Dog Shelter does not have a vet on staff, the Humane Society of Delaware County can assist in this function.

Yes, the shelter/warden’s office is a Delaware County governmental office, performs law enforcement functions related to dogs, is the first stop when finding a missing dog, and does not have authority for animals other than dogs.  The Humane Society of Delaware County is a non-profit organization that promotes the well-being of animals, relies on donations and volunteers, has some veterinarian services, and can investigate animal abuse, neglect, and cruelty cases.  Each are a completely separate entity but do work well together to promote the well-being of dogs in Delaware County.

Ohio law requires that you license your dog. A license tag attached to your dog’s collar proves ownership and is your pet’s ticket home if he gets lost.  Additionally, the funds collected promote the well-being of dogs in the community by providing shelter, adoption services, and law enforcement capabilities for dog related issues.

Call the Delaware County Dog Warden.

Contact the Delaware County Dog Warden.  Please be prepared to tell us the following information:

Location of where the dog was last seen.  Description of the dog including breed, color, size, hair length, collar/tag information.

In an emergency (injured dog), the dog warden can be paged by the Delaware County 9-1-1 Center.

No. It is against the law. Ohio law specifies that all dogs must be confined to your property or under reasonable control-such as on a leash when being walked.

The annual license renewal period is December 1 through January 31. If you have a new puppy, you must buy a license by the time it reaches three months old. If you have just moved into Delaware County or if you just acquired a new dog, you must purchase a license within 30 days.

If you forget to renew a license, you will pay a penalty fee of $12 in addition to the cost of licensing the dog.

All dog bites are investigated by the Delaware County Dog Warden in conjunction with the Delaware County Health Department.  Any dog that has bitten someone is subject to a mandatory 10 day rabies quarantine period.  This quarantine period can be done at a local vet, dog pound or in the owners’ home providing that the adequate criteria can be met.

It is state law that any dog bite must be reported to the appropriate authorities which include the Dog Warden, local police, Sheriff’s Department or the Health Department.

A dog bite is described as any time a dog breaks the skin of a person with it’s teeth.  Medical treatment is always suggested and a bite report will be recorded at this point.

Any doctor or medical facility is obligated under the Ohio Revised Code to fill out a bite report and forward such to the appropriate authorities.

Immediately contact the Delaware County Dog Warden.

Yes. Fees can be assessed for boarding, redeeming, and licensing an unlicensed dog.

Dogs that have been seized by the county dog warden and impounded shall be kept, housed, and fed for three days for the purpose of redemption, as provided by section 955.18 of the Revised Code.

The Dog Warden does work with outside adoption agencies and the public to adopt dogs redeemed. An adoption agency, if interested, could take the dog who has not been redeemed past the required 3 day period. Click the link in the website to see our adoptable dogs.

If a dog warden has reason to believe that a dog is being treated inhumanely on the premises of its owner, keeper, or harborer, the warden shall apply to the court of common pleas for the county in which the premises are located for an order to enter the premises, and if necessary, seize the dog. If the court finds probably cause to believe that the dog is being treated inhumanely, it shall issue such an order. (Ohio Revised Code 944.12)

No, we do not board dogs for the general public.

We accept cash and all major credit cards.

Warden Dan James providing instruction with Lucy in Orange Twp.

Lucy the Delaware County Dog Shelter’s canine MVP helped demonstrate how NOT to get bitten by a dog. — At Delaware County Fair, Delaware Ohio.

Warden Mark Strohl teaches 5th graders on the topics of dogs and coyote interaction.