Hamilton County humane society Cincinnati Animal CARE is at Code Red.
The animal welfare organization, which took over Hamilton County operations from the SPCA in July 2020, is over capacity. And they're offering a special incentive to help get adult dogs and kittens into their forever homes.
Starting June 25 and going until further notice, they are offering name-your-price adoptions for dogs and kittens six months or older — with a suggested minimum of $25. (Licensing fees still apply.)
Cincinnati Animal CARE is committed to being no-kill and, for the welfare of the animals, aims to house only one dog per kennel.
But they're currently out of space.
“We consider ‘Code Red’ to be when we are at 10 empty kennels or fewer. Since taking over operations of the Northside shelter in August 2020, we have rarely hit a true Code Red,” says Kelsey Maccombs, senior shelter manager, in a release. “We are currently at negative-11 kennels and it’s time to get creative to get them into homes. We will do whatever it takes to maintain our lifesaving rate while still housing animals individually.”
If you can't adopt, they are also looking for foster homes for animals.
In addition to offering shelter and animal control services for the county, the goals of Cincinnati Animal CARE are "reuniting lost companion pets, reducing the stray population, offering opportunities for unwanted animals to be adopted or rescued and providing the public with information and programs for responsible pet ownership," says their website.
They are committed to providing each animal “The Five Freedoms,” as recognized by the American Humane Society: freedom from hunger and thirst; freedom from discomfort; freedom from pain, injury, and disease; freedom to express normal and natural behavior; and freedom from fear and distress.
Cincinnati Animal CARE is located at 3949 Colerain Ave., Northside. Shelter hours are noon-6 p.m. daily. More info: cincinnatianimalcare.org.