Dog Warden

The Dog Wardens for Clark County enforce state dog laws and ensure public safety. We do this by patrolling the county for stray dogs and impound those that are not wearing current license. We also answer calls concerning dangerous and vicious dogs. We take pride in our ability to keep the public safe while ensuring the dogs are taken care of humanely. In 2019 we brought in over 1081 dogs. We are very happy to say that we were able to reunite 309 of those dogs back with their owners and 323 of those were adopted into new homes. We also utilize rescues when possible; 243 dogs were sent to rescues.

Functions as the Dog Warden of Clark County include:

  • Investigation of cruelty and abandonment of dogs
  • Enforcing dog laws
  • Licensing dogs
  • Investigation of bites or attacks involving dogs
  • Public health and safety

The Clark County Dog Shelter at 5201 Urbana Road is open Monday through Saturday 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm., closed Wednesday, Sundays and Holidays. Impound fees are $35 for the first day and $15 board for each additional day, if the dog has a current license. Current license is required and may be purchased if necessary at the time of redemption. Please call 937 521-2140 for more information.

If you have any question or concerns about a dog, feel free to contact us or one of the below listed county shelters.

Montgomery County 937 310-5361
Madison County 614 879-8368
Greene County 937 376-3001
Miami County 937 335-9955
Champaign County 937 484-1613

Want to make a donation to the Clark County Dog Shelter?

Click the button below to make a donation to the Clark County Dog Shelter. Please type 20 into the CCDW Number Dog ID.

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Ohio Pet Fund

Want to help animal shelters throughout Ohio? Check out the Ohio Pet Fund.
The organization sells "dog-friendly" and "cat-friendly" license plates like the ones shown below. The more plates sold, the more animals that can be helped, including our strays here in Clark County. You can purchase the license plate for $25 at, even if it is not yet time to renew your tags. The funds received from your purchase go toward a spay/neuter program.
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