Licensing Your Dog
All dogs 3 months of age and older must be licensed by February 29. Dogs acquired after February 29 must be licensed immediately to avoid penalties.
Licensing is a requirement of Ohio law. The license, attached to your dog's collar, will identify you as the owner should the dog be lost. If the dog is impounded by the Dog Warden's office and is wearing its tag, you will be notified. Dogs not wearing their current license tags are held only 3 days for redemption.
- Dog Warden's Office
- Auditors Office, Mahoning County Court House
- Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
- We are closed on Sundays.
Other agencies are also available throughout the County. Dog License Agents (PDF)
- To meet one of our adoptable dogs, is by appointment with an approved Adoption Application.
- All of our adoptable dogs can be seen on our Facebook page and Petfinder
- On our Facebook main page, look under photos or posts for all of our adoptable dogs or dogs still on stray hold looking for their owners.
Adopting One of Our Dogs:
Check out our adoptable dogs on our Facebook page under Mahoning County Dog Warden and Petfinder. If you are interested in any of the dogs, complete and submit an Adoption Application and call our office to schedule a meet and greet.The cost of adoption begins at $170.00 and will increase based on weight, gender or if the adopter chooses additional services such as a microchip, lyme vaccine, etc. A breakdown of the initial cost is $70.00 for the dog license, heartworm test, distemper-parvo vaccine(s) and wormer(s). The lowest cost for the required rabies vaccine and spay/neuter surgery is $100.00 and increases as just stated. We work with multiple spay/neuter veterinary clinics to obtain the lowest price for our potential adopters.
If you are thinking about adopting a companion animal, you may want to consider adopting a dog form the county shelter. Since there are many myths surrounding shelter adoptions, the following information may aid in your decision.
Myth #1: If the dog is at the county pound, there has to be something wrong with it.
Fact: There are many reasons why a dog owner chooses to surrender a pet to the shelter. Those reasons may range from allergies, to divorce, to job transfer, to an unexpected personal tragedy, such as the loss of a job, home, or loved one. Many of the previously owned dogs are well behaved, well socialized, and housebroken. Since they are young adult dogs well past the "puppy stage," they are excellent candidates for senior citizens or households whose irregular schedules would not fare well in the housebreaking area. Dogs surrendered by their owners that display aggression, ill health, or any obvious physical or behavior problems are not candidates for adoption.
Myth #2: Dogs adopted from the county pound are not healthy.
Fact: Between 800 and 1,000 dogs are adopted from the Mahoning County Pound yearly. Approximately 2% of all dogs adopted have experienced health problems that would be considered serious.
Myth #3: All dog pound dogs are mutts.
Fact: While most dogs found at the shelter are in fact mixed breeds, many of them are not every dog that could be found on the top ten list of the most popular breeds in the country, have all been adopted from the shelter. Those breeds include but are not limited to Poodles, Border collies, Labs, German shepherds and Rottweilers.
Hopefully your dog is wearing his current dog license; if we find him we will call you right away.
If a neighbor finds him and calls in the license number we will be able to give them the owner information from our records.
Even if he's wearing his license and especially if he's not, I suggest:
- Call the Dog Warden to report him missing, 330-740-2205 extension 2, we will take a description, look in the kennel and check our "found' dog list.
Be able to tell us:
- The address or location the dog was last seen
- Is the dog a male or female
- What color is the dog
- Approximately how tall or how much does the dog weigh
- The date he went missing
- Be as descriptive as possible, does he have any distinguishing marks, ( stub tail, ears stick up, etc.)
- Call other organizations that deal with animals such as animal charity at 330-783-0645 and Angels for Animals at 330-549-1111 to be listed on their lost and found record.
- Canvas your neighborhood, check with your neighbors.
- Call your local Police; some will take information about a lost or found dog.
- Put an ad in the classified section of your local newspaper.
- Armstrong cable will put your lost dogs picture on TV (free) if you email a photo and description (where lost, sex, collar, tags).
- Some radio stations will broadcast a description (where lost, sex, color, breed, type of collar).
- It is your responsibility to look for your dog, if you can't visit the pound to look for him, call back at least every other day to check new arrivals and new listings on the "found list."
- Call the Dog Warden, 330-740-2205 extension 2, if he's wearing his license we will be able to give you the owner information.
- If the dog is wearing any other tag or ID we will help you find the owner.
- We can also scan the dog for a microchip.
- We will take a description.
- Check our lost list.
- We will pick the dog up and hold him to allow the owner time to claim.
- If you are able to provide a secure environment and want to hold onto the dog to look for the owner:
- Call the Dog Warden to be listed on the "found" list.
- Call animal charity and angels to be listed on their "found" list, call local police, check with neighbors, some local radio stations will air a description.
- The vindicator will give you a free, 3 day found dog listing.
- Email a photo to Armstrong cable t.v. with a description, (where found, when found, sex, color, collar, any tags).