Our Purpose

Life-Saving Data



What are the shelter hours for adoptions?

Our shelter is open for adoptions from 12:00pm-7:00pm on Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:00am-5:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 12:00pm-5:00pm on Sundays and Tuesdays. We are closed on Thursdays.

What services will be available at the League for Animal Welfare clinic?

COMING SOON!  Due to COVID19, we have delayed the opening of our Clinic. We will provide an update as soon as available.

The Sis & Dick Miller Wellness Clinic will provides many services including wellness or sick exams, spay/neuter, bloodwork and urine tests, dental cleanings and extractions, nail trims, anal sac expression, common surgical procedures and more.

How does the League for Animal Welfare manage animal intake?

As a managed intake shelter, the League can only accept pets as space allows.  Many times, we fill vacancies by reaching out to other animal welfare organizations. When pets are at risk of being euthanized at open admission shelters due to lack of space, we can give them a second chance of finding a home. Our goal is to keep our shelter full so that we can help as many animals as possible.

Does the League for Animal Welfare accept drop offs?

We can accept owner surrenders and stray animals based on space availability and animal temperament. While we try to respond timely to requests on social media, your best strategy is to call our shelter during business hours with intake inquiries.

What is the adoption process like?

When you visit our shelter, you will complete a survey that helps our adoption counselors find the right pet for you/your family. We want you to find a pet that has the best chance for success in your household so we take into consideration such things as your schedule, children, other pets, prior pet history and experience, activity level, outdoor space (for dogs), emergency preparedness and the financial responsibilities of caring for a pet. While we do allow same-day adoptions, please keep in mind that it may take more than one visit to find the right pet. After meeting an animal, you have the option to place a hold until the next business day. This is helpful if you need to ready your home, do a dog introduction, introduce other family members or just have time to decide if the animal is the right fit.

Does the League for Animal Welfare do animal holds?

A one business day hold can be placed on an animal that you have met. We do not place holds on animals over the phone prior to meeting the cat or dog.

Does the League for Animal Welfare have a trial period?

By signing our adoption agreement, you are agreeing to give your new pet a fair trial period. Some cats and dogs take longer to feel comfortable in your home, and we ask that you give them your patience. The League’s animal trainer is a great resource for you if you are struggling with a behavior or training issue. 

If we determine the pet is not a good match for your home, we will ask you to bring the pet back to our shelter. Keep in mind that it may take a few days for space to become available. We ask that you wait for us to make room so we can give these pets another chance to find an appropriate home. Please note that adoption fees are non-refundable. Based on the circumstances surrounding the return of a pet, the League will determine whether another animal may be adopted.

What forms of payment are accepted?

We accept cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express for adoption fees. 

How do I volunteer at the League for Animal Welfare?

If you would like to lend your time and talent, you will need to complete an orientation class (separate cat and dog classes are offered monthly). Please call the shelter during normal business hours to sign up for a class. Once you have completed orientation, you may volunteer at your convenience. Please note, however, that the shelter is closed to the public and to volunteers on Thursdays. We do not require a minimum commitment – our volunteer program is very flexible.

Can I bring my children to volunteer with me?

Yes, you can! Volunteering with animals is beneficial to both our animals and your children. After a parent or legal guardian attends an orientation session, you are welcome to bring children with you to volunteer. Please note that children must be supervised at all times.

Can students earn volunteer service hours with the League?

Students may volunteer at the League to earn service hours by participating in socialization and enrichment activities with the animals.

What is the League for Animal Welfare's federal identification #? 

The League’s federal identification is 31-0818511.

How do I make a gift in someone's honor?

Making a gift in someone’s honor or memory is a wonderful way to pay tribute to a human, canine or feline loved one. We will notify anyone you identify (honoree, family of loved one, pet owner) of your thoughtful gift. We do not acknowledge your gift amount.


About Us

Founded in 1949, League for Animal Welfare is a privately funded, non-profit organization providing much-needed care for unwanted, lost and neglected cats and dogs in our community. As the oldest and one of the largest no-kill shelters in the area, the League serves the Greater Cincinnati area through initiatives to reduce the number of homeless animals and to help people better care for their pets. With the support of our dedicated staff, volunteers, foster families and friends, the League provides medical and behavioral care for more than 1,000 cats and dogs we find loving homes for each year.  In 2016, with the launch of the League's Mobile Veterinary Clinic, the League grew to address the root causes of companion animal homelessness by providing affordable veterinary care for our community's pet families.  In 2019, those efforts expanded with the ground-breaking for the Sis & Dick Miller Wellness Clinic on our campus.  This facility, connected to the original shelter, provides state-of the-art space for specialized animal intake and isolation areas, surgical and exam rooms as well as neonatal and post-natal rooms for new moms and their litters. A public grand opening was scheduled for April 2020, however the pandemic has temporarily delayed this.  An announcement will be made as soon a new grand opening is planned.


Financial Information


To reduce the number of homeless cats and dogs in Greater Cincinnati by providing a compassionate, no-kill animal shelter and programs that promote responsible pet care.



We will be recognized as Greater Cincinnati’s leading no-kill shelter and animal welfare champion.

The League is governed by a Board of Directors elected by the membership for a three year term. There are at least five and no more than fifteen Directors. The terms are staggered with roughly one-third of the positions coming up each year.

In addition, the Board may fill vacant slots by appointment. Individuals appointed by the Board serve until their term is up and then must be elected at the Annual Meeting in January to remain on the Board.

The Board elects Officers annually from among the Directors. Officers and Board Members are volunteers and are not compensated for their service.

Core Values

We believe that all cats and dogs are entitled to be free from suffering, abuse, and exploitation.

We consistently act honestly, fairly, and in the best interests of the animals in our care.

We proactively promote and facilitate responsible pet parenting, and are committed to raising public awareness about the humane treatment of all animals.

We strive to always provide exceptional care for our animals and an exemplary shelter experience.

We use our resources wisely and maintain the public trust.

2021 Board of Directors

Annie DeSimio, President
Diann Cox, Vice President
Debbie Bates, Treasurer
Barb Casciani, Immediate Past President


Christina Cullis
Mike Fulkerson
Bruce Gack
Sarah Langley
Jamie Lindemann 
Gauravi Shah

The League is a proud Best Friends Network Partner!

Best Friends Network Partner

Management Team

Devon Smith      Executive Director
Rhonda Kidd   Operations Manager
Summer 2021 League Links

League Links 2.0 

The League publishes a quarterly, electronic newsletter to share adoption stories and helpful pet care tips as well as recognize our generous donors and dedicated volunteers.  

Subscribe to receive the newsletter here.

View current and past issues 

Summer 2021
Spring 2020
Winter 2020
Fall 2019
Summer 2019
Spring 2019
Winter 2019
Fall 2018
Summer 2018
Spring 2018
Winter 2018
Fall 2017
Summer 2017
Spring 2017
Winter 2017
Fall 2016 
Summer 2016
Spring 2016
Winter 2016
Fall 2015
Summer 2015
Winter 2015


PDF format requires the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. If it is not installed on your computer, please download it.


A small group of people who were concerned with the lack of care from the community for stray and unwanted pets began organizing.


The League for Animal Welfare is officially recognized by the state of Ohio as a non-profit charitable organization. Thirty-four charter members elect Gertrude Coles as the first president of the League.


The League purchases a former boarding kennel on Heitman Lane near Batavia.


Two small cat barns are installed at the League, so cats no longer have to share kennels with dogs. In subsequent years, additional larger cat barns were added.


League member Adele Caramanian persuades the League to have all of its cats and dogs spayed or neutered before adoption. The spay/neuter program was then expanded to include assistance for low-income members of the public.


Dr. Pat Thomas, a psychology professor at the University of Cincinnati and League Board President initiates a pet therapy program.


Elizabeth Lemlich forms the League’s Education Committee and visits up to 70 school classrooms annually, presenting programs on pets and wildlife, and organizing after-school animal clubs.


The League begins to look for a new location with a more modern facility.


The League moves its dogs, cats, and staff into a brand new shelter located on nine acres of land at 4193 Taylor Road in Batavia Township. Our new shelter was built through the generosity of our donors.


The League purchases 11 additional acres of wooded land to ensure protection from any possible residential development.


The League's spay/neuter voucher program expands to include everyone in the community, regardless of income.


A significant gift from The Rettig Foundation Trust allows the League to purchase a customized Mobile Adoption Van, allowing the League to take adoptable animals into the community.


The spay/neuter voucher assistance program assists over 1,200 cats and dogs in a single year – the most ever in League history.


A record number of 1,170 cats and dogs are adopted from the League.


The League brings veterinary care, including spay and neuter, on-site for adoptable animals through a mobile veterinary clinic.


Construction is complete on the new Sis & Dick Miller Wellness Clinic, enhancing the care of animals in the League's shelter and providing veterinary care for area shelters and rescues and, ultimately, the community at large.

The League for Animal Welfare is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, charitable organization.

Our fiscal year is January 1 through December 31.

View our consolidated financial information here

To view the League for Animal Welfare’s Donor Privacy Policy, please click here.

PDF format requires the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. If it is not installed on your computer, you can download it.