The Humane Society of Greater Dayton headquartered on Nicholas Road in Dayton plans to expand its outreach and buy 3.86 acres of Austin Boulevard land for $572,000 from Miami Twp. with plans to build a facility across from Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF

Humane Society plans pet adoption site near Austin Landing, airport

The Humane Society of Greater Dayton plans to buy highly-visible Miami Twp. land as part of long-range expansion plans that include increasing space at its Nicholas Road headquarters, leading to a projected 500 percent jump in spay/neutering.

The animal care organization — as part of its four-fold vision that includes an animal hospital — has been working on a purchase agreement with the township for 3.86 acres on Austin Boulevard to house a facility from cats and dogs can be adopted.

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The $572,000 deal would pave the way for the adoption facility across from Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport, just east of Austin Landing and the I-75 interchange.

“This is an extremely exciting time to be with the Humane Society of Greater Dayton,” its President and Chief Executive Officer Brian Weltge said in a statement.

“For years we have been planning and researching what choice is best to impact the lives of so many animals in our community, and we are now moving forward in the right direction to make this vision a reality,” he added.

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The humane society wants to build an adoption center on Austin as part of a growth plan that would eventually include a “high-volume” spay/neuter clinic at its Dayton headquarters. The clinic would handle 20,000 to 25,000 animals annually, up from it current 4,000, according to the society.

The organization also is aiming to have a cruelty/neglect structure that can better house large-scale cases as well as large-breed animals that have been rescued from abusive situations, according to a news release.

It also wants to have a full-service animal hospital at its 1661 Nicholas Road headquarters, according to the release.

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The purchase of 2673 Austin Boulevard land appears the most immediate of the plans, with a letter of intent already in place, according to township documents.

The society has decided “that we need an adoption facility in a high-traffic area that will gain more exposure to the animals in our care, which will ultimately find more animals forever homes faster,” according to the organization.

“If we move forward with this land,” according to the society, “the only (animal) facility that will be located at the Austin Landing location at this time will be the adoption center.”

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The society has also agreed “to assist with an issue that is an ongoing item for many communities – the issue of feral cats,” Miami Twp. Community Development Director Chris Snyder said.

“The humane society has agreed for a period of about five years….to provide spay and neuter services for those felines for that time frame for the unowned population,” he added.

The Austin land is with the Miami Twp.-Dayton Joint Economic Development District, making a payroll generated from the facility subject to income tax collection, Snyder said.

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