Some laws concerning pet adoption in Ohio include licensing requirements, holding periods for rescues and restrictions on adopting exotic pets. Pet owners adopting dogs are required to license the pets with their local counties when the dogs are older than three months, as of 2015.
In Ohio, shelters must hold dogs for a minimum of 72 hours before offering them for adoption to allow time for owners to reclaim their pets. Cats do not require licenses and do not have a mandatory holding period.
Ohio law restricts adoption of a number of exotic animals, such as tigers, bears, African wild dogs, komodo dragons and gray wolves. Exceptions are available by permit to certain organizations, such as rescue facilities and wildlife shelters.