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Our Featured Cleveland, OH Partner:

Cleveland Animal Protective League

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

Pets at Our Shelter:

Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:

The APL is the humane society for Cuyahoga County. As such, we operate a facility that shelters animals that can no longer be cared for by their families. We also play a critical role for the cats in our community because we are the only agency that will accept an abandoned cat without an appointment.

As a 501(c)(3) organization, the APL is an independent nonprofit agency that is not funded or controlled by any local government or national animal welfare agency.

About Our Shelter:

The Cleveland Animal Protective League's mission is to foster compassion and end animal suffering. Incorporated in 1913, we are an independent, nonprofit humane society located in Cleveland's Tremont neighborhood.

As a 501(c)(3) agency, we are not funded or controlled by any government or national animal welfare organization. Our animal shelter, services, and programs are made available through fundraising, donations, foundation and corporate support, and service fees.

We are committed to 100 percent placement of adoptable animals and envision a time when every friendly, healthy, homeless animal in our community can be cared for until a new family is found.

The Cleveland APL provides shelter to homeless animals relinquished by their guardians, animals that are rescued from abuse or neglect, and stray or abandoned cats.

Come Meet our Pets:

Shelter Adoption Center Hours
(1729 Willey Avenue, Cleveland)

Monday-Friday – 11 am to 6:30 pm
Saturday – 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday – Noon to 4 pm

Animal Admission Center Hours
(1729 Willey Avenue, Cleveland, OH)

Monday – Friday – 10 am to 6:30 pm
Saturday – 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday – Closed

PetSmart Charities® Everyday Adoption Center (EAC) Hours (6870 Ridge Road, Parma, OH)

Monday – Saturday – 10am to 8pm
Sunday – 11am to 5pm

Our Adoption Process:

Visit Our Shelter!

Feel free to look around, spend some time, and fall in love. Once you decide to adopt, you will have an opportunity to meet with a knowledgeable member of our staff who will give you information on the history and needs of that animal, and his/her feeding and exercise requirements. You can ask your adoption counselor any questions about house-training, training classes, scratching (in cats), introducing your new pet, veterinary care, how to deal with fleas, or anything else you can think of!

Adoption Requirements

Adopter must be 18 years or older
Provide a valid driver's license or state issued identification
Our goal is to place animals as primarily household companions and to match you with an animal that fits your lifestyle
Adoption Package

Our adoption fees vary based upon an animal's species, breed, and training.

When you adopt a feline or canine from the Cleveland APL, your Adoption Package includes:

Spay/Neuter Surgery
Initial Vaccines - DETAILS
Treatment for worms and fleas
Collar and APL Tag
Post-Adoption Health Exam Donated by a Local Veterinarian
Cat/Kitten Adoptions Include a Travel Box
Dog/Puppy Adoptions Include a Leash
Species-specific Portfolio with a wealth of information about your new pet.

Our Adopted Pets:

We have helped lots of pets connect with loving and caring owners. Check out our adopted pets list!

Why should you adopt?

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.