Dog adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.
All dogs are adopted on a first come first adopt basis. We will not hold a dog for anyone. We strongly encourage you to stop down and pay us a visit, as we have many more dogs in our care than are listed on the website. You may visit with our dogs during our normal business hours of: Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm; Thursday & Friday from 10:30 am - 6:00 pm; Sunday from noon - 3:00 pm. We are closed on all legal/government holidays, and also on Mondays EXCEPT to purchase a dog license or look for a lost dog.
Remember that before adopting, you must:
Be 18 years of age or older
Have identification showing your current address
Have landlord permission to own a dog if you are a tenant.
Before you can spend time with a dog, there is a brief questionnaire that you will need to fill out. Our staff will review these questions with you in order to help you decide which dog is the right fit for you, your family, and your lifestyle. This information is confidential and will be used only to assist our staff in determining the best possible placement. Please spend the time necessary to make the best possible decision for you AND the dog you may adopt.
The cost to adopt a dog is $90. This includes:
DHLP, Parvo Vaccination, Rabies Vaccination and Bordatella
Heartworm test for age appropriate dogs
Adoption Kit with a coupon for 5 pounds of Bil Jac™ Dog Food
A Cuyahoga County dog license
Also…Dogs are treated for roundworm if indicated. Every attempt is made to bathe and groom dogs while they are housed in our Shelter. Although dogs receive initial vaccinations from us, please make an appointment to see your veterinarian within ten to 14 days after you take your new dog home for a complete and thorough physical examination, and to continue with vaccinations as necessary.
All our dogs are altered before going home, but for those dogs that cannot have the surgery upon adoption, (very young dogs under 5 months of age or dogs that may have some health concerns), an additional spay/neuter deposit is required before you take your new dog home. When the dog is returned to the Shelter for the surgery, or upon proof that the surgery has been done at your own veterinarian, IF WE CANNOT ALTER IT HERE UPON ADOPTION FOR HEALTH/AGE REASONS, a refund check will be mailed after the surgery. If a spay/neuter deposit is required and you wish to pay by check, a separate check, in the amount of $30, will be required for the spay/neuter deposit. Your check will be processed and a County check will be issued for your refund AFTER the spay/neuter.
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 or puppy versus getting dogs for sale or puppies for sale from a dog breeder? When someone is breeding puppies, they are creating new dogs who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog or puppy and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale from a puppy breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog or adopt a puppy at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.