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Tips on Considering Adoption, Over Buying a Dog or Puppy for Sale in Cleveland


Fun Things to Do With Your Dog in Cleveland

Looking for things to do with your new canine companion in the Cleveland area? Spend a relaxing Sunday afternoon at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. Leashed dogs are welcome to enjoy the gardens with their humans on Sundays although they are not permitted in the gardens throughout the rest of the week. Dogs are welcome every day of the week at The Holden Arboretum where you and Fido can explore gardens, ponds, and more as you walk along the more than 20 miles of trails.

Head to a local dog park to meet new friends, human and canine. Clark Field Dog Park features drinking water, benches, shade trees, and gravel ground cover. In nearby Lakewood, Lakewood Dog Park is a popular hangout for pooches. Open from dawn to dusk, this park provides a fully-fenced play space for your pup with shade, benches, waste bags, and a seasonal water fountain. Easy access from the park to the Cleveland Metroparks Rocky River Reservation means you can also enjoy an on-leash walk with Fido on one of the many nearby trails.

Get out and about with your pup by attending one of Cleveland’s pet-centric events. Have a blast at the Annual Canine Fun Days and Greyhound Reunion or head to the Cleveland Pet Expo for all things dogs. For more ideas on things to do with your dog in the Cleveland area, visit the Dog Owner’s Guide to Cleveland on

Cleveland Dog Rescues & Shelters

The Top 5 Reasons to Adopt, Rather than Buy a Dog or Puppy for Sale in Cleveland

  1. Finding the Best Match - Luckily, when you decide you want to add a furry member to your family, you have many dogs to choose from. Dogs and puppies of different breeds come with genetic tendencies that vary between breeds. More importantly, they also have distinct personalities, as each is an individual! It is common for rescuers and animal shelter staff and volunteers to already know the personality and tendencies of many of their dogs and puppies. This means they can better match up your requirements and lifestyle with the ideal dog or puppy. When searching for a new dog or puppy in Cleveland, consider your lifestyle first. Answer yourself these questions:
    1. Do you have time to housetrain a puppy and teach them the rules of the house?
    2. Can you provide adequate exercise for an active dog, or one who needs mental stimulation and lots of interaction?
    3. Will your new four-legged friend have other pets as buddies around the house?
    4. Is it critical that you find a dog who is comfortable with children?
  2. Purebred or Fabulous Mixed-Breed: Shelters Have Them All! - Looking for a specific type of dog or puppy? It is estimated that 30% of all shelter animals are purebred. There are also large numbers of “breed-rescue” organizations specifically devoted to rescuing and adopting out a particular breed. On the other hand, you can find your own one-of-a-kind, amazing mixed-breed dog in a shelter. We love those fabulous mutts! Due to a larger gene pool to draw from, often mixed-breed dogs have fewer behavioral problems or health issues, and can even live longer than purebred dogs. In short, whatever you’re looking for you can find at your local shelter or rescue group in Cleveland, and right here on
  3. Adult Adoption = Less Stress - Adopting an adult dog has many advantages. Adult dogs in shelters have often already been in homes, and may already be housebroken and obedience-trained. Also, since adult dogs’ personalities are already established, it is easy to tell if they are good with children, or familiar and comfortable with other pets. One thing is certain; adult dogs require less attention and less work than puppies do. Best of all, any rescued dog will be forever grateful you saved their life.
  4. Be a Hero - Adoption helps save lives! One dog or puppy adopted in Cleveland paves the way for another one to be saved. When you choose to adopt, you’re an instant hero.
  5. Adoption is MORE AFFORDABLE - Typically, adoption fees are much less than you’d pay for a dog or puppy for sale at a pet store, or even a breeder, in Cleveland. Adopting is especially a great deal because usually rescued dogs and puppies have already been to the veterinarian for a check-up, had a round of vaccinations, and have been spayed or neutered. It all adds up, but when you choose pet adoption you are paying less for a dog or puppy who is just as perfect as one you’d find for sale!

Some Cleveland Dog and Puppy Rescues

Below you'll find many Cleveland focused rescue organizations. This is not a complete list! If you are a Cleveland focused rescue and would like to be included, please sign up for an account here, then submit your request using the Contact Us link after you login to your rescue or shelter account. Thank you!