Frequently Asked Questions

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What is done with animals that are picked up by the Division of Animal Control? How long they are kept before they are euthanized?

By City law, dogs and cats are held for 72 hours. But in order to give owners a chance to find lost pets, the Division of Animal Control will hold a stray animal three days not including the day it is picked up, Sundays, and holidays. After that, the animal is evaluated and transferred to other shelters and rescue groups if deemed adoptable. At this time the Cleveland Kennel does very limited adoptions.

Adoptable animals are held as long as possible, but those deemed not adoptable are humanely euthanized.

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Last updated: 10/28/2016 - 8:47am

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Is the Cleveland Division of Animal Control the same as the APL?

No. The Animal Protective League is a non-profit (supported through donations) that accepts animals surrended by their owners. Cleveland Animal Control is a government entity (supported through tax dollars) which handles animal control related issues.

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Animal Control Services
Category:
Animals

Last updated: 03/02/2015 - 12:28pm

Q1148
Does the Division of Animal Control offer spay/neuter for dogs and cats? Are the services free?

The Division of Animal Control does not offer this service, but low-cost spay/neuter referral is available at 216.664.2759. The following organizations offer low cost spay/neuter services:

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Animal Control Services
Category:
Animals

Last updated: 03/02/2015 - 12:28pm

Q1149
What happens with animals if there is over-crowding at the Kennel?

The Cleveland Division of Animal Control, Animal Protective League, and Cuyahoga County Kennels have a partnership. Adoptable dogs are transferred from the Division of Animal Control to avoid overcrowding.

From:
Animal Control Services
Category:
Animals

Last updated: 03/02/2015 - 12:28pm

Q1150
Is there a web page that shows photos of animals that are available from the Division of Animal Control?

The Division of Animal Control posts photos of available dogs here. 

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Animal Control Services
Category:
Animals

Last updated: 10/28/2016 - 8:45am

Q1151
There is a stray animal near my house. Does the Division of Animal Control trap animals?

Traps are set up for stray dogs when needed, according to written guidelines. Please call the Division of Animal Control at 216.664.3069 Monday through Saturday from 7:30am to 3pm for details. The Division of Animal Control does not trap cats at this time.

From:
Animal Control Services
Category:
Animals

Last updated: 03/02/2015 - 12:28pm

Q1152
Are there any requirements (license, shots) for usage of a dog park?

There are no city ordinances regarding the use of dog parks, but they do have signs that list their rules.

From:
Animal Control Services
Category:
Animals

Last updated: 03/02/2015 - 12:28pm

Q1153
Can I get shots at the Division of Animal Control for my dog and cat?

The Division of Animal Control does not have a Veterinarian at this time. Check the yellow pages or look online for a Veterinarian near you.

From:
Animal Control Services
Category:
Animals

Last updated: 03/02/2015 - 12:28pm

Q1154
My dog is missing, what should I do?

To best procedure to follow is to call and visit:

Only you can truly identify your dog. You should also check with neighboring city animal control offices. We also recommend that you post a notice on and check the lost/found web sites including Petango, Cleveland.com, Craigslist.org, Petharbor.com, and missingpetads.com.

From:
Animal Control Services
Category:
Animals

Last updated: 10/28/2016 - 8:42am

Q1155
My dog is sick, where can I call to get medical help?

You can check the yellow pages for a veterinarian near you. If you need a Veterinarian after normal business hours or on weekends, you can call:

Animal Emergency Clinic West
5320 West 140th St.
Brookpark, Ohio
216.362.6000

Westpark Animal Hospital
4117 Rocky River Drive
216.252.4500

VCA Great Lakes Veterinary Specialists
5035 Richmond Road
Bedford Heights, OH 44146

From:
Animal Control Services
Category:
Animals

Last updated: 03/02/2015 - 12:28pm

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