Link to Lorain County Kennel

Adoptable Dogs

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About Adopting
  • The cost of adopting a dog is $66. $16 for the dog license and $50 for the adoption fee.

  • Lorain County vaccinates dogs with a parvo combo vaccine and a kennel cough vaccine. New owners will need to revaccinate the dogs later.

  • Lorain County has arranged for all dogs to be spayed or neutered before adoption.

  • As required by Ohio Law, the kennel holds all stray dogs to give the owner time to find an redeem their dog.

Call 440-326-5995 for information about any of the dogs and please have the cage number handy.


The County Kennel is

open to the public


Tuesday & Wednesday

10 AM to 6:00 PM


 Thursday, Friday & Saturday

 10 AM to 4:30 PM



Closed all legal holidays


Spay and Neuter Program

Lorain County Dog Kennel (LCDK)

Effective 10/1/2012

In order to protect the community from the dangers of uncontrolled dogs roaming around in search of a mate, to reduce the burdens on law abiding pet owners who have their pet impregnated by an uncontrolled dog and to reduce costs to Lorain County by reducing the overpopulation of animals the Commissioners have adopted a Community Protection Spay and Neuter Program. As part of this program, all dogs adopted from the Lorain County Dog Kennel (LCDK) who are healthy enough for surgery will be spayed or neutered prior to adoption.



Schedule for Weekly Surgeries at Vets:

Dogs adopted and paid for on Fridays and Saturdays will be picked up on the following Tuesday morning and taken to


Lorain Animal Clinic for surgeries. 

4205 Oberlin Ave. 
Lorain, OH 44053


Dogs adopted and paid for on Tuesday, Wednesdays, and Thursdays will be picked up on Fridays of the same week and will taken to


Douds Verterinary Hospital for surgeries.

12115 St Rt 58 

Oberlin, Ohio 

(440) 774-4542


***Schedule Changes will occur during Holiday Weeks and the public will be notified by the Kennel Staff on date changes.


Ownership Cost:  Dogs purchased from the LCDK will cost $66.00 which includes the $16.00 license fee.  This fee will be paid at the LCDK.  

Pickup of Your New Dog:  New owners will pick up the dog from the listed veterinary practice as stated below:


Lorain Animal Clinic:  Wednesdays - 9 am to 12 noon or Thursdays - 9 am to 6 pm


Douds:  Fridays - ask receptionist

The practice will provide the new owner with Written Go Home Care Instructions. If your dog is not ready to be picked up the same day of the surgery, the vetís office will notify you at the number you have listed on sales paperwork at the LCDK.


The veterinary practice has the right to refuse or to postpone spay and neuter for any reason. In the event that the dog is not approved for surgery, the veterinarian will notify the LC Dog Warden. The Medical Director or attending vet may authorize treatment with the medical fund money, may authorize postponing surgery in which case the owner can pick up the dog and receive a voucher to bring the dog back to the veterinary practice for a spay and neuter at a scheduled later date.


501c3 approved Rescues:

Rescues who provide their 501c3 paperwork and a vet reference will be allowed to pull the dog they choose from the pound and take to any vet of their choice for spay/neuter. This will in part allow out of County Rescues to still pull dogs easily from the LCDK.

These rescues must agree to have their pets spayed or neutered prior to adoption. Any rescue is found to be releasing pets prior to spay or neuter will be denied the benefit of this exception for 501(c)(3) organizations. All 501c paperwork must be emailed to mreichlin@roadrunner.com prior to a dog being released to them.


 Working Together to Save Lives


In cooperation with the county commissioners, the Friendship APL, the Cleveland APL and others are accepting adoptable dogs from the kennel. This will provide a significant reduction in the euthanasia of adoptable dogs in Lorain County.

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