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Adopting A Friend

Adopt from the Cleveland APL

At the Cleveland APL, there is an opportunity to make happily ever afters for animals in need every day. We have lots of dogs, cats, and small mammals that are waiting for their forever homes.

Over 6,400 animals were adopted in 2014!

If you are ready to add a “furry friend” to your family, a good first step would be to check out information about adopting and animal our adoptions process at the Cleveland APL.

Adopting from the APL

First Things First!

If you are considering adopting an animal, we recommend some preliminary steps:

    Discuss adopting a pet with all members of the family.

    Consider the financial requirements of properly caring for an animal.

    If you are a tenant, obtain your landlord’s permission to bring an animal onto the property. The number one reason cited for pet surrender is landlord issues.

    Verify your city’s ordinances and laws pertaining to pet guardianship and that your pet will not be in violation of established statutes.

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 Process

    Meet with one of our Adoptions Specialists to review the animal’s medical history and to enter a meet & greet

    Provide your Driver’s License or State Issued Identification to the staff at the front desk (Must be 18 years or older to adopt)

    Read and sign the Adoption Contract

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

    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.

And A Few Other Things!

Your dog license must be purchased. If you are a resident of Cuyahoga County, you are required to purchase a dog license annually. We will license your canine companion before you leave and add that fee to the cost of your final adoption total.
Our One-Stop Retail Shop offers many of the basic supplies your new pet will need:

  •  Leashes and Gentle Leaders
  • Science Diet Food for Dogs and Cats
  • Bowls and Dishes
  • Pet Beds and Mats
  • Litter and Litter Pans
  • Grooming Supplies
  • Toys and Treats
  • Plus, Cleveland APL Gear / Swag for Humans


Our trained staff can help you in making your selections and will be happy to answer any questions you have about any of our available items.
Take Advantage of a Free Follow-Up Veterinary Exam!

A list of participating local veterinarians will be provided to you who offer one free health exam to an APL animal if the appointment is made within two weeks of your new friend’s adoption.

This offer includes the initial office visit/health exam-only. The cost of follow up exams, rabies or other vaccines, diagnostic testing, treatment for illness or injury, or elective procedures will be the responsibility of the animal guardian. You can get a head start on the adoption process by printing your Cat Adopter Survey or Dog Adopter Survey, completing it, and bringing it in to us!

Who We Are

The Cleveland APL has been Making Happily Ever Afters Since 1913

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. Stop in and visit the many animals we help and have available for adoption – make one of our friends one of your very best friends! The Cleveland APL is where happily ever after begins-for both shelter pets and people.

Come Visit Us

Hours and Locations

The Cleveland Animal Protective League is located at 1729 Willey Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio in the historic Tremont area. Our PetSmart Charities® Everyday Adoption Center is located at 6870 Ridge Road, Parma, Ohio inside the PetSmart® store.

Shelter Adoption Center Hours

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

Animal Admission Center Hours

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

PetSmart Charities® Everyday Adoption Center (EAC) Hours

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

Telephone Contact Information

Main Telephone                    Adoptions Supervisor                  Humane Investigations
216-771-4616                       216-771-8819                             216-377-1630

Director of Development       Admissions                                  Volunteer Manager
216-344-1353                       216-771-8825                              216-377-1627

Euthanasia Services            Foster Care Coordinator               Spay/Neuter – TNR Hotline
216-771-8825                      216-771-4616, ext. 181                216-377-1633

Spay/Neuter Supervisor       PetFix Appointments                      Fax Telephone
216-377-1624                      216-377-1633, Option 1                216-771-2810

PetSmart Charities®
Everyday Adoption Center
440-845-9592

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