About Us


At Lucas County Canine Care & Control, we have new dogs available for adoption every single day! Be sure to check out our adoptable dogs, and stop in for a visit anyday of the week. We are sure to find you the perfect match!

Adopting A Friend

We have a wide variety of dogs available for adoption, ranging in size, age, temperatment, and appearance. Each dog has a unique personality and quarks that make them truly one of a kind!

Each adoptable dog has had a full behavior assessment, physical exam, spay/neuter surgery, microchip, age appropriate vaccinations, heartworm testing (and preventative), and treatment for internal and external parasites. Each dog will also leave the building with a current Lucas County dog license. This is all included in the normal adoption fee of $125.

If you are interested in visiting with a particular dog, we require that you spend some time visiting the animal to ensure it will be a compatible match. It's always recommended to bring along all members of the family (especially any children) to the shelter for the meet and greet, and also any resident dog(s). Our staff will assist in a controlled introduction between your new dog and resident dog, so you and your family have an idea as to what to expect after bringing home your newly adopted animal.

Since majority of our dogs were found as strays, we are not always familiar with their behavior around cats. Cats are not allowed in our facility, so we recommend a very slow and cautious introduction between your newly adopted dog and any feline friends at home. Dogs and cats can become the best of friends if the introduction is completed throughly and appropriately.

Our adoption application is one paper, front and back. The process is fairly short, and your new dog can come home with you that very same day! Be sure that any resident dog(s) has or have a current dog license and rabies vaccination, as we will need proof before you are ready to take home your new dog.

If you are very interested in adopting a particular dog but need time to prepare your home or would like to consider your choice before committing, we offer a $25 non-refundable hold. The hold is in place for an entire business day and ensures that your dog cannot be adopted by another family in that time. It is a separate payment in addition to the adoption fee. You must be present at the shelter to process your payment, holds can not be complete via phone.

Who We Are

Lucas County Canine Care & Control handles stray and homeless dogs and enforces dog laws in Lucas County, which is in northwest Ohio, including the City of Toledo. We handle about 300 dogs monthly. We have a staff of 25 people, including six Canine Control Officers, four office staff, seven kennel staff, one veterinarian, two veterinary technicians, a community outreach coordinator, a behavior technician and three management positions. We do not receive money from the County general fund. Our department is funded primarily through the purchase of dog licenses. Your dog license purchase not only helps to protect your dog, but also helps us care for homeless and stray dogs, protect the community from loose and dangerous dogs, and help reunite lost dogs and their owners.


We also have a fantastic network of dedicated volunteers who are able to spend time with adoptable dogs, assist with outreach and adoption events, and much more! If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, you can download an application on our website (lucascountydogs.com) or stop into our facility.

Come Visit Us

We are located at 410 S. Erie St. (Toledo, Ohio 43604).

If you have any questions related to our department, please contact our main office at 419-213-2800.

All of our information including adoptable dogs, upcoming promotions and events, and general news is available on our website (lucascountydogs.com). We are also present on a variety of social media sites including (but not limited to) Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Follow us throughout the week on a variety of local news stations, too!

We are always thrilled to accept donations such as bedding (towels, sheets, blankets), canned dog food, toys, treats, and much more! Donations can be dropped off to our building or also ordered online through our Amazon Wishlist.

We hope to see you soon!

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