Employment Opportunities


We are always seeking dynamic individuals who believe in and will help fulfill our mission. The Cleveland APL is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We also promote a drug-free workplace through pre-employment and random post-employment testing.  All open positions are listed to the right. See below for instructions in submitting an application. Thank you in advance for the courtesy of no phone calls.

Featured Open Position


It is so rewarding to see an animal flourish from when they first come in to see them being adopted and finding their forever home.

Chase M., Animal Care Associate


The animals that come into our care are sad and down. I enjoy making them happy by providing treats, cleaning their area, and making them a nice bed.

– Tracey T., Animal Care Associate

The Cleveland Animal Protective League is seeking full-time Animal Care Associates. Our Animal Care team is committed to providing quality care and enrichment to our shelter animals using the Fear-Free concept. As an animal care associate, you will become a certified fear-free practitioner, applying your skills to prevent and alleviate fear, anxiety, and stress in the animals we care for every day. If you desire an extremely rewarding career, this is the job for you! Join us to help animals and people in your community – We Are Compassion in Action!

We believe that the only way we can be successful is with the right team, so we will invest in you. Therefore, we offer competitive wages and benefits including paid vacation time, paid sick time, paid holidays, health insurance, dental & vision insurance, paid life insurance & long-term disability, a 403(b)-retirement plan with a 100% matching scale, and pet medical care through the APL’s Community Pet Clinic.

Did we also mention lots of adorable animals for you to love on? Your work schedule will include a mix of daily cleaning and sanitizing the shelter facility, feeding, animal care, focused enrichment, animal behavior assessment and monitoring, administering vaccination and re-vaccinations, and collaborating with other departments to aid in transportation needs of our animals in need.

Must be able to work with animals, disinfectants, and cleaning supplies, ability to work in fast-paced environment with a variety of people, knowledge of animal breeds, behavior, and handling, knowledge of animal health, ability to identify illness, excellent communication skills, ability to follow instructions, and the ability to safely handle animals.

Applying online:

Fill out our online employment application.

Applying via standard mail:

Send resume and/or application to:

Cleveland Animal Protective League
ATTN: HR Department
1729 Willey Avenue
Cleveland, OH   44113

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Applying via e-mail:

Copy/paste resume into email body OR attach in a Word or PDF document. Enter position applied for in the email subject line, and send to our Human Resources Department.*

EEOC: The Cleveland APL is an equal opportunity employer and is looking for diversity in qualified candidates for employment.

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