We are still closed to the general public, but are doing some adoptions virtually. Instructions are listed with each animal’s profile, so please follow those guidelines. Adoptions are being handled on a first come, first served basis via email only for clients able to adopt right away; holds will not be offered. We appreciate your understanding that, due to our limited staffing at this time, we are unable to accommodate phone calls inquiring about individual animals.  

NOTE: Our team is slowly beginning to phase in adoptions and we are not quite ready to begin canine adoptions. Please keep an eye on our website which is updated in real time. Dog photos will be added to our site when we can begin canine adoptions again.

Our hours will be 11:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. Monday – Saturday, closed on Sunday.  Please note that we are only able to assist clients by appointment at this time. 

If you are a Cleveland resident with an urgent animal care need or are in need food or other supplies for your pet as a result of COVID-19, please contact us at 216-255-5012 or 216-771-4616 x 0 for assistance. 

Adoption Fees

Canine Adoption Fees
  • Dogs (5 months and older): Start at $125*
  • Puppies (under 5 months): Start at $200*

A dog license must be purchased at the time of adoption–please add county license to final price. License fees vary between $10 and $21, depending on the dog’s age and time of year of adoption.

Feline Adoption Fees
  • Cats (5 months and older): $50
  • Kittens (under 5 months): $125
  • All cats 5 months and over are buy one and get another kitty friend for only $25.
  • All kittens under 5 months are buy one and get another kitty friend for only $50.

All cats must leave the shelter in a carrier. If you do not bring one with you, one must be purchased at the shelter for $3.00.

Small Mammals Adoption Fees
  • Rabbits: $25
  • Ferrets: $65
  • Guinea Pigs: $15
  • Mice: $5
  • Rats: $10
  • Parakeets: $25
  • Hamsters: $5

* Certain animals may have higher or lower adoption fees.  See Adoption Associates for details. All cats and dogs adopted from the Cleveland APL are altered (spayed or neutered), examined by a veterinarian, have received age appropriate, preliminary vaccinations, and have been treated for fleas and worms.  Dogs six months and older have been tested for heartworm and given an initial preventative treatment.  All cats and kittens have been tested for FeLV and FIV.

Adoption Fees for Seniors

The Cleveland Animal Protective League participates in a special program called Pets for the Elderly. This program allows senior citizens to adopt a companion pet at a reduced adoption fee, in turn, creating happily ever afters for both the pet and adopter.