We are happy to welcome clients back into our building through pre-scheduled appointments and designated browsing hours. Masks are appreciated, but not required for those who have been fully vaccinated.

To create an appointment to meet with a dog or a cat, please submit the adopter survey from our website (https://clevelandapl.org/adopt/adoptable-animals/). Once we receive your survey, an adoptions associate will contact you via phone to review your survey and schedule an appointment.

We will still be offering curbside appointments as well.

Open browsing times are Friday from 11 am – 3 pm, Saturday from 11am-3pm, Sunday 12-3pm, and Monday 11am-3pm.

We will be limiting the number of people allowed into the building for browsing, so you may have to wait outside until we are able to accommodate your party. We ask that you bring only the members of your immediate household or those who will frequently be spending time with your prospective new pet to browse with you. Please bring a valid photo ID and be ready to adopt

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 and kittens are buy one and get another kitty friend 1/2 off.

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: $25
  • 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 while funds last, in turn, creating happily ever afters for both the pet and adopter.