Animal Admissions


In addition to animal adoptions, we also provide admission services for those who must rehome a pet.

Animal Admission Services

To provide you and your pet with the best service and because we do not euthanize for time or space, an appointment is required for animal admissions. To schedule an appointment, call 216-771-8825. An appointment enables us to gather important information about your pet’s history and will decrease your wait when you arrive. There is a fee to surrender an animal to the Cleveland APL and this will be discussed at the time you schedule your appointment. If you cannot pay the fee, please speak to an intake associate. Fees are double for out-of-county residents and are subject to availability.

Animal Admission Hours

Monday to Friday –11 am to 6:30 pm; Saturdays – 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday – Closed.

Please call 216-771-8825 or [email protected] for an appointment to surrender an animal or pet. Please allow up to two business days for your call or email to be returned.

Note: We are legally unable to accept stray dogs – they must be referred to Cleveland City Kennels. Click here for City Kennel information.

End of Life Care: When it is time to say goodbye to a beloved pet, we offer euthanasia and both private and common cremation services to the public. However, if you are requesting euthanasia as a result of significant aggression towards people, we ask that you take your dog to your private veterinarian for that service.  Click here for information on cremation services.


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You don’t have to surrender your pet! Visit getyourpet.com to find your pet a new home. Get Your Pet is an online community that directly connects people who need to give up a pet with people who want to adopt. Pet adoption made easy!