About Us

Citizens Committee for the Lakewood Animal Shelter, supports the city run Lakewood Animal Shelter as a separate, not-for-profit organization.

Aid, Improve, Protect, Advocate

The underlying mission of CCLAS is to improve and protect the lives of Lakewood's pet population. By providing financial and volunteer resources to the Lakewood Animal Shelter, CCLAS aids in the adoption of abandoned animals including, but not limited to, cats and dogs. CCLAS also supports the well being of animals during their stay at the shelter. Through foster and spay/neuter programs, fundraising, and adoption events, CCLAS interacts with the Lakewood community to promote education and advocacy regarding the shelter and responsible pet ownership.

Over thirty five years ago, Lakewood did not have a shelter, so the original "citizens" got together to petition the City of Lakewood to provide a place for stray, abandoned, and neglected animals, and raised the funds necessary to open the shelter. In 1984, CCLAS registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. CCLAS works side-by- side with the city and shelter staff to increase the health and well-being of the homeless animals at the shelter. CCLAS is organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes.

How we support


Each year we help to find new families for hundreds of homeless, rehabilitated animals giving them a second chance at happiness!


CCLAS assists with the costs of spay and neuter surgeries for each animal that is adopted from the Lakewood Animal shelter.


CCLAS helps supply vet care for the orphaned, abandoned, sick and injured animals that arrive at the Lakewood Animal Shelter every year.


Throughout the year we fundraisers such as our Hair of the Dog Happy Hour, Lakewood Summer Meltdown, and Arts Festival Bake Sale. One of the most fun ways to support is to come out and enjoy!


100% of donations support animals in need

We use donated funds in four key ways to support the shelter. Medical expenses to support any animal that is sick or injured and in need of medical attention. Ensuring every animal leaves the shelter spayed or neutered (in partnership with the APL) to help curb the pet population. Supporting a foster network for animals in need of extra medical attention or newly born litters. Providing supplies, vaccinations, medications to support the health and wellbeing of the animals during their stay at the shelter

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