The Lakewood Animal Shelter is run by the City of Lakewood.

Animals looking for forever homes

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If you are interested in one of the adoptable animals at the Lakewood Animal Shelter, we suggest calling the shelter directly at 216-529-5020 to verify an animal is still available before visiting. The Lakewood Animal Shelter is run by the City of Lakewood.

What to know

Animals that arrive at the shelter are abandoned or stray animals from the streets of Lakewood. The Lakewood Animal Shelter does NOT accept owner surrendered animals. In order to allow owners time to find and reclaim their lost pets, animals are kept at the shelter for a specified period of time. If an animal is healthy and no one claims them after a reasonable "hold" period, they are put up for adoption. Some dogs are transferred down to the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter.

Adopting a pet is a family commitment; discuss the idea with all family members. If you are a tenant, assure you are allowed pets in your property. The number one reason stated for surrendering a pet is "landlord issues." Consider the financial requirements of properly caring for an animal, including veterinary care, proper feeding, licensing and training.


A $75 adoption fee for cats and a $100 adoption fee for dogs includes:

  • Spay or neutering
  • First vaccinations and de-worming
  • Collar and ID tag
  • A first medical exam

One free medical exam with one of our area veterinary partners will be offered for new adopters who adopt from the Lakewood Animal Shelter. The services offered at VCA Lakewood Animal Hospital and Detroit Dover Animal Hospital include one free exam and one vaccine. Guardians are responsible for post-adoption expenses related to medications, additional vaccines, diagnostics or treatments. An appointment for the free medical exam must be made within one month of adoption and proof of adoption from the Lakewood Animal Shelter is required.


Lakewood Animal Shelter
1299 Metropark Drive, Lakewood, OH 44107
(Just south of Lakewood Dog Park)


New Interim Hours
Monday - Friday: Noon to 4 p.m.
(Closed Saturday and Sunday)

Normal Hours (to resume TBD)
Tuesdays & Thursdays: Noon - 6 p.m.
Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays: Noon – 4 p.m.
(216) 529-5020

Read Lakewood Animal Shelter FAQs



Detroit Dover Animal Hospital

27366 Detroit Rd,
Westlake, OH 44145
(440) 871-5220

VCA Lakewood Animal Hospital

14587 Madison Ave,
Lakewood, OH 44107
(216) 226-0400

Why spay and neuter?

Shelters struggle to support the huge number of accidental litters, strays and family pets brought to their doors every day. Spaying and neutering your pets will help stem this flow. One unspayed dog or cat can have as many as 10 unwanted births in the first breeding season. Every home found for one of your pet’s offspring takes a home away from an animal waiting in a shelter. Animals that have been spayed and neutered are often better behaved and have a calmer personality. Neutered males are less likely to urinate as a form of marking their territory, have less tendencies to roam, and tend to be less aggressive; spayed females do not go into heat, where they urinate frequently and often yowl to attract males. According to a May 2013 USA Today report, neutered male dogs live 18% longer than un-neutered male dogs and spayed female dogs live 23% longer than unspayed female dogs. (source)

Spaying/neutering your pets is good for you, good for your pets, and good for the community. Read why the Humane Society agrees. For more information about spay/neuter consult your veterinarian who is always the best source of information in matters regarding the health of your pet. CCLAS partners with the City of Lakewood to assure all cats are spayed and neutered before adoption and encourages all Lakewood residents that if they have pets, to fix them now!

Need to find a home for your pet?

The Lakewood Animal Shelter does not accept owner surrendered animals.

If you must re-home your pet, you need to make the proper arrangements. You'll need to contact an animal welfare group in order to surrender your pet if you cannot find a home yourself. Most welfare groups are usually full and you need to plan ahead to make sure your pet has the best chance at finding an adoptive home. Try the Cleveland Animal Protective League or the Northeast Ohio SPCA or search for a rescue group in your local area.

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