Lend a Paw

Do you have a love for animals in need? Experience taking care of kittens or animals with special needs? There are many ways to support the homeless animals in Lakewood.

Volunteering at the shelter

Personal efforts by people like you help provide our community’s stray cats and dogs a better quality of life during their time at the shelter. The shelter offers volunteer opportunities for dependable persons, 16 years and older. Volunteers are assigned to help the Animal Control Officers on Saturdays between 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Responsibilities

  • Providing for the physical care of cats and dogs
  • Cleaning cages and kennels
  • Grooming the animals
  • Cleaning cages and kennels
  • Maintaining Adoption Areas
  • Walking the dogs and socializing the adoptable cats

If you are interested, please contact us with questions or download an application. Completed applications should be mailed or dropped to:

City of Lakewood's Department of Human Services12805 Detroit Ave.
Lakewood, Ohio 44107

Due to the fact that the shelter is a city run operation, a background check is also required.

Supplying the Shelter

Don’t have time to volunteer but want to help the animals in need at the shelter? Below is a list of items that the Animal Control Officers are always in need of to help care for the homeless animals at the shelter. New or unused items are preferred.

OUR AMAZON SHELTER WISHLIST
  • Dry and Canned Kitten Food (Fancy Feast or Wellness brands)
  • New pooper scooper
  • Unopened pet food (canned and/or dry)
  • Clay cat litter (not the scoopable— it clogs the plumbing at the shelter)
  • Gift certificate for local pet stores
  • Unused assorted toys (dog and cat)
  • Paper towels
  • Floor cleaner (disinfectant)
  • Dishwasher detergent
  • Powdered laundry detergent
  • Scouring powder (such as Comet, Ajax—generic is fine)
  • Liquid cleaner (such as Pine-sol, Mr. Clean—generic is fine)
  • 30 gallon garbage bags

Personal efforts by people like you help provide our community’s stray cats and dogs a better quality of life during their time at the shelter. The shelter offers volunteer opportunities for dependable persons, 16 years and older. Volunteers are assigned to help the Animal Control Officers on Saturdays between 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Join the team!

Throughout the year we need volunteers to help with scheduled fundraisers such as our Hair of the Dog Happy Hour, Lakewood Summer Meltdown, and Arts Festival Bake Sale. The best way to get involved is to email to find out what opportunities are available and when our next member meeting will be held.

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Become a foster

We would love to add you to our foster care netowork! During primarily the spring and summer months, we work with the Animal Control Officers to place animals (primarily cats and kittens) in foster homes when they are newly born, ill, or in need of special attention. On average we place 30-40 animals a year in foster care. Food and supplies are provided. If you have room in your home and heart for these litters, please fill out our foster application.

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Volunteer Forms

Volunteer Form

Foster Form

Lend a paw to animals in need!