Strays & Surrenders


If you’ve found a dog, we suggest you contact your local animal warden and surrender the dog for a chance he or she can be reunited with its owner. In most cases, owners are given 3-10 days to claim their pet before it is put up for adoption to the public or a rescue.

If you live in the City of Cleveland, you can report found pets to the City of Cleveland Kennel located at 2690 West 7th Street, Monday through Saturday from 10 AM – 3 PM or call 216-664-3169 to have the dog picked up or to obtain general information. If calling after Kennel hours, please contact the Cleveland police non-emergency line at 216-621-1234 to request a dog warden be dispatched to get the dog.  

If you find a dog outside the City of Cleveland in a community that does not have an animal warden, please call the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter at 216-525-7877. You may also take the dog to the County Kennel located at 9500 Sweet Valley Drive in Valley View.


Although we would like to help all dogs, we can rarely accept owner-surrender dogs into our program. If you need to surrender a dog, please contact your local humane society or animal shelter. You can also contact the Cleveland Animal Protective League at 216-771-4616 to set up an appointment to surrender your pet. If you live in the City of Cleveland, you can surrender your pet to the City of Cleveland Kennel located at 2690 West 7th Street Monday through Saturday from 10 AM – 3 PM. We highly discourage surrendering any pitbull or pitbull mixes to the City of Cleveland Kennel because they are often the first breed of dogs to be euthanized and they often have the least chance of being rescued.

Our Adoptables Are
  • Socialized in a cage-free dog daycare environment
  • Dog-Friendly
  • Cat Tested (upon request)
  • Fostered in real homes
  • Spayed or Neutered
  • Temperament tested
  • Veterinary Health Checked
  • Fully Vaccinated
  • Distemper Vaccinated
  • Rabies Vaccinated
  • Bordetella Vaccinated
  • Heartworm Tested
  • Microchipped
  • Flea Preventative
  • Heartworm Preventative
  • Groomed prior to adoption

Services provided by
Gateway Animal Clinic

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