Adoption Info

Thank you for your interest in adopting a Secondhand Mutt! Because we are a 100% volunteer- run organization, our process for finalizing the adoption could take up to a week before you can take a dog home. We know our dogs inside and out and require potential adopters to complete the Adoption Application in advance of visiting our dogs.

ChanceSHM_body_martha2Fill out our application form or request a copy via email by contacting us at Once the application is completed and mailed, faxed to 216-373-4902 or dropped off at our facility in person, we will review it and determine if the dog you are interested in will be a match for your household.  You will hear from once we have received your application. Once we determine you are a suitable candidate for adopting one of our dogs we will contact you to set up a meet-n-greet so you have a chance to meet any of the dogs in our program you like. Should you decide after meeting a dog that you would like to move forward to adopt we will conctact your references.

We rely on volunteers for everything we do, therefore our visiting hours are by appointment only to make sure we have a representative available to assist you. After meeting the dog(s) you can then let us know if you want to proceed with the application process to adopt the dog. We do not hold dogs or give first come first serve privileges. We will contact you regardless of your application being approved or not approved. Our goal is to find the best possible match for our dogs, and the decision process is not always easy for our adoption committee. The process will continue as follows:

  1. Our volunteers will check your veterinary and personal references and follow up with you if there are any unanswered questions or concerns. This can take up to 72 hours, but can move quickly if you notify your personal references that we will be calling. Please be patient and refrain from calling us during the 72 hours.
  2. After references are checked, we will contact you to let you know the status of your application.
  3. If your application is approved, we will set up an adoption time that allows you to spend as much time as possible with your new dog after taking him or her home. Typically adoptions are finalized on Fridays or Saturdays, but exceptions are made.
  4. When you pick up your dog, you will be asked to sign a contract and pay the adoption fee in cash or check payable to Secondhand Mutts. We will provide you with your dog’s medical records along with other informative printed materials.

If you do not see a dog on our current list of adoptables we encourage you to fill out the Mutt-Match form.This form allows us to get to know you and what kind of dog you are looking to adopt. We will then try and find a dog that matches your description and connect you through this program.


Our adoption fees start at $200. The average cost to provide basic healthcare and spay/neuter surgery for a dog exceeds $200.The dogs are also fed 3-5 meals per day in addition to boarding and fostering expenses. In nearly all cases, our adoption fee never covers the actual cost of caring for each dog in our program. In some cases we lower the fees. This may happen when a dog has been returned and we have already collected a fee or if the dog has been in our program for a very long time.

Like most rescue organizations, we operate on a shoestring budget and the costs to shelter, vaccinate, spay/neuter and feed our dogs exceeds the final adoption fee. We count on public and private donations with big thanks or we couldn’t continue our mission. If you would like to make a charitable donation you can do so online through paypal or send a check to: Secondhand Mutts, 2603 Scranton Road, Cleveland, OH 44113. For each dontion we receive we will provide an acknowledgement and tax-deduction receipt.


Ego, Ameican Bull Dog
Adopted: July 2012

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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Meet-Our-Mutts in Chagrin


Saturday, February 24, 2018 Chagrin Pet & Garden Supply 188 Solon Road Chagrin Falls, OH 44022 12:00 to 4:00 pm Join us for an afternoon of pet pampering at Chagrin Pet & Garden Supply. Our volunteers will be chaperoning five lucky dogs to spend the afternoon with the customers and associates of Chagrin Pet  

Dewey’s Pizza School


Sunday, February 25, 2018 Take a class behind the glass PIZZA SCHOOL Come learn to toss and top your own pizza and gain ultimate pizza knowledge from our highly trained experts.  Space is limited, reserve your spot today. Seating available every half hour starting at 11 am. 11 am to 2 pm $25 per person […]

Meet-Our-Mutts in Rocky River


March 3, 2018 19565 Detroit Road Rocky River, OH 44116 12:00-3:00 pm Join us for an afternoon of pet pampering at Pet People. Our volunteers will be chaperoning three lucky dogs to spend the afternoon with the customers and associates of Pet People.




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