The Cleveland Animal Protective League suspends animal adoptions until further notice

Posted at 8:30 AM, Apr 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-01 08:30:08-04

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Animal Protective League (APL) has suspended adoptions at the shelter, even by appointment, until further notice in an effort to reduce the number of people leaving home to come to the shelter.

The Cleveland APL will still move animals into foster homes and encourages anyone interested in helping the organization to care for an animal during these times is asked to contact the foster team at

“This most recent change is required to remain in compliance with Ohio’s Stay-at-Home Order in our county,” said Sharon Harvey, President and CEO, in a news release. “While animal shelters are listed as an essential business, the Stay-at-Home Order does not include leaving home to adopt an animal as an essential activity for people or an exception to staying at home. However, leaving home to foster an animal, which is a much shorter and better controlled process, is still considered a lifesaving and essential activity.”

Until further notice, the shelter said its hours for urgent animal admissions and other essential appointments at the shelter are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

If you are a Cleveland resident with an urgent pet care need or are in need of food or other supplies for your pet as a result of COVID-19, please contact the Cleveland APL at 216-255-5012 or 216-771-4616 ext. 0 for assistance during the above stated hours.

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