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Animal Control FAQs

Q:        What are the hours for Animal Shelter and where is it located?

A: The Shelter is open on Tuesday and Thursday from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM, and Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 12:00 PM to 4:00PM. The shelter is located at 1299 Metropark Drive, Lakewood.

Q:        How much does it cost to adopt an animal?

A:        $35 

Q:        I have an animal I can no longer keep, can I bring it to you?

A: The Lakewood Animal Shelter only takes in stray animals found in the City of Lakewood. We are a small shelter and just do not have the space for a large volume of animals.

Q:        Where can I take my animal I can no longer keep?

A: There is a website at, where you can find a listing of local animal shelters, and other links for rescue groups.

Q:        What can I do if I have an after-hours emergency?  

A: Some situations may not constitute an emergency. Contact the Lakewood Police Department at (216) 521-6773, and they can advise or call in an Animal Control Officer if necessary.

Q:        Is the Lakewood Animal Shelter a no-kill shelter?

A: A no-kill shelter is defined as a shelter that guarantees if an animal is not adopted it will not be euthanized. At the Lakewood Animal Shelter all dogs not claimed or adopted are transferred to the Cuyahoga County Kennel. All cats not claimed or adopted are euthanized.

Q:        I am having a stray cat problem in my neighborhood, can I borrow a trap from you?

A: The Lakewood Animal Shelter and animal control do not lend traps for cats. However, if you rent or buy a trap, we will pick up from you. Call the shelter for available hours.

Q:        I would like to raise backyard chickens. Is this allowed in Lakewood? 

A: Yes, Lakewood has a backyard hen program. Section 505.18(e) of the Lakewood Codified Ordinances addresses the backyard hen program. Over time, there are 50 permits allowed in Lakewood. For an application and more information go at the following link:

For additional questions contact the Mayor’s Office at 216-529-6600.