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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:        $35.00 

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 at (216) 529-5020 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. 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.

Q:        Are Pit Bulls allowed in Lakewood? 

A:        As of May 13, 2018, Lakewood no longer has breed specific legislation – all dogs are welcome in Lakewood. But with that change came a new, rigorous classifications for and restrictions on dogs based on their behavior and bite history.

The new animal ordinance apply to “all dogs” and my be found in revised Chapters 505 and 506 at the Lakewood Codified Ordinances which may be found on the city website at: 

Q:        Are retractable leashes allowed in Lakewood? 

A:        No, as part of the new ordinances which are focused on an owner’s control of their dog, all dogs leashes must now be no more than six (6’) feet in length and may not be retractable. 

Q:        Am I required to have liability insurance for my dog? 

A:        As of September 30, 2018 all dogs owners or individuals harboring a dog must maintain at least $10,000.00 of liability insurance for injury or damage caused by their dog. 

Q:        Do I need to prove or carry my insurance policy with me? 

A:        No. If you are stopped for a violation of Chapter 505 or 506 because of the behavior of your dog or the failure to comply with basic responsible pet ownership requirements outlined in the ordinance, you will be requested to show proof of insurance or provide it within a reasonable time frame. 

Q:        My dog is a service animal. Do I have to have liability insurance?

A:        Yes, all dogs residing in Lakewood must be insured.