Cleveland Animal Protective League

1729 Willey Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44113
v 216.771.4616 / f 216.771.2810

The Cleveland Animal Protective League is a nonprofit Humane Society that provides shelter to homeless pets, rescues abused and neglected animals, and promotes compassionate and responsible guardianship.  We are committed to 100 percent placement of adoptable animals.

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Our Pet List

Pet list last updated on an hourly basis,

Incorporated in 1913, the APL is an independent, nonprofit humane society located in the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland.
As a 501(c)(3) agency we are not funded or controlled by any government or national welfare organization.
Our animal shelter, services and programs are made possible through fundraising, donor and foundation support and service fees.
We provide care for approximately 12,000 animals annually – our services include:



Contact our Foster Care Coordinator for current fostering opportunities at 216-377-1635.

We are in desperate need of foster families for both kittens and puppies. Every orphaned kitten or puppy that we can place in a foster home opens and makes available a cage in our shelter to be used for another animal.

Reasons why you should volunteer as a foster parent:

  1. A great opportunity for adults and children to work together.
  2. Hands-on volunteer work that directly impacts the lives of helpless animals.
  3. You incur little or no cost. All necessary materials are provided.
  4. Perfect for people who love pets, without the long-term commitment.
  5. Make a difference in the comfort of your own home.
Foster Care Program Donation Wish List:
Kitten Milk Replacement (KMR) Formula
Puppy Milk Replacement (Esbilac) Formula
Kitten/puppy nursing bottles
Heating pads
Canned food. Prefer premium brands.

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Contact our Volunteer Coordinator directly at 216-377-1627 for our variety of volunteer opportunities.

Whatever the skill and interest level of a volunteer or the degree of social interaction desired, it is likely that the volunteer can find a niche at the APL. Our goal for our volunteer program is to have volunteers able to work in almost every department of the APL. Positions within these departments require skills that range from basic to specialized. Volunteer opportunities are as diverse as the working environment.

Job descriptions of specific volunteer opportunities, the qualifications and any other relevant information can be obtained from the Volunteer Coordinator. You may contact the Volunteer Coordinator if you wish to shift your volunteer responsibilities to include a new program. We are always happy to let you sample a program before you commit to participating.

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Did you know that you can help the APL just by bringing down old blankets and towels that have no use to your household anymore? All of the animals in our facility deserve the comfort of a soft, clean place to rest easy until they find new homes. We are always glad to accept donations from caring members of our community such as:

Caring members of our community such as you can support our cause through general gifts, deferred gifts, or bequests, thereby enabling us to continue our mission – both today and in years to come.


Adoption Fees vary based on an animal’s species, breed, and training.


We welcome all visitors coming to adopt with an informed and friendly staff. We are here to promote the bond between companion animals and people. Please feel free to request educational literature on animal care or to inquire about upcoming educational programs to help promote the loving relationship between you and your pets.

Attention Rabbit Fanciers
If you are considering adopting a rabbit, the Buckeye House Rabbit Society would be happy to answer questions or concerns about proper rabbit care. Visit them online at: Buckeye House Rabbit Society .

Cuyahoga County Dog License
If you are a resident of Cuyahoga County, add the license fee to your dog adoption cost for the purchase of a dog license. All dogs within the County are required to be licensed annually. Dog licenses are available during the Cleveland APL's regular adoption hours. You can also renew a current dog license at the APL. *Please note: If you do not renew before January 31, 2007, the penalty fee is double the license fee. You may also purchase a license online at

Pets for the Elderly
Are You 60 Years of Age or Older?
The Cleveland Animal Protective League and The Pets for the Elderly Foundation invite you to take advantage of up to $50 towards the adoption of a new canine or feline animal companion.
Please ask an associate for details.
We accept Cash, Checks, Visa and Mastercard.
If an animal on this site is of interest, be sure to call first to confirm whether the pet is still in our facility.

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The Cleveland Animal Protective League is a mission-based organization.
We are always looking for dynamic individuals to help us fullfill our mission.

To apply for a position, send your resume to:
Cleveland Animal Protective League, Attn: HR Manager
1729 Willey Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44113
No phone calls please

*The APL requires criminal background checks as part of our application process and conducts pre-employment and random drug testing.


Closed Sundays and Major Holidays
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday -- Open 10-6:30
Wednesday -- Noon-6:30
Saturday -- Open 10:00-6:00

Please note that our Adoption Desk closes one half hour prior to the close of the shelter.

Directions to The Cleveland Animal Protective League:

From the West: Take I-90 East to the West 25th Street Exit (#170A). Continue straight onto Wade Avenue. Turn left onto Scranton Road. Turn left onto Willey Avenue. The APL is located on the left hand side.

From the East: Take I-90 West to the West 14th Street/Abbey Avenue Exit (#171). Take a slight left onto the West 14th Street ramp. Take a slight right onto West 14th Street. Turn right onto Kenilworth Avenue. Kenilworth Avenue becomes Willey Avenue.
The APL is located on the left hand side.

From the South: Take I-71 North to the West 14th Street/Clark Avenue Exit (#247A). Keep left at the fork in the ramp. Turn left onto West 14th Street. Turn left onto Kenilworth Avenue Kenilworth Avenue becomes Willey Avenue. The APL is located on the left hand side.

The Cleveland Animal Protective League
1729 Willey Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44113
A correct up-to-the-hour adoptable animal list can be found at our official website:

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