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Canine Lifeline is an all volunteer 501(c)3 organization with a mission to save adoptable dogs from being euthanized at shelters due to overcrowding or treatable medical conditions such as heartworm.


Canine Lifeline does not have a physical location open to the public. We arrange meet and greets for adopters with approved applications at any of the upcoming adoption events listed below.


PO Box 25742
Garfield Heights, OH 44125




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Adoption Counselors will be on-site to answer any questions you may have. Please note that you must have a pre-approved adoption application before you can adopt one of our dogs. We do not do same day adoptions. Once your application is approved, we will arrange for a meet and greet at one of the upcoming adoption events below. Please see our Adoption Process below to learn more and to download a copy of the adoption application.


Thank you for your interest in adopting a dog from Canine Lifeline! Our dogs are strays that were saved from euthanasia at dog shelters due to shelter overcrowding or treatable medical conditions. We have no history on these dogs and can't guarantee how they will behave in an adopter's home with respect to housetraining, separation anxiety, and interaction with children or cats.

We seek to find the best possible match for each dog based on the dog's needs and the adopter's requirements. To that end, an application must be submitted and approved before you can adopt a dog from Canine Lifeline. We do not do same day adoptions at any of our adoption events. The adoption application is online and can be accessed by clicking the button below.

Once your application has been approved, we will then schedule a meet and greet at one of our upcoming adoption events. At that time you will have a chance to spend time with the dog to see if you think he/she is what you are looking for in a canine companion. If both the prospective adopter and Canine Lifeline feel that the dog is a good match, we will then move forward with the adoption paperwork.

As part of the adoption process, you will be given a two-week trial period. This trial period is intended to give you and the dog time to adjust to the new routine. Going into a new environment can be intimidating for a dog and it takes time for them to acclimate. All adopters must be able to give the dog time to adjust and commit to the full two-week trial period before adopting a dog.

The adoption fee for dogs from 6 months to 6 years of age is $200, puppies younger than 6 months old are $275, and seniors 7 years and over are $125. We accept payment in the form of cash or check only which is submitted at the time the trial period begins. At the end of the trial period, if the dog is not a good match, the dog may be returned to Canine Lifeline for a refund of 1/2 of the adoption fee. No refunds are given after the trial period.

All Canine Lifeline dogs are spayed or neutered, microchipped, up to date on vaccinations including distemper/parvo, bordetella, and rabies, wormed, heartworm tested and current on monthly heartworm preventative, and on flea preventative.

We will respond to your initial inquiry within 24 hours of receipt. If you don't see a response within that time frame, please double check your spam/junk folder.

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Canine Lifeline needs your help in many ways. The shelters are full and we are always in need of caring foster homes so that we can help even more dogs in danger of euthanasia. If you are interested in fostering a dog, please send an email to

Donations of dog food, treats, rawhide chews, blankets, towels, crates, collars/leashes, and Kuranda dog beds are always welcome. If you would like to donate any of these items, please contact us by email.

Many of the dogs that come to us from shelters require veterinary care prior to adoption. Some dogs are heartworm positive and require lifesaving heartworm treatment. Others have injuries that require surgery to repair or ear infections or hair loss that require a trip to the veterinarian. We also provide both heartworm and flea/tick preventative for dogs in our care. All monetary donations to help us help these dogs are greatly appreciated! If you would like to make a donation, please click on the "Donate" button below. Thank you!

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