The Lucas County Dog Warden handles stray and homeless dogs and enforces dog laws in Lucas County, which is in northwest Ohio, including the City of Toledo. We handle about 300 dogs monthly. We have a staff of 20 people, including seven Deputy Dog Wardens (the equivalent of animal control officers), three office staff, seven kennel staff and three management positions. We do not receive money from the County general fund. Our department is funded primarily through the purchase of dog licenses. You dog license purchase not only helps us care for homeless and stray dogs, protect the community from loose and dangerous dogs, and help reunite dogs and their owners, but also ensures that your licensed dog will receive a ride home if found running at large and will be held at our facility if we cannot locate you immediately for a period of 14 business days for you to claim him.
We are now microchipping all of our adopted dogs. This is a great permanent form of identification for your pets.
Adopting a friend
We don't always have the time to put all of our adoptable dogs on the web site, but we do our best to keep current. To be sure you see all of our adoptable friends, please stop by during our open hours and take a look.
Come and visit and have a romp with the dog you are interested in. The dogs will love it, and you might find a friend!!!
Many of the dogs we have up for adoption came to us as strays, so we have little background to share with you. Some, however, were turned in by their owners and we will be glad to share any information we have about these dogs. All dogs up for adoption have had their behavior evaluated with the SAFER assessment to screen dogs for potential for future aggression. While we want to rehome as many dogs as possible, the safety of our community and adopters is paramount and we will not place dogs we believe to be dangerous back into the public.
The current adoption fee is $100 and includes the following: spay/neuter, initial vaccines (rabies, dhlpp and bordetella), initial worming, behavior evaluation, and registered microchip. All adopters must also purchase a license, at the cost of $25.
When you come to meet a potential new dog, please feel free to bring any dogs you currently have to make sure all four legged family members will get along. We also encourage all family members to be present and meet the dog.
The dogs and staff greatly appreciate any donations that help us improve the level of care we are able to provide. Items that are always in need include bedding (towels, blankets, dog beds), newspapers, dog toys and bones, canned dog food, paper towels, laundry soap, and collars and leashes (used are welcome as long as they are in good working condition). We can also accept monetary donations if you prefer to help in that way. Furthermore, we are always looking to recruit more volunteers. If interested please visit the county website to fill out an application or stop down and fill one out in person.
We regularly schedule off site adoption events - please check our Facebook page
Lucas County Dog Warden for the current locations, times and dates.