Our Mission

The Cleveland APL has been Making Happily Ever Afters Since 1913
The Cleveland Animal Protective League’s mission is to foster compassion and end animal suffering. Incorporated in 1913, we are an independent, nonprofit humane society located in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood.

As a 501(c)(3) agency, we are not funded or controlled by any government or national animal welfare organization. Our animal shelter, services, and programs are made available through fundraising, donations, foundation and corporate support, and service fees.

We are committed to 100 percent placement of adoptable animals and envision a time when every friendly, healthy, homeless animal in our community can be cared for until a new family is found.

The Cleveland APL provides shelter to homeless animals relinquished by their guardians, animals that are rescued from abuse or neglect, and stray or abandoned cats. Stop in and visit the many animals we help and have av

Adoption Policy

Adopt from the Cleveland APL
At the Cleveland APL, there is an opportunity to make happily ever afters for animals in need every day. We have lots of dogs, cats, and small mammals that are waiting for their forever homes.

Over 6,400 animals were adopted in 2014!

If you are ready to add a “furry friend” to your family, a good first step would be to check out information about adopting and animal our adoptions process at the Cleveland APL.


Adopting from the APL
First Things First!

If you are considering adopting an animal, we recommend some preliminary steps:

    Discuss adopting a pet with all members of the family.

    Consider the financial requirements of properly caring for an animal.

    If you are a tenant, obtain your landlord’s permission to bring an animal onto the property. The number one reason cited for pet surrender is landlord issue

Recommended Pets

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