** What is the adoption process?
You can meet a dog prior to it’s available date - just know that an owner can still come for it.
1. Choose a dog that best fits your lifestyle and family.
2. Show ID.
3. Pay fee of $66. (This must be given in either cash - OR - 2 checks ONLY.)
4. If already fixed, the dog will leave with you. If not - the dog will stay at LCDK until the next vet run. (More info below on that.)
5. Dogs are adopted out "as is" and may NOT be returned. Owner surrenders are only taken on a case by case basis, as decided by staff.
** Can I pay ahead or fill out paperwork to adopt before the available date?
No. All adoptions are first come, first serve on the available date (no deposits taken to hold a dog).
** What if there's a popular dog with a lot of adopters waiting?
In the case of multiple potential adopters at the same time, a lottery system has been put in place (effective 3/29/17): Potential adopters can begin gathering in the parking lot 10 minutes prior to open. Doors open at 10am - all adopters will be given a ticket and staff will draw a winner. That person must have ID, the fee and be completing paperwork in their own name.
** Will the dog be spayed/ neutered when I adopt?
Yes. Upon adoption, the dog will stay here until the next vet run, get fixed (included in the fee, along with a 2018 license) - and you pick the dog up from one of 2 places after the fix (see below).
Dogs adopted Friday and Saturday: Pick up from Friendship APL in Elyria on Tuesday afternoon.
Dogs adopted Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday: Pick up from Doud’s Veterinary Hospital in Oberlin on Friday afternoon.
day hours Monday Closed Tuesday 10am-6pm Wednesday 10am-6pm Thursday 10am-4:30pm Friday 10am-4:30pm Saturday 10am-4:30pm Sunday Closed