Dog adoption in Cleveland: Cleveland animal shelter is overwhelmed

CLEVELAND (WJW) — Instead of being in the usual kennel at the Cleveland Animal Shelter on Detroit Avenue, some of the dogs are being housed in conference rooms because space is so tight.

Over the past few days, Cleveland Animal Control has picked up a large pack of stray dogs from across the city.

“Since Sunday, for the last three days or so, we have had around 50 strays, which is a lot for us and we are already full. It’s a busy time of year. Some of these dogs, a handful have been reunited with their owners or we have found other places that can take them, but most of these dogs are still there,” said adoption coordinator Izzy Esler.

The kennel can comfortably accommodate between 70 and 100 dogs. Right now they have about 150 that need to be taken care of.

Compounding the problem is that the number of people looking to adopt has slowed.

“Coming out of COVID, far fewer people are looking to adopt. They have gone back to work, they are catching up on their holidays, they have to take the children to school. A small change in the consistency of schedules where people had a little more time at home. Esler said.

The shelter says its staff and volunteer corps have really helped with the challenge of caring for and feeding so many dogs.

But the numbers really need to start coming down. There are plenty of dogs out there to adopt and there are also likely plenty of owners looking for their lost best friend.

“Even if your dog goes out, call every day, visit every day, do whatever you have to do. Keep checking our website as we receive new dogs at any time of the day. Esler said.

Esler says the large number of strays also shows the need for a dog to be microchipped. This is the easiest way to get your dog back if it goes missing.

It’s a small cost to avoid a big headache and to make sure your friend gets home.

The shelter is hosting a walk-in adoption event this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at their Detroit Avenue location.

You can find more information here or on the City Dogs Cleveland Facebook page.

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