FILL OUT AN ADOPTION APPLICATION ONLINE. Click on the tab “Adoption”. If you don’t have a computer, please go to your local library or call PAWS at 440-442 -7297, and ask that a blank dog or cat adoption application be sent to you. Adoption fees are also listed under this heading.
You can also go to PetSmart stores in Parma and Mayfield Hts to see some of our cats and kittens. We have paper applications available in the adoption centers even if you don’t see a particular cat that you are interested in.
WHAT DO I DO ABOUT A PET I CANNOT KEEP?
WE DO NOT FOSTER HOME-OWNED ANIMALS.
There are some exceptions to the rule about home-owned pets entering our foster system. In VERY RARE cases, we go above and beyond to help a very sick person or even someone who has passed away and left animals behind.
Check with friends, family, neighbors, or business associates to see if someone will adopt the pet. You can also place an ad in the paper. Be sure to ask for an adoption fee to offset your cost of getting the animal spayed and neutered prior to adoption.
For a small donation of $10.00 you may choose to place a classified ad on our website. The animal must be spayed or neutered, vet checked (tested and vaccinated), and socialized before we can accept it. You need to send us all the info about the pet such as age, sex, breed, description, disposition, whether the animal gets along with other dogs/cats, children, what kind of home it needs, etc. – anything that might be helpful to someone wanting to adopt. Send this along with digital pictures to email@example.com.
At the beginning of the info, put ‘Pet for Web site’. At the end give name, address, phone #. NOTE: Your name and phone # will not be included in the ad. If someone is interested in adopting the animal, we will have the potential adopter call you. You can check the pet list on our Web site: pawsohio.org, to see how ads are written, if you wish. If the caller does not have e-mail, ask them to involve a family member or friend to help forward the picture and information to PAWS. Donation should be sent to P.O. Box address (P.O. Box 24651, Cleveland 44124). Note: please be brief, honest, and on point with the description for the website. One photo will be used as a lead for the posting, and a few others will be accessible via a link.
WHAT CAN I DO IF I HAVE ALLERGIES TO MY DOG?
There are a number of products now available in pet stores for cutting down on the
dander that causes allergies.
Try the following:
- vacuum thoroughly
- groom dog outside
- bathe dog with an allergy-free shampoo
WHAT CAN I DO IF I’M IN A “No Pets Allowed” SITUATION:
Offer the landlord a pet deposit.
Ask the landlord if someone from PAWS could talk to him to try to keep the owner and pet together.
Call your area PETsMART to see when they have scheduled another vaccine clinic
– offers affordable Vaccinations & Health Care for Dogs & Cats 4th Sunday of the Month from noon to 3:00pm – No appointment necessary
Pets Guard in Cuyahoga Falls 330-849-0635
If the person is in dire need, Valley Save-a-Pet may be able to help. 440-232-9124 has low cost vaccinations and vaccination packages available.
Spay and Neuter Clinic: Fulton Plaza near Memphis 216-398-1081 or 216-398-1279
Cleveland APL: $10. to spay/neuter free roaming cats in Cleveland for city residents
Friends of Animals: 800-321-7387 www.friendsofanimals.org
Gateway Animal Clinic,
1502 Abbey Ave. (near west side), Cleveland, 216-771-4414. An office call is $36, exam/vaccines including rabies $63. Feline leukemia/aids test $42. Costs may be higher now. Gateway also has a non-profit fund called Project Noah, established to help with vet care for animals dumped on the street or animals or their owners who are victims of domestic violence. Special needs cases such as someone with a seeing eye dog needing vet care may be considered. Each case is taken individually and has to go before the board of the project. If you meet these criteria, call Claudette at Gateway.
Possibly Broadway Animal Clinic may have lower-cost vet care – 440-232-1764.
Spay and Neuter Clinic
for low-cost s/n – 4225 Fulton Rd. around the corner from Memphis 216-398-1081 or 216-398-1279
You can also ask your veterinarian if he or she will let the caller work out a payment plan. If yours is a specific breed of dog, contact the National Club for the breed. In some cases, these clubs offer a vet financial assitance fund. You can then ask your vet to submit an assistance request to the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) “Helping Pets Fund”. In order to qualify, the caller’s animal hospital must be AAHA-accredited.
Go to your vet to make sure your cat does not have a bladder infection. This is very common and very treatable with antibiotics. If the cat has a bladder infection, it will experience pain, pressure and discomfort and will try and squeeze out urine. We have had numerous success stories of cats not urinating completely or at all in the litter box, and when the vet discovers a bladder infection and the cat is treated, the cat begins to use the litter box again.
If the cat is having bowel movements outside the litter box, clean more often and/or purchase a larger litter box.
After your cat to is checked for urinary tract infection and the cat is spayed/neutered, you can try a new litter “Cat Attract”. It has been used successfully to get a cat back to the litter pan. It’s a little more expensive than regular litters, and available at PetSmart. Check the website: www.preciouscat.com for info on Cat Attract and other ways to encourage litter box use including using only 1-2 inches of litter in pan and putting pan in a more private area. We find many people who adopt kittens buy the small size box and keep it forever. Cats are very clean and picky and they do not want to walk in their waste. As they grow and get bigger, it is too difficult for them to navigate in the small box without stepping on their own feces. Also suggest confinement for a period of 2-3 weeks in a small area like a bathroom, or small bedroom. This will re-train the cat to use the litter box.
WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT DOG BEHAVIOR ISSUES:
Call PAWS for the names of several trainer/behaviorists who work with us.
Check with your local police, animal wardens, shelters, vet offices and animal hospitals. Be sure to include neighboring municipalities, in case the dog or cat wandered from your city. Check newspaper ads. If the dog or cat is not found within 24 hours, place your own ad. You can distribute flyers (with photo if possible) offering a reward. Leave food outside in case your pet comes home.
In some instances, certain communities do not have their own animal warden and subcontract to an animal warden service. Be sure to ask the local police department if their community subcontracts, and to whom, so that the subcontracting facility can be contacted.
You may also write to firstname.lastname@example.org and ask her to send out a “Lost Pet” notice to cross post, saying where the animal was last seen, when it went missing, giving a description (picture if possible) and any other pertinent information.
The same rules apply as in the lost animal guideline above. You should check with local police departments, animal wardens, shelters, vet offices, animal hospitals and neighboring municipalities to see if someone is looking for your stray. Also check newspaper ads to determine if anyone is looking for a dog/cat that matches the description of the stray. Pay attention to any tags, collars or unusual markings that might help identify the specific animal. If the dog or cat looks like a pure breed, search on the Web for pure breed rescues, specifically that breed. PAWS also has a list of pure breed rescues.
WHAT DO I DO ABOUT THE FERAL CAT IN MY BACKYARD?
At this time PAWS does not have a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program EXCEPT IN THE SLAVIC VILLAGE AREA. This is an area that requires several volunteers dedicated to only TNR. PAWS is a foster home rescue.
When you feed a feral cat, we say “to feed is to breed”. Ideally, they should be trapped, spayed/neutered, given rabies shots and then released. The APL now has a TNR program, geared to Cuyahoga County, but they might consider someone from outside the county. The person in charge is Marta Anderson at 216-377-1624. She is available from 11:00 on Tues. through Sat. There is a minimal charge for borrowing a trap, except for $1.00 per day while the person has the trap. Marta will show someone how to use the have a heart trap, and make an appt. for spay/neuter, etc. This program has an extremely reasonable price to S/N a cat – $10.00 for Cuyahoga Co residents- which includes FVRCP, rabies and ear tipping.
IF THE CALLER LIVES IN SLAVIC VILLAGE (zip code 44105) PAWS HAS BEEN GIVEN A $20,000 GRANT FOR S/N FOR THE VILLAGE, AND COST TO THE CALLER IS NOTHING.
After altering, you can re-release the next day. The traps should be lined with newspaper to collect waste. When the trap door is opened, they will scamper to the back, allowing you to leave food and water. When you release, provide some shelter, i.e. large covered Rubbermaid type box, hole cut in one end for cats to get in and out, line the box with styrofoam (all four sides and bottom and top) for insulation, place straw or shredded newspaper in the box that they can lie on, and then this can be replaced. For other ideas, go to AlleyCatAllies.org.
Unless the ferals are kittens, the chances of socializing them are poor. At best, it would be on a one-on-one basis, and you would probably be the only one they would respond to, so you would have to be prepared to adopt, if the cat is taken inside.
At the end of FAQ’s, you will find a list of shelters and rescues, which is a great resource if PAWS does not have an available foster for your cat. The APL does not do adoptable or friendly cats/kittens for the public. The APL only does spaying and neutering of friendly cats/kittens through non profit organizations. If you live outside of Cuyahoga Co, please check with local vets and animal rescue groups to find spaying and neutering of feral cats/kittens at a reduced rate.
WHAT DO I DO ABOUT A DOG RUNNING LOOSE IN THE CITY OF CLEVELAND?
If the dog is not injured, and within the county, please refer them to the county kennel at 9500 Sweet Valley Dr, Valley View, Ohio. Phone number is 216-525-7877. Give all the information. If the dog is injured, contact the county, and the City Kennel, to see if they will pick up the dog. If these facilities won’t pick up the dog, call the APL Humane Investigations Dept. at 216-771-4616, x130. Leave messages at all three. The City Kennel closes at 3pm, and Cuyahoga County Kennel and APL close about 5 or 5:30pm. You can leave a message, and then try police in area. If you don’t know which police station, call any one and ask what precinct the area would be.
DO YOU TAKE IN PITS, CHOWS & ROTS?
PAWS may consider fostering these breeds on a case-by-case basis, if space available.
Check for pure breed rescues ... See below
Erie Shores Human Society –
Love-a-Stray – 440 933 6326 –
Marilyn’s Voice –
Ohio Mason Animal Rescue of Oh. –
Pet Society – 216 466 3946
Save Ohio Strays – 440 567 3585
Sanctuary for Senior Dogs – 216 485 9233 –
To The Rescue Save Pets, Inc. – 440 842 7301
Valley Save-A-Pet – 440 232 9124
SHELTERS & RESCUES BY CITIES IN OHIO
One of a Kind Pet Rescue – Akron – 330 865 6200
Second Chance Animal Rescue – Austintown
Fido’s Companion Res. – email@example.com
Love-A-Stray – Avon
kunk Haven Rescue, Shelter & Education, Inv. – Avon Lake
Clermont County Humane Society – Batavia
Purebred Rescue Organization of Ohio, Inc. – Bellbrook (Dogs Only)
Littlest Angels Pet Sanctuary – Bellevue
Berea Animal Rescue – Berea – 440.234.2034 -
Sugar Bear Dog and Cat Rescue – Blue Creek
Brooklyn Animal Shelter – Brooklyn
Williams County Humane Society – Bryan
Friends For Life Animal Haven – Canal Winchester
WolfSpirit’s Animal Shelter – Canton
Animal Protection League of Mercer County – Celina
Geauga Animal Shelter – Chardon
Circle Tail, Inc. – Cincinnati (Dogs Only)
Homeless Animal Rescue Team of Cincinnati, Inc. – HART – Cincinnati
League For Animal Welfare – Cincinnati
Save Our Strays – Cincinnati
Underdogs Utterly Unconventional Rescue – Cincinnati
ARS Pets – Cleveland
Cleveland Animal Protective League– Cleveland – Admissions: 216 771 8825
Adoptions: 216.771.4616/Spay-Neuter: 216.377.1624
Cuyahoga County Kennel – Cleveland (Dogs Only) – 216 525 4817
Golden Retrievers In Need (GRIN) – Cleveland
Husky Havoc RRT – Cleveland (northern breed dog rescue)
PAWS Ohio – Cleveland – 440 442 PAWS
Brown Bar Motel – Columbia – part of the StarLight Assistance Animal
Academy & Training Center
Capital Area Humane Society – Columbus
Cat Welfare Association – Columbus (Cats Only)
Columbus Dog Connection – Columbus (Dogs Only)
Franklin County Animal Control – Columbus (Dogs Only)
Pet Promise – Columbus
Pets Without Parents – Columbus
Wild Rescue of Southeastern Ohio – Crooksville
Pet Guards Shelter – Cuyahoga
Humane Society of Greater Dayton – Dayton
Humane Society of Delaware County - Delaware
Hounds’ Haven Inc. – Dillonvale (Dogs Only)
Humane Society of Preble County – Eaton
Feather and Fur Rescue – El Reno
Angels for Animals Rescue League – Elida
Friendship Animal Protective League – Elyria
Ohio Pet Placement Found. – Elyria
Humane Society of Sandusky County, Inc. – Fremont
Society for the Protection of Animals – Fremont
Canine Lifeline, Inc. – Garfield Hts. – www.caninelifeline.org
Angels for Animals – Greenford
Animal Adoption Foundation – Hamilton
A Journey Home Animal Refuge, Inc. – Hillsboro
Highland County Humane Society – Hillsboro
Lawrence County Humane Society – Ironton
Robyn’s Nest, Inc. – Kettering
SICSA – Kettering
All Dogs Heaven – Lakewood – firstname.lastname@example.org
Lakewood Animal Shelter – Lakewood
The Feline Haven – Lakewood
Fairfield Area Humane Society – Lancaster
Forgotten-4 Paws – Lancaster
Whiskers Animal Welfare And Education, Inc. – Lancaster
Warren County Humane Association - Lebanon
Humane Society of Allen County – Lima
Humane Society Of Madison County – London
Lorain County SPCA – Lorain – 440 233 6771 – SPCA@Windstream.net
Humane Society of the Ohio Valley – Marietta
Union County Humane Society – Marysville
Toledo Area Humane Society – Maumee
Medina County SPCA – Medina – email@example.com
Middleburg Heights Animal Foundation – Middleburg Heights – 440 829 4366
or 440 239 1961
Knox County Humane Society – Mt. Vernon
Animal House Rescue – Neapolis
One More Chance Rescue And Adoption – New Carlisle
Stay-A-While Cat Shelter – North Royalton (Cats Only)
Forever Friends Foundation – Northfield
O’Byronville Animal Rescue – O’Byronville (Cats Only)
H.O.P.E. Horse Rescue – Olmsted TWP (Horses Only)
One Tail at a Time Rescue – Orrville
Starfish Animal Rescue – Parma
Humane Society of Greater Akron – Peninsula
Cozy Cat Cottage Adoption Center – Powell
Poundhounds Adoption Welfare Society – Powell (Dogs Only)
Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary, Inc. – Ravenna
Portage Animal Protective League – Ravenna – 330 296 4022
Rose’s Rescue – Rootstown – firstname.lastname@example.org
AlterPet – Sharon Center
Belmont County Animal Shelter – St. Clairsville
Jefferson County Humane Society – Steubenville
Planned Pethood – Swanton
The Perennial Cat Shelter – Thurman (Cats Only)
Maumee Valley Save-A-Pet – Toledo
Paws and Whiskers Cat Shelter – Toledo
Toledo Animal Shelter – Toledo
Humane Society of Greater Akron – Twinsburg – 330 487 0333 ext. 223
Saint Francis Animal Sanctuary – Vermilion
S.A.N.D. Rescue – Versailles
Arrowhead Reptile Rescue – Wester Chester (Reptiles Only)
Citizens For Humane Action – Westerville
Sacred Hearts Animal Rescue – Winchester
Humane Society of Monroe County – Woodsfield
Wayne County Humane Society – Wooster
D.O.G.S.S. – Youngstown (Dogs Only)
BREW Midwest Beagle Rescue –
Coast to Coast Dachshund Rescue – 330 479 7297
Cute & Cuddly Siamese Rescue – 216 739 0705
Freedom Greyhound Rescue – 330 940 2109 or 877 504 7397
Heart of Ohio Great Pyrenees Res. – 330 895 4533 or 330 769 3393
Husky Havoc – 440 785 6694
Internet Miniature Pinscher Serv. – email@example.com,
Irish Setter Club of Ohio Res. – 330 864 6880 or 440 238 9507
Japanese Chin Care & Res. – 440 840 3100 –
Midwest Akita Res. Soc. – firstname.lastname@example.org
NBRAN – Nat’l. Brittany Rescue – 330 673 2702 or 440884 4996
North Coast Bernese Mountain Dog Club – email@example.com
Northcoast Greyhound Connection – 1 877 GCGC-DOG –
Northeast Ohio Collie Rescue – 216 625 3647
Northeast Ohio Shetland Sheepdog Res. – firstname.lastname@example.org
Ohio Basset Rescue, Inc. – email@example.com
Second Chance Dalmatian Rescue – 614 313 4848 –
SOAR-Starting Over Airedale Res. – 216 251 6684
Southern Star Min Pin Rescue – 330 208 2209 –
Team Greyhound Adoption of Ohio – 877 TGA-OHIO – 440 234 3539
BREED RESCUES BY CITIES
All Breed Puppy Rescue – Akron
Golden Treasures Golden Retriever Res. – Bath – 440 238 2457 or 330 659 2202
Harlequin Haven Great Dane-Saint Bernard Rescue – Bethel
CODA – Cleve. Dog Advocates – Brooklyn – firstname.lastname@example.org
Second Chances Dal Rescue – Canal Winchester
Greyhound Adoption of Ohio – Chagrin Falls – 440 543 6256 or 800 269 1148
Dachshund Rescue of N. Am. – 330 499 2183 or 440 729 3251 – N. Canton
Bark Ark Bully Rescue – Cincinnati
Schnauzer Rescue Cincinnati and Florida – Cincinnati
Mostly Hounds Rescue – Clayton (Dogs Only)
For the Love of PITS – 216 214 1149 –
email@example.com – Cleve.
Golden Retrievers In Need
– 216 556 GRIN
Lighthouse Boxer Rescue – Cleveland – 216 749 2423 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Ohio Greyhound Placement, Inc. – Cleveland
Midwest Boston Terrier Rescue – Columbus –
SK9 Scottish Terrier Rescue – Columbus
Great Dane Rescue of Ohio, Inc. – Dayton
Golden Retriever Rescue Resource, Inc. – Delta
Almost Home Dog Rescue of Ohio – Dublin – Focusing on the Collie Breed
Central Ohio Westie Rescue – Gahanna
Tender Loving Canine Rescue – Grove City – Specializing in the American
National Brittany Rescue – Kent
Corgi Rescue Services – London
Cherished Cockers Rescue – Mentor – 440.209.8813
Miami Valley Gordon Setter Rescue – Miami Valley – 216 267 9128
NE Ohio Greyhound Rescue, Inc. – Perry – 440 259 0049- email@example.com
R.E.A.L. Rott Res. – 440 567 5236 or 440 567 5228 – Polk
Geauga Humane Soc.’s Rescue Village – Russell Twp. – 440 338 4819
Ohio Pug Rescue – Statewide – firstname.lastname@example.org
Shar Pei Savers – Statewide – email@example.com
German Shorthaired Pointer Care of Ohio Rescue – Streetsboro– 330 626 4234
Great Lakes Mastiff Rescue – West Branch
Happy Tails Veterinarian Discount Network – Bellevue
A-Parrot to A-Flamingo, Inc., Parrot Rescue – Brecksville (Birds Only)
Columbus Pet Rentals – Columbus
Jo Ann’s Foster Animals – Columbus
Humane Society of Columbiana County – Salem
HerpHaven Reptile Rescue – Sandusky (Reptiles Only)
A.D.O.P.T. Pet Rescue – Westerville (Foster Network)Minerva’s Den Reptile and Exotic Rescue
Voice For Horses Rescue League –
Wild Rescue One – Central Ohio Area – created to rescue and rehabilitate
native, exotic and domestic animals, to be an educational resource, and to
help those owning exotic and domestic pets.
Penitentiary Glen Wildlife Center- 440-256-1404
Chatham Wildlife Rehabilitation Center- 330-667-2915
Lake Erie Nature Center, Cleveland Metroparks- 440-871-2900
Natures Nursery- 419-877-0060
Ohio Division of Wildlife-resources for NE Ohio- 330-644-2293
Ohio Wildlife Rehabilitators’ Assn http://www.owra.org
National Rescue Group (Medina) 330-722-1627 (Dottie)
NorthCoast Bird Adoption and Rehab (Aurora) 330-562-6999
Bird Placement Program 216-749-3643 (may be area code 440)
Birds of Prey (Medina) 330-667-2386
Parrot Hope Sanctuary 330-421-0106
A-Parrot to A-Flamingo, Inc., Parrot Rescue – Brecksville (Birds Only)
Parrot Education & Adoption Center – Solon
The Bird Nerds – Akron (Birds Only)
Buckeye House Rabbit Society 330-484-8416
Homeless Hares 330-833-2856
Kathy Uufertz, wild rabbits, rehab 330-625-4432
Buckeye House Rabbit Society – An all-volunteer, non-profit organization
rescues abandoned rabbits and educates the public about rabbit care.
Skunk Haven 440.327.4349 http://www.skunkhaven.net/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Emergency Veterinarian for Exotics including Rabbits, Birds
Ferrets, pocket pets, fish, reptiles
Metropolitan Veterinary Referral Group
1053 South Cleveland-Massilon Road
Akron, OH 44321
330.666.2976, open 24 hours.
The Web site www.metropolitanvet.com/find us.htm gives direction