Division of Animal Care & Control

Department of Public Safety


The mission of the Cleveland Division of Animal Care and Control is to reduce the number of stray and unwanted animals by enforcing City animal ordinances and connecting residents to low-cost spay & neuter services. 

In addition to helping animals in need, the Cleveland Division of Animal Care & Control (CACC) responds to complaints, enforces ordinances, picks up stray animals, and reunites lost pets with their owners.

The Division also provides resources and assistance to animal owners while making every effort to facilitate positive outcomes for animals in their care.

Kennel Hours


Monday10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Tuesday10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Wednesday10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Thursday10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Friday10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Saturday10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Sunday10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Adopt a Dog

CITY DOGS Cleveland is the adoption and volunteer program for Cleveland Animal Care and Control. Launched in 2014, the mission of CITY DOGS is to increase adoptions from the City kennel by changing the image of the pit bull-type dogs that make up the majority of the kennel population.

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Animal Complaints

The City of Cleveland Animal Control Services responds to calls concerning animal ordinances and provides stray dog pick up.

Call 216-664-3069 to make a complaint or report a concern about a dog’s welfare. Animal Care and Control Officers are on the road and responding to calls from 7:00 am to 9:30 pm daily. 


City Dogs Volunteers

 The Division of Animal Care & Control greatly relies on volunteers through the CITY DOGS Cleveland program to make a difference in the lives of kennel dogs and to help them find homes! 

Volunteer opportunities include walking dogs, distributing tasty treats, fostering, running and hiking with dogs, marketing, adoption counseling, and more. 

To volunteer, call 216-664-3476 or email citydogs@clevelandohio.gov.