Division of Animal Care & Control

Get Involved


CITY DOGS Cleveland welcomes new volunteers! The first step is to attend one of our New Volunteer Orientations hosted monthly via Zoom. During orientation, you will learn more about Cleveland Animal Care and Control and the CITY DOGS program, as well as basic expectations. 

Volunteer opportunities include dog walking, events, fostering, transport, social media and networking, photography, training, and more! 

Email citydogs@city.cleveland.oh.us or call 216.664.3069 for more information about future volunteer opportunities.

To be eligible to volunteer with CITY DOGS, you must:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Be willing/able to commit to at least four (4) hours of volunteering per month once trained
    If handling dogs, be physically capable of handling medium/large dogs with little-to-no assistance
  • Be willing to follow CITY DOGS procedures at all times 
  • Be professional, reliable, open-minded, and able to collaborate with others

Please note: if you are looking to complete court-mandated service hours, you must contact Court Community Service to arrange it.

Donate to CITY DOGS

Monetary Donations

Monetary donations can be made to our non-profit partner, Friends of City Dogs Cleveland (FOCD), a 501 (c)(3), volunteer-run organization. 

The mission of FOCD is to provide the animals taken in by Cleveland Animal Care and Control (CACC) with medical care and enrichment during their time at the kennel, prepare them for adoption into loving homes, and create opportunities for potential adopters to get to know them as the great family members they were meant to be. 

Friends of CITY DOGS Cleveland is CACC’s primary fundraising partner and is the exclusive beneficiary of fundraising efforts. Donations provide financial assistance for daily enrichment opportunities, medical care, and support for the CITY DOGS adoption and volunteer programs. Visit the FOCD website to see all options for donating.

In-Kind Donations

Donations of supplies are also welcome and greatly appreciated! 

We maintain two online wish-lists from which supporters can order items and have them directly mailed to the kennel:

Amazon Wishlist

Chewy Wishlist