New Cleveland City Kennel opens to the public

(Cuyahoga County) - The City of Cleveland is celebrating the opening of the new $7.3 million state-of-the-art, 15,000-square-foot City Kennel with a grand opening ceremony for the community, which includes public tours.

Officials say the new City Kennel at West 93rd Street and Detroit Avenue is a larger and cleaner space than the former facility on Clark Avenue, and has the latest technology, and medical care. There are areas for dogs to socialize, walk, and play. It's part of the City Dogs program.

Attending today's opening ceremony were Mayor Frank Jackson; City Council President Kevin Kelley; Councilman Matt Zone, Public Safety Director Michael McGrath, supporters from Friends of the Cleveland Kennel, community members and local dog lovers

Members of the public are also invited to visit the kennel throughout opening weekend as building tours are available March 7- March 10. Event attendees can enjoy discounted adoptions, City Dogs merchandise, raffles, multiple opportunities to interact with the dogs and more.

The City Dogs mission is to increase adoptions from the City Kennel by changing the image of the pit bulls who make up the majority of the kennel population, by preparing all adoptable dogs in the kennel for lives in loving homes and by creating as many opportunities as possible for the public to meet and get to know their dogs for the terrific pets they are meant to be.

(Photos by Ken Robinson/WTAM)

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