How to Help the Cleveland APL during the COVID-19 Crisis

In response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and in an effort to further reduce the number of people leaving home and coming to the shelter, the Cleveland Animal Protective League (APL) has suspended adoptions at the shelter—even by appointment—until further notice. The Cleveland APL will still be moving animals into foster homes and encourages anyone interested in helping the organization to care for an animal during these difficult times to reach out to the Foster Team at

“This most recent change is required to remain in compliance with Ohio’s Stay-at-Home Order in our county,” says Sharon Harvey, President & CEO. “While animal shelters are listed as an essential business, the Stay-at-Home Order does not include leaving home to adopt an animal as an essential activity for people or an exception to staying at home. However, leaving home to foster an animal, which is a much shorter and better controlled process, is still considered a lifesaving and essential activity.”

Until further notice, the Cleveland APL’s hours for urgent animal admissions and other essential appointments at the shelter are 11am to 5pm Monday – Saturday. Members of the public are urged not to come to the Cleveland APL unless they have an appointment as the facility is not open to the public at this time.

If you are a Cleveland resident with an urgent pet care need or are in need of food or other supplies for your pet as a result of COVID-19, please contact the Cleveland APL at 216-255-5012 or 216-771-4616 ext. 0 for assistance during the above stated hours.

The Cleveland APL also has been forced to reduce non-urgent animal intake and temporarily suspend other services, such as its Trap-Neuter-Return program for community cats and other spay/neuter or client services. The APL has asked its generous supporters to stop leaving donations of food, supplies, blankets, sheets, linens, and other items at the shelter until further notice. Instead, donations of new items through the APL’s Amazon Wish List will be gratefully accepted.

To make a monetary donation to help the Cleveland APL continue its lifesaving work, please visit