Adopting from the Cleveland APL

I know many of you are pet owners too, or may be considering owning a pet in the future.

As a result I’ve decided I’m going to try to write monthly Lulu-related posts. Having a furry friend is a great way to strike healthy balance in your life so why not talk about it? Today I wanted to share a little bit about our experience with adopting a rescue dog, and specifically for those of you who are local, adopting from the Cleveland Animal Protective League (APL).

Picture Taken the Day We Met Her

Very soon in our search for a dog the husband and I decided we wanted to adopt an adult dog. This was for a few reasons: we didn’t have the time in our schedules to devote to the needs of a puppy, it would be financially less of a burden to adopt than to purchase a dog from a breeder, and lastly, we believed we would help save an animal who may otherwise be homeless, or put down.

When we walked into the Cleveland APL we were greeted and quickly shown to the kennel area by a staff member. Right away we saw Lulu (she had a different name at the time) and knew we wanted to meet her. After expressing interest we were asked to fill out a document with our contact information and answer a few questions about why we wanted a rescue dog and our lifestyle. We then spoke to what I would describe as a “pet case manager.” She discussed whether the dog we were interested in might be a good fit. She then showed us to a private room where we could meet the pup.

We spent a good hour visiting with her, trying to play and figuring out if she would be good for us and us for her. We continued talking with the staff and asking questions. Eventually we decided we would adopt and placed a $20 “down payment.” That would hold the dog until the next day. We came back the next day (now with some dog supplies purchased) and paid the remaining adoption fee, which in this case was about $150 total.

The adoption package includes a number of perks, listed here on the Cleveland APL website. We also received a bag of starter food, a dog ownership book, a collar, basic leash and dog tags. Overall we were very happy with the friendly and helpful staff at the Cleveland APL. They made the adoption process easy and non-intrusive. We could tell they truly care about the needs of each animal and making sure each adoption is a good fit.

Learn more about adopting from the Cleveland APL online, or on Twitter and Facebook.


  1. Susan K. says

    Blessings to you and Lulu. I have now had 4 dogs from the APL, 3 of which were ‘adult’ – ie, 2-3 yrs old.
    They have all been treasures.

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