Community Protection Spay/Neuter Program
at the Lorain County Dog Kennel
The Lorain County Board of Commissioners with the support of the Lorain County Administrator, are proud to introduce a FREE Spay and Neuter Program, through the Lorain County Dog Kennel. This program is mandatory, and we encourage everyone to participate to help control our pet population in a positive manner.
The program will be offered to everyone who adopts a dog from the Dog Kennel. The new owner, upon adoption of a dog, will call our participating veterinarian, Lorain Animal Clinic, to schedule an appointment for this procedure.
Commissioner Ted Kalo offers his thanks for your support of this program. We wish to keep Lorain County a healthy and pet-friendly environment for all.
SPAY/NEUTER PROGRAM OBJECTIVES
In order to protect the community from the dangers of uncontrolled dogs roaming around in search of a mate, to reduce the burdens on law abiding pet owners who have their pet impregnated by an uncontrolled dog and to reduce costs to Lorain County by reducing the overpopulation of animals the Commissioners have adopted a Community Protection Spay and Neuter Program.
As part of this program, all dogs adopted from the Kennel who are healthy enough for surgery will be spayed/neutered prior to adoption.
VETERINARIAN SURGERY SCHEDULE*
Dogs adopted and paid for on Fridays and Saturdays will be picked up on the following Tuesday morning and taken to:
Dogs adopted and paid for on Tuesday, Wednesdays, and Thursdays will be picked up on Fridays of the same week and will taken to:
- Lorain Animal Clinic
4205 Oberlin Ave.
Lorain, OH 44053
Note: New owners can pick up the dog from here on Wednesdays from 9 am to 12 pm, or Thursdays from 9 am to 12 pm, and 3 pm to 6 pm. They do the surgeries from 12 pm to 3 pm.
The practice will provide the new owner with Written Go Home Care Instructions. If your dog is not ready to be picked up the same day of the surgery, the vet’s office will notify you at the number you have listed on sales paperwork at the Kennel.
- 4 Pets Clinic
38391 Chester Road
Avon, OH 44011
Note: New owners can pick up the dog from here on Fridays from 6 pm to 7 pm.
The veterinary practice has the right to refuse or to postpone spay and neuter for any reason. In the event that the dog is not approved for surgery, the veterinarian will notify the Lorain County Dog Warden.
The Medical Director or attending vet may authorize treatment with the medical fund money, may authorize postponing surgery in which case the owner can pick up the dog and receive a voucher to bring the dog back to the veterinary practice for a spay and neuter at a scheduled later date.
*Schedule Changes will occur during Holiday Weeks and the public will be notified by the Kennel Staff on date changes.
DOG LICENSE & OWNERSHIP COSTS
Effective December 1, 2013, dogs purchased from the Kennel will generally cost $50 (plus the cost of an annual one year license fee of $16)
Additional license options are also available. A three year license fee would cost $48, a permanent license fee would cost $160, and a kennel fee would cost $80. All license fees may be paid at the Lorain County Dog Kennel or the Lorain County Auditor (please see the Auditor's Webpage for Dog Licenses).
501C3 APPROVED RESCUE PROVISION
Rescues who provide their 501c3 paperwork and a vet reference will be allowed to pull the dog they choose from the pound and take to any vet of their choice for spay/neuter. This will in part allow out of County Rescues to still pull dogs easily from the Kennel.
These rescues must agree to have their pets spayed or neutered prior to adoption. Any rescue is found to be releasing pets prior to spay or neuter will be denied the benefit of this exception for 501(c)(3) organizations. All 501c paperwork must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to a dog being released to them.