When adopting a dog, the dog will not go home right away. Dogs adopted will be transported to the vet by the dog wardens, and picked up by their new owners a few days later (see schedule below).
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 going home after an adoption.
VETERINARIAN SURGERY SCHEDULE*
Dogs adopted and paid for on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays will be picked up on Saturday and taken to:
Note: Friendship APL will call the new owners to set up a pick up time at their facility.
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.
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.
*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, 2020, dogs purchased from the Kennel will generally cost $80 (plus the cost of an annual one year license fee of $22)
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.