Adoption Process

  • All dogs will be adopted "as is, with all faults" to the first person interested in the dog on or after the dog's available date.
  • There will be no holding or "dibs" of any kind for anyone except an owner coming to redeem their own dog.
  • In the event that more than 1 person is here for the same dog, there will be a lottery.
  • Once a dog is adopted, they will go to the vet for a mandatory spay or neuter, and the new owner will pick their dog up from the vet a few days later (details at time of adoption).
  • Meet and Greets (with dogs, kids, cats) are highly recommended before the adoption date. Potential adopters can come in anytime prior to the adoption date to do a meet and greet.

Lottery for the Adoption of a Dog

  • People hoping to adopt may start gathering in the parking lot at 9:50 am for the lottery.
  • Doors open at 10 am and anyone here for the same dog will be given a ticket.
  • Participants must be 18 or older and have a valid ID with them, and must be able to pay the full $102 for the adoption at the time of the drawing.
  • Payment is cash or check only: we cannot accept cards. If paying with a check, please have two checks: 1 for $24 to the Lorain County Auditor for the license, and a second for $80 to the Lorain County Treasurer for the sale, totaling $104.
  • Winner of the lottery must be adopting the dog for themselves and therefore do all the paperwork in their own name.