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We encourage everyone to join us in community animal welfare work, and are always on the lookout for new volunteers! If you are interested in getting involved as a volunteer, we would love to hear from you! Please contact us with questions or download an application.

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STEP 1 Stay Connected
1. Sign up for our email enewsletter

2. Fan us on Facebook, if you have a Facebook page. Also invite your friends and family to become a fan of CCLAS

3. Become a member. Membership fees help support our spay and neuter program with the Lakewood Animal Shelter. Download an application or pay via PayPal.

Membership Levels
*Danes only, t-shirt size?

4. Attend our meetings. Members and volunteers are invited to the board meetings at the library every other month. The member meetings are held at the library at 7pm on the first Tuesday in the months of February, April, June, August, October and December. Save the date! (See events to confirm meeting dates and location.)

STEP 2 Furry Friend Promoter
5. Visit our page to see the latest animals for adoption. Print out their adoption profile pages and leave them at your favorite local hot spots and work. Select "Print Friendly" under an adoptable animal's profile picture. Constant promotion of the furry friends helps increase adoptions! We update the listing several times a week.

6. Visit out events page and help promote our up coming events.

STEP 3 Working with the Animals
7. Are you interested in volunteering with the animals such as off-site adoption events and assisting at the shelter on a Saturday? If so, please complete the city of Lakewood's application. It does require a background check and may take up to three months to complete. (The animals are so cute - so don't be discouraged by the delay). See below for more information about shelter volunteer duties. Questions about working with the animals, contact

Shelter work applications are also available at the shelter during adoption hours. Completed applications should be mailed or dropped to the City of Lakewood's Department of Human Services at 12805 Detroit Ave. Lakewood Ohio 44107

8. Are you available to foster a pregnant cat with a litter of kittens? If so, please contact our foster care coordinator at for an CCLAS foster application. It is a 2-month commitments and proper accommodation are necessary. See below for more information about fostering.

STEP 4 Raise Money

9. Throughout the year we need volunteers to help with scheduled fundraisers such as our Hair of the Dog Happy Hour, Dog Wash, and Arts Festival Bake Sale. The best way to get involved is to email or attend the members meeting prior to the event.

STEP 5 Donations
10. CCLAS and the Lakewood Animal Shelter always appreciate donations from the community. Monetary donations go toward our foster care program, veterinarians bills, and our spay and neuter program. Download a form or pay via PayPal.
Donation for Medical Care

11. If you would like to donate supplies to the shelter or start a community drive, here's a list of items always needed. We prefer new unused items, due to storage capabilities.

  • New pooper scooper
  • Unopened pet food (canned and/or dry)
  • Clay cat litter (not the scoopable— it clogs the plumbing at the shelter)
  • Gift Certificatesfor local pet stores for our foster familes
  • Unused pet beds
  • Unused assorted toys (dog & cat)
  • Paper towels
  • Toilet paper
  • Floor cleaner (disinfectant)
  • Dishwasher detergent
  • Laundry detergent
  • Scouring powder (such as Comet, Ajax—generic is fine)
  • Liquid cleaner (such as Pine-sol, Mr. Clean—generic is fine)
  • Bleach
  • 30 gallon garbage bags

And remember that the Shelter can always use towels, sheets, some blankets, pet beds, etc. If you have any questions, call the shelter at (216) 529-5020.

More information about becoming a "Shelter Volunteer"
Personal efforts by people like you help provide our community’s stray cats and dogs with a better quality of life during their confinement and a better chance of finding a new home with a caring, companion family. In addition to participating in our fundraising activities, we also welcome volunteers at the Shelter. Shelter Helpers are dependable persons, 16 years and older, who help the Warden on duty on Saturdays between 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Responsibilities include:
Providing for the physical care of cats and dogs
Cleaning cages and kennels
Grooming the animals
Walking the dogs and socializing the adoptable cats
Maintaining a clean, safe environment to attract visitors and encouraging appropriate pet adoptions to responsible individuals
Safely displaying cats and dogs to visitors
Discussing responsible pet ownership: neutering, vaccinations, identification-tagging
Processing adoption paperwork

If you are interested, please contact us with questions or download an application. Completed applications should be mailed or dropped to the City of Lakewood's Department of Human Services at 12805 Detroit Ave.

More information about becoming a "Foster"
We are in desperate need of families that can foster kittens, or, less often, puppies. On average we need to foster 30-40 animals each year. These animals may be pregnant cats and dogs, mothers and their litters, or orphaned litters. All are in need of a loving home environment until the babies are born, weaned, and of an adoptable age. Food and supplies are provided. If you have room in your home and heart for these litters, please contact us for an application.

Ellie was adopted while in foster care after her spay.



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