Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, and the Animal Protective League Present the Stray Games!

Homeless animals in Cuyahoga County are breaking out their rainbow gear and training hard in preparation for the Stray Games adoption event! As athletes from around the world visit Cleveland for the Gay Games 9, the Cleveland APL, City of Cleveland Kennel, and Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter are teaming up to help the homeless animals in our care win their gold medals – loving homes!

Cleveland Animal Protective League, City of Cleveland Kennels, and Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter to Host the Stray Games Adoption Event!

The Stray Games Event will be held in conjunction with the opening weekend of the Gay Games at each of the three host shelters on Friday, August 8 through Sunday, August 10. Adoption fees for dogs will be reduced to $50 at all locations (including the license fee) and cat adoption fees at the Cleveland APL will be reduced to $5 for adult cats and $10 for kittens.

“As we welcome talented athletes to our wonderful city for this exciting event, we hope the spirit of unity and acceptance that will be inspired by the GG9 will also open people’s minds and hearts to helping a homeless animal celebrate their ultimate victory – a new home,” shared Cleveland APL President & CEO Sharon Harvey, Cleveland Chief Animal Control Officer Ed Jamison, and Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter Kennel Manager Mindy Naticchioni.

Learn how to adopt a dog from the Cleveland Kennel! 

Help us make history for hundreds of homeless animals by adopting a furry companion during the Stray Games. Also, make sure to follow along and share your posts on Facebook and Twitter during the Stray Games using #CLEStrayGames!

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Locations and Hours:

Cleveland Animal Protective League
1729 Willey Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44113
Hours: Friday 11am-6:30pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday noon-4pm

City of Cleveland Kennels
2690 West 7th Street, Cleveland, OH 44113
Hours: Friday 10am – 6pm, Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday noon – 4pm

Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter
9500 Sweet Valley Drive, Cleveland, OH 44125
Hours: Friday 10:30am – 6pm, Saturday 10:30am – 4:30pm, Sunday noon – 4pm