City of Cleveland Breaks Ground on New Kennel

Mayor Frank G. Jackson hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the City of Cleveland’s new state-of-the-art kennel.

The $6 million facility will house the Division of Animal Care & Control and provide a new home for the popular “City Dogs” Adoption Program. The kennel and expanded staff are both part of the mayor’s enhanced budget. View architectural renderings, photos and a fact sheet on the construction project.

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“I want to thank the people for passing Issue 32 and allowing us to complete this project,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “As a result, we are able to not only have a state-of-the-art building, but to staff it appropriately and better serve the community.”

Once complete, the new kennel will house up to 150 animals for daily operations, but may accommodate 200 animals in emergencies. While the facility is designed primarily for dogs, it can also accommodate other animals.

The facility is designed as three distinct but interconnected building wings:

  • East: Animal Care & Control Intake and Holding
  • North: Lobby, Classroom, Staff, Clinic, Small Animal Areas
  • West: Adoption; “Get Acquainted,” and Volunteer Area

The space offers flexibility, efficiency, use of natural light, fresh air, and indoor/outdoor connections.

“Constant work and planning by many people went into making the facility a reality,” said Chief of Animal Care & Control Ed Jamison. “We created a facility that will not only meet, but exceed, the expectations of the residents of the City of Cleveland.”

The facility will be open 24 hours per day for staff and accommodate more than 40 employees and hundreds of dedicated volunteers. The building meets all ‘Green’ standards and will sit on a 4.8 acre environmentally-remediated site, formerly an aluminum foundry.

The city kennel is a high volume animal control facility serving the entire city. It receives more than 75 dogs per week which include strays, court cases, and others- all in a large range of age, breed, and size. All dogs are held the mandatory hold time, then are either adopted or transferred to other rescue facilities or areas, if the temperament and health are acceptable.

To learn more about the dogs available for adoption, visit There are many very friendly pups looking for forever homes, including Mindy in the video below who loves giving kisses: