City of Cleveland Kennel Achieves 90 Percent Live Release Rate

Cleveland Animal Care and Control (CACC) achieved a Live Release Rate of 90.1 percent in 2018, which means there was a positive outcome for most dogs in CACC’s care through adoptions, returns to owner or transfer.

With a live intake of 3,904 dogs in 2018, this is a major feat. A 90 percent Live Release Rate is a major benchmark in animal sheltering.

“While we know we still have lots of room to improve and won’t stop working hard, we are so happy to hit this milestone,” said Manager of Shelter Operations, Michelle Harvanek.

“We could not have made this happen without the support of our community. Thanks so much to anyone who has adopted from, volunteered for, donated to or otherwise supported the kennel.”

Cleveland Animal Care & Control staff say the City Dogs Cleveland adoption program is a huge part of the kennel’s success. They thank everyone who has volunteered time and been dedicated to helping to care for the dogs and helps to find them homes.

Here’s more from kennel staff:

“We have a dedicated team of staff who give their all to help the dogs, from our kennel staff who care for and enrich the lives of the dogs each day to our Animal Control Officers bringing in strays and stepping up efforts to reunite dogs with their owners to our vet staff constantly looking out for everyone’s medical needs to our front desk staff who help to do everything in between. Our non-profit partner, Friends of the Cleveland Kennel, plays a tremendous role by supporting additional programming and medical expenses, and by supporting low income pet owners in the city of Cleveland. Finally, we are also hugely grateful to our rescue partners. As we cannot limit our intake – because legally we must bring in any stray dog found in the City of Cleveland – we rely greatly on our partnership with other shelters and rescue groups who transfer in many of the dogs we bring in. We truly could not have done this without our partners, as this year we transferred out 42 percent of the animals we brought in!”

Some of CACC’s other 2018 accomplishments are below:

  • The number of active volunteers has increased from 75 in 2015 to more than 300 in 2018
  • Offsite adoption events increased from 220 in 2017 to 315 in 2018.
  • The foster program increased from 66 dogs in 2017 to 82 dogs in 2018.
  • CITY DOGS Runners took dogs out on 300+ runs and logged more than 2,350 miles
  • Dog sleepovers with volunteers increased from 92 in 2017 to 126 sleepovers in 2018

The city kennel will soon move into its new, state-of-the-art kennel facility. Those interested in supporting the kennel can help in a number of ways:

  • Adopt or Foster a City Dog! Visit to view all adoptable dogs and email if you are interested in one.
  • Volunteer! Once we are moved into the new kennel building, we will have many volunteering opportunities. New Info Sessions will be posted on the kennel Facebook page as events, which you can view by clicking here.
  • ​Donate! You can sponsor a cage at the new kennel (click here for more info) or you can donate items we need off of our Amazon Wish List.​