Mayor Jackson and Cleveland City Council Debut New State-of-the-Art Cleveland Kennel

Yesterday Mayor Frank G. Jackson; Cleveland City Council President Kevin J. Kelley; Councilmembers Matt Zone, Brian Kazy, Michael Polensek, Anthony Brancatelli and Phyllis Cleveland; supporters from Friends of the Cleveland Kennel; volunteers and residents celebrated the grand opening of the state-of-the-art City of Cleveland Kennel. The celebration included a ribbon cutting ceremony and public tours at the $7.3 million 9203 Detroit Avenue facility. Click here to view photos. To view video of the kennel opening, click here. A fact sheet about the project is available here.

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“The new City of Cleveland Kennel is only one example of the strides being taken to promote sustainable and healthy neighborhoods,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “Thanks to supporters of the enhanced budget, the great efforts of our community partners and the dedicated staff and volunteers who helped see this work through, the new kennel is ready to serve the needs of animals and residents citywide.”

The 15,500-square-foot kennel accommodates up to 150 animals for daily operations, 200 animals in emergencies, more than 40 employees and hundreds of dedicated volunteers. Features of the facility – which meets all LEED green standards – include a fresh air ventilation system, a rainwater harvesting system, indoor and outdoor play areas and an on-site veterinary clinic.

“As resources became available to build a new kennel, Mayor Jackson was able to allocate and Council approved funds to build this beautiful facility,” said Councilman Matt Zone. “I want to thank them for their dedication and I also want to thank the countless volunteers, staff and supporters who helped make this a success.”

The facility offers flexibility, efficiency and use of natural light to ensure the well-being and comfort of staff, volunteer and animals. In honor of the occasion, fees at the City of Cleveland Kennel have been reduced to $21 from the usual $61 fee now through March 17. All adoptable dogs are vaccinated, microchipped, spayed/neutered and come with a Cuyahoga County license. Normal adoption processes and policies will be followed during the reduced fee event. View dogs available for adoption at

Supporters of the new City of Cleveland Kennel include PetSmart Charities, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, Cleveland City Council and countless community partners. Operation of the Cleveland Kennel would not be possible without the countless volunteers who spend thousands of hours each year at the kennel.