Cleveland Animal Protection League

1729 Willey Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113, Usa
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Our mission To foster compassion and end animal suffering.
COVID-19 Impact
Cleveland APL responds to the COVID-19

Cleveland APL responds to the COVID-19

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Cleveland Animal Protection League

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Ways to help

Veterinary Support Associate

Want to gain some experience or use the skills you already have in our veterinary clinic? Vet Support Associates assist the veterinary staff to aid the animals in our care by preparing necessary equipment, supplies, and animals for surgery or treatment and perform other administrative duties. This position may require a regular weekly schedule, and you must be age 18 or older.
  • Weekly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal, Skilled
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Foster Care Coach

Do you have knowledge and experience to offer to our new Foster Care Volunteers? Would like to share your best practices at home with animals and answer general questions? A Foster Care Coach will help our new Foster Care Volunteers be successful. They help take the worry away from fostering an animal. They are a valuable resource for our volunteers and a helpful addition to our staff team. This position requires previous Foster Care Volunteer experience and a strong desire to help other volunteers. This position may require some flexibility in your schedule, and you must be age 18 or older to be considered for this position.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal, Skilled
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Foster Care Associate

Want to help provide life-saving care to animals in your home? Foster Care Associates provide a temporary, nurturing and comfortable environment in their home for animals to mature, heal, socialize and become or remain adoptable. Foster care arrangements may range from two days to two months depending on the animal’s needs. Commitments are arranged with Foster Care Coordinator. Volunteers 9-15 years old may volunteer with an adult partner, typically a parent or guardian under our Pet Partners Program.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • Teens, 55+, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Individuals, Families
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Foster Care Assistant

Do you want to help place our animals in foster care? Do you like to work with animals and people in addition to computers and a variety of communication tools? Do you believe that you would like to work at the shelter helping to conduct health checks and administer vaccines for animals? A Foster Care Assistant assists the Foster Care Coordinator with a variety of duties to ensure that the department runs well especially in times of necessary or additional coverage. This position may require a regular weekly schedule along with some flexibility to help in times of need. You must be age 18 or older to be considered for this position.
  • Weekly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal, Skilled
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Animal Photographer

Like to capture photographs of animals that express their personality? Animal Photographers beautifully photograph shelter animals in teams for marketing and promotional purposes and for our website’s Adoptions page. Using your own digital photography equipment and software, you would take the photos and download, edit, and upload them for distribution. This position may require a regular weekly commitment in addition to animal handling training upon acceptance by supervisor.
  • Weekly
  • Teens, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal, Skilled
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Cat Adoption Coach

Do you want to help others become successful Cat Adoption Specialists? Do you like to work with people and share your expertise to best help our friendly felines? A Cat Adoption Coach will mentor and guide new volunteers on how best to provide excellent customer service to potential adopters on the cat adoption floor and how to care for the adoptable cats. Volunteers must have completed 12 consecutive shifts as a Cat Adoption Specialist to be considered for this advanced opportunity. This position requires some flexibility in your availability, and you must be age 18 or older to be considered for this position.
  • Weekly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal, Skilled
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Cat Adoption Specialist

Want to help adopters meet their “purr-fect feline companion” at our shelter and help provide some TLC and a clean, healthy home for our cats? Cat Adoption Specialists work on the cat adoption floor to help adopters make informed decisions. Volunteers socialize, enrich, groom, feed, water and maintain clean feline kennels at our shelter to help our cats “put their best paw forward” while waiting for their “purr-fect match”. Other duties include becoming familiar with the adoptable animals, helping to maintain a presentable workplace, informing guests of the standard medical treatments we provide our animals, and assisting adopters with meeting animals. This position may require a regular weekly schedule. Volunteers 9-15 years old may volunteer with an adult partner, typically a parent or guardian under our Pet Partners Program.
  • Weekly
  • Teens, 55+, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Individuals, Families
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Development Associate

Have office skills or development experience that you would like to gain or share to help support our animals? Development Associates provide support for the Development Department and for APL fund-raising events and activities through various administrative tasks, including opening mail, copying, preparing deposits and mailings and filing documents. This position may require a regular weekly schedule during weekday office hours, and you must be age 16 or older.
  • Weekly
  • Teens, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Office work
  • Formal
  • Weekdays

Animal Welfare Clinic (AWC) Support Technician

Want to gain some experience or use your skills to help support high-quality, low-cost spay/neuter surgeries for other shelters/rescues and feral cats? AWC Support Technicians assist the veterinary staff with patient check-in and/or discharge, preparing animals for spay/neuter surgery, data entry of animal medical records, patient recovery, and other clinic duties. This position may require regular weekly schedule, and you must be age 18 or older.
  • Weekly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Offsite Adoptions Specialist

Want to help adopters meet their “perfect match” at different partner adoption locations and/or at community events? Offsite Adoptions Specialists help find homes for animals at these locations and events while furthering community education and promotion of the APL. This position requires about two events per month, primarily on the weekends. This is a great position for those who need a more flexible schedule, as you can select events that fit your availability. Volunteers 9-15 years old may volunteer with an adult partner, typically a parent or guardian under our Pet Partners Program.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • Teens, 55+, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Individuals, Families
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekends

Dog Adoption Specialist

Want to help adopters meet their “perfect canine companion” at our shelter? Dog Adoption Specialists work on the dog adoption floor with animals and clients to help potential adopters make informed decisions while assisting them with meeting animals and helping to maintain a presentable shelter environment. This position requires previous experience as a Dog Walking Volunteer. This position may require a regular weekly schedule, and you must be age 18 or older to be considered for this position.
  • Weekly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal, Skilled
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Grooming Volunteer

Want to help our dogs’ look and feel great? Grooming Volunteers help to provide basic grooming such as bathing and brushing to help improve a dog’s appearance, comfort and well-being. This also helps a dog put his or her best paw forward when meeting a new potential adopter or future family member. This position may require a regular weekly schedule. Volunteers 9-15 years old may volunteer with an adult partner, typically a parent or guardian under our Pet Partners Program.
  • Weekly
  • Teens, 55+, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Individuals, Families
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Dog Walking Coach

Want to help our new volunteers become successful Dog Walking Volunteers? A Dog Walking Coach will become a trusted mentor to guide new volunteers to become confident and impactful team members through individual coaching sessions at the shelter. Previous experience of 36 hours or 12 consecutive shifts at the highest volunteer level required to be considered for this opportunity. This position requires some flexibility in your availability, and you must be age 18 or older to be considered for this position.
  • Weekly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Outdoor
  • Formal, Skilled
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Dog Playgroup Supervisor

Want to experience dog behavior at its best by leading dog playgroups with several dogs in the play yards? Dog Playgroup Supervisors help dogs play from a pre-determined list of dogs with similar play styles. Dog Playgroup Supervisors are responsible for overseeing the introduction and correction of dogs in the playgroup. Volunteers in this assignment must be highest level Dog Walking Volunteer. This position requires availability when playgroups are held, and you must be age 18 or older to be considered for this position.
  • Weekly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • Formal, Skilled
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Dog Adoption Coach

Do you want to help others become successful Dog Adoption Specialists? Do you like to work with people and share your expertise to best help our dogs find their new families and homes? A Dog Adoption Coach will mentor and guide new volunteers on how best to provide excellent customer service to potential adopters on the dog adoption floor. Volunteers must have completed 12 consecutive shifts as a Dog Adoption Specialist to be considered for this advanced opportunity. This position requires some flexibility with your availability, and you must be age 18 or older to be considered for this position.
  • Weekly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal, Skilled
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Dog Walking Volunteer

Want to get some outdoor exercise while spending quality time with a canine companion? A Dog Walking Volunteer may walk, or run if you prefer, with dogs while providing socialization to help the dogs put their best “paw” forward while waiting for their new home. We also have a play yard for some good quality playtime outdoors. Volunteers in this assignment also help with kennel enrichment and other housekeeping duties. There are three levels available to suit your goals in working with our dogs. This position may require a regular weekly schedule, even during inclement weather, and volunteers 9-15 years old may volunteer with an adult partner, typically a parent or guardian under our Pet Partners Program.
  • Weekly
  • Teens, 55+, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Individuals, Families
  • Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Dog Playgroup Runner

Want to assist the Dog Playgroup Supervisor with introducing new dogs into a playgroup? Dog Playgroup Runners assist the Dog Playgroup Supervisor by locating each dog in the shelter to bring him or her to the play yards for introduction into the playgroup while helping as directed by the Supervisor. Volunteers in this assignment must be highest level Dog Walking Volunteer. This position requires availability when playgroups are held, and you must be age 18 or older to be considered for this position.
  • Weekly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • Formal, Skilled
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Foster Volunteer

Cleveland APL will still be moving animals into foster homes and encourages anyone interested in helping the organization to care for an animal during these difficult times to reach out to the Foster Team at [email protected] Our foster volunteers provide temporary, in-home care for animals until they are ready for adoption. We will provide you… See full description
  • Adults (18+), Child with Adult
  • One-time, Ongoing
  • Anytime
  • Individuals, Families
  • In-person, Indoor, Outdoor, Other
Items we need now

Our Wish List

  • Marc’s gift cards
  • Cat carriers
  • Cat/Dog food (especially wet food)
  • Dog Treats
  • Hot dogs (for training)
  • Plastic or wire dog crates
  • Cat Scratchers
  • Gift cards (that can be used at any store)
  • Non-dust cat litter
  • Towels
  • Cat/dog toys
  • Bleach
  • Automatic dish washing liquid
  • Laundry detergent for (high efficacy washing machines) both Top and Front-loading washing machines
  • Clean newspapers or butcher paper
  • Aquarium Filter
  • Office supplies
  • Item Collection
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How you help Volunteers are the heart of our organization and are vital team members who help us to achieve the impossible, fulfill our mission, inspire us to be our best, and advocate for animals and their care throughout our community. Turn your compassion into action and get involved!
About us Incorporated in 1913, we are an independent, nonprofit humane society located in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood. We are committed to 100 percent placement of adoptable animals and envision a time when every friendly, healthy, homeless animal in our community can be cared for until a new family is found. The Cleveland APL provides shelter to homeless animals relinquished by their guardians, animals that are rescued from abuse or neglect, and stray or abandoned cats. The Cleveland APL is where happily ever after begins-for both shelter pets and people.
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