Lucas County Canine Care and Control Temporarily Closing to the Public to Support Efforts to Reduce Large Group Gatherings

The Lucas County Canine Care and Control center is currently open in a limited capacity due to the COVID19 pandemic, but continue to provide as many services to the pubic as possible. 

This decision came out of an abundance of caution and in response to health officials' recommendation to reduce face-to-face contact to prevent the spread of infectious disease.

  • Lucas County Canine Care and Control is now accepting walk-ins to visit available dogs for adoption. Potential adopters may view are currently available dogs HERE.
  • We are limiting access to our lobby to two families at a time.
  • All customers will be required to wear a mask while inside the building.
  • Stray dogs may be dropped off during any of our posted open hours.
  • Owner surrenders and owner requested euthanasia are being taken by appointment ONLY. Please call 419-213-2800 to schedule an appointment.
  • Our animal control officers are back on the road full time, available to respond to calls.  

These precautionary measure do not mean the shelter's dogs are in danger of either contracting or transmitting this virus. Veterinary officials worldwide are in agreement there is no evidence dogs can become ill from this strain or serve as a carrier. While domesticated animals are not impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, this is a good opportunity to review your pets' role in your disaster preparedness plan. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend pet owners keep on hand the following: a two-week supply of food and water for each pet in your care, a two-week supply of each pet's medications, and a file containing each pet's care plan, vaccination and ownership records, microchip information, and a preferred contact in case of emergency.

As this is a fluid situation, the shelter asks that the public monitor its website,, and their Facebook page for regular updates, as the closure timeline is subject to change based on guidance received from local and national public health officials.